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Jury trial sought by man accused of stealing boy's wallet

October 04, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown man accused of stealing a boy’s wallet at the North Hagerstown High School stadium asked for a jury trial during an appearance Thursday in Washington County District Court.

Douglas Drew Hornbecker, 50, of 1136 Green Lane, is charged with theft under $1,000 in the June 4 incident, court documents said. By asking for a jury trial, his case will go to Circuit Court.

The boy told police he was at the stadium for soccer practice that afternoon and placed his cell phone and a wallet containing $625 under a row of bleachers, according to the application for statement of charges filed by Hagerstown police. About two hours later he discovered the phone and wallet were missing, the document said.

Police checked the school’s video surveillance system, which showed a male jogging around the bleacher steps, the charging document said. In the video, the man is seen bending down in the area where the boy said he left the wallet and phone, the document said.

The school resource officer assigned to the school and identified Hornbecker as the man who was jogging, the charging document said.

A detective interviewed Hornbecker on June 11 and he “readily admitted he had taken the phone and the wallet with cash,” the charging document alleged. Hornbecker told the detective he returned the wallet and phone to the boy the next day, but kept the cash, the document said.

Hornbecker told the detective that he told the boy he had found the wallet and phone in the parking lot, the charging document said. Hornbecker offered to make restitution and the detective took the money to an adult family member of the victim, the document said.

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