LEONARDTOWN, Md. - The St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) today released the following incident and arrest reports. BCI 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.
At approximately midnight on June 25, Maryland State Police responded to a burglar alarm at the Cedar Point Federal Credit Union ATM, 22745 Maple Drive in Lexington Park, Maryland. Upon their arrival it was discovered that culprits forced the machine open and fled with an undisclosed amount of currency. The St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations is currently investigating.
At approximately 2 a.m. on June 26, a 19 year old male was walking on Jones Wharf Road in Hollywood when a vehicle stopped beside him and five males exited. They assaulted the victim by repeatedly beating him. While he was lying in the roadway the suspects attempted to set him on fire by throwing lit matches on him before fleeing. The victim went to a nearby house where police and emergency medical personnel were summoned. The victim was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to P.G. Hospital for treatment. The St. Mary's County BCI is currently investigating the incident.
After a month long investigation, on June 21 at approximately 9 p.m., members of the St. Mary's County BCI Narcotics Unit, assisted by St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Team, and Maryland State Police Patrol Units and K-9, conducted a search warrant on a residence located at 26195 Independence Drive, Mechanicsville, Maryland. The search warrant resulted in the following items being seized:
* 6.3 grams of crack cocaine (street Value of $630.00)
* Two stolen drills
* $364.00 in U.S. Currency
The suspect, Eldridge Eugene Shade, 42, of Mechanicsville was arrested at the scene on four Grand Jury Indictments for Possession with the Intent to Distribute CDS. The Indictments stemmed from a previous search warrant that was executed in February 2007 at the same residence. Additional charges from this most recent search warrant are pending after a review with the State's Attorney's Office.