LA PLATA, Md. (April 5, 2011)The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
PATROL OFFICER ARRESTS BURGLARY SUSPECT AND RECOVERS STOLEN PROPERTY: On March 30, Charles County Sheriff's Officer J. Morales arrested Robert Eugene Smith, 28, of Capitol Heights, in connection with the January 31 burglary of a landscaping company in White Plains. During the burglary, Smith broke into the business after hours and stole 2 chain saws, two weed eaters, a leaf blower, a concrete saw, a case of washer fluid, a floor jack and other miscellaneous items. Officer Morales developed leads in the case and subsequently identified Smith as a suspect. A search warrant of Smith's residence was executed and officers recovered most of the stolen property. Smith was charged with burglary and felony theft.
OFFICERS APPREHEND THEFT SUSPECTS: On April 3 at 1:15 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's Officer Bagley was approached by a group of people who reported witnessing two suspects break into a car in the 15100 block of Burnt Store Road in Hughesville and flee the area in a red car. The officer spotted the car and initiated a traffic stop. The driver fled and the officer followed. The occupants bailed out of the car in the 7100 block of Benedict Avenue and officers pursed them on foot. Both suspects were apprehended a short time later. A stolen Garmin GPS was discovered inside the car and officers linked it to the earlier theft. Further investigation revealed the suspects broke into at least three cars earlier in the evening. Justin Eric Houser, 30, of Benedict and William Michael Kreuter, 29, of Mechanicsville, were charged with theft.
BURGLARY: On April 4 between 4 a.m. - 9 p.m., unknown suspects broke into a house in the 8100 block of Greenleek Hill Road and stole a flat screen television. Officers canvassed the neighborhood and processed the scene for evidence. Officer S. Davis is investigating.
LEADS DEVELOPED IN ATTEMPT CARJACKING: On April 4 at 1:30 a.m., officers responded to the Dash In at 6985 Indian Head Highway in Bryans Road for the report of an attempt carjacking. The victim reported two males tried to steal his car at gunpoint. The victim ran away from the suspects and called 9-1-1. Patrol officers and a sheriff's office K-9 responded and tracked the suspects to a nearby neighborhood. Detectives developed leads and are working on indentifying the men. One suspect is described as a white male in his forties, 5'4", 140lbs., with short, dirty blonde hair, rough facial features, wearing a white polo shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes. The second suspect is described as a black male, mid-twenties to early thirties, 5'9", 200lbs., with dread locks, a white bandana, black jacket, dark pants, and boots. Anyone with information is asked to call (301) 932-2222. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.
ATTEMPT STRONG-ARM ROBBERY: On April 3 at 8:10 p.m., officers responded to the 1000 block of Bannister Circle in Waldorf for the report of an assault and attempt robbery. Investigation showed the victim, 18, was walking in the area when a group of suspects approached and demanded money. The victim replied he had no money and one suspect punched him. The victim fled and called police. Officers canvassed the area and developed several leads in the case. The investigation is continuing.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in Charles County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about a crime may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. All callers remain anonymous.