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Three generations of family charged in incident

March 30, 2009

WALKERSVILLE, Md. -- Three generations of a Walkersville, Md. family face charges after a Sunday night incident that started with the theft of a dog, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

At about 11:13 p.m., a resident in the first block of Charles Street reported that his or her father and 17-year-old brother had broken in and stolen a dog, police said.

The 17-year-old was charged with burglary and theft, police said.

Meanwhile, the father, Michael E. Shoemaker, 42, said he would return later and burn the house down, police said. He was arrested and charged with threat of arson, police said.

While troopers were still at the scene, a grandfather, Robert S. Shoemaker, 66, arrived and became disorderly, police said. Consequently, he, too, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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Both adult Shoemakers were taken to Frederick County Central Booking, police said.

Michael was released on $10,000 bond and Robert was still at Central Booking on Monday morning, a Frederick County Detention Center spokesman said.

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