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Juvenile sent to Noyes after break-ins

February 13, 2002

Juvenile sent to Noyes after break-ins



A Washington County Circuit judge sent a teenager charged with four Maugansville burglaries to a Rockville, Md., juvenile detention center Monday, in part for the youth's own safety.

The 16-year-old Maugansville boy, who was on probation for a burglary conviction, was in court Monday for a detention hearing.

A Department of Juvenile Justice representative asked that the teenager be remanded to the Alfred D. Noyes Center pending his adjudication because of the continuing burglaries and the growing anxiety of the community.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Gregory Alton testified before Judge Donald Beachley that since January there have been eight burglaries in the Maugansville area and the 16-year-old was charged with three counts of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree burglary.

"I've canvassed the area and talked to the neighbors. Most of the neighbors have taken to keeping loaded firearms in the residence and they're not afraid to use them if someone breaks in," Alton said.

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When asked if he wanted to speak about being detained, the teenager said, "I'm not guilty of the charges. I don't understand how they can detain me if I'm not guilty."

Beachley denied the juvenile's attorney's request for probation.

"It's far too dangerous a situation," Beachley said.

The teenager was charged with burglary in the following incidents:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Jan. 14. A burglar broke into a Maugansville home while the residents were inside. The burglar ran out the door after being startled by the resident, leaving behind a bicycle.

Alton said the bike was traced back to the 16-year-old. The juvenile told him the bike was stolen but there was no record of a police report on the theft, Alton said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Jan. 14. The double doors at Booksavers near the railroad tracks in Maugansville were pried open and $100 was taken.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Jan. 23-24. About $100 in coins was taken from a home on Village Mill Drive. The next night, $300 in coins and cash was taken.

The juvenile's trial is set for March 13.

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