Citizen Tip Leads to Arrest of Vandals; Evidence Includes Photos of Attempted School Bus Destruction - Southern Maryland Headline News

Citizen Tip Leads to Arrest of Vandals; Evidence Includes Photos of Attempted School Bus Destruction


On January 15th, 2004 a witness came forward and reported information to Deputies with the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office concerning two (2) subjects who were responsible for numerous property destructions and acts of vandalism in the Lexington Park - Great Mills areas of St. Mary's County, Maryland.

The investigation by Detective 1/C Clay Safford of the St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) and Deputy Eva Snyder assigned to the Road Patrol Division identified the suspects as nineteen (19) year old Sheane David Ambos and a sixteen (16) year old male juvenile, both from Lexington Park, Maryland. A Search and Seizure Warrant was executed at suspect Ambos's residence and the juvenile's residence was searched as well - both yielding numerous items of evidence.

It was revealed the suspects were responsible for committing property destructions and acts of vandalism at numerous county facilities to include a Day Care Center located in Lexington Park; school buses in Lexington Park; and Great Mills High School - all occurring in the month of December 2004.

Also discovered were cell phones in the suspects' possession which are capable of taking photographs. Pictures and recorded audio from these phones were observed by Detectives which contained footage of the suspects attempting to explode a school bus located in Lexington Park, Maryland.

Both suspects were placed under arrest and charged with Manufacturing a Destructive Device, three (3) counts of Malicious Destruction of Property, and one (1) count of Theft Under $500. Additional charges are pending for both suspects. Sheane Ambos is currently incarcerated in the St. Mary's County Detention Center and the male juvenile was detained at the Cheltingham Youth Facility and is currently awaiting his appearance before the Juvenile Court.

The St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations is an investigative team comprised of Detectives from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack. The unit was established on July 1, 2003 and is based in Leonardtown, Maryland.

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