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May 05, 2006

Man sentenced to 8 years, restitution



A Frederick, Md., man was found guilty Wednesday in Washington County District Court of theft scheme.

Steven Lawrence Bass, 41, of 1000 Heather Ridge Drive, Apt. 105, was sentenced to eight years in jail, with five years suspended. He also was ordered to serve three years of probation upon his release, documents state.

He was ordered to pay more than $3,000 in restitution.

Bass also was charged with four counts of theft, but those charges were dismissed, court documents state.

He was accused of stealing money from several people through a scam involving the sale of electronics. Documents state that Bass took cash from people for electronics but did not give them the merchandise.

Bass told his co-workers that he had a friend who manages a Circuit City store and that the store is going out of business and he could get TVs, CD players, computers and other items at clearance prices, documents state. He then got cash and set up a delivery date.

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Charges forwarded in bank robberies



Probable cause was found Thursday to proceed with charges against a man accused of two Washington County bank robberies.

Ryan Kent Nesbitt, 33, of 1705 North Calvert St. in Baltimore, was charged with robbery, armed robbery, theft and second-degree assault in connection with the Jan. 27 robbery of M&T Bank in Williamsport, Washington County District Court documents state. Probable cause was found Thursday to proceed with these charges.

Nesbitt also was charged with attempted armed robbery, robbery, second-degree assault and theft for allegedly robbing M&T Bank in Clear Spring on March 24, documents state. Probable cause also was found to proceed with these charges.

Nesbitt was being held without bond late Thursday at the Washington County Detention Center, a spokesman there said.

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