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Hagerstown man sentenced to 18 months for role in burglaries

April 22, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man was sentenced Monday in Washington County Court to 18 months in the county detention center for his role in a series of burglaries last fall.

Richard Dalton Vanes, 20, of 17328 Diane Drive, pleaded guilty to theft between $10,000 and $100,000 before Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., who sentenced him to 7 1/2 years in prison, suspending all but 18 months to be served locally. Vanes also was given five years of supervised probation and ordered to pay restitution of more than $14,000.

Between Oct. 23 and 27 a house on Jordan Road in Fairplay was broken into and several thousand dollars worth of jewelry was taken, Deputy State’s Attorney Joseph Michael told Long. On Oct. 25 some of that jewelry was sold at an area pawnshop by Vanes for $1,920, he said.

That jewelry was later recovered, but more than $14,000 worth taken in the burglary was never found, Michael said.

In March, Timothy Blake Miller, 21, formerly of Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to six burglaries, including the one on Jordan Road, and possession with intent to distribute heroin and is awaiting sentencing, court records said.

Miller had broken into the Jordan Road house, the residence of a relative, in September and again in October, court records said.

Miller had been jailed on burglary charges before the second break-in at the Jordan Road house, but Vanes assisted in getting money so Miller could post bond, charging documents said.

Derek Lane Boerstler, 23, pleaded guilty earlier this month to participating in some of the burglaries with Miller and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, court records said. His sister, Jordan Boerstler, is awaiting trial on charges related to the series of burglaries, court records said.

Assistant Public Defender Kathleen McClernan told Long that Vanes did not participate in the Jordan Road burglary, but did sell the jewelry.

Vanes was using heroin at the time the burglaries were committed, McClernan said.

“That’s what these people had in common,” she said.
“You’re just too young to understand the gravity of what you’re involved in ... That’s the only explanation,” Long told Vanes.

“The game’s come to an end and you’re all going to prison,” Long said of Vanes and his convicted co-defendants. He told Vanes he will now have a felony record for the rest of his life.

“Twenty years old,” Long said. “You’ve made a fine mess of things.”

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