LEONARDTOWN, Md. (August 26, 2010) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.
THEFT, POSSESSION OF COCAINE: On August 24, Deputy H. Allen responded to the Best Buy in California for a report of a theft. Investigation revealed John Patrick Norris, 25 of Hollywood, concealed store items on his person, walked past all points of purchase and attempted to leave the store without paying for the items. Norris was stopped and detained by store security until Deputy Allen arrived. Norris was arrested and charge with theft. A search of his person incident to the arrest revealed Norris was in possession a hypodermic needle and a small spoon containing suspected cocaine residue. Norris was charged with theft, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia.
MANUFACTURING COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY, THEFT: On August 24, DFC George responded to the Green Door Bar in Park Hall to investigate a counterfeit complaint. Investigation revealed Anthony Demtrious Lee, 30 of Patuxent River, entered the business establishment around 7:30 p.m. Lee made numerous purchases of beverages and paid for each individual purchase with a twenty dollar bill. Lee also requested the business make change or exchange his twenty dollar bills for lower denomination bills. The bartender became suspicious of the exchanges and the several twenty dollar bills which Lee had passed. The bartender further suspected the money may be counterfeit so he contacted the Sheriff's Office. DFC George examined the money and determined the bills were counterfeit. Lee was still in the business when DFC George arrived and conducted his investigation. Lee was arrested for theft and possessing counterfeit currency. Further investigation revealed Lee had actually manufactured the counterfeit currency, so he was also charged with manufacturing counterfeit currency.
SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT: On August 25, Deputy Adams responded to a residence on Dogwood Circle in Mechanicsville for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed John Frederick Nicodemus, 55 of Mechanicsville, was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when Nicodemus struck the victim in the face. Nicodemus was arrested and charged with second degree assault.