LA PLATA, Md. (March 19, 2013)The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following incident and arrest reports.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH THEFT: On March 16 at 5:33 p.m., officers responded to a store in the 11900 block of Acton Lane in Waldorf after receiving information about a possible theft in progress. A woman had taken several electronics and other items into the store's bathroom and did not come back out. After waiting a length of time, loss prevention personnel and officers went inside the restroom and immediately saw a large amount of blood on the floor. They also observed three empty packages that had contained GPS units. The woman exited a stall and officers noticed she had multiple cuts to her hand. Officers looked in the stall and observed several discarded electronics packaging. A search of the woman's shopping bags revealed two large knives which she apparently used to cut open the packages of the electronics. Officers also discovered a total of five GPS units, a DVD player, a wallet, a handbag, and jewelry. The woman initially gave officers a false name but her true identity was found in her purse. A computer check revealed she had three open warrants. Kelly Ann Chambers, 42, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with theft and identity theft to avoid prosecution.
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: On March 16 at 12:38 p.m., the victim's were traveling north on Mattawoman Beantown Road near Poplar Hill Road in Waldorf when an unknown male driving a red Honda Accord pulled up alongside them. The driver of the Honda quickly reached down and then a loud "pop" was heard. The children in the victim's car (ages 2, 4, and 6) began crying and when their father looked back he noticed the rear vent window was broken. He pulled over and noticed a small hole in the window. The driver called police and upon further examination, officers found a small airsoft pellet inside the car. No one was injured. The driver of the Honda was described as a white male, possibly in his 30's. There have been no other similar incidents reported. PFC J. Foster is investigating.
FRAUD/THEFT SCHEME: On March 13, a 64-year-old Charles County resident received a package from what appeared to be Publishers Clearing House saying she won $250,000. The package included a check in the amount of $4,912.73 and a letter instructing her to deposit the check into her bank account. After making the deposit, the letter instructed the woman to mail a money order to a "claims agent" in order for her to get her winnings. The victim complied and sent two money orders to a man with an address in New York. The total amount the victim sent was $3,707 which included fees for sending money grams. The victim later learned the check was not real. PFC Foster is investigating.
MAN CHARGED WITH DUI AFTER STRIKING POLICE CAR: On March 15 at 10:16 p.m., a Charles County Sheriff's officer was in his marked patrol car in the area of Amberleaf Place in Waldorf when a vehicle struck the driver's side of his cruiser. The officer got out to investigate and found the driver of the striking vehicle, Christopher Michael Whitaker, 29, of Cheltenham, to be driving under the influence. Whitaker was arrested and charged with DUI and other traffic-related offenses. Officer P. Alvarez is investigating.
ATTEMPT BURGLARY: On March 15 at 9:08 p.m., officers responded to the 4800 block of Castlewood Court in Waldorf for the report of an intrusion alarm. When officers arrived, they discovered forced entry into the rear basement door. The house was checked and it appeared entry was never made due to the alarm activating. Contact was made with the homeowners who arrived on the scene and advised they left the residence earlier and returned home after being notified by the alarm company. PFC R. Bagley is investigating.
BURGLARY: On March 15 at 9:53 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 1000 block of Allwood Drive in Waldorf and stole money and a cell phone. PFC J.L. Clagett is investigating.
AIRSOFT GUN FOUND ON SCHOOL PROPERTY: On March 15 at 12:30 p.m., an anonymous Crime Solvers tip was received by school administrators at Davis Middle School. The tip stated that a 14-year-old student was possibly in possession of a gun. Immediate action was taken and a black replica Airsoft gun that fires plastic pellets was located in the student's locker. The teen indicated he brought the air gun from home and intended to sell it after school. The student was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds. PFC R. Anderson 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 http://www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. All callers remain anonymous.
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