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April 20, 2005

Pa. man charged in rash of burglaries


A Waynesboro, Pa., man has been charged in connection with a rash of Washington County burglaries, according to court records.

Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. set bond during a hearing Monday at $75,000 for Matthew T. Neikirk, 20, of 6558 Wayne Highway, in connection with burglaries in the Boonsboro and Smithsburg areas in recent months, according to records.

Neikirk was charged with three counts of first- and fourth-degree burglary, two counts of theft less than $500 and malicious destruction of property, and one count of theft more than $500, records state.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department alleges Neikirk was responsible for burglaries/thefts reported in the 18300 block of Manor Church Road, the 21200 block of Greenbrier Road and the 13500 block of Edgemont Road between Dec. 23, 2004, and Jan. 18, 2005.

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A credit card, clothing, clock radio, shotgun, two handguns, a video game system and an oil painting were among the items deputies allege that Neikirk stole.

Long also set bond at $90,000 at another hearing Monday for Neikirk in connection with another set of burglaries and thefts in the county that were investigated by Maryland State Police.

Neikirk was charged with two counts of first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary and one count each of theft more than $500, theft less than $500, stealing another person's credit card, conspiracy to commit theft more than $500, theft scheme more than $500, false charges to a credit card, and unlawful use and disclosure of a credit card number on Jan. 14, records state.

Maryland State Police allege Neikirk burglarized a home in the 21300 block of Ruble Road and the 9800 block of Crystal Falls Drive, stole a man's credit card, stole merchandise from various stores at Valley Mall in Halfway and used a credit card that was not issued to him for numerous purchases.

A Washington County Detention Center spokesman said Tuesday that Neikirk was not at the facility. Information about his whereabouts was not released.

Sex offender charged with not registering


A man required to register as a child sex offender whose last known address is in Hagerstown was being held Tuesday at the Washington County Detention Center, a detention center spokesman said.

M. Kenneth Long Jr. set bond during a hearing Friday at $150,000 for Charles L. Reynard Jr., 45, whose last known address is 125 N. Prospect St., records state.

Reynard was charged with failure to notify the Sex Offender Registry Unit of an address change, according to records.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department alleges Reynard, who was convicted of child abuse involving a 12-year-old in Montgomery County, Md., failed to register his change of address between late February and early April.

- Brian Shappell

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