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Case transferred to Carroll County

August 23, 2000

Case transferred to Carroll County



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


A week after a Westminster, Md., man pleaded guilty to an early 2000 crime spree burglarizing homes in the Clear Spring area, his teenage co-defendant appeared Wednesday in Washington County Juvenile Court.

The teenager, now 17, admitted his involvement in six counts of third-degree burglary.

Hearing that there are similar charges pending in Frederick County, Judge John H. McDowell said he would postpone sentencing.

"I'm also going to transfer disposition to Carroll County (Md.)," McDowell said, noting that the authorities there have had more experience with the boy.

Arrested in Carroll County in late March, Michael Patrick Sandel, now 24, pleaded guilty Aug. 15 to five counts of first-degree burglary.

He is being held without bond while a pre-sentence investigation is completed. First-degree burglary carries a maximum 20-year sentence on each of the five counts.

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Co-defendant Kevin Andrew Beal, 18, also of Westminster, is awaiting trial, court records said.

Court records said three people would knock on doors during the daylight hours and if people answered, they would ask for "Richie."

If no one answered, they would break in.

The burglaries in which the teenager admitted being involved included:

- A March 16 break-in at the Swope home on Clopper Road. A glass door was broken, the house ransacked and two guns and $400 in cash were taken.

- A March 8 break-in at the Reed home in Big Pool. The front door was kicked in, and a watch and $200 stolen.

- A March 20 break-in at the Mauck home on Broadfording Road . A window and door were entered, antiques were smashed and a gold necklace was stolen.

- A March 20 break-in at the Baker home on Boyd Road . The back door was pried open and gold jewelry, cash and a heater taken.

- A March 20 break-in at the Hose home on Gossard Mill Road. Entry was gained through a sliding window, and six guns and money totaling $4,192 were taken.

Search warrants served in Carroll County and at the teen's home in Washington County resulted in recovery of stolen property.

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