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Woman sentenced in theft

April 11, 2001

Woman sentenced in theft



Probation before judgment was granted to a Hagerstown woman who had been charged with burglary, destruction of property and felony theft last November after she was found stepping through a broken showcase window in front of the Tandy warehouse with her arms full of merchandise.

Cindy Lea Maddux, 36, of 1533 Violet Drive, was placed on probation for three years after pleading guilty to misdemeanor theft Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

She also was ordered to pay $2,300 in restitution and damages to Radio Shack within 18 months.

Probation before judgment means Maddux has no criminal conviction but if she would commit another crime, a probation before judgment finding would count as a prior offense.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Price said in a report contained in court records that when he responded to an alarm at the Radio Shack warehouse at 100 Tandy Drive on Nov. 16 at 8:37 p.m. he saw a green vehicle backed up to the front of the store.

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As he approached, Price saw a woman coming out of a broken 3-foot-by-8-foot showroom window with a box in her hands, court records said. Price also saw a computer box on the trunk of the vehicle and a laptop computer in the passenger compartment, court records said.

Also found in the car were a desk telephone and an antenna, court records said.

Five cellular telephones, an electronic game and a wireless thermometer were found in the woman's coat pockets, and a toy monster truck was in the box the woman had in her hands when Price arrived, court records said.

The total value of the property was $2,784, according to Price. The value of the window was $300.

- Marlo Barnhart

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