Trio of adult and two teens charged in second burglary


Already facing charges in a March 20 burglary west of Hagerstown, an adult and two juveniles have been charged in connection with another burglary that same day in Clear Spring.

Michael Patrick Sandel, 23, of Westminster, Md., has been held at the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000 bond since March 23. On Monday he was charged with a burglary in the 13000 block of Broadfording Road in Clear Spring, Cpl. Roy Harsh of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Two 17-year-old males, both of Westminster, also were charged. One of the juveniles was released to his parents and the other was being held at the Carroll County, Md., Detention Center on armed robbery charges.

The Clear Spring home was ransacked and jewelry and other personal items were taken, Harsh said.

Sandel and the juveniles previously were charged in the March 20 burglary of a Gossard Mill Road home in which items valued at more than $3,000, including guns, knives and coins, were taken.


Harsh said some items taken in the burglaries were recovered but some of the weapons have not been found, including a Smith and Wesson handgun, a Taurus .38-caliber handgun, a High Point 9 mm and an Anschutz bolt-action pistol used for target shooting.

The arrests were part of an ongoing investigation into 15 burglaries in Washington and Frederick counties, he said.

"We're closing out a few as things progress," said Harsh.

Police believe the burglars drove around rural areas in Frederick and Washington counties and looked for unoccupied homes, he said.

One of the burglars would knock on the front door to see if anyone was home. If someone answered the door, he gave a false name and excuse and left, he said.

Homes with alarm stickers were bypassed, he said.

Sandel and the juveniles were charged with theft of more than $300, malicious destruction of property over $300, first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit felony theft.

The juveniles were charged through the Washington County Department of Juvenile Justice.

The investigation included assistance by the Maryland State Police Crime Laboratory, Frederick County Sheriff's Office, Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police, Westminster barracks.

Anyone with information about the burglaries may call Harsh at 301-791-3020.

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