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Man sentenced for break-in

October 14, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

An 18-year-old Hagerstown man was sentenced Tuesday by Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III to serve 12 years in prison for breaking into a couple's house and stealing their money and Cadillac in November 2004, according to court records.

On July 12, a Circuit Court jury returned guilty verdicts in 30 minutes for Jeremey Matthew Duff on counts of breaking and entering, felony theft and unlawful taking of an automobile in connection with the Nov. 27, 2004, incident.

Duff, of 13915 Sunrise Drive, was 17 at the time of his arrest. He was waived from the juvenile system to the adult system during a February hearing, documents state.

On Tuesday, Wright sentenced Duff to serve 10 years for the breaking and entering conviction, a concurrent five years for the felony theft conviction and tacked two years for the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle conviction onto his 10-year sentence, documents state.

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According to charging documents, a man living on Medway Road discovered his wife's Cadillac missing at about 5:15 a.m. on Nov. 27 after he woke up to go hunting. The man told police that before he found the car missing, he noticed a few doors, including the basement door, were open. They normally were closed, he said. When the man went into his pantry, he "noticed a gallon jug of wine sitting out on the floor," which should have been on a ledge, arousing his suspicion that someone broke into the house, documents state.

When the man went outside, he "found his truck unlocked with the keys in the ignition," documents state, and saw that the 2003 Cadillac was missing. Duff moved the man's truck and damaged the carport as he tried to pull out the Cadillac, according to court records.

Inside the house, the man's wife discovered more than $500 in baby-sitting money was missing from a jar. She also discovered about $700 missing from her purse, according to court records.

The Cadillac was found later that day by police in Baltimore County, documents state. When Duff was arrested, more than $600 was found on him, according to charging documents.

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