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Hagerstown man charged with Westminster burglary, firearms theft

Aaron Carl Thomas, 25, of Hagerstown, was charged with nine counts of possession of a stolen firearm knowing it to have been stolen and one count of first-degree burglary among other charges on May 2.
Aaron Carl Thomas, 25, of Hagerstown, was charged with nine counts of possession of a stolen firearm knowing it to have been stolen and one count of first-degree burglary among other charges on May 2. (Courtesy photo)

A Hagerstown man was charged May 2 after he allegedly burglarized a home and stole guns, ammunition, cash and other items.

Aaron Carl Thomas, 25, was charged with nine counts of possession of a stolen firearm knowing it to have been stolen and one count each of first-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, theft of items valued between $1,000 and $10,000, and malicious destruction of property valued at $1,000. He is being held without bond as of Thursday, according to electronic court records.

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According to the statement of charges, Thomas broke into a house in Westminster with the intent to steal the homeowners’ property on or about June 16 and June 29, 2017. When the owners returned, they found someone had rummaged through their property, a safe had been broken into and nine guns, in addition to other items, were missing.

Among the allegedly stolen guns were a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber revolver, SKS 7.62-millimeter carbine rifle, Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, .22-caliber chrome and black revolver, .22-caliber bolt action rifle, Civil War-era Sharps carbine rifle, 1858 Colt Army revolver, 20-gauge shotgun and Sierra .22-caliber revolver, according to the report. An assortment of .38-caliber loose ammunition also was missing.

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The missing firearms and ammunition are worth $2,740, according to the report, and the homeowners reported the total value of stolen property to be $7,340 — with $2,100 in cash, $750 worth of personal electronics and $1,750 worth of jewelry also missing.

A yellow kitchen dishwashing glove with Thomas’ DNA was found next to the pried-open safe, according to the statement, and the property owners reported damage as a result of the burglary amounted to $608.

Thomas also, because of prior felony convictions, is prohibited from possessing firearms, according to the statement.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 13, according to electronic court records as of close of courts Friday.

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