Westminster woman pleads guilty to bad-check and theft charges

March 01, 1996

A Westminster woman will spend at least two years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday yesterday to passing more than $2,750 in bad checks to local merchants last summer.

Mary Katherine Reardon, 25, of Main Street also pleaded guilty to stealing more than $3,800 from her mother's accounts at Taneytown Bank and Trust. In addition, she pleaded guilty to pouring charcoal lighter fluid over an acquaintance's car last summer.

In exchange for the guilty pleas, prosecutors dropped the remaining charges from a total of 16 cases against Reardon on Wednesday. Most were for passing bad checks.

Reardon, who was convicted of four bad-check charges and one count each of forgery, malicious destruction, a theft scheme and theft of more than $300, will receive a term of 15 years with all but seven years suspended when she is sentenced May 1.

But Carroll County Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold agreed to consider giving Reardon five years of supervised probation if she successfully completes the Second Genesis drug treatment program.

Reardon is likely to be accepted in the program two years after she enters prison, her attorney, public defender Daniel Shemer, told Judge Arnold yesterday. Mr. Shemer also said Reardon will enter a drug treatment at Shoemaker House in Sykesville this month.


Westminster: A resident of Roller Road in Millers reported Wednesday to city police that someone stole his $245 jacket from Westminster Inn on Center Street.

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