LA PLATA, Md. (March 3, 2009) - The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
OFFICERS ARREST LIQUOR STORE BURGLARY SUSPECT: On March 2 at 12:32 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to an intrusion alarm at White Plains Liquors located at 4425 Crain Highway in White Plains. Investigation revealed the suspect attempted to gain entry into the business by throwing an object at the glass doors; he was unsuccessful and left. The suspect then drove to Lady's Liquors located at 6474 Crain Highway in La Plata. He backed his Chevrolet pick-up truck through the front door of the business, exited his vehicle and stole liquor and cigarettes. The suspect left that store and drove to Green's Liquors located at 9201 Crain Highway in Bel Alton where he drove his truck through the front door and stole liquor. Officers reviewed the surveillance cameras at the businesses and obtained a description of the suspect's truck. As officers canvassed the area, they spotted the truck at the Thunderbird Motel in Glasva. Officers located the suspect inside a room and recovered the stolen merchandise. The suspect, Jeffrey Eric Neil, 33, of South Carolina, was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary, three counts of destruction of property, theft and possession of drugs. Officers S. Fulton and S. Duley made the arrest.
MULTIPLE VANDALISMS: On Feb. 28 at 8:08 a.m., a Charles County Sheriff's officer responded to the 4200 block of Drake Court in Waldorf for the report of vandalism to a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, it was discovered the vehicle had damage to the driver side lock, and items were stolen from within. Officers canvassed the area including Lancaster Drive and Bluebird Drive and found eleven other vehicles with the same or similar damage. Not all of the vehicles had items stolen from them. Officer C Barrows in investigating.
MAN CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICER: On Feb. 28 at 12:09 a.m., a Charles County Sheriff's officer - who was working secondary employment at an event held at the La Plata Fire Department on Washington Avenue - asked one of the guests to leave after the guest tried to start a fight and became disorderly. When the guest, Christopher Ronald Patterson, 19, of Lusby, refused to leave, the officer attempted to place him under arrest. Patterson punched the officer and tried to pull away but he was subdued and transported to the Charles County Detention Center where he was charged with disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest and failure to obey a lawful order. Officer D. Behm made the arrest.
ARMED ROBBERY LEADS TO ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICER: On Feb. 27 at 8:03 p.m., an unknown male wearing dark clothing entered Budd's Liquor located at 2539 Old Washington Road in Waldorf. He displayed a handgun and demanded money. The employees cooperated with the suspect and he fled on foot. An off-duty Capitol Police officer pulled into the parking lot as the suspect was fleeing. He followed the suspect north on Route 925 to the parking lot of a nearby business where the suspect got into a dark colored Acura. As the officer was attempting to get the tag number, the suspect fired one round at him, missing the officer. The suspect fled north to Prince George's County. Anyone with information about this case should call Detective G. Higgs at (301) 609-6498. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for the tips that lead to the arrest and indictment of the suspect.
BURGLARY: On Feb. 27 at 9:01 p.m., officers responded to the 3500 block of Breconridge Drive in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Investigation revealed an unknown suspect shattered a window to the rear of the victim's residence and stole property including a rifle. Officer J. Walter is investigating.
SAFETY TIP: Make sure all porches, entrances and yards are well lighted.