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Disposition delayed for boy who stole rings

November 10, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

The disposition for a 17-year-old boy who admitted to felony theft Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court was delayed until a background investigation is completed.

The boy admitted to stealing four diamond rings from a woman's Smithsburg home in late April.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, ordered that the boy be held at the Western Maryland Children's Center, a juvenile detention facility, until his Nov. 23 disposition.

Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said the woman reported to the Smithsburg Police Department that her Isuzu Rodeo was entered and that she found "four gold rings missing."

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A little more than a week later, the woman's daughter was at school and noticed the boy sitting in her classroom wearing her mother's bellychain as a bracelet and one of her mother's rings on his pinkie finger, Kessell said.

"That was a little in your face ...," Wright said to the boy, who didn't immediately respond.

"You don't know what in your face means?" Wright asked the boy as he was rising from his seat. He didn't give an audible response. Wright looked at the boy afterward as Kessell continued to speak.

Kessell said that the boy later admitted to police that he took the woman's Isuzu Rodeo to Giant Eagle in Hagerstown with another boy and bought "sunflower seeds and soda." He then returned the vehicle, Kessell said.

The other boy's disposition also is scheduled for Nov. 23, Kessell said.

Wright said, "I think this young man has an attitude problem and was in your face to this family, to the victims in this burglary and theft."

He later told the boy, "People get shot for entering somebody's home."

Wright asked the boy if he wanted to say anything, but he responded, "No."

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