Court briefs

August 23, 2005|by Pepper Ballard

Housekeeper gets three years probation in jewelry theft

A housekeeper charged with stealing jewelry from her employer in February was ordered Monday by Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III to serve three years probation.

Patricia Irene Knode, 39, whose last known address was 220 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, pleaded guilty Monday in Circuit Court to misdemeanor theft. She was charged in February with stealing more than $1,000 worth of jewelry from a woman whose house she cleaned every two weeks.

Boone ordered Knode to pay $1,681.10 to the woman within one year and $30 to Famous Pawnbrokers, where she pawned several pieces of the jewelry, according to charging documents.

He suspended an 18-month jail sentence.

According to charging documents, the victim called police Feb. 17 to report that while she was looking for a missing diamond-link bracelet with oval stones in several pawn shops, she found two rings that looked like two of her own at Famous Pawnbrokers. She told police she suspected Knode, documents state.


A supplied transaction sheet from Famous Pawnbrokers indicated Knode pawned three pieces of jewelry - a link bracelet, diamond ring and link necklace - on March 10, 2004, and received $250, according to charging documents. Another transaction sheet indicated Knode pawned three other pieces of jewelry - two rings and a tennis bracelet - on Oct. 14, 2004, and received $115, documents state.

Knode later admitted to a detective that she stole a couple pieces of the woman's jewelry and pawned them at the store, according to court records.

Man gets 30 days behind bars for soliciting sex from officer

A Hagerstown man was sentenced Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to serve 30 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from an undercover Hagerstown Police Department officer in April.

Robert James Robinson, 26, whose last known address was 520 Salem Ave., parked a Miller Transportation cab in the unit block of North Prospect Street on April 18 when he was approached by a police officer, working undercover as a prostitute, who asked him "what was going on," according to charging documents.

The undercover officer told Robinson she needed to make money and charged $10 for oral sex and $20 for sex, documents state. He asked her if she was a cop and she said she wasn't. She told him she rented a room at the Holiday Hotel, at 16 N. Prospect St., and he said he would park his cab by the hotel and meet her there. When he parked his car, he was placed under arrest, according to charging documents.

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