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CIA and Stolen Underwear

Burglar said he will be unable to pay $92,000 owed to victims.

After former CIA employee George Charles Dalmas III finishes his three-year prison sentence for burglary, he will still owe about $92,500 in restitution.

And he will be unable to pay, said Dalmas' defense attorney Gary Moliken.

"Mr. Dalmas is not sitting on a large amount of money," Moliken said, during a post-trial motion hearing last month, eight months after Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Robert W. Wooldridge Jr. sentenced Dalmas to 24 years in prison. Wooldridge suspended all but three years of the sentence.

"I think we're going to be right back here on show cause," Moliken said.

<b>DALMAS BROKE</b> into 17 homes in McLean, Great Falls and Falls Church from October 2005 to January 2006 and was accused of stealing more than $100,000 dollars worth of jewelry as well as more than 1,000 pairs of women's undergarments.

Dalmas, who originally faced 17 counts of burglary and 16 counts of grand larceny, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of statutory burglary in November 2006; 23 charges were dropped in exchange for his 10 pleas.

Following his arrest, Dalmas' wife sold their Falls Church home for $579,000 and moved with their children to the midwest, according to discussions between Moliken and Judge Wooldridge during last month's hearing. Half the money went to the purchase of a new house for his wife and children, while other money went to pay for Dalmas' children's college tuition fund.

"You say he is not sitting on a pot of money. Well, he was," said Wooldridge. "That raises real questions if he had access to funds that he now has made unavailable."

Wooldridge scheduled another hearing in Fairfax County Circuit Court to resolve issues concerning restitution in the case, now scheduled for later this year.

"If Mr. Dalmas is taking the view that he has no money," the judge said, "we're going to have real problems and we should address them now."

<b>DALMAS WAS ARRESTED</b> after a 40-year-old McLean woman encountered Dalmas in her home on Jan. 24, 2006, and chased him out. The McLean woman flagged down a neighbor who was driving down the street and they followed Dalmas long enough to be able to give police the license plate on his Mazda minivan.

When police executed a search warrant on Dalmas' home in Falls Church, they found stolen merchandise, including jewelry, antique clocks and picture frames.

Much of the property stolen from the 17 homes was returned to its owners. But Dalmas now claims some of his property seized by police from his home hasn't been returned to him, according to Moliken. That property could be sold and used to pay some of the restitution Dalmas owes, said Moliken.

"There's a lot of money there," said Moliken, including "property that had absolutely nothing to do with the case."

Moliken said he and his client did not want to open wounds of the families that were victimized by Dalmas, but he says claims of reported losses may have been exaggerated, Moliken said.

"There's lots of mistrust on both sides," Moliken said.