Man sentenced to 18 months for theft of checks, auto parts

September 11, 1998

A Hampstead man was sentenced yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court to 18 months in jail for his role in four unrelated thefts last year.

James Howe, 38, of the 1400 block of N. Main St. was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but 18 months suspended for stealing a $30 jigsaw from Kmart in Westminster in May 1997.

Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. imposed a concurrent five-year sentence for Howe's theft of $610, which he collected in cash for auto parts he delivered to customers as a parts driver for Condon's Auto Parts in Westminster between April and June 1997.

Prosecutors said Howe pocketed the money and threw away the invoices.

Beck also imposed concurrent 18-month sentences for Howe's theft of a camera, which he pawned, from a former roommate in October, and the theft of checks in May 1997 from a friend who lived in New Windsor.

According to court records, Howe wrote two checks to himself, cashed them and deposited the money in his bank account.

Howe will be placed on five years of supervised probation after he is released from the Carroll County Detention Center.

Pub Date: 9/11/98

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