A 23-year-old man who Anne Arundel County police say may be responsible for thefts last fall from up to 70 tool sheds in Pasadena was sentenced in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to four break-ins and nine thefts.
Roland Edwin Cross of the first block of Nicholson Drive also was ordered by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. to pay a total of $3,000 in restitution to the 13 victims.
Police said that when he was arrested in November, Cross told them that he was responsible for up to 70 break-ins and thefts of lawn mowers, garden tools and other household equipment from sheds over five weeks.
Joseph Reina, assistant state's attorney, said that Cross was pawning the items in Baltimore pawn shops.
He said Cross was arrested after officers spotted him loitering in a parking lot near the 8400 block of Forest Drive, Pasadena, where some of the break-ins had occurred.
Stopped by officers and questioned, he readily admitted to the thefts, Mr. Reina said.
"He was completely candid with the police. He didn't hold anything back," said Assistant Public Defender Gary Christopher, Cross' lawyer.
Mr. Reina said Cross was charged with only 13 incidents because the other victims apparently did not bother to report the thefts to the police.