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Three charged with theft fail to show up for court

January 06, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Three people accused of stealing more than $2,500 in merchandise from Valley Mall in Hagerstown in November failed to appear for hearings Wednesday in Washington County District Court.

Bench warrants were issued for their arrest.

Karyl N. Tilghman, 34, of 2829 Scarborough Circle in Gwynn Oak, Md., was charged with six counts of theft, two counts of conspiracy to commit theft, theft scheme and conspiracy to commit theft, according to court documents.

Michael Kevin Stockton, 31, of 1917 W. Lanvale St. in Baltimore, Md., was charged with six counts of theft, two counts of conspiracy to commit theft and two counts of theft scheme, document state.

Earlene L. Garner, 26, of 2002 Penrose Ave. in Baltimore, was charged with seven counts of theft, two counts of conspiracy to commit theft and two counts of theft scheme, documents state.

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Their charges stem from a Nov. 10 incident at Valley Mall, when Washington County Sheriff's deputies said at least one person was seen going into stores with empty bags and leaving with full bags, documents state. Witnesses saw them leave the mall in a van and drive toward Halfway Boulevard, documents state.

When deputies pulled the van over, several bags bull of clothes were found, and there were no receipts for any of the items, according to documents.

Tilghman, Stockton and Garner allegedly stole about $1,500 in items from Aeropostale, about $840 in items from Old Navy and $23.50 in items from Victoria's Secret, documents state. Deputies found $192 in merchandise from OshKosh B'Gosh and $70 in items from Lady Footlocker in the van, according to documents.

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