Baltimore man guilty in 4 Carroll burglaries

March 29, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

Robert Ernest Emmons Jr., who is charged with former state health official John Martin Staubitz Jr. in a series of suburban burglaries last fall, pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy and other charges tied to four break-ins in Carroll County.

Emmons' plea is expected to add five years to the 20-year prison sentence he has been serving since January, when he pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court to two counts of daytime housebreaking.

In a deal with prosecutors yesterday, Emmons pleaded guilty to two counts of daytime housebreaking and one count of conspiracy to commit burglary. The conspiracy charge covered two Carroll break-ins.

Emmons will be sentenced to 25 years in prison, but the time will be served concurrently with his Baltimore County sentence.

Emmons also agreed to plead guilty to one count of daytime housebreaking that stems from three Howard County burglaries.

In exchange for the pleas, Carroll prosecutors dropped more than 30 other criminal charges against him. Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold scheduled sentencing for June 7.

Emmons, 29, of Baltimore and Mr. Staubitz, 45, of Catonsville were charged with 12 burglaries in Carroll, Howard and Baltimore counties.

In Carroll County, Mr. Staubitz and Emmons were accused of using credit cards taken from one of the burglarized homes to buy shoes, video camcorders and television sets.

A state trooper was at the home when a cashier at Macy's in Owings Mills Mall called to report two men using a stolen credit card.

The men had left by the time police arrived at the store, but had been recorded on the store's video camera.

After Emmons was arrested Sept. 24, he led police to a locker at Beltway Mini Storage in Woodlawn. Police found stolen property that included jewelry, silverware, coins, handguns and other guns, electronics and lawn equipment, according to Deputy State's Attorney Edward M. Ulsch.

The troopers said they also recovered stolen items at the homes of Emmons and Mr. Staubitz, who was arrested later that day.

Mr. Staubitz, once a deputy state health secretary, was convicted in 1992 of skimming thousands of dollars from the Maryland State Games, an amateur athletic competition.

He served seven months of a 10-month sentence and was released from prison in February 1993.

According to court records, Mr. Staubitz will face three juries in the next two months. His Baltimore County trial is scheduled to begin April 5, the Howard County trial April 13 and his Carroll trial May 10.

He is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $500,000 bail.

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