Brothers plead guilty to break-in last summer

March 19, 1996|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,SUN STAFF

Two brothers whom police accuse of committing 60 burglaries in Howard and Anne Arundel counties over a three-month period pleaded guilty in Howard Circuit Court yesterday to breaking into an Elkridge home last summer.

Wayne S. Hebron, 44, and Larry D. Hebron, 38, of no fixed address could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for the most serious charges burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.

They also pleaded guilty to theft and misdemeanor malicious destruction of property.

In addition, Larry Hebron pleaded guilty to battery, resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 16 before Judge Dennis M. Sweeney.

The guilty pleas stemmed from the burglary of a home in the 6000 block of Ducketts Lane in Elkridge on July 21.

The men broke a door of the home and stole a television set, jewelry and a videotape recorder, police said.

They said the burglary was the last in a three-month string of 60 break-ins committed by the brothers and another man.

Police said the men stole more than $40,000 worth of television sets and videotape recorders during the spree.

Defense lawyer Anthony Gioia, who represents Larry Hebron, said that although his client admitted the Ducketts Lane burglary, he did not commit the other burglaries. He said police were trying to close unsolved burglaries by attributing them to his client.

The brothers were arrested after weeks of surveillance by officers from Howard and Anne Arundel counties.

Officers in an unmarked car spotted the men in a car that matched a description residents gave. The officers watched the men in a silver station wagon pull into the driveway of the Ducketts Lane home at 10: 30 a.m. July 21.

Police caught the men, who fled on foot after their car crashed into a post in a nearby wooded area. Larry Hebron struggled with police when he was arrested, police said.

Pub Date: 3/19/96

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