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Sentencing set for man charged in lockbox arson

May 07, 2002|BY STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Hagerstown man charged with helping to steal cash from a Chambersburg business and setting the empty lockbox on fire to cover up the crime pleaded no contest last Tuesday to a charge of conspiracy to commit arson.

Abraham E. Boyd, 20, of 9061/2 Salem Ave., is to be sentenced May 29, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.

Boyd also had been charged with criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking. He will not be prosucted on those charges in exhcange for the plea.

A no contest plea means the defendant is not admitting guilt, but is stating that he will offer no offense.

Robert L. Hoffman also was charged in the Sept. 23 theft and fire at T.B. Woods at 440 Fifth Ave. in Chambersburg.

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Hoffman, 147 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge and was sentenced last month to serve nine to 60 months in state prison and make restitution of $21,430.

At 12:40 a.m. Sept. 23, a security guard at T.B. Woods discovered a fire in a cubicle in the office area of the plant. The fire was contained to a desk drawer, according to police records.

Both men were employed by a cleaning service and were the only others present, according to court records.

The smoldering contents of the drawer included a metal cash box, which was supposed to have $1,690 inside, but $1,665 was missing when it was opened, court records show. The cleanup and smoke removal cost more than $15,000.

Boyd had said Hoffman pointed the finger at each other, and police have not determined which man was responsible for the fire, according to court records.

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