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Man charged in car-theft case ordered to serve probation, pay restitution

October 18, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Charged with participating in the theft of two cars from Hagerstown Community College for a “joy ride,” a Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary.

Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced 19-year-old David George Savage, of 11335 Youngstoun Drive, Apt. 2110, to two years in state prison, but suspended the sentence. He placed Savage on five years probation, ordered him to pay more than $6,700 in restitution and to stay off the college’s property.

The application for statement of charges filed by campus Police Chief Henry Gautney said Savage and James Garcia broke into the college’s automotive garage on May 25. Twenty sets of car keys were taken from a key box, and Savage and Garcia took a pair of 2009 Honda Civics, the document said.

Surveillance videos showed two men trying to enter the building shortly after midnight and returning an hour later with tools, at which time the door was forced open, the charging document said.

One car was driven to the parking lot of a church on Robinwood Drive and the other was found by Washington County Sheriff’s deputies stuck on railroad tracks near Edgemont Road in Smithsburg, the charging document said.

Garcia, 20, of 11321 Youngstoun Dr., Apt. 1906, Hagerstown, was taken into custody along with two women, Olivia Lagos, 18, of Myersville, Md., and Tkeyah Rhoads, 18, of Hellertown, Pa., the document said.

One of the females told police that Savage and Garcia drove the cars to her home that morning, the charging document said. One of the vehicles had been spray-painted and both were damaged, the document said.

Garcia told police he and Savage tried to break into the automotive garage on May 20, as well, the charging document said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Gina Cirincion told Dwyer that damage from the burglary and theft of the cars exceeded $15,000 and included changing ignitions on several vehicles because not all of the stolen keys were recovered.

In exchange for Savage’s plea, 19 other burglary, theft, criminal conspiracy and malicious destruction of property charges were dismissed.

Garcia pleaded guilty in June in district court to conspiracy to commit burglary, was given a four-year sentence with three years and 11 months suspended, and was ordered to pay more than $6,700 in restitution, court records said.

Lagos and Rhoads were charged as accessories in the crime, court records said. Lagos had her case placed on the inactive docket and she was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution to the college, court records said. Rhoads’ case has not been resolved, court records said.

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