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Two Columbia teens plead guilty in County school thefts

Two of the three Columbia teenagers indicted in connection with seven burglaries of Howard County school system facilities last spring pleaded guilty to burglary charges on Thursday, according to State’s Attorney spokesperson Wayne Kirwan.

Alexander George Schweitzer, 19, of the 5600 block of Stevens Forest Road, and Jacob Hayes Mann, 19, of the 6200 block of Freestone Court, were sentenced to eight years in prison with all eight years suspended. The two pleaded guilty to four charges of fourth-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree burglary.

Schweitzer’s twin brother, Nicholas James Schweitzer, who is facing four counts of burglary for two of the seven incidents, did not enter a plea.

Both men were indicted in June on seven counts of second-degree burglary, seven counts of fourth-degree burglary, and 10 counts of theft in connection with seven incidents, which occurred between March 28 and April 19.

Schweitzer also pleaded guilty to four counts of theft in connection with four other incidents, occurring between December 2011 and March 2012, in which Schweitzer broke into three parked cars in Columbia and one locker at the Supreme Court Athletic Club.

It was during one of these incidents, outside of Atholton High School, when Schweitzer stole a school system master key from an employee’s parked car. According to the statement of facts, Schweitzer then used the key to commit the school system burglaries.

Among the items stolen from the schools were laptop computers, computer speakers, a computer mouse and cameras.

Howard County Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker sentenced both men to jointly pay $1,260 in restitution and write a letter of apology to the Howard County Board of Education. Both men also will serve four years on supervised probation.

Mann must perform 75 hours of community service and successfully complete a drug rehab program.

Schweitzer must perform 150 hours of community service and pay restitution totaling about $1,500 to the theft victims in the four other cases.

A motions hearing for Nicholas Schweitzer is set for Oct. 4.

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