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Woman charged with stealing from blind man is given probation before judgment

July 18, 2011

A Hagerstown woman charged with stealing a ring from a blind man was given probation before judgment Monday in Washington County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to theft of less than $1,000.Destany Trivia Ruse, 25, of 16242 Broadfording Road, was placed on supervised probation for one year by Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. She also must pay $40 in restitution to a pawnshop and perform 25 hours of community service, Long said.“Why’d you do it? Because he was blind and you figured you could get away with it?” Long asked Ruse.¿His being blind had nothing to do with it,¿ said Ruse, who admitted to needing money.In May 2010, Ruse helped the victim move, and he later discovered the ring missing from his jewelry box, Assistant State¿s Attorney Leon Debes told Long. Suspecting Ruse and another person, the man went to a local pawnshop and was able to identify his ring by touch, Debes said.Ruse pawned the ring for $40, Debes said. It was valued at about $200, he said. In exchange for Ruse¿s plea, the state dismissed charges of theft of less than $100 and two criminal conspiracy to commit theft charges, court records show.

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