By DON AINES
5:53 PM EDT, October 12, 2012
Three Hagerstown area residents, including a brother and sister, have been arrested in a pair of burglaries in which more than $30,000 in jewelry was stolen, according to a statement of probable cause filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Derick Lane Boerstler, 22, and Jordan Linn Boerstler, 19, both of 463 Links View Drive, have been charged with two each counts of first-degree burglary, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal conspiracy to commit theft of $1,000 to $10,000 and theft of $1,000 to $10,000, along with single counts of theft of $10,000 to $100,000 and malicious destruction of property, district court records said.
Timothy Blake Miller, 21, of 17548 Gay St., was charged with two each counts of first-degree burglary and theft of $1,000 to $10,000 and single counts of theft of $10,000 to $100,000 and malicious destruction of property, district court records said.
“Detectives also discovered property that may be linked to additional burglaries,” police said in a press release. Any victims of unreported burglaries were urged to contact Detective Greg Alton at 240-313-2100.
“He has been on a rampage,” Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Flores said during Miller’s bond hearing Thursday. The reason for the burglaries, she said, was to pay for a heroin habit.
Miller was in jail on $65,000 bond, court records said.
Derick and Jordan Boerstler appeared in District Court by closed circuit television for bond reviews Friday. Judge R. Noel Spence declined a request by Assistant Public Defender Peter Norris to reduce their bonds, which had been set at $100,000 for Derick Boerstler and $65,000 for his sister.
Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Hansen told Spence that the brother and sister both have “serious” heroin addictions.
Norris countered that they have no drug convictions and the only indication of their using drugs came from their co-defendant, Miller.
On Monday a woman reported that her Gaywood Drive home had been broken into between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to the statement of probable cause. A jewelry box containing jewels worth about $2,500 was taken, the document said.
Later that day an employee at a Hagerstown pawn shop reported that a man had been in and sold a large amount of jewelry, the charging document said. The man, who was identified as Miller, was paid $1,400 for the jewelry, the document said.
On Tuesday a woman reported that her Eastwood Drive had been entered between Sunday and Tuesday, although there was no sign of forced entry, the charging document said. A Rolex watch, iPad and jewelry with a total value of about $30,000 were stolen, the document said.
Investigators discovered that Miller was staying at Motel 6 on Massey Boulevard and conducted a surveillance, the charging document said. When Miller drove off, a deputy stopped the vehicle, the document said.
“Miller admitted to committing numerous burglaries in Washington County,” including the two that were under investigation, the charging document said.
Miller also implicated the Boerstlers when he was taken into custody, telling investigators that all three entered the houses, charging documents said.
He also told police that Jordan Boerstler was with him in the pawn shop, charging documents said.
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