LA PLATA, Md. (March 2, 2011)The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
PATROL OFFICERS APPREHEND BURGLARY SUSPECT/ DETECTIVES LINK MAN TO MULTIPLE BREAK-INS: On February 23 at 3:07 a.m., officers responded to the VFW in Bel Alton for the report of an intrusion alarm. Upon arrival, PFC. DePaulo and PFC. McDonald found a back window shattered. They entered the business and observed the suspect, Leroy Charles Thurston, 48, of Waldorf, inside, behind the bar, with a bag of cash he apparently stole. Officers DePaulo and McDonald apprehended Thurston and charged him with burglary and possession of burglary tools.
As a result of this arrest and further investigation, detectives have positively linked Thurston to at least three additional burglaries including break-ins at the Charles County Landfill on February 7, Longwood Gardens on February 10 and the Plaid Umbrella on February 20. He has since been charged with those burglaries. Investigators say Thurston is a suspect in additional burglaries as well.
PATROL OFFICER MAKES TRAFFIC STOP AND FINDS NEARLY FOUR POUNDS OF MARIJUANA WITH ESTIMATED STREET VALUE OF $31,000: On February 18 at 2:49 p.m., Cpl. J. Timko initiated a traffic stop on a minivan in the 6000 block of Indian Head Highway after observing a speeding violation. Upon approaching the vehicle, Cpl. Timko smelled a strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside the van. After investigating further, Cpl. Timko discovered three large bags containing nearly four pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $31,000 hidden under a rear seat. Cpl. Timko also found drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash. The driver, Jason Dunston Williams, 30, of Virginia, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession paraphernalia and possession of narcotics production equipment.
MAN CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT IN CONNECTION WITH DOMESTIC-RELATED CUTTING: On March 1, detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division arrested Milton Adoney Cisneros, 28, of Bryans Road, in connection with a domestic-related assault which occurred on February 18 at 10:30 p.m. behind a Bryans Road shopping center. The original call came from a witness who said he saw two men in an alley way behind the center and that both men said they had been stabbed. When officers arrived, the men said a group of suspects stabbed them for no apparent reason. The men were transported to a hospital where they were treated and released. Officers canvassed the area and processed the scene for evidence. A subsequent investigation by detectives revealed the victims had not been stabbed by strangers as first reported. Rather, Cisneros cut his partner, 29, with a beer bottle during a domestic-related dispute. The victim suffered lacerations to his arm, neck and face and Cisneros accidently cut himself. Cisneros was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Detective Shankster investigated.
PATROL OFFICERS RESPONDING TO ASSAULT FIND FUGITIVE AND RECOVER A LOADED HANDGUN: On February 18 at 10:41 p.m., PFC. Riffle responded to assist officers with the report of an assault in Bryans Road. As PFC. Riffle canvassed the area for the suspects, he stopped a man who was seen walking away from the crime scene. A computer check revealed the man, Elisha Rakim Terry, 22, of Indian Head, had four open warrants. Terry was also found to be in possession of a loaded handgun. Terry was not linked to the assault but he was arrested and charged with handgun possession and the open warrants.
THEFT OF WHEELS: Between February 23 at 11 p.m. - February 24 at 4 a.m., unknown suspects stole wheels and rims form an SUV in the 2300 block of Butte Place in Waldorf. After the theft, the vehicle was left sitting on landscaping stones. Officers processed the scene for evidence.
ROBBERY: On February 18 at 10:30 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of Brandon Road in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. The victim, a fast food delivery man, was walking toward a house to make a delivery when several suspects approached, hit him with a stick and stole money and food. The suspects fled and the victim went back to his business where he called police. Detectives determined the house in which the victim was making the delivery was a vacant dwelling. The Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the investigation.