LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Oct. 5, 2009) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, THEFT: On October 2 a lookout was broadcast for a Ford Explorer with Virginia registration. The occupants of the vehicle were just involved in a break in and theft from a coca-cola machine located at Performance Custom Motorcycle in Mechanicsville. Deputy Campbell observed and stopped the suspect vehicle. Investigation and probable cause search revealed a crowbar in the vehicle. The cola machine was pried open. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as Wayne Edward Brengle, 37 of Waldorf, and Scott Christopher Beal, 36 of Waldorf. Brengle and Beal were arrested and charged with theft under $1,000 and destruction of property. A short time later a second cola machine at Ridgell Service Center in Mechanicsville was also discover broken into. The investigation revealed Brengle and Beal were also involved in this destruction of property and theft. Brengle and Beal were additionally charged with Theft under $100, Destruction of Property over $500 and Destruction of property scheme.
THEFT: On October 2 Deputy M. Green responded to Lowes Home Center in California for a report of a theft. Investigation revealed Joanna Louise Gibson, 21 of Fairfax, Virginia, entered Lowes, removed items from the store shelves and placed them into her purse. Gibson walked past all points of payment and exited the store without paying for the items. As Lowes' Loss Prevention Officer attempted to catch up with Gibson after she exited Lowes, he witnessed Gibson enter Michael's Arts & Crafts. Gibson removed items from the shelves from Michael's Arts and Crafts, placed them into her pursed and exited the store without paying for the item. Gibson was stopped by the Loss Prevention Officer outside of Michaels Arts and Crafts. Gibson was arrested and charged with two counts of theft under $100.
DOMESTIC ASSAULT: On October 3 deputies responded to the Wal-Mart store in California for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Christopher Van Harlow, 58 of Lexington Park, was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim, which escalated into a physical assault when Harlow slapped the victim in the face. Harlow was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.