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Sentencing delayed in panty burglary

July 28, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Sentencing was delayed for a Frederick, Md., man who admitted Tuesday that he broke into a pregnant woman's house in March and stole three pairs of her panties.

Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell ordered that a pre-sentence investigation be performed before sentencing Steven Lee Myers, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to fourth-degree burglary in connection with the March 14 incident.

Myers, 29, whose last known address was 5903 Quinn Road in Frederick, was found at about 1 a.m. in the woman's closet by her boyfriend, who held Myers until Hagerstown Police Department officers arrived at the house in the 1500 block of Violet Drive, said Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell.

Kessell said the woman, her boyfriend and her boyfriend's mother returned home from a late meal and found the woman's dresser drawer, containing panties, lying on the bedroom floor. The boyfriend searched the house and found Myers in the bedroom closet, Kessell said.

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He said when Myers was taken in for questioning, a "moderate" odor of alcohol was detected on his breath. Myers told police he climbed a fence to get to the woman's house, pulled open an unlocked sliding glass door and "snooped around" using a lighter for about 10 minutes before the family returned home, Kessell said.

"He stated that he thought (the victim) was cute and he took three pairs of her underwear when he was in the residence," Kessell said.

The woman, when given a chance to speak, said through tears, "I'd like to add that I'm very frightened by this man and what he's done to me and my family."

She said that she was nine months pregnant at the time of the incident and was very shaken at the thought that he lived near her now.

He was ordered to be placed on pre-sentence supervision.

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