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Repeat offender of identity theft enters guilty plea

A man from Baltimore, Maryland, with a prior conviction for identity theft has pled guilty to the same offense five years later. The man was on trial for theft charges but he elected to plead guilty after three days of a trial. The man could receive possible penalties of up to 38 years in prison. Authorities estimate the personal losses to five victims at approximately $70,000. The thefts and attempted thefts included electronics and designer merchandise including Gucci bags and Hermes sweaters. The man was sentenced to just over five years in federal prison because of theft convictions in 2007.

2 Hagerstown pre-teens questioned regarding bombs at church

Two pre-teens in Hagerstown, Maryland, were questioned after officials found 13 bombs made from soda bottles at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A resident who lived near the building contacted the authorities about the bombs. When the fire department investigated the bombs, three were found to pose no danger. They continued to investigate the remaining bombs. The authorities said that young people often find out about soda bottle bombs from looking online online. They most likely do not fully understand the dangers and think the devices look fun. Neighbors commented that they didn't believe that the children wanted to commit a crime of vandalism to hurt anyone or damage the church property.

Maryland 'Scrap King' faces theft charges, scorn from neighbors

A Maryland man, whose actions have been documented by television cameras, will face court and a jury trial for three counts of burglary, two counts of theft and property destruction this month. In addition, a neighborhood association has filed separate charges against him for his home business along with the property crime and felony theft charge he now faces. The community claims that the defendant is violating neighborhood regulations by cluttering his property with debris and that it detracts from the overall appearance of the community. The man argues that he sells the objects he collects and that he is planning a yard sale. He calls himself the Scrap King. His battles with neighbors attracted the interest of a reality show called "House Wars," which filmed an episode that has yet to air.

Sharpsburg man charged with arson after allegedly setting blaze

After a man was evicted from his home in Sharpsburg, Maryland, he may have decided to take out his misplaced anger in an illegal fashion. Allegedly, he fought the eviction by starting fires in his former residence. The man has been charged with multiple crimes including arson. The fire department responded to the blaze with nearly 50 firefighters on the scene. They worked for about 90 minutes to control the fire. One of the firefighters who responded to the emergency call was hurt as he worked. He was rushed to a nearby medical facility for burns to his face and eyes.

Maryland trio arrested in alleged diesel fuel theft scheme

Three Maryland men were arrested on theft charges after being accused of stealing $35,000 in diesel fuel over the last two months. Police say that the men bought fuel at various gas stations with Panera Bread gift cards that were encoded with stolen credit card information. One of the merchants from whom they purchased received a disputed purchase complaint.

High schooler charged for attempted pizza delivery robberies

A 17-year-old high school student from Montgomery Village, Maryland, was arrested last week and charged with armed robbery in connection with several robberies involving pizza delivery drivers. Officials at Watkins Mill High School said the boy is a senior there and played varsity football last fall. He now faces two counts of attempted armed robbery and could face several more charges pending the outcome of other investigations.

Bethesda women report unwelcome hugs from strange man

An unknown man has been hugging strangers on the streets of Bethesda, Maryland. Three women have reported the attacks near a high school and at Metro stations. In one case, the subject also intentionally pinched the victim's breasts, according to a report she filed with police. Law enforcement personnel have emphasized the unwanted nature of the sexual advances. The subject fled when the victims yelled for help after the possible sexual assaults. Law enforcement has released a description of the suspect. He did not speak to the women or attempt to take any of their belongings. The victims describe him as Caucasian or Asian. His age could range from 18 to 22, and his height could be between 5'6" and 5'10" tall.

Montgomery County's 'teen court' program

Montgomery County was the first county in Maryland to begin a teen court program concerning teenagers accused of a variety of juvenile crimes such as theft or other property crimes, drug possession and underage drinking. It has now been 15 years since this program was implemented, and it involves having other teenagers serve on a jury when one of their peers is charged with an offense.

Suspected Maryland carjacker may have been mentally ill

Many individuals that find themselves on the wrong side of the law also suffer from mental illness. A Maryland man suspected of carjacking and theft may have taken the vehicle under the illusory premise that he was being pursued by assailants. The man's attorney asserts that his client "was in the throes of his psychotic attack."

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