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Hancock 'hostage' charged in burglaries

November 05, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN  -- The woman police say posed as a hostage in a standoff with police at a Hancock hotel in August was in Washington County District Court on Monday for a bond review hearing on unrelated charges involving 11 burglaries in the weeks leading up to the standoff, court records show.

Rene Leyette Reynolds, 21, of Moncks Corner, S.C., faces 27 charges in connection with the burglaries, court records show.

Reynolds and her boyfriend, James A. Prevatt, 26, were arrested Aug. 22 after a 45-hour standoff during which Prevatt portrayed Reynolds as a hostage, Maryland State Police said. Police later alleged that Reynolds was complicit in the situation.

The new charges stem from an interview with Prevatt's cousin, who told investigators Prevatt was involved in 13 burglaries and two thefts throughout the Tri-State area in the month leading up to the standoff, Maryland State Police Sgt. David Bowers wrote in charging documents for Reynolds. The total loss value from those incidents is about $50,000, charging documents show.

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Additional charges had not been filed against Prevatt as of Tuesday.

Prevatt's cousin, Betty Peck, 25, of Falling Waters, W.Va., said Prevatt and Reynolds began using marijuana, cocaine and Ecstasy while they stayed with her family in Falling Waters from May through July, Bowers wrote. In mid-July, Prevatt's uncle discovered Prevatt was wanted in South Carolina, and Prevatt, Reynolds and Betty Peck moved in with Peck's friend, Heather Miley, 28, of Hagerstown, Bowers wrote. Peck alleged to investigators that there were numerous times she and Reynolds dropped Prevatt off to break into homes and picked him up with stolen items, Bowers wrote. Miley also confirmed details about several of the incidents.

The incidents included the theft of almost $7,000 from a Clear Spring McDonald's on July 18 and numerous thefts of electronic items, jewelry, credit cards, weapons and currency from homes, Bowers wrote. Some of the stolen items were sold at pawnshops, some were traded to drug dealers and others were recovered from the hotel room, Bowers alleged in the court documents.

Peck was charged via criminal summons with six counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary, court records show. Miley was charged via criminal summons with two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary, court records show.

On Monday, District Judge W. Milnor Roberts ordered that Reynolds' bond in the case remain at $100,000, court records show. She is also awaiting a jury trial on charges of conspiracy to threaten arson, theft of more than $500 and drug possession, which stemmed from the standoff, court records show. A hearing in that case is scheduled for Jan. 29.

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