Deputies from the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office responded, on Oct. 23, to a report of burglary and theft of more than $9,000 worth of weapons. When officers arrived, they learned that unknown individuals had entered the address and gained access to a gun safe. The individuals had allegedly removed $1,650 in cash and 19 different firearms.
Police launched an investigation that led to the arrest of two people. The two individuals were charged with fourth degree burglary with intent to commit theft, two counts of theft over $1,000 but less than $10,000 and 20 counts of theft under $1,000.
One of the defendants was held on bail of $10,000, and the other was held on bail of $100,000. Law enforcement is continuing its investigation into the alleged theft and burglary.
Maryland law takes theft and burglary offenses very seriously and the penalties for someone who is convicted may include prison time, fines and probation. In order to develop a defense strategy, it may be necessary to learn what evidence the prosecution has. Through the process of discovery, both the prosecution and the defense have to share information with each other. The purpose is to preserve the fairness of a trial by not allowing one side to surprise the other with hidden or unknown evidence.
Once the defense knows what evidence the prosecution has, it may be possible to challenge the evidence and have it excluded from the trial. If the evidence cannot be suppressed, another option may be a plea agreement. A plea deal might be arranged outside of court and may include reduced charges or penalties in exchange for either information or a guilty plea.
Source: Maryland News Zap, "Two arrested in burglary and theft", October 30, 2013