LA PLATA, Md. (Sept. 24, 2014)The Charles County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.
BURGLARY: Sometime between Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, unknown suspect(s) broke into a building on Industrial Park Drive in White Plains and stole two large kerosene heaters and other equipment. PFC D. Walker is investigating.
THEFTS FROM AUTOS: During the overnight hours of Sept. 21 to Sept. 22, unknown suspect(s) entered three unlocked cars in the 2200 block of Pinefield Road in Waldorf and stole a small amount of cash. Officer G.M. Cook is investigating.
BURGLARY: On Sept. 22 at 12:55 p.m., officers responded to a vacant townhouse in the 3600 block of Kempsford Field Place in Waldorf to assist the fire department who was checking on a possible fire inside the unit. When firefighters went into the townhouse, they discovered a fire burning in the fire place; however, no one was inside. Officers found evidence to include a toothbrush and other personal items - inside the house, suggesting someone had been staying in the home. Officers also spoke with a neighbor who found an extension cord plugged into an electrical socket in his backyard which led to the vacant unit. Officer G.M. Cook is investigating.
BURGLARY: On Sept. 21 at 1:30 a.m., officers responded to the AT&T cell phone store at 3650 Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Investigation showed two suspects broke the front glass of the building, entered the store and stole numerous phones and accessories. Officers are working on leads. Officer C. Gustafson is investigating.
BURGLARY: Sometime between Sept. 15 to Sept. 20, unknown suspect(s) broke into two unlocked sheds in the 4000 block of Doncaster Drive in Indian Head and stole a Cub Cadet riding mower, a chainsaw, tools and other items. Cpl R. Gilroy is investigating.
CITIZEN ROBBERY/ASSAULT: On Sept. 20 at 1 a.m., officers responded to Hard Times Café in the 1100 block of Smallwood Drive for an assault. The victim reported she and her friend left the business at about 1 a.m. and got into a minor argument with a man and a woman in the parking lot. During the argument, the man grabbed the victims purse and fled. The victim received minor injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital. Officer C. Chamblee is investigating.
Charles County Sheriffs Detective Honored by Anti-Defamation League
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) recently honored Charles County Sheriffs Office Detective Richard Boggs, as well as members of the Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriffs Office and the Montgomery County States Attorneys Office, for their work in the investigation and prosecution of local members of the Moorish Nation - part of the sovereign citizen movement - for felonies which included first-degree burglary, conspiracy, and theft over $100,000 in connection to their occupation of a home in Charles County, MD and in Montgomery County, MD. During their investigation, detectives received threats to themselves and their families because of their involvement in the case.
The ADL honored the recipients during their 5th Annual SHIELD awards banquet held on Sept. 17 at the National Press Club. The SHIELD awards honor law enforcement officers for major successes in the fight against terrorism and for protecting civil rights.
The Anti-Defamation League, one of the nations oldest and most respected civil rights and human relations organizations, created the SHIELD awards in 2010 to annually recognize law enforcement for major achievements in the fight against hate crimes, domestic and international terrorism, and for protecting civil rights. The awards name reflects law enforcements role as protectors, and is also an acronym for the core values of the profession: Service, Honor, Integrity, Excellence, Leadership, and Dedication.
The SHIELD awards give us an opportunity to publicly recognize and express our appreciation to law enforcement for protecting our nation and its values, said Elise Jarvis, ADLs Associate Director for Law Enforcement Outreach and Communal Security. They are a way for us to honor the individuals who guard our lives and freedoms.
Major Marvin Butler, Assistant Sheriff of Operations with the Charles County Sheriffs Office, attended the event and said it was an honor to be among all of the recipients who worked hard to ensure the safety of others. Its rewarding to see these officers receive recognition from the Anti-Defamation League. I knew about the investigation Detective Boggs was involved in and I know it required tremendous research and constant communication with the other agencies. Detective Boggs said the investigation was tedious. " The Montgomery County case involved the attempted theft of a $6.5 million dollar home and the same ring leader attempted to commit a similar crime here in Charles County. People who adhere to sovereign citizen ideology believe they are exempt from the laws of the United States and therefore, they generally do not have proper documentation. We had to handle a lot of fraudulent papers and it took a lot of work to bring these cases to justice.
Award recipients were carefully chosen by a Selection Committee of 21 law enforcement executives which includes the Chiefs of Police and other top law enforcement officials from metropolitan, state and federal law enforcement agencies in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. The awards have the support of partnership agencies representing more than 90,000 personnel.
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: http://somd.me/presumed-innocence. 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 http://somd.me/mdcasesearch . 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 http://somd.me/expungeme .