Eas­ton man sen­tenced to 18 years in bur­glar­ies

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — A Eas­ton man was re­cently sen­tenced to 18 years in prison for his role in two 2017 bur­glar­ies at Safe Har­bor Pres­by­te­rian Church in Stevensville.

On July 31, Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court Judge Thomas Ross sen­tenced Scott Adam Hill to 18 years in the Di­vi­sion of Corrections with no time sus­pended, af­ter Hill pleaded guilty to sec­ond- and fourth-de­gree bur­glary as well as ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty over $1,000 on May 22. Deputy State’s At­tor­ney Michael “Mick” Cuches pros­e­cuted the cases. He also se­cured a mon­e­tary judg­ment of $6,494 against Hill for dam­ages caused to the church. De­tails of the cases fol­low: Deputies from the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to the church Nov. 25, , 2017, for a re­cent bur­glary, theft and ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty com­plaint. They met with the As­so­ci­ate Pas­tor An­thony Lombardo, who re­ported that when he got into the church that morn­ing he saw pieces of dry­wall on the floor near the church sec­re­tary’s of­fice and a hole punched through the dry wall into the sec­re­tar y’s of­fice. Lombardo dis­cov­ered that the church’s safe was miss­ing, po­lice said.

Deputies con­ducted a thor­ough search of the church’s in­te­rior and ob­served sev­eral doors lead­ing into dif­fer­ent of­fices had locks that were dam­aged and small win­dow panes in the doors had been smashed. Fil­ing cab­i­nets in cer­tain of­fices were also dam­aged, in­di­cat­ing some­one at­tempted to gain en­try into them us­ing a pry bar or claw ham­mer, po­lice said.

The church was able to re­trieve footage from sur­veil­lance cam­eras, which showed a white male, 30 to 40 years old, with a pro­nounced mus­tache and goa­tee. He was wear­ing a cam­ou­flaged baseball hat, striped hooded sweat­shirt, blue jeans and Asics brand ten­nis shoes. The video showed the man load­ing the safe onto a wheeled of­fice chair and push­ing it from the of­fice, through the gym­na­sium and out­side.

On Dec. 11, deputies again re­sponded to the Safe Har­bor Pres­by­te­rian Church for an­other bur­glary com­plaint. Sur­veil­lance video showed the same man from the prior bur­glary break into the church at about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 11 through an ex­te­rior win­dow into an of­fice on the school side of the church. Deputies said the man ri­fled through the school sec­re­tary’s desk, took cash from a bank bag and then made his way into a math class room where he stole sev­eral bags of coins that the school used for in­struc­tional pur­poses. Much like the prior bur­glary, there were pry marks and da­m­age to win­dow panes in doors.

On Jan. 19, 2018, deputies from the Tal­bot County Sher­iff’s Of­fice were called to a res­i­dence in Eas­ton for a re­port of some­one find­ing a safe buried in their back yard. Deputies met with Theresa Hill, who said she was sep­a­rat­ing from her hus­band, Scott Adam Hill, and that he abruptly left their res­i­dence. She added that she and her brother-in-law, Robert Irvin Adams Jr., re­ceived an anony­mous tip that Scott had buried a safe in their back­yard. Hill and her brother-in­law checked the yard and dis­cov­ered, un­der­neath a dirt pile, a gray safe. In­side of the , they lo­cated two credit cards and a key. The credit cards were com­pany credit cards is­sued to Safe Har­bor Church. Mem­bers of the Safe Har­bor Church were able to ver­ify that the safe and its con­tents were the items stolen dur­ing Nov. 11 bur­glary.

De­tec­tive Ja­son Rickard of the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice was as­signed to in­ves­ti­gate the bur­glar­ies. He was able to lo­cate MVA and so­cial me­dia pho­to­graphs of Scott Adam Hill that matched the sus­pect in the sur­veil­lance videos from the bur­glar­ies. Rickard got a court au­tho­rized search and seizure war­rant for Hill’s last known res­i­dence in Eas­ton. This search found Hill’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion as well as an Asics ten­nis shoe box that matched the style of shoes seen in the sur­veil­lance video.

Rickard ques­tioned Theresa Hill, who iden­ti­fied Scott Hill as the per­son in the sur­veil­lance videos and iden­ti­fied the cloth­ing he was wear­ing dur­ing the bur­glar­ies po­lice said. Scott Hill was sub­se­quently charged and ar­rested Jan. 23.

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