A Lexington Park man was sentenced to 10 years for stealing from a worker at an apartment complex, guns from a sporting goods store and money and other property from a private home.
Robert Jacob Eberle Jr. appeared in circuit court on Monday after being accused of both first- and second-degree burglary last year.
Eberle, 30, stole from a shed at at an apartment building in Lexington Park in July, where court papers state he previously had assisted a maintenance worker. The maintenance worker addressed the courtroom saying he trusted Eberle but he needs help. He said Eberle stole his wallet, tools and other items.
Two weeks after the shed theft, Eberle stole guns from The Tackle Box sporting goods store in Lexington Park along Route 235. Eberle signed a stipulation of facts acknowledging in part that “in order to access the firearms and carry out this [theft] offense, Eberle used a hammer to break through the rear cinderblock wall, … crawled through the hole, broke through the glass case containing numerous handguns [and] took the firearms,” listed in the charging papers as 11 pistols, including two .45-caliber weapons. Eberle “subsequently sold or traded two or more” of the guns, the court papers stated, to other people.
Eberle also pleaded guilty to a first-degree burglary in June of last year, online court records state, to a crime detailed in charging papers filed in November alleging he stole property valued at $11,215, including money, prepaid credit cards and miscellaneous papers from a home in Lexington Park.
Eberle said Monday that he did not want to justify his actions, but admitted to having a drug problem. “My actions were detrimental to my life,” he said. He added that he has benefited from the recovery programs the court suggested.
St. Mary’s Circuit Court Judge Michael Stamm said Eberle would serve 10 years in the department of corrections and ruled the $11,215 “as a judgment against you.”