LA PLATA, Md. - The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Sometime between Oct. 21 and Oct. 23, suspect(s) punctured the tires on at least 31 vehicles located in the South Hampton and Indian Head Estates neighborhoods in Bryans Road. The damage was discovered on 12 vehicles on Oct. 22 and 21 vehicles on Oct. 23. One victim reported seeing three or four males in her front yard at approximately 1 a.m. on Oct. 22 but no other possible suspect description is available. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriffs Office at 301-743-2222. Officer M. Davidson and Officer M. Tyner are investigating.
BURGLARY: On Oct. 21 at 3:45 a.m., Charles County Sheriffs officers responded to Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action located at 8371 Leonardtown Road in Waldorf for a citizens report of a burglary in progress. Officers discovered an open window at the business and established a perimeter. The suspect exited the business through the open window and officers arrested him. Investigation revealed James Ernest Farmer, 49, of no fixed address broke into the vending machines inside the business and was in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Farmer was charged with second- and fourth-degree burglary, destruction of property valued at more than $500, destruction of property valued at less than $500, possession of burglary tools, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Patrol officers quickly realized other vending machines were broken into in recent months and notified the Criminal Investigations Division which is continuing to investigate. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. A. Schwab at 301-609-6474.
BURGLARY: Sometime between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 15, suspect(s) forced entry to a storage container at a new construction site on Bancroft Drive, off of Bennsville Road in Waldorf, and stole two jack hammers. They also hot-wired a tractor and moved it elsewhere on the property. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriffs Office at 301-932-7777. Officer M. Davidson is investigating.