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Smithsburg man accused of stealing prescription pills

August 22, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

SMITHSBURG - An 18-year-old Smithsburg man and three juveniles are accused of stealing prescription narcotics, including OxyContin and methadone, and food from a home where one of the juveniles had agreed to water plants.

Alex Sinclair Gates, of 129 Bachtell Circle, was charged with first-degree and third-degree burglary, theft of property valued at less than $500 and malicious destruction of property, according to Washington County District Court documents. Bail for Gates was set at $80,000 Monday, and he was being held Monday night at Washington County Detention Center, a deputy said.

According to a charging document, a family on Byron Drive in Smithsburg returned Aug. 5 from vacation to find several people inside their home, including a girl who had agreed to water their plants outside. Gates, who allegedly was carrying a car stereo in each hand, and three other suspects allegedly ran from the home, the charging document states.

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The family found towels on the floor, food stolen from the refrigerator, and trash, pizza boxes and empty beer bottles in the kitchen. Twenty tablets each of OxyContin and hydrocodone, and 90 tablets of methadone and a gold necklace worth $200 were missing, the charging document states.

The juveniles were found hiding in a closet in a house on Hillary Way, the charging document states.

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