Mount Airy Woman Jailed for Series of Burglaries and Thefts
November 16, 2016
A Mount Airy woman arrested in a series of residential burglaries and the theft of telephone cable from utility poles in western Howard County and Carroll County has been sentenced to an 18-month jail term. Angela Marie King, 33, of the 6600 block of Runkles Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft scheme between $10,000 and $100,000 in Howard County Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon.
Assistant State’s Attorney Scott A. Hammond told the court that King and a co-defendant were arrested after Howard County police detectives observed the two burglarizing a residence in Carroll County on June 26. Hammond stated that King was involved in 10 residential burglaries in Howard County last June. He characterized the burglaries as “crimes of opportunity,” all from homes with open garage doors. King admitted to police that she committed the burglaries while her co-defendant remained in his pickup truck nearby.Items stolen from the garages included high-value bicycles, chain saws, golf clubs, and leaf blowers, all of which were pawned.
King also was convicted for her role in a theft scheme where live telephone cable containing hundreds of strands of copper wiring was cut from utility poles and sold for scrap. Hammond stated that from June 9-18, 2016, hundreds of feet of cable were cut and removed from ten locations in Glenwood, Clarksville and Sykesville. The line-cutting reportedly caused service disruptions for Verizon Communications customers. Hammond said that the telephone cable weighed hundreds of pounds and that the replacement cost was $87,000.
King apologized to Judge Mary M. Kramer who sentenced King to 10 years, suspending all but 18 months to be served at the Howard County Detention Center. Upon release, King will be placed on two years of supervised probation.
Angela King’s co-defendant, Thomas Leo Hurley, 35, of the 14000 block of Frederick Road, Woodbine, is scheduled for trial on January 31, 2017.