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Woman pleads guilty to theft

July 19, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

One month after getting a five-year suspended sentence for stealing more than $5,000 from an employer, Connie Rae Clever was charged with bilking another employer out of more than $300.

Monday in Washington County Circuit Court, Clever entered a guilty plea in her appeal of a lower court conviction on a charge of misdemeanor theft from County Market.

Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone sentenced Clever, 31, of Funkstown, to 30 days in home detention, suspending a 17-month prison term. She was placed on probation for three years and ordered to pay $245 in court costs.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Mark Wolfe said Clever worked for County Market as a cashier in February 1999 when she checked two people through her register - charging one $20.04 for $204 in purchases and the other $75.27 for $215 in purchases.

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The $323.69 loss to the store was immediately discovered and was recovered on the day of the incidents.

Clever on Jan. 7 received a five-year suspended prison sentence for stealing more than $5,000 from her former employer, McDonald's on the Sharpsburg Pike.

She admitted taking the money from the safe in the spring of 1998 but claimed she was being blackmailed by people she couldn't name in court.

Clever, a 15-year employee with McDonald's, was assistant manager of the Sharpsburg Pike restaurant in April 1998.

She contacted Maryland State Police on April 18, 1998, to report that the fast-food restaurant's safe had been burglarized, court records said.

Police determined that $5,285 was missing from that safe.

Clever initially told police she discovered an unlocked door and the open safe when she arrived for work that morning, court records said.

As the investigation wore on, it led to Clever, court records said.

While she initially denied any knowledge of the crime, Clever eventually told police she took the money earlier on the morning of April 18 and then returned at her regularly scheduled time.

She used her key to open the door and her knowledge of the combination to open the safe, court records said.

In exchange for her plea to felony theft, charges of second- and fourth-degree burglary were dropped. Judge John H. McDowell ordered her to pay restitution of $500, the amount not covered by insurance, and to perform 100 hours of community service.

He also placed her on probation for 18 months. She had been on probation for one month when the new offense occurred, according to court records.

Clever currently works for Days Inn as a housekeeper.

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