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Man charged in Md. theft sentenced for Pa. crimes

June 17, 1998

A Washington County man implicated in a gun theft in late March was sentenced Tuesday in Cumberland County, Pa., to two to five years in prison for two burglaries there.

Wilbur Roy Tosten Sr., 49, of 11546 Hopewell Road, faces charges of felony theft and first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary in connection with the crime in Maryland, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.

Tosten was released to Pennsylvania authorities in March on the unrelated charges, according to deputies.

He and two other men are charged in Franklin County with a series of burglaries that occurred in 1997 and early 1998, police there said.

The report said those burglaries occurred Jan. 18 and 19 of this year and May 12-13 and June 11-12, 1997.

In January, Washington County Sheriff's Investigator Roy Harsh sought new information on the Hagerstown crime, which was discovered last June.

The missing items included eight antique Revolutionary War and Civil War rifles and two handguns, Harsh said.

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The thefts at a home in the 14200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue were reported June 14, 1997.

The victim had the weapons, valued at more than $10,000, displayed in his home and told Harsh they could have been missing for some time before he noticed they were gone.

None of the items has been recovered.

- Marlo Barnhart

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