Man gets 15-year suspended sentence for theft

September 05, 1997

A Westminster man was given a 15-year suspended prison sentence yesterday, after pleading guilty to theft over $300.

Rejecting state sentencing guidelines of four to eight years, Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. told Patrick L. Cook, 34, of the 2700 block of Bird View Road that the suspended term is his "last chance."

As conditions of five years of probation, Cook must abstain from drugs and alcohol, complete treatment in Friends in Recovery, a program for drug and alcohol abusers, and comply with any recommended after-care therapy.

Court records show Cook was arrested last summer after being linked to stolen tools and construction equipment that was found at an Eldersburg pawn shop.

Burns also terminated probation for Cook in two unrelated convictions in 1994.

Main Street parking meters are damaged by thieves

Thieves damaged 57 parking meters along East Main Street in Westminster early yesterday and stole money from about 30 of them, police said.

Five meters also were broken into on Anchor Street, off West Main Street, said Lt. Dean Brewer, a city police spokesman.

Damage estimates were not available, but Brewer said the loss will run into hundreds of dollars.

Anyone with information about the meters may call Westminster police at 410-848-4646.

Pub Date: 9/05/97

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