Three people have been charged by the Washington County Sheriff's Office with a series of home burglaries in September.
On Thursday during a bond review hearing for one of those charged, Samantha Renee Gilroy, 33, of 15737 Fenton Ave., Apt. 2, in Williamsport, Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael told District Judge Dana Moylan Wright that Gilroy was suspected of being part of a burglary ring responsible for residential break-ins during a two-week period.
John Daniel Reddick, 39, of the same address, and James Calvin Weddle, 34, of 128 Pot Luck Road in Hedgesville, W.Va., also have been charged in the burglaries, according to District Court records.
Gilroy was being held on $50,000 bond, which Michael asked Wright to increase to $500,000, citing previous criminal convictions in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. When she was arrested, Gilroy's home was "filled with ... opiate paraphernalia and evidence of its use," he said.
The search also turned up a large amount of jewelry, Detective Greg Alton said Friday.
Wright upped Gilroy's bond to $350,000.
On Tuesday night, Reddick and Weddle were taken into custody as they were driving from Baltimore into Washington County on Interstate 70, according to the sheriff's office's statement of probable cause. They were at the time under surveillance on suspicion of committing residential burglaries, the document said.
Reddick and Weddle were charged with possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia after police found syringes, suspected heroin residue and a pipe for smoking crack cocaine in the vehicle, the document said.
Not found in the traffic stop were handguns that were reported stolen in one of the burglaries under investigation, Alton said.
Weddle was charged with half a dozen offenses Thursday including burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property, Alton said Friday. During a bond review Friday, District Judge Mark D. Thomas raised his bond from $30,000 to $75,000.
Alton said the trio is being investigated for six burglaries and two attempted break-ins between Sept. 16 and 28.
The charging documents for Reddick, Gilroy and Weddle listed four break-ins beginning with one on Sept. 16 on Neck Road in Williamsport. The others occurred Sept. 20 on Shepherdstown Pike in Boonsboro; Sept. 21, on Dellinger Road in Williamsport; and Sept. 27 on Crystal Falls Drive in Hagerstown, the documents said.
Each burglary had several things in common: Forced entry during daylight hours and the theft of jewelry, along with a pillowcase being reported missing from each house, the charging documents said. The value of the items stolen in the individual burglaries ranged $3,500 to $25,000, the documents said.
Jewelry stolen from the homes was traced to area pawn shops, where records indicated they were sold by Gilroy or Reddick, charging documents said.
Gilroy and Weddle were being held Friday in the Washington County Detention Center, an officer said. Reddick, whose bond was $30,000, was not listed as an inmate Friday afternoon, the officer said.
Reddick is charged with 13 offenses, including first- and fourth-degree burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property.
Gilroy is charged with eight counts, including first- and fourth-degree burglary and theft.