Tool thief sentenced to 21 months in jail WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills


A 35-year-old Laurel man, already convicted of attempting to steal a helicopter engine because he was "tired of working on cars," was sentenced to 21 months in prison yesterday for unrelated theft charges.

Randall Holden of the 8100 block of Brock Bridge Road was sentenced yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

Holden pleaded guilty to stealing $1,100 worth of tools in February 1992 from C&C; Trucking Co. in Laurel.

In November, Holden pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to charges that he attempted to steal an Army helicopter engine worth $150,000. Holden broke into a building at Tipton Airfield at Fort Meade in January 1992, according to court records.

Holden told U.S. District Judge William N. Nickerson that he was tired of working on automobiles and wanted to get into helicopter repair work. He abandoned the engine when he realized it was too heavy for him to lift into his pickup truck.

Holden broke into another building at Fort Meade later in the same month and stole $114,000 worth of specialized tools, federal court records say.

He was arrested in April after authorities received a tip from someone who had heard Holden bragging about the thefts.

During yesterday's hearing, Judge Martin A. Wolff specified that the state sentence is to be served concurrently with Holden's 21-month federal sentence.

Holden will serve the time in federal detention facilities.

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