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Woman sentenced for theft of $6K from antiques shop

Damage along Main Street in historic Ellicott City is viewed Aug. 1 after the city was ravaged by floodwaters, killing two people and causing devastating damage to homes and businesses, officials said. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

Damage along Main Street in historic Ellicott City is viewed Aug. 1 after the city was ravaged by floodwaters, killing two people and causing devastating damage to homes and businesses, officials said. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

ELLICOTT CITY — A Maryland woman has been sentenced to 30 days in prison for the theft of more than $6,000 in jewelry from an antiques shop during the cleanup of a 2016 flood.

The Baltimore Sun reports 35-year-old Melissa Lynn Poole entered an Alford plea Thursday in connection with a theft from Antiques ‘n Things in Ellicott City.

The Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a news release that Poole was employed by Servpro, a disaster restoration firm, and deployed to the antiques shop between September and October 2016. The store’s owner found that several items were missing and investigators later discovered that Poole had pawned several items at Westminster and Frederick pawn shops.

An attorney listed for Poole in court records did not provide a comment to the paper Friday.