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Hagerstown man enters guilty pleas in six burglaries

Timothy Blake Miller also pleaded guilty to a rogue and vagabond charge and entered an Alford plea to a charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute

March 26, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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The state is recommending a Hagerstown man spend 15 to 20 years in state prison after he entered guilty pleas Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to six burglaries — as well as criminal offenses committed after he posted bond on the burglary charges.

Timothy Blake Miller, 21, formerly of 17548 Gay St., also pleaded guilty to a rogue and vagabond charge and entered an Alford plea to a charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute. An Alford plea in not an admission of guilt, but is an acknowledgment that the state has enough evidence to get a conviction.

Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. ordered a presentence report and said it could be about 60 days before Miller is sentenced.

On Oct. 12, 2012, Miller was arrested at the Motel 6 on Massey Boulevard, and charged by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in a pair of burglaries. Also charged in connection with the burglaries were Derick Lane Boerstler, 23, and his sister, Jordan Linn Boerstler, 20, both of 463 Links View Drive.

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At the time of Miller’s first bond review hearing in October, an assistant state’s attorney said he committed the crimes to pay for his heroin habit.

One Fairplay home burglarized by Miller in September and again in late October was that of an uncle, Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Hansen said during Tuesday’s plea hearing.

On Oct. 8, a woman reported that her Gaywood Drive home had been broken into and jewelry worth $2,500 had been stolen, Hansen said during the statement of facts. Later that day an employee at a Hagerstown pawn shop called police to report that Miller had pawned a large amount of jewelry in exchange for $1,400, she said.

That same day another burglary was reported on Howell Road with more than $1,600 in coins, jewelry and currency being stolen, Hansen told Long.

A day later, a woman reported her Eastwood Drive home had been burglarized and a Rolex watch, jewelry and iPad worth a total of $30,000 had been stolen.

Hansen also detailed two burglaries committed in late September, one being at his uncle’s house on Jordan Road in Fairplay.

Miller was jailed on the charges, but a friend posted his bond on Oct. 19, Hansen told Long.

After his release, he committed the second burglary art his uncle’s residence, Hansen told Long.

During the approach of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 28-29, Miller broke into five Pike Energy utility vehicles which were stationed at the Ramada Inn in Hagerstown, stealing copper wire and tools, Hansen said.

On Nov. 9, the Washington County Warrant Task Force went to a residence on the 200 block of East Avenue where Miller was staying, Hansen said. He was arrested and the person renting the residence gave authorities permission to search, telling them Miller had tossed a Mentos tube of heroin under the couch when police arrived, she said.

The tube had about 20 individual packets of heroin in it, and drug paraphernalia was found throughout the house, Hansen said.

Derick and Jordan Boerstler are scheduled to be in circuit court April 2, court records said.

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