Charles County Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (May 07, 2008) - The Charles County Sheriff's Department recently released the following incident and arrest reports.

POLICE PURSUIT: On May 5 at 10:04 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s Officer J. Walter observed a Ford truck speeding on Smallwood Drive near Stone Avenue in Waldorf. He attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to comply. As the officer pursued the truck, police communications officers advised it had been reported stolen through the Prince George’s County Police Department. The truck turned onto Keepsake Place where it struck a small tree. The occupants fled the vehicle on foot but left the truck in drive. The truck continued moving until it struck a mailbox. Officers, including a K9 team, searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects. The suspects were described as two black males with dreadlocks. They were wearing blue jeans and white polo shirts with red or pink stripes. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 301-932-7777 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

STRONG-ARM ROBBERY: On May 5 at 9:24 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s officers responded to the AMC Loews movie theater located at 11115 Mall Circle in Waldorf for the report of a strong-arm robbery. The investigation revealed an 18-year-old Waldorf man was walking through the parking lot when two suspects approached him, assaulted him and stole his money. The suspects fled the scene in a silver mid-1990s passenger car with black fenders. The suspects are described as black males in their early 20s. One suspect is between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, has dreadlocks and was wearing a black jacket with a red spider on the upper back. The other suspect is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and was wearing dark clothing. The victim sustained minor injuries. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 301-932-7777 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Cpl. M. Clark is investigating.

INTOXICATED DRIVER: On May 2 at 10:50 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s Officer J. Clagett observed a vehicle swerving on Route 301 near Mitchell Road in La Plata. He stopped the vehicle and determined the driver, Robert Lee Lawson, 22, of La Plata, was intoxicated. Lawson was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was held at the Charles County Detention Center pending an appearance before a district court commissioner.

BURGLARY: Sometime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 22, suspect(s) forced entry through the rear sliding glass door of a residence in the 10900 block of West Point Place in White Plains. Once inside, the suspect(s) stole a television, an Xbox 360 gaming system and a laptop computer. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at 301-932-2222 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Officer J. Clagett is investigating.

THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office has served an arrest warrant for the man responsible for a series of kitchen appliance thefts in March from homes under construction in Waldorf.

Eugene West Ford, 44, of no fixed address was charged on April 29 with three counts each of first-degree burglary, theft of property valued at more than $500 and destruction of property valued at less than $500. Ford is currently being held at the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections on unrelated charges.

The first theft was reported on Mon., March 24 at 7:32 a.m. after workers discovered someone had forced entry into a home under construction in the 2400 block of Sedgeland Court sometime over the weekend and had stolen kitchen appliances. Sometime between 5 that night and 9:15 the next morning, the second theft of kitchen appliances occurred in the 3400 block of Halford Street. The last theft occurred between 7 p.m. March 25 and 9 a.m. March 26 in the 8700 block of Bancroft Drive. The stolen appliances included stainless steel refrigerators, ovens, microwaves and dishwashers.

Early on April 9, the Prince George’s County Police Department arrested the occupants of a vehicle suspected of being involved in similar incidents in Prince George’s County. Although the suspects in that investigation were not involved in the Charles County thefts, detectives obtained information leading to the identity of Ford as the suspect in Charles County. Charles and Prince George’s County detectives worked cooperatively and as a result, Charles County detectives obtained the warrant for Ford’s arrest on April 24. Det. J. Austin investigated.

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