A 30-year-old Calvert County man was sentenced to five years' probation yesterday for two purse snatchings, including one where the 59-year-old victim chased him across an Edgewater parking lot.
Douglas MacArthur Brooks, of the 300 block of Horaceward Road in Owings, was spared jail time by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. His attorney had argued that Brooks is a steady worker whose problems started when he became addicted to cocaine four years ago.
Assistant Public Defender James McCarthy said Brooks, who pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery last month, is working at a McDonald's restaurant and has enrolled in the Open Door drug treatment program.
Judge Thieme sentenced Brooks to five years, but suspended the term, so that he will have to serve it only if he violates his probation. He also ordered Brooks to pay $80 in restitution to his victims.
According to court records, a woman was on her way to the Taco Bell in the 3000 block of Solomon's Island Road in Edgewater on Jan. 7 when Brooks snatched her purse and took off.
She chased him for several hundred yards but lost him.
Brooks was arrested a week later when he snatched a purse belonging to another woman at a fast food restaurant in Annapolis and a witness reported his license plate to police, Assistant State's Attorney Fred Paone said.