LEONARDTOWN, Md. (June 13, 2008) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Department today released the following incident and arrest reports.
TRESPASSING: On June 12, 2008 Deputy Travis Bowes responded to the 7-11 Store in Lexington Park for a report of a trespassing complaint. Upon arrival, Deputy Bowes contacted an employee of the 7-11 who stated Kevin Eugene Watts, age 44 of Lexington Park, was trespassing on the property after being served with a no trespassing notice. Deputy Boyer was also at the 7-11 Store and observed Kevin Watts on the premise. Mr. Watts was arrested and charged with trespassing.
THEFT AT WALMART: On June 12, 2008 Dfc. James Maguire responded to the Wal-mart in California for a theft complaint. It was reported at an unknown time Steven Rene Tharpe, Jr., age 18 of Great Mills, stole items from the store and on June 12 returned to the Wal-mart and attempted to return items for cash. When store security confronted Mr. Tharpe about the stolen items he attempted to flee the store. Store security caught and detained Mr. Tharpe until Dfc. Maguire arrived. Tharpe was charged with the theft.
THEFT AT WALMART: While Dfc. Maguire was at the Wal-mart on the theft complaint involving Steven Rene Tharpe, Jr. another theft occurred at the Wal-mart. Dfc. Jason Maletto was also at the Wal-mart when Robert Emanuel Clifford, 24 of Lexington Park, attempted to flee the store with a shopping cart containing numerous items. A foot chase ensued and Dfc. Maletto chased and caught Mr. Clifford approximately on hundred yards from the store. Clifford was arrested and charged with theft.
ILLEGAL DRUGS: On June 13, 2008 at approximately 12:45 am Deputy James Stone was conducting a premise check in the area of Old Missouri Street in Lexington Park when he observed a suspicious vehicle, occupied numerous times, parked in an unlit area. Deputy Stone investigated and contacted the driver. As Deputy Stone was speaking to the driver he observed a purse on the floor board of the vehicle. The purse was open and Deputy Stone could see large plastic baggy containing suspected marijuana. Deputy Stone obtained consent from the driver to search the vehicle. Deputy Stone opened the passenger's door and recovered the plastic bag containing the suspected marijuana. Further investigation revealed a small plastic bag containing a large amount of small green jewelry bags which are often used to package controlled dangerous substances. Investigation revealed the purse and items belonged to Tashara Marie Johnson, 18 of Lexington Park. Ms. Johnson was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia.