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Deputies look to return stolen property

July 03, 2006

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is seeking to return property recovered after two men were charged with numerous felonies.

According to Sheriff's Department Detective Greg Alton, Christopher Lee Nicely, 23, of no fixed address, and James Richard Farris, 21, of Williamsport, admitted to one burglary after they were caught allegedly breaking into a residence in the 11000 block of Pinesburg Road about 10:25 a.m. Wednesday.

According to information provided by Washington County District Court Commissioner Cheryl Titus, Farris and Nicely each were charged with two counts of first-degree burglary; one count of third-degree burglary; one count of fourth-degree burglary; one count of fourth-degree burglary, permitted use of burglar's tools; and one count of fourth-degree burglary, possession of burglar's tools.

Nicely also was charged with three counts of malicious destruction of property valued at less than $500, four counts of theft of property valued at more than $500 and three counts of theft of property valued at less than $500. Farris also was charged with one count of malicious destruction of property valued at less than $500, two counts of theft of property valued at more than $500 and one count of theft of property valued at less than $500, according to information provided by Titus.

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Nicely and Farris admitted to burglarizing a Williamsport home, but they did not know the address of the home, Alton said. According to Alton, Nicely and Farris said the home, which is possibly a vacation or summer residence, might be near Dam 5 on the Potomac River.

In a search of the vehicle Farris and Nicely were traveling in at the time of their arrest, Alton said police recovered electronics equipment, coins and jewelry worth thousands of dollars. Police would like to return the property, but they have not been able to connect the items with burglaries that have been reported, Alton said.

Among the items recovered are a piece of jewelry marked "Class of 76," a sword in a sheath and a piece of jewelry engraved "Love, Jimmy," with a date of "5-27-78," Alton said.

Anyone with information about the items may call Alton at 240-313-2185 or 301-573-0893.

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