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City man pleads to burglary charges

March 22, 2001

City man pleads to burglary charges



Charged with five incidents of burglary, a Hagerstown man entered guilty pleas to two of them Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Douglas James Hadaway, 34, of 214 Garlinger Ave., was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the two counts of second-degree burglary.

- In a Sept. 2 burglary at Holsinger's Meats at 18006 Maugans Ave., Hadaway admitted breaking a window to enter the building.

Once inside, he ransacked drawers and cabinets, stealing $713 worth of property. Damage to the building was $825.

- Hadaway also pleaded guilty to an Oct. 7 burglary at Stop 'N Shop Liquors in Leitersburg.

Police responded to the store at 4:23 a.m. when a burglar alarm sounded. When officers arrived, they found that a gate had been pried open allowing entrance into the store.

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Two handguns and more than $600 in cash were taken along with 28 cartons of cigarettes and a hunting jacket belonging to the store owner.

The investigation led to Hadaway's roommate who told police that the defendant would often take his car to use when he committed burglaries.

That roommate also told police that he saw Hadaway sell the guns to another person.

"He was buying a lot of cocaine," said defense attorney Carl Creeden.

Judge Frederick Wright imposed a 10-year sentence for the one burglary and a 10-year concurrent sentence for the second.

Charges related to the burglaries at Byer's Market and Decisions/Decisions, both in Williamsport, were dropped in exchange for the two guilty pleas.

-Marlo Barnhart

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