A 45-year-old Gamber area woman and four teen-agers have been charged in nine house burglaries in the Finksburg, Gamber and Eldersburg sections of Carroll County, according to state police.
Barbara Ann Ellis of the 3700 block of London Bridge Road was released on her own recognizance after a bail hearing before a court commissioner Friday. She was charged with three counts each of theft and conspiracy.
Investigators said they believed a woman helped four juveniles dispose of property taken in the burglaries, which occurred in May.
Officers at the Westminster barracks said they served a search warrant at the woman's house early in September and recovered evidence that helped to link those arrested to the crimes. More than $5,000 worth of stolen property, including guns, golf clubs, jewelry and electronic equipment, was recovered from about 10 homes.
The juveniles, one 16 years old, two 17 and one who turned 18 since the burglaries occurred, will be tried in juvenile court, police said.
One of the 17-year-olds was already in custody of juvenile authorities, having been arrested in September on unrelated charges, police said.
Ms. Ellis was charged with theft and conspiracy to steal a Browning 12-gauge shotgun, a Ruger Super Blackhawk .44-caliber Magnum revolver and a 1989 Yahama all-terrain vehicle, police said.