LEONARDTOWN, Md. (June 15, 2010) - The St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) released the following incident and arrest reports. BCI is an investigative team comprised of detectives from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack. The unit was established on July 1, 2003 and is based in Leonardtown.
COUNTERFEIT MERCHANDISE: As a result of several citizen complaints regarding counterfeit sports clothing and other various types of counterfeit apparel being sold at the Farmers Market in Charlotte Hall, detectives from BCI with assistance from deputies from the Patrol, Special Operations Divisions and investigators from the sports and clothing industries conducted a raid on businesses at that location. Investigators seized $88,413 worth of merchandise where the trademark was determined to be counterfeit. These items included counterfeit articles with logo's from the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, designer purses such as Loui Vitto, Coach, Ed Hardy and Gocci. Seven persons were identified as suspects and charges of Trademark Counterfeiting may be filed against each person following a review of the case with the States Attorney's Office. Each case is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 or 15 years in jail.
SUBWAY BURGLARY: On May 23, police responded to the Subway restaurant on MacArthur Boulevard in California for a report of a burglary. Unknown person(s) smashed an exterior window to gain entry to the business. Once inside, money was stolen from a cash register and safe. Detectives from BCI assumed the investigation. Detectives reviewed the restaurant's video surveillance system and developed Fred Allen Linkous-Lincoln, 20, of California, a former employee, as a suspect. On June 1, BCI detectives executed a search and seizure warrant at Linkous-Lincoln's residence and detained four subjects. Detectives subsequently charged Linkous-Lincoln with Second Degree Burglary, Destruction of Property and Theft. The burglary investigation is continuing. Further arrests and charges may be pending following a review with the States Attorney's Office.