Man receives suspended term, must pay restitution for break-in

February 19, 1998

A Washington County man received a six-year suspended prison sentence and was ordered to pay restitution of $1,930 after being convicted yesterday of breaking into an Eldersburg home.

Joseph P. Garity, 24, of Clear Spring, pleaded not guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court, but agreed to accept the prosecutor's version of what happened.

Prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III said that on July 1, Garity and two relatives of the victim broke into a home in the 6800 block of MacBeth Way, where they stole $1,850 and tickets to an Orioles game.

Two days after the burglary, Beall said, Garity surrendered to state police.

Beall said Garity, the father of two children, is being held in Washington County on charges stemming from a 1993 breaking and entering and stalking incident.

Garity also has an assault charge pending in Washington County, Beall said.

Garity was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation in the Carroll County case.

Man sentenced to prison for car theft, burning truck

A Marriottsville man was sentenced yesterday to 12 years in prison with all but six years suspended after he entered an Alford plea to three counts of auto theft and one count of malicious burning, court records show.

With the Alford plea, Melville P. Mason Jr., 20, of the 7400 block of Brangles Road did not admit guilt, but agreed that prosecutors had sufficient evidence to convict him.

Court and police documents show that Mason broke into vehicles in southeastern Carroll County in June by prying door locks and ignition switches to steal them. He also set fire to a truck he was attempting to steal in April, court records show.

Pub Date: 2/19/98

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