An Ellicott City man was sentenced to 18 months Thursday, July 26 after being convicted of burglary and a theft scheme, according to T. Wayne Kirwan, spokesman for the Howard County State's Attorney's Office.
Craig Nathaniel Webster, 47, of the 3500 block of Corporate Court, pleaded guilty on April 12 to second-degree burglary of an Ellicott City child care center and, in a separate case, pleaded guilty to a theft scheme at Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church in Ellicott City.
Last fall, Howard County police investigated the theft of a digital camera and credit card from the La Petite Academy child care center and the theft of musical instruments from the church.
Police developed Webster as a suspect after he tried to use the stolen credit card at a nearby drug store where a video surveillance camera captured the transaction. Police also determined that Webster sold the stolen instruments at a local music store.
Howard County Circuit Court Judge Louis A. Becker III sentenced Webster to 15 years on the child care center burglary and a concurrent sentence of 10 years for the church theft, suspending all but 18 months of the sentence. Judge Becker ordered that Webster can serve the sentence within a residential drug/alcohol treatment program and that he must serve five years of supervised probation after his release.