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Mount Airy woman sentenced in residential burglaries, cable theft

Angela Marie King

A Mount Airy woman was sentenced to 18 months in jail for multiple home burglaries and stealing telephone cable from utility poles in western Howard County and Carroll County.

Angela Marie King, 33, was arrested in June alongside her co-defendant, Thomas Leo Hurley, 35, of Woodbine. According to Wayne Kirwan of the Howard County State's Attorney's Office, King pleaded guilty to two counts of theft scheme between $10,000 and $100,000 in circuit court Nov. 10.

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Kirwan said Hurley's trial is scheduled for January 2017.

During the Nov. 10 hearing, Kirwan said Assistant State's Attorney Scott A. Hammond told the court during the Nov. 10 hearing that detectives saw King and Hurley breaking into a Carroll County home on June 26. King's criminal record showed her involvement in 10 residential burglaries in Howard County earlier that month, stealing from homes with open garage doors.

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King later admitted to the burglaries, Kirwan said, telling officers that Hurley would wait nearby in his pickup truck. Bicycles, chain saws, golf clubs and leaf blowers were among the property stolen and were pawned.

Hammond told the court that between June 9 and 18, hundreds of feet of cable were cut and stolen from 10 areas in Glenwood, Clarksville and Sykesville. King was convicted of stealing the copper wiring strands and selling them for scrap. The cable weighed hundreds of pounds and cost $87,000 to replace, and King's actions disrupted Verizon Communications customer service, Hammond said.

After King apologized, Kirwan said Judge Mary Kramer sentenced her to 10 years, suspending all but 18 months, to be served at the Howard County Detention Center. King will then be placed on two years of supervised probation following her release.



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