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Man charged in North End break-ins

December 31, 2008

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man was being held Wednesday at the Washington County Detention Center on $125,000 bond in connection with a series of burglaries in the North End of Hagerstown, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Department press release.

Thomas Lee Gordon, 28, was charged in connection with breaking-and-entering incidents and related thefts from residences on Windsor Drive, Donnybrook Drive, Gordon Circle, Paradise Drive, Woodhaven Drive, Chartridge Drive and Hollymeade Terrace, Lt. Mark Knight said.

Gordon was charged with seven counts of first-degree burglary, five counts of fourth-degree burglary (tools), four counts of theft and six counts of malicious destruction of property, Knight said.

The case included the theft of gift cards, coins and other cash, according to Washington County District Court records.

Gordon was arrested Monday afternoon after Deputy Rick Kemmerer responded to the 13400 block of Windsor Drive for a burglary in process, according to court records.

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Dispatchers said a suspect was in a house and the victim was hiding in a closet, according to court records.

The suspect later left the house, and Kemmerer said he saw a man matching the description of the suspect walking along Marsh Pike near Donnybrook Drive, according to court records.

Kemmerer said there were several hints that gave him reason to believe the man was the suspect, including that he was wearing sneakers that were a match to footprints left at several recent burglaries that Kemmerer had investigated, according to court records.

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