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Three arrested in burglary spree

September 19, 2000

Three arrested in burglary spree



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


A Sharpsburg man and two Washington County juveniles arrested Tuesday were part of a burglary/theft ring that had hit more than 30 homes and vehicles in Southern Washington County since January, Washington County Sheriff's deputies alleged.

Ethan Wayne McCoy, 19, of 111 E. High St. in Sharpsburg, was charged Monday with first-degree burglary and theft of less than $300, according to charging documents filed Tuesday in Washington County District Court.

McCoy was being held Tuesday at the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

A 14-year-old male from Sharpsburg and a 17-year-old male from Keedysville were charged with burglary and theft under $300 through the Department of Juvenile Justice, charging documents said.

Additional charges against the three are expected, said First Sgt. Randy Wilkinson of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Charging documents allege that McCoy drove two juveniles to the Boonsboro area on July 27.

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One juveniles broke into a home in the 100 block of Lakin Avenue by pushing up a window screen and then let a second juvenile in through the front door, charging documents allege.

A purse containing $45 and several collectibles displayed on a window sill were taken, police said.

First Sgt. Randy Wilkinson of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said at least one other adult and several juveniles have been linked to what he called a burglary/theft ring responsible for taking cash and property valued at more the $10,000 from homes, businesses and vehicles in Boonsboro, Keedysville, Williamsport, Sharpsburg and surrounding areas.

Sheriff's deputies were working with authorities in West Virginia to determine whether burglaries and thefts in the Shepherdstown, W.Va., were related.

Wilkinson said the crime spree was investigated by several deputies and other arrests had been made in a piecemeal fashion, he said.

He said he didn't have the names of others who were arrested.

Deputies have recovered some items taken in the burglaries and thefts, including a motorcycle. He said some of the property had been sold, some had been kept and a few items had been disposed of in the Potomac River.

A conviction on a charge of first-degree burglary is punishable by up to 20 years in jail. Conviction on a charge of theft of less than $300 is punishable by up to 18 months in jail and/or a $500 fine.

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