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Md. woman to serve time for role in Franklin County crime spree

May 18, 2001

Md. woman to serve time for role in Franklin County crime spree



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


A Sabillasville, Md., woman will spend from eight to 23 1/2 months in Franklin County Prison for her role in a crime spree across Franklin County last winter.

On Wednesday, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Walker sentenced Jodie A. Grimes, 20, to serve 4 to 11 1/2 months on one count of conspiracy to commit burglary, 4 to 12 months on one count of conspiracy to commit theft and 12 months probation on one count of theft. He also ordered her to pay $600 in fines and make about $800 in restitution.

Grimes also must complete a program for shoplifter's.

"The fact is she decided to run with a bunch of thieves, and she is going to be held accountable," Walker said.

Grimes, of 1722 Sabillasville Road, apologized and said she had learned her lesson.

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She was one of seven people charged in a four-month series of crimes in Franklin County, including Washington Township and Chambersburg, according to court records.

The crimes began at E-Z Dumper Inc., in Washington Township, on Nov. 28.

There, Grimes admitted she waited in the car while two men broke into a soda vending machine and removed an estimated $125 to $150, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

The damaged machine was valued at $2,500.

In January, Washington Township Police linked Grimes to the theft of an all-terrain vehicle stolen from an Oxford Circle home earlier in the month.

Grimes told police she drove four men to the theft location and stayed in the car while they removed the ATV, the affidavit said.

Also in January, the Chambersburg Wal-Mart reported to Pennsylvania State Police that someone stole an Xtreme car stereo and compact disc player.

Grimes admitted she and a companion each concealed parts of the stereo in their pants and left the store without paying for it, the affidavit said.

Grimes must pay $80 restitution to E-Z Dumper, $80 to the Antietam Humane Society, $528 to the owner of the ATV and $100 to Wal-Mart.

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