Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 29th.
A guilty plea was entered Wednesday in Frederick County Circuit Court in connection with two burglaries in the downtown. Paul Theodore Dorsey, 33, pleaded guilty to the break-ins at Classic Cigars and British Goodies on North Market Street on July 3rd, 2012, and at North End Cleaners.
Sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29th. "At that point in time, the judge is to impose a sentence of 15 years, ten years of which he has to serve in the Division of Corrections. He's also on five-years supervised probation," says State's Attorney Charlie Smith.
Smith says Dorsey broke into Classic Cigars and British Goodies by throwing a brick through a window. "We were able to observe him on video," says Smith. "He was i-d by actually one of the police officers who saw a tattoo on his left forearm that spelled 'sincerely.' However, that tattoo spelled the word incorrectly, it only used one 'e' in sincerely. So he knew exactly who he was."
When he entered Classic Cigars and British Goods, Dorsey took some supplies of synthetic drugs known as "spice," which is now illegal in the City of Frederick. "It's sort of ironic that he would break into the British Goodies store, and steal the 'spice,' the 'K2' or 'Scooby Snacks,' or whatever you want to call them. This obviously occurred a couple of months prior to being determined to be illegal for sale by the Frederick City ordinance," says Smith.
The Board of Aldermen approved a measure in November to ban the sale and possession of synthetic drugs in Frederick. The towns of Thurmont and Walkersville have adopted similar bans, and a bill to impose a countywide ban on synthetic drugs is part of the Commissioners' 2013 Legislative Package.
Dorsey took $30 in cash when he broke into North End Cleaners, according to Smith.
"Too bad for Mr. Dorsey. Obviously, he was breaking into a number of places downtown. We were able to have him plead guilty to British Goodies and North End Cleaners. For that, he's going to do ten years in prison. That's a pretty substantial sentence for Mr. Dorsey," Smith says.