Clothes made the man for two accused in separate crimes

Milton Johnson III pleaded guilty to robbing bank

Daniel J. Iseminger Jr. pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary

December 16, 2011|By DON AINES |

Clothing played a part in two guilty pleas in Washington County Circuit Court this week in the unrelated cases of a Pennsylvania man arrested because he didn't change his clothes after a bank robbery and a Funkstown man who failed to change his shirt before a burglary.

Milton Johnson III, 42, of 76 S. Main St., Apt. 308, Chambersburg, Pa., pleaded guilty to robbing the M&T Bank branch, 32 N. Potomac St., on July 29.

Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced him to 10 years in state prison, suspending all but 18 months to be served in the county detention center.

Daniel J. Iseminger Jr., 23, of 205 S. Antietam St., Funkstown, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary for breaking into the EZ Choice/Sprint store at 761 E. Wilson Blvd. in Hagerstown, on Aug. 20.

Beachley sentenced him to four years in state prison with all but 10 days in jail suspended.

Johnson had gone into the bank, approached a teller and said: "This is a robbery. Give me $300," Assistant State's Attorney Christopher McCormack told Beachley. The teller gave Johnson several $50 bills and he left the bank, he said.

The next day, July 30, a police officer saw Johnson in the emergency room of Meritus Medical Center, wearing the same blue-and-white striped polo shirt and blue jeans the robber was seen wearing on the bank surveillance video.

"When I first read this, I wondered, 'Who walks into a bank and asks for $300?'" McCormack told Beachley. He explained that someone had "floated" Johnson $150 in crack cocaine the night before.

Johnson asked for $300 because "he wanted to pay back the drug debt and party one more night."

In setting restitution, Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden said Johnson had taken $350 to $400 from the bank.

"It was $400," Johnson volunteered.

Johnson was arrested with $6 left, so Beachley set restitution at $394.

In Iseminger's case, Hagerstown police went to the EZ Choice/ Sprint store at 5:29 a.m. where a piece of concrete had been used to smash the door glass and a display cellphone had been taken, McCormack said.

Surveillance video from a nearby store showed a man wearing a "MARINO 13" Miami Dolphins jersey breaking into the store, McCormack said.  

At 4:53 a.m. on Aug. 20 — an hour before the burglary — another city police officer responded to a report of an unconscious man lying on Frederick Street, McCormack said.

When the officer arrived, he found Iseminger "up and walking" and wearing a Dan Marino Dolphins jersey, he said.

There were no warrants for Iseminger, so he was allowed to go on his way, according to the application for statement of charges.

When questioned by police, Iseminger said he had no memory of the break-in and wondered how he came to be in possession of the phone, McCormack said.

"Mr. Iseminger has an alcohol problem," said Creeden, who also represented Iseminger.

Beachley advised Iseminger he might be released before Christmas.

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