Woman ar­rested in Elk­ton-area deli bur­glary

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A woman re­mained jailed Thurs­day af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested her in con­nec­tion with an Elk­ton-area deli bur­glary in which more than $1,000 in sin­gle-pack cig­a­rettes were stolen, po­lice re­ported.

The sus­pect, Jeanette Re­nee Hunt, 39, of the 700 block of West Pu­laski High­way, is ac­cused of play­ing a role in the break-in at

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Wright’s Coun­try Deli at 1829 E. Pu­laski High­way on Sept. 22, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County District Court records.

“We be­lieve that at least one other sus­pect was in­volved. That per­son has not been charged at this point,” said Lt. Michael Holmes, a Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokesman, de­clin­ing to spec­ify Hunt’s al­leged role be­cause of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined that the al­leged bur­glars used a ham­mer to smash the shop’s glass front to gain en­try into the busi­ness, po­lice said, adding that the door sus­tained $800 in dam­age.

Once in­side, the bur­glars al­legedly stole $1,280 worth of Marl­boro and New­port cig­a­rettes, all of them con­tained in sin­gle packs, not car­tons, ac­cord­ing to court records. That trans­lates to ap­prox­i­mately 180 packs of cig­a­rettes.

They also al­legedly stole an es­ti­mated $100 worth of “as­sorted liquor bot­tles” and $55 in cash, bring­ing the to­tal losses, in­clud­ing the dam­aged door, to $2,235, court records show.

Be­cause of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Holmes de­clined to de­tail how in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­vel­oped Hunt as one of the bur­glary sus­pects.

De­tec­tives ar­rested Hunt on Tues­day and filed 10 crim­i­nal charges against her, in­clud­ing sec­ond- de­gree bur­glary, theft of prop­erty val­ued at more than $1,000 and less than $10,000, ma­li­cious destruction of prop­erty and sev­eral mir­ror­ing con­spir­acy of­fenses, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Hunt re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in lieu of $25,000 bond on Thurs­day. She ini­tially had been held on a $125,000 bond, but a district court judge re­duced that amount by $100,000 dur­ing a bail re­view hear­ing ear­lier this week, court records show.

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