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Man charged with burglary, theft

September 12, 1998

A 25-year-old Hagerstown man has been accused by a Noland Village woman of stealing her property in August as witnesses watched.

George Gilbert Kidwell, of 1025-H Noland Drive, was charged with first- and fourth-degree burglary, felony and misdemeanor theft, according to Washington County District Court records.

Kidwell's bond, which was set late Wednesday at $20,000, was raised to $35,000 Friday by Washington County District Judge Ralph France.

Edna Woods, who lives at 1029-C Noland Drive, told Hagerstown City Police on Aug. 17 that Kidwell accused her of stealing his crack cocaine, according to court records.

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He grabbed the keys from around Woods' neck and told her he was going to get something from her house that was worth what she took from him, court records said.

That same day, witnesses told Woods they saw Kidwell taking the air conditioner from her front window, court records said.

When Woods returned home to wait for police, she noticed her VCR, cordless phone and Caller ID box also were missing, court records said.

At first, Kidwell was uncooperative with Officer Jason Batistig, refusing to talk, police said.

Later, Kidwell allegedly told Batistig he took the items because Woods owed him money. He said he put them in his storage area, police said.

The items were retrieved, police said.

Marlo Barnhart

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