LA PLATA, Md. (December 15, 2010)The Charles County Sheriff's Office recently released the following incident and arrest reports.
PATROL OFFICERS CHARGE FOUR JUVENILES WITH ARMED ROBBERY OF FAST FOOD DELIVERY MAN: On December 10 at 11:39 p.m., officers were called to a carry out restaurant for the report of a delivery driver who had been robbed on Cardigan Court in Waldorf. Investigation revealed the victim was getting ready to exit his car when the suspects approached, pointed a long gun at him and demanded his money, food and cell phone. After the robbery, the suspects fled and the victim went back to his place of business where he notified police. Officers responded and quickly developed information that led to the suspect's whereabouts. Offices located the suspects inside a house on University Drive. They also recovered the stolen food and a BB gun that was used during the commission of the crime. All four suspects, a 16-year-old, two 15-year olds, and a 14-year-old, were charged with robbery. The 16-year-old was charged as an adult. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.
TEEN CHARGED WITH ARMED ROBBERY OF ANOTHER TEEN: On December 11 at 1:30 p.m., a 14-year-old male was in the 2300 block of Floral Springs Street where he had arranged to meet an acquaintance. When his friend arrived, a male approached them, displayed a handgun, threatened them and demanded their shoes and coat. The teens complied and the suspect fled. Later, the victim realized the suspect was actually the older brother of the friend he met earlier that day. Detectives in the Robbery Unit followed leads and subsequently charged the friend's 17-year-old brother with armed robbery and theft. The victim's shoes, coat and a BB gun were recovered. The investigation is continuing.
PATROL OFFICER STOPS BURGLARY IN PROGRESS, STOLEN COPPER RECOVERED: On December 11 at 11:37 p.m., an officer was conducting a parking lot check of a business on Carnegie Court when he noticed a man loitering in the area. The man ran as the officer approached. The officer pursued the subject and found him hiding under a bus. An investigation revealed the suspect entered the fenced lot of the business and stole heavy welding items that contain large amounts of copper wire. The stolen property was recovered and returned to the owner. The suspect, Lester Jermaine Johnson, 34, of Mechanicsville, was arrested ad charged with burglary and theft.
THEFTS: The Charles County Sheriffs Office is investigating several thefts and attempt thefts that have occurred during the overnight hours in which the suspects steal wheels from cars or attempt to steal a vehicle. In some cases, officers found witnesses who said they saw suspicious activity prior to the thefts but did not call police. Sheriff Rex Coffey is urging people who observe suspicious activity to call the Charles County Sheriff's Office immediately. If you see something, say something. An officer will respond.
Between December 13 at 8 p.m. - December 14 at 5 a.m., unknown suspects stole all four wheels from a car in the 11600 block of Cygnet Drive. The victim's car was left sitting on landscaping rocks which were taken from a neighbor's yard. Officers processed the scene for evidence and the investigation is continuing.
On December 14 at 5 a.m., officers responded to the area of Carroll Drive and Moran Drive for the report of a stolen car. Investigation revealed the owner left his car parked outside and when he awoke, the car was missing. Officers located the car a short distance away parked on Moran Drive. A canvass in the area revealed the suspects attempted to steal another car by breaking the steering column but were unsuccessful. Officers located a witness who said he observed two people in the area at about 3 a.m. They fled in two different cars after being noticed. Officers are continuing their investigation.
BURGLARY: Between November 26 - December 12, unknown suspects broke into a vacant house in the 3300 block of Ryon Court and stole property. The theft was not discovered until the victim returned home. A check of the house revealed the victim had an alarm system but the alarm had not been turned on. Officers canvassed the area and processed the scene for evidence.