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Man pleads guilty to theft

June 26, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

A man charged in connection with the January burglary of a Maugansville bookstore was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to 90 days in jail, with all but the time he has served suspended.

Dorsey Leroy Custer, 27, of 17944 Garden View Road, Maugansville, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft before Circuit Judge John McDowell.

In exchange for his plea, one count each of second- and fourth-degree burglary and felony malicious destruction of property were dropped.

McDowell gave Custer credit for 66 days he has served and suspended the remaining 24 days. McDowell also ordered Custer to pay $82 restitution, placed him on six months probation and ordered him not to trespass on Book Savers store property.

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Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes said Dorsey and a 16-year-old boy were in the area of the Book Savers store at 13705 Railroad St., and noticed the front door had been left open.

The two went inside and stole $120 in cash from the business, Rozes said.

Rozes said Custer had a prior conviction for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and failure to obey.

"He's remained crime free for a long time," defense attorney Mary Reilly said.

Reilly said Custer lives with his mother and is unemployed. He attended special education classes and received a Washington County Job Development Center certificate, she said.

"I don't know what he was doing hanging out with a 16-year-old," Reilly said.

"He has definite limitations that are obvious to everyone," and can be taken advantage of, McDowell said.

McDowell told Custer that he can't take what doesn't belong to him.

"This has to stop," he said.

The burglary was one of a series of breaking and enterings in the Maugansville area in which the 16-year-old was charged. He was found delinquent in at least one of the burglaries and was sent to the Noyes Detention Center in Rockville, Md., police said.

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