On Jan. 22 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Officer W. Halt responded to Beltway Paving at 11745 Pika Drive in Waldorf for the report of the destruction of property and the theft of a dump truck. Investigation revealed two males entered Beltway Paving's property, which is surrounded by a chain link fence, at 5:50 p.m. the night before. Once inside the property, they entered three dump trucks and drove them around the lot until about midnight. One of the dump trucks struck a Ford utility truck before becoming stuck after backing over a hill. The other trucks, one of which damaged the fence, also became disabled. Around midnight, the men entered a fourth dump truck and exited the property after ramming the fence.
Further investigation revealed the men drove the dump truck to Sussex County, Va. Sometime around 4 a.m. Jan. 23, they obtained fuel from Carter One-Stop, Inc., in Stony Creek, Va., and attempted to drive away without paying. As they left, the dump truck stalled and an employee jumped on its hood to stop them. The employee removed the keys from the truck. Police in Sussex County responded and arrested the men for stealing the gas, as well as for public intoxication.
The owner of the gas station later contacted the owner of Beltway Paving to tell him he had his dump truck there at the gas station. The owner of Beltway Paving reported this information to Officer Halt, who obtained the information about the men from the Sussex County police. Officer Halt then obtained a warrant for both men, who are identified as James Lynn Bowels, 24, and Wilber Eldon Morgan, Jr., 46, both of no fixed address in the Waldorf area. The warrants charge the men with stealing the dump truck and with burglary. Additional charges, including destruction of property, are pending. The damage to Beltway Paving is estimated at $30,000.