Judge sends man to jail for stealing work vans


A 26-year-old Taneytown man was sentenced yesterday to serve three consecutive 18-month terms at the Carroll County Detention Center on multiple convictions, including the theft of four contractors' work vans that had been left running in the cold weather last winter, a county prosecutor said.

David Robert Leatherman of the first block of Fairground Ave. was convicted in August of theft of motor vehicles - three from homes and one near a convenience store, said Jennifer L. Darby, assistant state's attorney.

Reported stolen were: a 1996 Ford van at 7 a.m. Jan. 14 from the 500 block of Daisy Drive in Taneytown; a 1995 Ford van at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 30 from the 3200 block of Atlee Ridge Road, New Windsor; a 2002 Chevrolet van at 8:20 a.m. Jan. 30 from the curb at a convenience store at Church Street and Route 31 in New Windsor; and a 1994 Chevrolet van that belonged to a Gaithersburg plumbing company at 5 a.m. Jan. 27 from a home in the 500 block of Pinehurst Circle, Westminster, Darby said.

Carroll County Circuit Judge Michael M. Galloway imposed a sentence of 14 years' imprisonment in the motor vehicle theft cases, then suspended all but two 18-month jail terms, Darby said. Leatherman also was ordered to pay almost $9,000 in restitution for tools, cell phones and other items stolen from the vans, she said.

Leatherman received the third 18-month sentence for a conviction on shoplifting charges, the prosecutor said. He also was sentenced yesterday in two unrelated assault cases to two years in jail, a sentence that would be served concurrently with the van theft sentences, Darby said.

Leatherman, who has sought treatment for drug addiction and bipolar disorder, had a history of burglary in North Carolina, a drug conviction in Worcester County and pending theft charges in Frederick County, she said.

Another man charged in the van thefts, Anthony David Bohn, 21, of the 100 block of Springdale Ave., New Windsor, was arrested after some of the carpentry, plumbing and other tools were pawned, Darby said. Bohn confessed and in February directed authorities to Leatherman's aunt's home in Fairfield, Pa., where many of the stolen items were found in a trailer.

Bohn was ordered to serve 18 months of two concurrent two-year sentences on four convictions, two for motor vehicle theft and two for felony theft. They were imposed May 13 in Carroll District Court, Darby said.

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