COMMERCIAL BURGLARY: On Dec. 12 at 1:25 a.m., Officer J. Freeman was patrolling businesses in the Waldorf area when he discovered a shattered window at Simply Wireless at 3235A Plaza Way in Waldorf. Investigation revealed suspect(s) forced entry into the business and took at least one box of cell phones. The suspect(s) fled through a rear door. Investigators found the box of cell phones next to the Dumpster behind the business. A representative for the store who responded could not immediately determine if anything had been stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff's Office at 301-932-7777. Officer G. Barnhart is investigating.
BURGLARY: On Dec. 8 at 11:44 p.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to a citizen's report of an intrusion alarm sounding at Calojero Deli at 4356 Indian Head Highway in Indian Head. Upon arrival, officers discovered the front window of the business had been smashed. A suspect had entered the business, stolen several packs of cigarettes and fled. During the officers' investigation, a man approached them and said he was the person who called to report the alarm. Officers observed a pack of cigarettes in the man's pocket. A check of the stock number of the pack of cigarettes revealed it came from the store. Officers determined the man, identified as Jose Alvino Cruz, 20, of no fixed address, had broken into the store and stolen the cigarettes and that he had made the initial call reporting the audible alarm to police. He was arrested and charged with second degree burglary, malicious destruction of property and theft less than $500. Officer J. Richards investigated.
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