LA PLATA, Md. (March 26, 2009) - The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
ADDITIONAL REWARD OFFERED IN MULTIPLE BURGLARY CASES: Recently, the Charles County Sheriff's Office has investigated numerous burglaries - mostly in the Waldorf area- in which flat screen televisions, electronics, game systems and jewelry are being stolen. In many cases, the suspects are breaking into homes by entering unlocked doors or breaking out windows. Although a number of leads have been investigated, the suspects have not been identified. It is not immediately clear if all of the break-ins are being committed by the same suspects. Detectives say these burglaries are occurring during the day when most homeowners are at work. They also believe several suspects are involved in each burglary because the targeted items are large and heavy.
Sheriff Rex W. Coffey has authorized a reward of up to $5,000 for tips that lead to the identity of the suspects involved in multiple burglaries. Additionally, Charles County Crime Solvers offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest and indictment of suspects involved in criminal activity. Anyone with information should call the Charles County Sheriff's Office at (301) 932-2222. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.
The CCSO is advising citizens to be alert and report suspicious activity immediately. Taking a few simple precautions such as securing all windows and doors and trimming back shrubbery can help deter a break-in. Homeowners should also record serial numbers and mark valuables to help identify the property if it stolen and recovered. In addition, the Charles County Sheriff's Office offers home security surveys to assist homeowners with making homes safer. For more information about crime prevention and home security, visit the Charles County Sheriff's Office Web site at www.ccso.us.
BURGLARY: On March 24 at 2:45 p.m., officers responded to the 8700 block of Grassland Court in Waldorf for a burglary. Investigation revealed unknown suspects broke into the house and stole laptop computers and a television. Officers canvassed the neighborhood and processed the scene for evidence. Anyone with information is asked to call the Charles County Sheriff's Office at (301) 932-2222. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspects. Officer S. Miller is investigating.
BURGLARY: On March 24 at 1:30 p.m., officers responded to the 2300 block of Kingstree Place in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Investigation revealed sometime between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., an unknown suspect(s) broke into the house and stole a laptop and jewelry. Officer J. Foster is investigating.
DRUG ARREST: On March 20 at 7:24 p.m., a Charles County Sheriff's officer initiated a traffic stop in the 4200 block of Drake Court in Waldorf. Marijuana was found inside the car and the driver, Chane Jackson, 22, of Waldorf, was arrested. He was charged with possession of marijuana. Officer R. Kimble made the arrest.
TIPS FOR HOME SAFETY:
-- Use a secondary blocking device on all sliding glass doors;
-- Keep the latch mechanism in good condition and properly adjusted;
-- Keep sliding door rollers in good condition and properly adjusted;
-- Use anti-lift devices such as through-the-door pins or upper track screws;
-- Use highly visible alarm decals, beware of dog decals or block watch decal.