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Hagerstown man gets work release in theft

Michael Eugene Robinson will be allowed to work so he can pay restitution to victims

November 01, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

A Washington County Circuit Court judge this week granted work release to a Hagerstown man so he could pay restitution to his victims after pleading guilty to theft.

Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell on Monday sentenced Michael Eugene Robinson, 23, of 255 Frederick St., to serve six months in the detention center. But the judge said Robinson would be permitted to work at his job in Frederick County so he could earn money to pay back his victims.

McDowell gave Robinson two years to pay $4,804 in restitution.

Earlier in the proceedings, Robinson pleaded guilty to felony theft of $1,000 to $10,000.

"I understand the seriousness of this," Robinson told the court. "I do take full responsibility. I want to pay restitution."

Hagerstown police reported that the South Cannon Avenue residence of Richard Henson and his wife was burglarized shortly after they left the home on the morning of May 9.

The Hensons reported that coins, a BB pistol and jewelry were taken in the break-in, according to the application for statement of charges.

While investigating similar burglaries, detectives identified another man as a possible suspect, the charging documents said.

Police said that man was known to have sold stolen jewelry from other burglaries to Washington Street Pawnbrokers at 47 E. Washington St., and, as a result, was banned from doing business there.

The man went to the pawnbrokers on May 9 and was turned away, the documents said. He came back later that day with Robinson, who sold the items for $400, the documents said.

Pawnshop employees looking at video surveillance cameras noticed the other man and Robinson together outside the shop and notified police, court documents said.

Officers contacted the Hensons and showed them the items, including gold jewelry, that Robinson sold to the pawnshop. The couple identified the items as being among those that were taken from their home, the documents said.

Assistant State's Attorney Christopher McCormack said after Robinson was sentenced that although the other man has been charged in two other burglaries, he had not been charged in the burglary that involved the items Robinson sold at the pawnshop.

McCormack said that in addition to paying back the Hensons, Robinson would have to make restitution to Washington Street Pawnbrokers and to Frederick Mutual Insurance, which paid a claim on the stolen items.

McDowell said Robinson had faced a maximum 10-year sentence and a $10,000 fine.

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