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Crack blamed in theft of guns

April 24, 2000

Pleading guilty to two counts of felony theft, Laura Renee Hade blamed her crack cocaine habit for the pawning of new and antique handguns belonging to her live-in companion last summer.

Hade, 37, of the 13000 block of Kenneth Street, was given a three-year suspended prison sentence by Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley. He also suspended a concurrent three-year sentence for the second count of felony theft.

"We're back together now," said Calvin Hartman, of the same address. "I don't want to see her in jail."

The guns were stolen between June 29 and July 4, 1999.

One of the stolen guns was found in her vehicle during a routine traffic stop, and Maryland State Police retrieved all the weapons from area pawn shops, according to Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Bill Hayden.

The total value of the stolen weapons was more than $2,000.

Restitution would be achieved by releasing the property back to Hartman, Hayden said.

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Beachley placed Hade on probation for three years and ordered her into drug treatment for at least six months. He also ordered her to perform 40 hours of community service.

- Marlo Barnhart

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