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Two charged in Westminster grocery thefts

Two individuals were charged Thursday in a series of Westminster thefts of cigarettes and grocery items.

James Kemper Conley, 43, and Travis Tommy Conley, 24, both of no fixed address, were each charged with three counts each of theft scheme less than $1,000 for stealing various items from Westminster stores, according to charging documents.

On Feb. 15, police responded to the Liberty Mart on East Main Street for a reported theft of cigarettes, according to the documents. The owner told police that two male suspects entered the store and selected two packs of cigarettes and various food items.

One suspect allegedly placed the cigarettes in his pocket and said that the other suspect would pay for them and walked out of the store, but the other suspect claimed not to have his wallet with him, according to the documents. He then also left the store, and the suspects fled on foot.

On Feb. 26, police responded to the Sheetz on East Main Street for a reported theft, according to the documents. The description of the suspects matched the description from the Feb. 15 theft. Police identified James and Travis Conley from still photos obtained from security footage.

On March 8, police responded to the Weis Markets on Md. 140 for a reported theft and again identified James and Travis Conley from security footage, according to the documents.

According to electronic court records, James and Travis Conley are also both charged with theft less than $1,000 and conspiracy to commit theft less than $1,000 from other incidents. James Conley is additionally charged with theft less than $100.

Both James and Travis Conley are being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $15,000 and $2,500 bail, respectively, according to electronic court records.

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