Man pleads guilty in break-in


September 27, 2006

A 32-year-old tugboat operator from Maine has pleaded guilty to breaking into Mayor Martin O'Malley's gubernatorial campaign headquarters in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood, city prosecutors said.

Jason Yereance was given probation before judgment, meaning his criminal record can be cleared if he is not convicted of a crime for a year.

Prosecutors said in a statement that they dropped felony burglary charges because "there was insufficient evidence to proceed."

Police said the motive for the break-in was not political and that the man was apparently intoxicated and looking for a bathroom. There was no apparent sign of a theft, police and campaign officials said.

Baltimore police responded to an alarm call about 3:40 a.m. Aug. 27 in the 2400 block of Boston St., where O'Malley's campaign office is inside an old factory building converted to offices. The front door of the building was locked, and there was no sign of forced entry, but O'Malley's office door was unlocked, according to court documents.

A police officer who entered the building heard a door open on the second floor and spotted Yereance leaving Room 203, O'Malley's office.

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