Theft from Auto
Dfc. Christopher J. Childress responded to a home on Braeburn Lane in Chesapeake Beach on Thursday, July 13 for a theft call. The victim reported that her vehicle had been parked in her driveway over night and that this morning she discovered that a portable CD player and some other items had been taken from her unlocked vehicle. Value of the items is $350.00. Childress will continue the investigation.
Destruction of Property
A victim on Santa Fe Trail in Lusby reported to Dep. Richard D. Weems, II on July 12 that sometime overnight both tires on the driver side of her vehicle had been slashed. The damage is estimated at $100.00. Weems is continuing the investigation.
Dfc. Richard S. Wilson responded to Wal-Mart in Prince Frederick on July 12 at 4:30 p.m. for a reported theft. An employee of Wal-Mart informed Dfc. Wilson that five digital camcorders, a Hitachi, a Sony and three JVCs, were taken out of their boxes and removed from the store by two suspects the day before. The employee gave a description of the male and female suspects, who were pushing a baby stroller and had three children with them. The suspects were also caught on video surveillance tape. The value of the five stolen DVD players is over $2,000.00. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dfc. Wilson at 410-535-2800.
Dfc. Paul J. Wood responded to a theft in progress call at the Eckerd Pharmacy on Market Square Drive in Prince Frederick on July 14 at 4:30 p.m. The suspect fled on foot when confronted by a store employee and ran north crossing over Stoakley Road and into the woods. Dfc. Christopher J. Childress, off-duty and in the store shopping at the time, pursued the suspect on foot. Dfc. Richard S. Wilson also joined the pursuit and the suspect, identified as Curtis Cunningham, Jr., 40, of Landover, was apprehended and charged with theft and fleeing and eluding. Cunningham had stolen more than $700.00 worth of items from the store, which were recovered.
A lookout for a possible drunk driver was dispatched on July 9 at 2:48 p.m. Dfc. Gary R. Ward located the vehicle, a white Chevrolet Suburban, in the area of Town Center Blvd. in Dunkirk. The vehicle traveled completely over the shoulder line and onto the shoulder of the road at Md. Rt. 4 and Brickhouse Road. Ward conducted a traffic stop at that time and made contact with the driver, later identified as Donald S. Strickland, 27, of Great Mills. Strickland was found not to be under the influence of alcohol, but did not pass some of the field sobriety tests. Strickland advised Dfc. Ward that he was on prescription medicine that was making him very drowsy and he knew he should not be driving. Consent to search the vehicle was obtained and a prescription bottle was located which contained suspected marijuana. Strickland, whose 9-month-old son was in the vehicle with him, was placed under arrest for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. The infant was released to Stricklands parents.