Manchester man admits guilt in theft of tractors, trailers

June 30, 1994|By Joe Mathews | Joe Mathews,Sun Staff Writer

A 54-year-old Manchester man pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felony charges of stealing lawn and garden tractors and several over-the-road utility trailers from Maryland and Pennsylvania residents.

Buck Alvar Rhett Harris was arrested in Westminster in November after an investigation by the Maryland Vehicle Theft Task Force, which is composed of officers from Baltimore, Anne Arundel County, the FBI and state police.

Investigators had said he was one of a number of people stealing tractors from one state and selling them in another.

Task force members said they found equipment worth an estimated $23,000 in Harris' possession when he was arrested.

Barton F. Walker III, assistant state's attorney for the case, said he would wait for the completion of a pre-sentencing investigation before deciding how long a term to recommend for Harris. But he said that, "given the circumstances, it should be a long time in jail."

"I expect I'm going to ask for a right healthy sentence," Mr. Walker said.

Reached at his home after the court proceedings, Harris would say only that he was unsure what prosecutors "are going to do to me."

Harris' lawyer, Edward C. Covahey Jr., did not return repeated phone calls seeking comment.

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