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Teen will go to trial in handgun theft case

October 05, 2003

Washington County District Court Judge R. Noel Spence found probable cause Thursday in a preliminary hearing for a 16-year-old Hagerstown boy charged as an adult in connection with the attempted theft of three handguns from a Security Road home.

The case against Jeremy M. Duff, of 444 Jefferson St., will be heard in Circuit Court.

Duff was charged with first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, attempted felony theft, attempted misdemeanor theft, possession of a firearm while being a fugitive and resisting arrest, police said.

He also was charged with three counts each of carrying a concealed and deadly weapon, possession of stolen firearms and possession of a firearm by a person younger than 21 in connection with the Sept. 21. incident, police said.

Sgt. Mark Renner said a resident in a duplex in the 500 block of Security Road called police at 4:34 a.m. Sunday because of noises coming from the other side of the duplex.

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When police arrived, they found a window open. The 16-year-old was sitting on the floor with a loaded .22-caliber handgun next to him, police said.

Renner said police found two more handguns in a purse the teen allegedly tried to take.

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