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Man gets four years in jewelry theft case

December 08, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Washington County Circuit jury on Thursday found a 38-year-old man guilty of stealing more than $12,000 worth of diamond rings from a Valley Mall jewelry store last fall, court records show.

Kenneth Leon Covington, of no fixed address, was convicted of felony theft and conspiracy to commit felony theft and was sentenced to four years in prison for the Oct. 22, 2005, crime, according to court records.

Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. ordered Covington to serve two, concurrent 10-year sentences, but suspended six years of each sentence for the convictions. He ordered Covington to serve three years of supervised probation upon his release from prison, according to court documents.

An O'Connell Jewelers sales representative discovered that a tray of diamond rings - worth more than $12,000 - was stolen from the Valley Mall store when she checked inventory the night of Oct. 22, 2005, charging documents state.

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A review of the store's video surveillance system showed that Covington distracted a sales representative at about 2:30 p.m. that day while another man reached over the sales counter and removed the tray, court documents state.

An O'Connell Jewelers sales representative identified Covington from a photo array as the man who distracted her, police said in charging documents.

Covington's co-defendant in the case, David Covington, 48, has asked in District Court for a jury trial on charges of felony theft and conspiracy to commit felony theft, according to the Maryland Judiciary Case Search Web site.

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