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Woman sentenced for stealing money from uncle, employer

November 29, 1999

A Hagerstown woman who admitted stealing checks from a relative and money from an employer was given three concurrent five-year suspended prison sentences Monday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Laura Lynn Reed, 25, of the 300 block of McDowell Avenue, was ordered to make restitution of $2,984.98 to all her victims within the next two years.

Reed, who has pending charges for similar offenses in Florida, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony theft and one forgery, court records said.

The local victims include her uncle, from whom she stole a book of checks; her former employer, the Hagerstown Quality Inn; a pizza shop and a supermarket, court records said.

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In October 1996, a series of checks came through the Washington County National Bank on Reed's uncle's account. But when contacted, the uncle told bank officials he hadn't written any checks matching the number on the checks cashed, court records said.

An investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Department led to Reed who admitted she stole a book of checks belonging to her uncle and began cashing them, court records said.

In the other felony theft case, the Hagerstown Quality Inn recorded a loss of $504 from receipts in July 1997 and reported the theft to Hagerstown City Police.

An investigation led again to Reed who was night clerk at the time the money disappeared. She denied taking the money initially but later admitted the theft, court records said.

- Marlo Barnhart

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