2 charged in thefts from school lockers

January 08, 1995

The Harford County sheriff's office has charged two men in the theft of money, clothes, jewelry and other items from gym lockers last fall at C. Milton Wright High School.

Sgt. Edward Hopkins, the sheriff's spokesman, said last week that both men have admitted their involvement in the thefts from 18 lockers being used by members of the school's football team.

Police said Melvin Bernard Burke Jr., 25, of the 1100 block of Broadmoor Court in Bel Air, was charged with 18 counts of misdemeanor theft and one count of felony theft.

Daniel Ernest Chamberlain, 24, of the 400 block of Underwood Circle, Bel Air, was charged with one count of misdemeanor theft, police said.

Both men were released on their own recognizance by a District Court commissioner.

Sergeant Hopkins said the thefts occurred Sept. 12 while the football team was practicing. He said the lockers were not secured at the time.

Investigators said Mr. Burke entered the school and stole the items, which had a total value of $1,270, while Mr. Chamberlain waited outside.

The suspects were arrested after an investigator from the sheriff's office learned that some of the stolen jewelry had been pawned at Abingdon Coin and Jewelry.

Mr. Burke was charged with felony theft after police discovered that a neighbor was missing a $400 gold necklace. Mr. Burke was house-sitting for the neighbor at the time the necklace was stolen, the spokesman said.

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