A 23-year-old Edgewood man who was caught in March with more than $10,000 in stolen items -- "everything from flashlights to frozen foods," prosecutors said -- pleaded guilty Thursday in Harford Circuit Court to six burglaries and two attempted burglaries. All were committed in the Fallston area, prosecutors said.
Clyde Michael Goins, 23, of the 6200 block of Baker Circle will be sentenced Sept. 28 by Judge William O. Carr, who ordered a pre-sentence investigation.
Thomas Daniel Sears, 18, who lived across the hall from Goins on Baker Circle, was identified as a suspected accomplice in the statement of facts.
Mr. Sears chose to stand trial on the burglary charges. His case was postponed Thursday, and he is still in custody at the Harford County Detention Center.
Prosecutor William G. Christoforo said stolen items were recovered from both men's apartments after their arrest March 22. At the time, police said they believed more than 20 burglaries could be linked to Goins and Mr. Sears.
The break in the case came when a homeowner in the 2100 block of Haverbrook Road was awakened by someone cutting the screen to a patio door off his master bedroom. Two men fled after he looked out, but the description he provided led to the arrests of Goins and Mr. Sears later that day.
In other Circuit Court matters last week:
* The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has affirmed the August 1994 conviction of Ronald Howard Brodt Sr. on charges that he failed to file state income tax returns in 1990, 1991 and 1992.
Brodt, who has been free on bond while awaiting an appeal, was sentenced to 15 years in state prison with all but 18 months suspended. He is scheduled to be in court Wednesday for a review of that bond, Mr. Christoforo said.
In rejecting Brodt's appeal, the state's Special Court of Appeals said, in part, "In the modern lexicon, appellant [Brodt] is what is known as an 'income tax protester.' Simply put, [he] believes he has no duty to file tax returns. Here we add another certainty, that you will be prosecuted for not paying taxes."
* A North East man who pleaded guilty to trying to steal a Belcamp convenience store's safe in January could face up to 10 years in state prison when sentenced Sept. 8, according to the plea bargain.
Harry George Deaner III, 30, of the first block of Cypress Drive, is free on $10,000 bond.
Last month in Cecil County Circuit Court, Mr. Deaner pleaded guilty to theft and shooting at a state police officer in Port Deposit. State police had chased him from Belcamp, where he lassoed a safe with a chain, attached the chain to his Chevrolet Blazer and tried to tow the safe through the door of the High's Store at 4307 Pulaski Highway.
Sentencing in Cecil County is set for Sept. 11. Harford County Circuit Court Judge William O. Carr has the option of making his sentence concurrent or consecutive to the Cecil County sentence, said prosecutor Mimi Cooper.
* A Shelby, N.C., man who pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to have a kilogram of cocaine transported from Yonkers, N.Y., was sentenced to 20 years in state prison with all but four years suspended.
The defendant, Brian K. Boyd, 32, was linked to the cocaine by an accomplice, Michael McIntyre, also of Shelby, N.C.
According to court records, McIntyre was driving a 1987 Nissan Maxima from New York to North Carolina on Interstate 95 when state police stopped him for speeding adjacent to the Maryland House rest stop near Aberdeen.
After questioning the driver, state police became suspicious and asked to search McIntyre's car. They said they found the cocaine hidden inside the spare tire in the trunk of the car.
McIntyre is serving four years in prison for his role in the conspiracy. He cooperated with prosecutors against Boyd, who was in North Carolina awaiting the drug delivery when McIntyre was stopped for speeding.
According to court records, McIntyre called Boyd to tell Boyd his car had broken down at the Maryland House.
Boyd was arrested when he arrived to pick up the cocaine.