PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (July 17, 2015)The Calvert County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: During the week of July 6 through July 12, deputies responded to 1,277 calls for service throughout the community.
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY CASE #15-36691: Dep. W. Durner responded to Flag Harbor Marina in St. Leonard for the report of damaged property. An employee advised that upon arriving at the marina on July 5, she noticed that someone had discharged a fire extinguisher on the property. A surveillance video of the suspect is aiding Dep. Durner in his investigation.
THEFT CASE #15-36816: Unknown suspect(s) stole $2,500 worth of windows from Economy Glass in Owings at around 8:00 p.m. on July 6. A witness gave a description of a possible suspect and suspect vehicle. Dep. A. Curtin is investigating.
THEFT FROM VEHICLE CASE #15-36927: A purse was stolen from an unlocked vehicle between July 5 and 6 that was parked outside a home in the 4300 block of Sixes Road in Prince Frederick. DFC J. Denton is investigating.
THEFT FROM VEHICLE CASE #15-36965: DFC J. Hardesty is investigating another theft from an unlocked vehicle. This one was in the 9000 block of Tonya's Terrace in Owings overnight between July 7 and 8. A wallet was stolen.
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY CASE #15-36969: Unknown suspect(s) moved a Caterpillar backhoe into the roadway on Sixes Road in Prince Frederick that belongs to the J. Calvin Wood, Jr. Inc. company. Whoever moved the backhoe struck a Komatsu Dozer causing $7,000 in damage. The incident occurred sometime between June 24 and July 8. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dep. J. Buck at 410-535-2800.
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY CASE #15-37080: Sometime between July 7 and 8, someone smashed the front passenger side window on a vehicle parked outside a home on Sea Beam Court in North Beach causing $400 in damage. DFC J. Lord is investigating.
THEFT CASE #15-37082: A blue fiberglass vessel dingy worth $3,000, was stolen from a vessel at the Beacon Marina in Solomons between July 6 and 7. Dep. B. Pounsberry will investigate.
THEFT FROM VEHICLE CASE #15-37103: Between July 7 and 8 two vehicles parked outside a home in the 8900 block of Chesapeake Lighthouse Drive in North Beach were rummaged through and an empty pill bottle was stolen. DFC A. Woodford is continuing the investigation.
THEFT FROM VEHICLE CASE #15-37214: Someone stole a Tissot silver wrist watch and some change from an unlocked vehicle parked outside a home on Erie Avenue in North Beach between July 8 and 9. Dep. W. Beisel is investigating.
THEFT FROM VEHICLE CASE #15-37694: A victim advised DFC R. Wilson that on July 11 at about 10:00 p.m. while his vehicle was parked at the gas pumps at the 7-11 convenience store on Dalrymple Road in Sunderland, he went into the store. When he returned to his vehicle, he noticed that his black Apple iPhone 5s had been stolen from his unlocked truck. The investigation continues.
Armed Robbery Suspects Apprehended
On July 6 at approximately 02:49 a.m., an armed robbery occurred at the 7-11 Convenience store located at 3588 Old Town Road in Huntingtown. During the robbery a male suspect entered the store and brandished a black handgun and demanded money. The male suspect fled to a dark colored SUV or truck and left the scene. The male suspect was described as a thin white male. He was described to wear a black hooded sweat shirt with the hood over his head and black and white bandana covering his face. Further he was wearing black gloves, blue jeans and black shoes. The gun was described as a black handgun.
On July 9 at approximately 04:00 a.m., an armed robbery occurred at the 7-Eleven store located at 13974 HG Trueman Road in Solomons. An unknown white male subject entered the store wearing a black hooded jacket, black gloves, blue jeans, and black boots with a white/black mask covering his face. This suspect was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. The suspect encountered the only store employee towards the rear of the store and demanded money. The store employee complied and the suspect made way with US Currency.
After reviewing the video footage, it was believed that the same suspect committed both robberies.
Based on the timeframes of the two robberies occurring, it was very probable there would be a third similar robbery in the near future. At the direction of Sheriff Mike Evans, the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigative Bureau put together an operation to conduct surveillance on all of the convenience stores in Calvert County. Personnel from within the Sheriff's Office, as well as from the Southern Maryland Information Center (SMIC), joined forces to conduct the operation which began on July 10 at midnight.
During the early morning hours of July 10, Detective Cameron of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office and Detective Simonds of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office (both assigned to SMIC) were conducting surveillance on the Lusby and St. Leonard Fast Stop convenience stores.
While conducting a check of the St. Leonard Fastop, detectives encountered a suspicious vehicle matching the description of the vehicle used in the first two robberies. The detectives set up surveillance in the area and observed the vehicle as it continued to engage in suspicious activity. The detectives called for marked Sheriff's Office units to respond to the area to assist. The on scene detectives requested the marked units conduct a traffic stop on the Dodge Dakota 4 door truck bearing Maryland registration 9AK8162. When units stopped the truck it was being operated by Bethani Yvonne Wood and Steven E. Garner. During the traffic stop several pieces of evidence were recovered to link the vehicle and its occupants to the previous 7-11 robberies. Both Wood and Garner were arrested and transported to the Calvert County Sheriff's Office for questioning. Wood and Garner were charged accordingly and were transported to the Calvert County Detention Center to await their hearings before a District Court Commissioner.
Citizens with information on any of the reported crimes above, or any criminal activity in Calvert County, who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers website via http://somd.me/calvertcrimesolvers. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward.
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