Former official's trial set on burglary charges

March 16, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Former state health official John Martin Staubitz Jr. -- charged with a dozen house break-ins in Carroll, Howard and Baltimore counties -- will have his Carroll cases heard before a jury May 10, records show.

State police charged Mr. Staubitz, 45, with breaking into four Carroll homes with an accomplice, Robert Ernest Emmons, 29, during several weeks last summer.

Mr. Staubitz, once a deputy state health secretary, has been held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bail since his arrest Sept. 24. He faces 30 criminal charges.

Mr. Staubitz was convicted in 1992 of skimming thousands of dollars from the Maryland State Games, an amateur athletics competition. He served seven months of a 10-month sentence and was released from prison in February 1993.

Police allege that Mr. Staubitz and Mr. Emmons used credit cards taken from one of the burglarized Carroll County homes to buy shoes, video camcorders and television sets.

Mr. Emmons, whose Carroll County trial is scheduled for March 28, pleaded guilty in January to the Baltimore County burglaries. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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