Charles County Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (March 19, 2008) - The Charles County Sheriff's Department recently released the following incident and arrest reports.

DRUG POSSESSION: On March 11 at 12:12 a.m., Charles County Sheriff’s Officer R. Kimble was conducting a radar assignment at the intersection of Western Parkway and Hadley Drive in Waldorf when he stopped a silver minivan for speeding. Investigation revealed the driver, Lamar Kendrick Brooks, 21, of Waldorf, had a suspended driver’s license. Brooks was arrested and a subsequent search revealed he was in possession of marijuana. Brooks was charged with possession of marijuana, driving while suspended and speeding. He was being held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner.

TWO ARRESTED FOR NICK’S OF CLINTON BURGLARY: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the man responsible for the burglary at Nick’s of Clinton in Waldorf in February and charges are pending against the man’s wife for her role in the crime.

The investigation began on Feb. 21 at 1:53 a.m., when Sheriff’s officers responded to the store, which is located at 3953 St. Charles Parkway in Waldorf, for the report of an intrusion alarm. A preliminary investigation revealed a suspect had forced entry through the roof, stolen a 12-pack of beer and fled the scene through the front door. A surveillance video showed the suspect wearing a dark green hooded sweatshirt which had large logo with the number 22 printed on the front.

As the investigation progressed, detectives identified the vehicle the suspect entered after the burglary and determined he had been driven from the scene by a second suspect. On March 12, officers observed the vehicle, a 1991 Honda Accord, traveling in the 3300 block of Leonardtown Road in Waldorf. Officers stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation and identified Jerry Bernard Whitmire, 49, of no fixed address and his wife, Jovanna Anne Whitmire, 42, of Fort Washington as the occupants of the vehicle. The Whitmires were found to be in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia and were subsequently arrested and charged with cocaine and drug paraphernalia possession. They were transported to the Charles County Detention Center and their vehicle was towed. Later that day, detectives obtained a search warrant for the Accord and discovered burglar tools in the vehicle.

On March 12, the Whitmires were released from the detention center and went to the tow facility to retrieve their vehicle. They were met there by detectives, who observed Jerry Whitmire wearing the same sweatshirt he was pictured wearing in the Nick’s of Clinton surveillance video.

Detectives arrested Jerry Whitmire at the tow facility and charged him with second-degree burglary, theft of property valued at less than $500 and destruction of property valued at less than $500. He was being held at the Charles County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond. Charges are pending against Jovanna Whitmire for her role in the burglary, which included transporting Jerry Whitmire from the scene in the Accord.

Det. J. McKenzie of the Property Crimes Unit is investigating.

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