Former Myersville man gets 20-year suspended sentence in burglary

October 16, 2012|By DON AINES |

Already sentenced to 59 years in prison for a series of burglaries in other counties, Andrew Tyler Olden received an additional suspended sentence of 20 years after pleading guilty in Washington County to first-degree burglary.

Olden, 25, formerly of Myersville, Md., pleaded guilty to breaking into the Keedysville home of Gary and Bonnie Gordon on May 28, 2011, and stealing, jewelry, heirlooms and a .44-magnum handgun with a total value of more than $60,000, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Hansen told Judge Daniel P. Dwyer that Olden already has burglary convictions in Montgomery, Frederick and Howard counties in Maryland and Jefferson County, West Virginia, and he has sentences totaling 59 years.

“It’s going to be a long time, even if your a model prisoner, before you see the light of day,” Dwyer told Olden, before imposing the 20-year suspended sentence, which is consecutive to other sentences he is already serving.


Hansen noted that Olden’s suspended sentences in the other cases — on top of the actual prison sentences — totaled more than 100 years.

Olden had a history of heroin abuse and went through treatment, became a diesel technician and held down a job before relapsing, Semler said.

Among the items never recovered was a Davy Crockett watch that Bonnie Gordon said her father gave her as a child.

Gary Gordon was worried about the handgun.

“That .44-magnum is on the street ... and someday someone’s going to be looking down the wrong end of that,” Gary Gordon said.

The sheriff’s office had been investigating a series of daylight residential burglaries between January and June 2011, the charging document said. Olden and his girlfriend, Kayla Elizabeth Myers and three other men were identified as suspects, the document said. As part of a joint investigation with the other Maryland counties involved, it was determined Olden was selling stolen jewelry to a pawn shop in Howard County.

Some stolen items were recovered through searches conducted at the pawn shop and the home of its owner, who was also charged, Hansen said.

A search of Olden and Myers’ home turned up a digital camera containing a photograph of the stolen handgun, the charging document said.

Olden and Myers were placed under surveillance in June 2011 and Olden was arrested after committing a burglary in Montgomery County, the charging document said.

Myers, 23, was scheduled for a suppression hearing on Tuesday, but it was postponed.

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