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Young thief detained

May 17, 2000

A 14-year-old who admitted stealing a camera from Williamsport High School in March will be detained at the Noyes Detention Center in Rockville, Md., until he can be placed in a suitable juvenile facility.

Housed at the Cedar Ridge Children's Home near Clear Spring for about 17 months, the teenager has amassed more allegations of delinquency while there, it was learned during a Washington County Juvenile Court hearing Wednesday.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Bill Hayden said there was a burglary allegation and a possible attempted escape.

The incident occurred March 16 and involved the theft of a camera valued at more than $300. When confronted, the teenager was found to have the camera in his possession.

Department of Juvenile Justice representatives told Judge Frederick Wright that the youth needed to be detained until a more suitable placement, such as New Dominion, could be arranged.

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Wright postponed sentencing for three weeks.

-Marlo Barnhart

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