Construction Workers Tagged with $60,000+ in Thefts from SMCM - Southern Maryland Headline News

Construction Workers Tagged with $60,000+ in Thefts from SMCM

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Feb. 5, 2008)—One man is incarcerated and there is a warrant out for another man who, according to local police, stole property valued at more than $60,000 from buildings at the St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) in St. Mary's City. St. Mary's County detectives determined that during December 2007 Darrick A. Zigler, 28, from Washington, DC and Saleem N. Lewis, 27, from Forestville, were working construction at the college when they burglarized several offices and stole credit cards, computers, and television sets, with a value exceeding $60,000.00.

Police also allege that on December 27, 2007, during nighttime hours the pair burglarized a college building again, causing damage and removing televisions from the building. A campus police officer discovered the suspects' vehicle during the course of the burglary. The officer also observed a female with the two men. The officer apparently thwarted Zigler and Lewis' attempts to steal the items and they fled. The televisions were recovered on the scene.

The investigation led detectives to Forestville, Md. where they recovered some of the stolen items during the execution of a search warrant.

Lewis was subsequently arrested on February 4 and incarcerated in the St. Mary's County Detention Center. A warrant was issued for Zigler, who is currently incarcerated in Alexandria Virginia on similar charges.

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