City man given suspended sentence

July 14, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

A Hagerstown man was given a five-year suspended prison sentence Tuesday for his part in the theft of more than $5,000 in car parts last November.

A Washington County Circuit Court jury in June found Robert Lee Warrenfeltz III, 22, of 913 Guilford Ave., guilty of one count of felony theft.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III ordered Warrenfeltz to pay $4,000 in restitution during the first two years of his three-year probation.

Wright noted that a different panel of jurors in June found Warrenfeltz's co-defendant not guilty.

"They were two different juries with two results," Wright said. "I am convinced your companion was guilty and that you were in it together."


The theft occurred at Hagerstown Block Co. at 145 Hump Road on Nov. 1, 1997, according to court records.

The victim, Michael Shoop, had bought a number of big-ticket items for a race car he was working on, court records said. They included a set of Brodix big block aluminum heads, a set of cast iron heads, a Chevrolet big block camshaft and an intake.

The thieves got in through a rear window and took the items, which were still in boxes, court records said.

A short time later, Michael Horchner called police and said he was contacted at his Kuhn Avenue garage by Warrenfeltz, who tried to sell him some big block auto parts for $300.

Horchner declined the offer but agreed to look at the parts, court records said. Horchner told police he went to Guilford Avenue and saw the parts in the basement on a sheet, court records said.

Seeing Shoop's name on the sides of the boxes, Horchner called police and then called Shoop, court records said.

A Nov. 5 search of the Guilford Avenue basement turned up nothing, court records said.

Warrenfeltz, who maintained his innocence through the trial and Tuesday's sentencing, said only that he has a family to support.

"I've worked hard for three years," Warrenfeltz said. "Everything I have is paid for."

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