Balto. man pleads guilty in thefts from mall stores

March 19, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore man was offered probation before judgment last week if he refunds nearly $700 to the Marley Station mall stores he stole from and complies with other terms of release.

Michael Christopher Hammond, 21, pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor theft before Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck. Felony theft and related charges were dropped in the agreement, which requires Hammond to perform 100 hours of community service and serve one year of supervised probation.

Hammond used a stolen credit card from a long-closed Discover account to buy clothing at three stores in the mall in Glen Burnie, making what his lawyer called a "dumb mistake." Hammond told police he found the credit card at the mall.

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