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Man faces charges in three states

March 05, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A West Virginia man will not appear in Franklin County Court until he stands trial for similar charges in two other states.

Matthew Allen Kerlin, 18, whose last known address was 40 Bonneville Drive in Falling Waters, W.Va., has been charged in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia with crimes involving stolen credit cards committed between November 2008 and February 2009.

Washington Township Police said Kerlin allegedly used two stolen credit cards to purchase gift cards at Waynesboro retailers in December.

The credit cards belonged to a woman in Falling Waters, who reported her home burglarized to West Virginia State Police on Dec. 1, according the affidavit of probable cause.

Police said it identified Kerlin using the cards from video footage at the Waynesboro Wal-Mart and an identification card he left behind at the Rouzerville 7-Eleven after a clerk asked for two forms of identification.

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Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Laura Kerstetter said Kerlin was being held at the Washington County Detention Center in Hagerstown on previous charges.

He also is charged in a second case in Franklin County involving charges of theft and receiving stolen property, she said.

Kerlin was unable to appear for his mandatory arraignment in Franklin County Court on Wednesday and cannot face charges in Pennsylvania until he is either sentenced in Maryland or released on bail from the detention center, Kerstetter said.

He is scheduled for arraignment April 22.

The Maryland State's Attorney's office said the 35 charges against Kerlin in Maryland include theft, obstructing and hindering, and intent to use or disclose credit card numbers.

He is scheduled to stand trial in Washington County in four cases of alleged theft between April 1 and 30.

A spokeswoman in the Prosecuting Attorney's Office in Berkeley County, W.Va., said Kerlin faces charges of fraudulent credit card use and larceny in West Virginia.

Kerstetter said Kerlin has not yet been able to enter a plea in Franklin County.

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