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Three youths admit stealing from cars

November 10, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN

pepperb@herald-mail.com

Three youths admitted in Washington County juvenile court Wednesday that they took part in an August crime spree, helping to steal items from several parked cars in Williamsport.

Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said 26 people were victimized in the spree, which occurred in parts of Williamsport, including the Sterling Oaks neighborhood, in early August.

A 17-year-old Florida girl admitted to felony theft. An 18-year-old Smithsburg man and a 16-year-old Williamsport boy each admitted to two counts of felony theft and conspiracy to commit felony theft. A 17-year-old boy's case in connection with the spree was placed on the inactive docket because his involvement was minimal, but he was ordered to pay $100 to supplement payment he already made to a victim.

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Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, ordered that the girl, who was living in the area at the time of the spree, serve indefinite supervised probation and abide by the rules of her mother while living with her in Florida.

The girl, who was staying with the 16-year-old boy, had been seen dragging a piece of luggage, reportedly stolen from one of the cars, down a road, Kessell said.

The 16-year-old boy, who has been serving home detention since Aug. 16, was ordered to continue on home detention for 30 more days and serve indefinite supervised probation. He was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution within 20 months. Wright suspended an order to have the boy placed in a non-community special program, such as a youth camp.

The 18-year-old man, who completed his letters of apology to the victims and has been on home detention since Aug. 16, was ordered to be placed on indefinite supervised probation. He was ordered to pay $1,300 in restitution within eight months.

The girl told Wright, "At first, I didn't know they were stealing from the cars."

"We were walking home one night. I went inside and they decided to go out ... I didn't ask questions," she said.

Wright ordered her to pay $156 in restitution.

Kessell said that among the stolen items were Pioneer amplifiers, Oakley sunglasses, laptop computers, CD cases and cell phone chargers. Many items were uncovered when police executed a search and seizure warrant at the 16-year-old boy's home.

Wright also ordered the boy's father responsible for the $5,000 restitution.

Wright said that because the property was found at the father's house, "it shows me that there's a responsibility of the father for your problems."

The boy told Wright that his father should not be held responsible for his mistakes.

He apologized for committing the crimes.

"I was stupid. That's all I can say about myself ... greedy and selfish," he said.

The 18-year-old said he stole the items from the cars and gave them to the 16-year-old.

Wright ordered the youths to stay away from each other.

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