Westminster man sentenced to 18 months in two thefts

October 08, 1997

A Westminster man convicted of two counts of theft was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in the Carroll County Detention Center, less the 77 days he has served.

Alfred R. Ward, 27, was granted work release by Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold. Ward has a wife and three children, including 3 1/2 -month-old twins.

The judge also imposed a suspended 18-month term for the second theft count, making it consecutive to the first sentence, and placed Ward on two years' probation.

Prosecutor David P. Daggett told Arnold that Ward stole four shirts from the former Leggett department store at Cranberry Mall on Sept. 28, 1996. Between Christmas 1996 and New Year's Day 1997, Ward pawned compact discs and a drill he had stolen from a truck parked at the Boston Inn in Westminster.

Ward pleaded not guilty to the latest theft charges but agreed not to oppose Daggett's version of what happened. He also admitted that the thefts placed him in violation of probation stemming from two 1993 thefts.

Pub Date: 10/08/97

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