Annapolitan sentenced

January 24, 1993|By Staff report

A 28-year-old former Annapolis firefighter has been placed on five years' unsupervised probation for embezzling $29,737 from the Sears department store where he worked.

Daniel A. Early, an eight-year veteran of the Annapolis Fire

Department, was head of security at the Parole Plaza store. He used his position to falsify computer credit records and obtain credit card refunds for items he never purchased.

The thefts began in October 1990 and continued for about a year, said Deputy State's Attorney William D. Roessler.

Early, who pleaded guilty to felony theft Dec. 7, was near tears Friday when he told Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. he has lost his job at Sears and the Fire Department, lost the condominium )) he owned, has moved in with his brother and is working as a laborer.

Peter S. O'Neill, his lawyer, said Early has paid full restitution, that the offense was an aberration in a crime-free life that included "excellent evaluations" at the Fire Department and that he is seeing a therapist because he is manic depressive.

"He was, by all accounts, on the fast track at the Fire Department," Mr. O'Neill said. "His conduct was just not logical, in any respect."

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