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Three charged in connection with burglary of Smithsburg pharmacy

Bond set for Brittany Sweitzer, Michael Mann and Brett Toms

August 17, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
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A Hagerstown woman and two Smithsburg men have been charged in connection with the burglary of a Smithsburg pharmacy early Tuesday morning, Maryland State Police said.

Brittany Sweitzer, 24, and Michael Mann and Brett Toms, both 20, were charged with one count each of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary/tools, conspiracy to commit burglary and malicious destruction of property, according to a state police news release.

During a hearing Wednesday in Washington County District Court, bond was set at $25,000 for Sweitzer and $30,000 for Mann. Toms' bond was set at $75,000.

Troopers responded at about 2:50 a.m. Tuesday for a report of a burglary at the Smithsburg Pharmacy at 22933 Jefferson Blvd., according to the statement of probable cause.

The burglary was discovered by a Smithsburg police officer who noticed a broken window in the rear of the pharmacy. Police saw a Honda CRV leaving the parking lot and stopped it, the court documents said.

The occupants of the vehicle told police they were looking for directions to a party in Frederick, Md.

The driver of the vehicle identified himself as Brett Zachary Toms, the documents said. The front-seat passenger was identified as Michael Carl Mann, and the rear seat passenger told police her name was Brittany Renee Sweitzer.

 Mann and Toms were wearing bandanas around their necks, the documents said. Police also noticed white latex gloves and a baseball hat lying on the front passenger floorboard, and what appeared to be an ax handle in the rear storage area, the documents said.

Police said they saw a broken orange-handled screwdriver on the floor of the vehicle and found the top piece of the screwdriver in a pocket of Sweitzer's jeans.

Sweitzer told an officer during the stop that Mann and Toms had a tool that was about 3-feet long with a forked end, the documents said. Police said a similar tool was found at the crime scene.

After interviewing the suspects at the state police barrack in Hagerstown, troopers allege that Toms, Mann and Sweitzer formulated a plan at Mann's residence to rob the pharmacy.

Mann told police that he tried to enter the pharmacy by breaking the drive-through window, but he was unsuccessful, according to the court documents. Police said they believe Mann later punched a hole in a window to a room attached to the pharmacy and went in.

From there, they were again unable to enter the pharmacy and left to get other tools, police allege. They were stopped by police when they returned to the pharmacy.

The pharmacy burglary was the second in the Smithsburg area this week.

The Food Lion supermarket along Jefferson Boulevard was burglarized Monday morning, said Maryland state Trooper Lee Cain, although he didn't have any more details about that crime Wednesday afternoon.

No arrests have been made in that burglary, Cain said.



Staff Writer Dave McMillion contributed to this story.  

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