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18-year-old accused of burglary in Abingdon

A teenager from Abingdon, Maryland, is facing criminal charges after he allegedly burglarized two homes on Jan. 9. The man, age 18, will mount a criminal defense against two counts of first-degree burglary and several other related theft-related allegations. The man has been released on a bond of $25,000 after an initial courtroom hearing in the matter.

Official reports show that the man allegedly stole from two homes in Abingdon, both during the early morning hours that Thursday. Homeowners on Hamburg Drive said they were awoken by their dog, who was reportedly barking at the intruder. Some cash was missing from the woman's purse. The man is accused of traveling to a home on Craigston Lane afterward, entering the home through a pet door; the man did not take anything from the second home, though his image was apparently caught by a security camera.

Sadly, this is not the man's first encounter with the law; in 2011, he was charged with a series of sex crimes related to an encounter with a 14-year-old girl. That incident, which occurred when the man was 16, was handled in juvenile court, and the outcome of the case has not been disclosed.

The defendant in this case seems to have only been accused of taking a relatively small amount. It is possible that the penalties associated with these burglary charges could be mitigated by a variety of legal actions, including a potential plea deal. Criminal defendants who are facing such charges may benefit from the services of a qualified criminal defense attorney, who can help them learn more about their legal options and rights in court.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Abingdon man, 18, charged in connection with two home burglaries" David Anderson, Jan. 11, 2014

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