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Bail set at $100,000 on burglary charges


A 24-year-old Taneytown man remained in the Carroll County Detention Center yesterday on $100,000 bail after his arrest Friday on burglary charges.

Yesterday, Carroll District Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones declined to lower the bail set for John Carlos Villarreal of the 3500 block of Runnymeade Road.

Mr. Villarreal was arrested Friday and charged with several counts of burglary, theft, malicious destruction and conspiracy in the theft of more than $3,700 worth of television sets, videocassette recorders, guitars, stereos and jewelry from a Snydersburg home April 20.

It was not clear yesterday why Mr. Villarreal wasn't arrested until last week; state police obtained an arrest warrant for him early last month.

Mr. Villarreal was the third person arrested in connection with the burglary.

Last month, a Union Mills couple were charged with burglary and related offenses.

State police said William E. Raczkowski and his wife Connie, both 21, of the 3700 block of Littlestown Pike were wearing jewelry stolen from the Snydersburg house when they were apprehended.

Police said the stolen items were pawned the day after the burglary.

At hearings this month, felony burglary charges against the couple were dropped.

Misdemeanor conspiracy and theft charges against Mr. Raczkowski are scheduled to be heard July 14 in Carroll District Court. Mrs. Raczkowski has asked for a jury trial in Circuit Court. Both are in the Carroll County Detention Center awaiting trial.

Mr. Villarreal is expected to be arraigned in District Court July 25.

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