PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (February 3, 2011)The Calvert County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
2010 CRIME STATISTICS: The incidence of crime in Calvert County increased by 6.5% in 2010. However, violent crimes of rape, robbery, and murder decreased by 23% in 2010 as compared to 2009. Crimes such as thefts and burglaries increased 10.5% over 2009.
Gregory Earl Linton, 25, of North Beach, was charged with 4th degree burglary and malicious destruction of property having a value less than $500 after having been found sleeping inside St. John Vianney Catholic Church twice. (Arrest photos)
MAN FOUND SLEEPING IN CHURCH ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY, DOP: On January 30 at 7:08 a.m., units responded to St. John Vianney Catholic Church at 105 Vianney Lane in Prince Frederick for a report of a burglary. First arriving units were advised that an unknown suspect entered the church in an unknown manner and was found by a parishioner sleeping in the front lobby. The suspect awoke and fled on foot prior to police arrival.
Dep. S. Esposito found damage to numerous items in the church. A backpack located where the suspect had been sleeping revealed his identity. An arrest warrant was issued for Gregory Earl Linton, 25, of North Beach, for 4th degree burglary and malicious destruction of property having a value less than $500.
On the same day at 5:50 p.m., units responded back to the same address for a second report of a burglary. First arriving units discovered that another parishioner located Mr. Linton sleeping in a pew, but he had again fled on foot. After a brief search, Linton was located inside Project Echo lying in a bed.
Linton was apprehended on his open arrest warrant and transported to the Calvert County Sheriff's Office. Mr. Linton was interviewed by Detective Winston of C.I.T. and was subsequently issued additional charges for 2nd degree burglary and theft under $100.
If anyone has any additional information regarding this case, please contact Detective Winston at 410-535-1600 Ext: 2595.
Disclaimer: In the U.S.A., all persons accused of a crime by the State are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presumption_of_innocence. Additionally, all of the information provided above is solely from the perspective of the respective law enforcement agency and does not provide any direct input from the accused or persons otherwise mentioned.