Hagerstown man indicted on three counts of theft

June 18, 2011|By DON AINES |

A Hagerstown man has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury on charges that he stole thousands of dollars in jewelry and coins from area homes between August 2010 and April, according to Washington County Circuit Court records.

Matthew S. Morin, 25, of 20036 Trengail Road, was indicted on three counts of theft between $10,000 and $100,000, two counts of theft scheme between $10,000 and $100,000, and several counts of burglary and attempted burglary, court records said.

Morin is scheduled to appear in court on July 14, court records said.

Theft and attempted burglary charges had been filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office in District Court in April, but were dismissed after the indictments were filed. Those charges named three of the four victims listed in the indictments.

The indictments allege that Morin broke into a home in the 900 block of The Terrace between December and February; another house in the 20000 block of Bluebird Avenue between August and March where about $17,000 in jewelry was stolen; and a third home in the 21000 block of O'Toole Drive between September and March where about $17,000 in jewelry and coins were stolen.

The indictment did not provide details of the burglary at a house on The Terrace. On April 4, Morin is alleged to have tried breaking into a house in the 20000 block of Trengail Drive, the indictments said.

One of the victims told investigators she suspected Morin because she found him outside her home in the fall of 2010 and that a set of keys later was discovered missing, the District Court charging document said. Another victim told investigators Morin had been in his home on several occasions and once was found upstairs in the room where the coins and jewelry were kept, the document said.

On April 4, a resident at the Trengail Road address heard and then saw a man attempting to get inside the house, the charging document said. The resident armed himself with a shotgun and the intruder ran away, the document said.

The resident later identified Morin, who lived nearby, from a photo lineup, the charging document said. Some of the stolen items were found at area pawn shops with the transactions linked to Morin, the document said.

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