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Charles County Sheriff's Reports


LA PLATA, Md. (May 12, 2011)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.

CITIZEN ADVISORY: The Sheriff's Office is reminding citizens to be especially vigilant regarding activities in their neighborhoods. There has been an increase in daytime burglaries in which suspects have broken into homes and stolen computers, game systems, cash and jewelry. In some cases, officers located witnesses who said they saw suspicious people but did not report it. In other cases, witnesses said they observed people walking down their streets with flat screen TVs and other items but still didn't call police. When suspicious activity is reported immediately, the Sheriff's Office has had great success in apprehending burglars and recovering stolen property. Remember: If you see something, say something and report suspicious activity immediately.

BURGLARY: On May 10 at 2:14 p.m., an unknown suspect broke out a window to a home in the 3000 block of October Place in Waldorf and stole electronics.

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH: On May 9 at 2 p.m., the operator of a Lincoln Town Car was driving south on Washington Avenue in La Plata when she went through a red light and struck a motorcycle that was travelling west on Rosewick Road. The operator of the motorcycle was flown to a hospital where she was admitted with serious injuries. Traffic Operations is handling the investigation.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: On May 9 at 6:05 p.m., officers were called to a home in the 11600 block of Charles Street in La Plata for the report of a destruction of property. An unknown suspect cut a hole in a ground floor window but did not make entry. Officer Duley is investigating.

BURGLARY: On May 9 between 8 a.m. - 5:40 p.m., unknown suspects kicked in the front door of a house in the 4600 block of Harwich Drive in Waldorf and stole electronics, jewelry and cash. Officers processed the scene and recovered evidence. Officer Morgan is investigating.

BURGLARY: On May 9 at 12:21 p.m., a citizen called the Sheriff's Office to report two juvenile males dressed in black attempting to break into someone's home in the 400 block of Bland Drive in Indian Head. Officers arrived and spotted the males in the neighbor's backyard. The suspects fled but were apprehended. One of the suspects was linked to a theft that occurred the day before in the same neighborhood. Both suspects were charged with burglary and theft and released to their parents.

BURGLARY: On May 9 at 10:23 a.m., officers responded to the 6700 block of Rison Drive in Marbury for the report of a possible burglary. A witness called the homeowner and said his front door was wide open; the homeowner then called police. A check revealed someone had kicked the door in to make entry. The victim reported flat screen TVs had been stolen. Officers canvassed the area and developed leads. The investigation is continuing.

POSSIBLE ATTEMPT BURGLARY: On May 9 at 9:17 a.m., officers responded to the 5300 block of Janore Court in Marbury after the homeowner called to report unknown subjects ringing her doorbell and turning her doorknob in an attempt to get inside. When she went to investigate, the homeowner saw three males flee from her front porch and jump into a car. Officers are working on leads in this case.

MAN CHARGED WITH INDECENT EXPOSURE: On May 8 at 1:32 p.m., officers responded to a fast food restaurant in the 6300 block of Crain Highway in La Plata for the report of a disorderly person. When officers arrived, they were told the suspect, Joseph Harry Akowskey, 43, of Brandywine, was yelling obscenities at passersby including a group of teenaged girls who were standing outside of the building. Akowskey ripped his shirt off, pulled his pants down and exposed himself to the girls and traffic on Crain Highway. He then jumped into his truck and fled. Witnesses provided officers with a description of the suspect's vehicle and officers located the truck a short distance away. Akowskey was arrested and charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

OFFICERS ARREST ROBBERY SUSPECT: On May 7 at 1:53 a.m., officers responded to the 2000 block of Amberleaf Place Waldorf for the report of a robbery. The victim said he was approached by a group of males who acted as if they had a weapon and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspects fled. The victim provided officers with a description of the suspects and a Charles County Sheriff's canine handler and his canine partner tracked the path where the suspects fled. Officers established a perimeter and subsequently saw a male matching the description of one of the suspects. The suspect, Gregory Vinson, 20, of Waldorf, was identified as the person who took the victim's money. He was arrested and charged with robbery.

ATTEMPT WHEEL THEFT: On May 7 between 7:50 a.m. - 7 p.m., unknown suspects removed all lug nuts from four wheels of the victim's vehicle which was parked at the St. Charles Town Center. None of the wheels were stolen and no other cars were damaged.

OFFICER ARRESTS THEFT SUSPECT AND RECOVERS STOLEN PROPERTY: On May 5 at 10:21 p.m., Cpl. J. Timko was patrolling the parking lot of Safeway in Bryans Road when he observed a man walk out of the store with a grocery cart filled with approximately 20 containers of laundry detergent and groceries and begin loading them in his car. Cpl. Timko was aware of previous thefts from grocery stores and he approached the man. Upon walking up to the car, Cpl. Timko noticed a passenger in the back seat of the man's vehicle who appeared to be unresponsive. Further investigation revealed syringes and heroin strewn about the car. The passenger was transported to a hospital where he was treated for a possible drug overdose. The man, Isaac Brown, III, 42, of Washington, D.C., was arrested after it was discovered he had indeed stolen all of the items. A computer check revealed he had provided the officer with a fictitious name. After confirming his true identity, officers learned he had an open warrant in Charles County and one in Montgomery County. Brown was and charged with false statement, theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drugs.

RRE/VANDALISM: Between May 4 and May 5, an unknown suspect used a sharp object and scratched a racial slur on a concrete fence post in the 800 block of Brandon Road in Waldorf. Officers canvassed the area and did not see any other signs of vandalism.

BURGLARY: On May 4 between 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., unknown suspects broke out a sliding glass door in the 7900 block of Norwich Court in La Plata. Although it appears nothing was stolen, several dresser drawers were opened and lights were left on. Officers processed the scene and recovered some evidence. Officer Raby is investigating.

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.

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