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Taneytown man allegedly broke into home, stole safe

Rodney Alan Rill Jr. is charged with burglary and related offenses for allegedly stealing a safe from a friend's home. Full story: <a href="http://bit.ly/1AM1Biy">http://bit.ly/1AM1Biy</a>
Rodney Alan Rill Jr. is charged with burglary and related offenses for allegedly stealing a safe from a friend's home. Full story: http://bit.ly/1AM1Biy (HANDOUT)

A Taneytown man is charged with burglary and related offenses for allegedly stealing a safe from a friend's home Wednesday.

Rodney Alan Rill Jr., 27, of the 100 block of Ohagan Drive, is charged with first-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property and theft, according to electronic court files.

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Rill was released from the Carroll County Detention Center on Friday after posting $7,500 bond.

A Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a Taneytown residence for a burglary at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday and met with the victims who said the home was broken into sometime that day, according to charging documents.

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The victims said the suspect stole a safe containing cash, rolls of coins, a bag of diamond earrings, two diamonds, two gold chains, three Cal Ripken baseball cards and an Emmitt Smith trading card, totaling more than $4,000, according to the documents.

Surveillance cameras outside the residence showed the suspect, whom the victims identified as Rill, pull up to the residence in a truck and move through the home before exiting carrying the safe, according to the documents.

One of the victims said that once she saw the footage, she drove to Rill's mother's home and confronted him about the theft. Rill denied involvement until she said she had him on film, according to the documents. At that point, Rill walked away and returned with a bag containing rolls of coins valued at $108 and then left, she said.

The deputy found Rill on Thursday and placed him under arrest, according to the documents. After waiving his Miranda rights, Rill admitted to breaking into the residence through the kitchen window and looking for marijuana.

Rill also said the safe only contained rolls of coins, which he returned when confronted, according to the documents. He said he dumped the safe off of a bridge near Detour.

It is not clear from the charging documents if the safe or the other items that the victims claimed were stolen have been recovered.

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