Bel Air commissioner's trial set for Wednesday

It's been more than a month since theft charges were filed against a Bel Air town commissioner, and the case will be tried in Cecil County needs to be written for print page to say today (Wednesday).

Commissioner Terence Hanley was charged in September by criminal summons with theft between $1,000 and $10,000 in connection with a business transaction at his former employer, Ramsey Ford in Elkton, where he was a manager.

The incident dates to February, when someone purchased a vehicle at the dealership and traded in a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina. The car buyer gave Hanley $14,500 cash, according to charging documents, and Hanley gave Ramsey Ford $9,500 in cash after allegedly overinflating the trade-in value of the Lumina to $7,320.38 from its original $2,000 value, court records say.

Ramsey Ford notified police of the missing $5,000 on June 14 and the next day Hanley gave the business a personal check for $3,500, according to charging documents. The business also withheld a $1,600 check owed to Hanley.

At the time, according to charging documents, Hanley said what took place was common practice for the business and he was holding the $5,000 because he was waiting to sell the traded vehicle to someone else.

The trial is scheduled for Wednesday in Elkton at 8:30 a.m., six days before the Nov. 8 Bel Air election, in which Hanley is running for re-election to his commissioner post.

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