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A pair of Douglass (Mont.) men have admitted to their roles in a scheme to steal tools from numerous garages and sheds in Gilbertsville, items they then pawned for cash.
Shawn Lee Moll, 22, of the 200 block of Jackson Road, Douglass (Mont.), was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to two to six years in a state correctional facility after he pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, theft by unlawful taking and conspiracy in connection with incidents that occurred in June 2012. Judge Steven T. O’Neill further ordered Moll to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.
O’Neill, who accepted a plea agreement in the case, said Moll is eligible for the state Department of Corrections’ Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive program which will allow him to reduce his minimum sentence to 18 months if he successfully completes prison counseling or substance abuse treatment programs. The program helps offenders address the substance abuse issues that may have contributed to their crimes.
Moll’s alleged conspirator, Zachary Tyler Simon, 19, of the 200 block of Cross Road, Douglass (Mont.), was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in the county jail, to be followed by five years’ probation, after he pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and conspiracy in connection with some of the incidents. The judge ordered that Simon be placed under addict supervision, receive treatment for a heroin addiction and be tested frequently.
The men must share in the payment of $8,841 in restitution to the theft victims or their insurance companies. The victims resided or had businesses along Thomas Lane, Buchert Road, Swinehart Road and Arrow Drive in Douglass (Mont.) and on Bow Lane in New Hanover.
Moll and Simon were arrested June 15 after police stopped the car they were both riding in because Moll’s license came up as suspended and noticed “in plain view” inside the vehicle some of the tools reported as stolen, according to Douglass (Mont.) Police.
Police had already developed Moll as a suspect in the string of burglaries that were first reported June 7 in Douglass, according to court papers.
Authorities said the pair targeted tools specifically from sheds and garages. According to police, the items stolen ranged from miter saws, leaf blowers, chain saws, welders, a machete and, eventually, even an old Batman and Robin metal clock. Moll and Simon allegedly entered both unlocked garages and sheds or pried them open by some means.
A victim of one of the thefts recognized his property at a Pottstown pawn shop and police subsequently linked Moll to taking some of the stolen items to the pawn shop, according to court papers.
Upon being arrested Simon allegedly admitted to the crimes and claimed Moll would drop him off in an area to commit the crimes and then pick him up. Moll knew what was going on the entire time, Simon reportedly said.