Charles Co. Sheriff's Reports - Southern Maryland Headline News

Charles Co. Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (Feb. 1, 2014)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

CHARLES COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO STEP UP DUI ENFORCEMENT ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY: Charles County Sheriff Rex W. Coffey said officers will be stepping up DUI patrols on Super Bowl Sunday as part of a statewide effort to reduce impaired driving. The Super Bowl is one of America's most anticipated sports events and it's a time when friends and family gather in homes, bars and restaurants to watch and celebrate. The Charles County Sheriff's Office has joined other state agencies in a push to spread the message about the importance of designating a sober driver, because - Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.

According to Maryland crash data, an average of 175 people has lost their lives in each of the past five years to alcohol-related crashes. Nationally, 9,878 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2011 (the last year of complete national data) and those crashes were 31 percent more likely to occur on weekends than on weekdays.

CRIME SOLVERS CASE: Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Michael David Toder, 37, of La Plata. Toder currently has an open warrant relating to a first-degree assault. Toder is 6'1" and weighs about 215 pounds. He is bald and has blue eyes. Anyone with information about Toder's whereabouts is asked not to approach him but rather call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit to submit a web tip. For additional information about Crime Solvers see

DETECTIVES SEEK ROBBERY SUSPECT'S IDENTITY/CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING CASH REWARD: Charles County Sheriff's detectives are seeking the identity of a robbery suspect and Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest. On Jan. 30 at 12:46 p.m., the victim, an employee of a local business, was walking toward a bank in the 3200 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf when the suspect approached, assaulted him and grabbed a bank deposit bag the victim was carrying. The suspect fled and the victim called police. Detectives obtained a photo taken from a surveillance camera near the bank. The victim described the suspect as a black male with a light complexion and a well groomed thin moustache, 150 lbs., wearing a black jacket, gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, and teal or turquoise colored shoes. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Det. J. Austin at (301) 609-6504. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit to submit a web tip. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered in this case.

The CCSO is offering these tips for employee's that make bank deposits: 1) If possible, two employees should take the deposits to the bank; 2) Vary the time bank deposits are made; and 3) Never carry money out in the open; keep it hidden.

DETECTIVES SEEK IDENTITY OF POSSIBLE WITNESS IN THEFT CASE: Charles County sheriff's detectives are seeking the identity of a man who's image was captured on a surveillance camera during a period of time when a theft occurred. Sometime between Dec. 29 to January 28, parts to an HVAC were stolen from a church in the 8100 block of Annapolis Woods Road in La Plata. Footage from a surveillance camera was reviewed and detectives observed a male and a truck in the parking lot at a time when no one should have been there. It is not clear if the man was involved in the theft, but detectives would like to identify him. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. J. Feldman at 301-609-6474. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit to submit a web tip. 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.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE: On Jan 30 at 8:35 p.m., a Charles County sheriff's officer was on patrol when she initiated a traffic stop in the area of St. Charles Parkway and Billingsley Road after observing the operator of a sedan driving erratically. Upon approaching the driver, the officer suspected he was under the influence. The driver, Reuben B. Collins, II, was administered several field sobriety tests, all of which he failed. He was arrested and transported to the Charles County Detention Center where he agreed to take a breathalyzer test. His blood-alcohol content was above .08 percent. Under Maryland's Transportation Code 11-174.1, anyone with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or above is automatically considered intoxicated. Mr. Collins was charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence per se, and driving while impaired. He was released to a relative.

ROBBERY: On Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m., officers responded to the area of Smallwood Park and Ride in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. The victim, an 18-year-old male, was walking in the woods near the park and ride when he was approached by a group of males who pulled a gun and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspects fled. Officers canvassed the area and detectives are working on leads. Det. A. Celia is investigating.

OFFICERS TRACK DOWN BURGLARY SUSPECT: On Jan. 29 at 7 a.m., officers responded to the 14500 block of Burnt Store Road in Hughesville for the report of a burglary that occurred overnight. Investigation showed the suspect broke into a building by forcing open a window and stole $16 in cash. PFC D. Arends noticed footprints in the snow directly under the damaged window. He followed the footprints to a nearby house and made contact with the homeowner. After a brief conversation with the homeowner, PFC Arends learned the suspect was a 19-year-old resident of the house. The suspect admitted to the burglary and turned over the money he stole to the officer who then gave it back to the victim. The investigation is on-going and criminal charges are pending.

OFFICERS FIND CHILDREN IN COLD CAR/ WOMAN CHARGED WITH CHILD NEGLECT: On Jan. 28 at 8:05 p.m., officers responded to the 11200 block of Mall Circle after a citizen called to report the sounds of children crying coming from inside a Cadillac Escalade which was parked outside a department store. The windows of the car were heavily tinted and the witness was not able to see much more. Officers arrived and found two girls, a six-year-old and a three-year-old, inside the car. Both girls were wearing heavy coats but told officers they were cold. Officers placed the girls in their police cars and noted the temperature was about 16 degrees. Officers obtained the name of the girls' mother and went inside the mall to search for her. They contacted mall security who made an announcement. The mother came out of a department store and approached officers. She claimed she lost her wallet and was inside the mall looking for it. She said she had only been inside for 10 minutes. Officers noted inconsistencies in her story and checked into the matter further. They subsequently learned the woman had been inside the department store for more than 90 minutes, sitting at a makeup counter having her makeup done. They also located her missing wallet inside her purse. Regina Marie Coleman, 28, was arrested and charged with child neglect. The children were turned over to relatives. Officer J. Squriewell and Sgt. H. Smith investigated.

ROBBERY: On Jan. 27 at 8:50 p.m., officers responded to a residence near Lake Drive in Waldorf for the report of a robbery. Investigation showed a 17-year-old male was walking in the 2400 block of Lake Drive when three males assaulted him and stole his shoes and cell phones. Officers canvassed the area and are working on leads. Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division are investigating.

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: 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. You can find additional information about the case by searching the Maryland Judiciary Case Search Database using the accused's name and date of birth. The database is online at . Persons named who have been found innocent or not guilty of all charges in the respective case, and/or have had the case ordered expunged by the court can have their name, age, and city redacted by following the process defined at .

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