Bombing sentence levied 5-year probation to follow jail term NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

January 07, 1993|By Darren Allen | Darren Allen,Staff Writer

A 24-year-old Westminster man has been sentenced to a year in the Carroll County Detention Center in connection with pipe bombings in Hampstead and a series of break-ins.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. imposed the sentence Tuesday on David William Smith, of the 1800 block of Pleasant Valley Road, for the defendant's convictions Nov. 2 on charges of felony theft and manufacturing a pipe bomb.

Judge Burns suspended a nine-year state prison term in connection with the pipe bombings and break-ins.

The theft conviction stemmed from a confession by Smith during an investigation of the pipe-bombing case.

Court records said Smith purchased Pyrodex, an explosive, from the Deep Run Ace Hardware Store in Manchester on March 4, 1992.

He also purchased safety fuses and four galvanized pipes with end caps at the Ace Hardware Store in Hampstead's Robert Fields Shopping Center, the records said.

That night, pipe bomb explosions damaged several mailboxes and a cable junction box in Hampstead.

Investigators traced the remains of the bombs to the purchases at the hardware stores and then traced those purchases to Smith.

When fire investigators questioned Smith, he told them he and several accomplices committed several break-ins in Hanover, Pa., Westminster and Manchester during January 1992.

More than $1,700 in cash and property was stolen in those break-ins, court records show.

Smith was arrested in March and charged with felony theft, burglary, three counts of conspiracy to break and enter, misdemeanor theft, conspiracy to commit theft, possession of a pipe bomb, possession of a pipe bomb with the intent to frighten, possession of Pyrodex without a license and assembling a pipe bomb.

In plea agreements in the two cases, Smith was found guilty of one count of felony theft and one count of manufacturing a pipe bomb. Prosecutors dropped the other charges.

Judge Burns also sentenced Smith to five years on probation after his release from the Carroll County Detention Center, and ordered him to pay restitution for the damage caused by the explosions.

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