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Pa. man caught stealing stereos sentenced to prison

September 06, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One of two Harrisburg, Pa., men caught by a business owner during a 2006 burglary was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to one to seven years in state prison.

When Pennsylvania State Police arrived at the scene of a Nov. 18 burglary at Blazin' Auto, 855 Buchanan Trail East, Greencastle, Pa., they found two masked men on the ground and owner David E. Shockey Jr. with a handgun trained on them, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Taken into custody were Martinel Lamar Hill, 26, and Robert Marrett Stewart, 39, both of Harrisburg, police said.

Police said the men were in possession of a stolen van belonging to Fisher's Florist of 703 S. Antrim Way, Greencastle, that was filled with about $25,000 in car stereo equipment removed from Blazin' Auto.

The affidavit stated that Shockey caught Hill coming out of the business and Stewart loading the van.

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At the state police barracks, the affidavit stated that Hill called his fiance, telling her he should have done "what his horoscope said and stayed inside," the affidavit stated. Hill then told her about the burglary and being caught while in the presence of two troopers at the barracks, police said.

Hill pleaded guilty last month to burglary and theft charges. Judge Richard Walsh fined him $550 and ordered him to pay restitution to Fisher's Florist, Blazin' Auto and an insurance company totaling more than $16,000.

The sentencing of Stewart, who also entered into a plea agreement in the case, was scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed, according to the Clerk of Courts Office.

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