LA PLATA, Md. (October 20, 2015)The Charles County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.
MISSING PERSON: The Charles County Sheriffs Office is seeking the publics help in locating Steven Michael Coltman, 18, who is missing from his home in Indian Head. Coltman was last seen at his residence by a relative on October 11. It does not appear that Coltman is driving a vehicle. Coltman is 5 10 , 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about Coltmans whereabouts is asked to call Det. Buchanan at (301) 609-6477.
HIT AND RUN/DUI: On October 18 at 1:40 a.m., officers responded to St. Charles Parkway at Gallery Place for the report of a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival, a 2015 Honda Pilot was found unoccupied which had left the roadway and struck several trees. The vehicle was destroyed, and witnesses reported the driver leaving the scene on foot with at least one child with him.
While officers were canvassing the area looking for the occupants, a call was received for the 2900 block of Jones Court for an injured child. Upon arrival at that location, three children, ages 6, 9, and 12, were found to be injured as a result of the car crash on St. Charles Parkway. The driver had again fled the scene on foot. All three children were flown to Children's National Medical Center with injuries that were later determined to be non-life-threatening.
While on scene, officers heard the sound of gunshots. Officers canvassed the area but did not locate any suspects or the source of the gunfire. While responding to the report of the gunshots, PFC V. Warker located the driver of the hit and run vehicle. Adrian Gerard Lockley, 31 of Waldorf, was charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving. The investigation is ongoing.
BURGLARY/DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: On October 18 at 11:18 p.m., officers responded to the 10000 block of Charles Street in La Plata for the report of a burglary. An initial investigation revealed that unknown suspect(s) used force to gain entry into the victims detached shed, causing damage. It did not appear that any items of value were stolen. PFC J. Campbell is investigating.
BURGLARY: Sometime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on October 15, unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked rear door to a home in the 18000 block of Wharf Lane in Benedict. Once inside, the suspect(s) went to the victims bedroom and stole several electronic items. M/Cpl. R. Heishman is investigating.
THEFT OF MAIL: On October 14 at 12:45 p.m., officers responded to the 15000 block of Prescott Court in Waldorf for the report of mail theft. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim who stated that she observed a white male driving a dark blue Toyota Prius remove a card that she had placed in her mailbox just minutes before. M/Cpl. R. Heishman is investigating.
CCSO Detectives Charge Two Women in Home Rental Fraud Scam
Charles County Sheriffs detectives have charged Sherrie Hackett, 42, of Bowie and Julia Turner, 50, of District Heights in connection with fraudulently renting homes. Both women targeted people who were looking for homes to rent. They contacted prospective renters either in person or via the internet and pretended to be representatives of the homeowner. They looked for renters who had bad credit or no credit and indicated they could get them in a rental home without a credit check. The only stipulation was the renters would have to pay in cash and give at least two months rent up front, in addition to a security deposit. From that point, the renters contacted the suspects on a monthly basis and paid rent in cash or money orders.
Since March of this year, two families signed paperwork with the women, thinking the papers were a legal lease agreement. The victims included families with children who had been living at various addresses, sometimes motels, and were looking for a better place to live.
It appears the vacant houses had been broken into and the locks were changed. Ms. Hackett and Ms. Turner then gave the renters the new key. In both houses, the electricity had been turned on and the water worked.
Detectives believe Hackett and Turner could be responsible for additional home rental frauds. Sherrie Hackett uses several aliases: Monique, Darren, Emoni Jackson, Tiffany Bolden, Tanya Bowman and Tanya Perkins. Her nickname is Pebbles.
Both women have been charged on a criminal summons with forgery, fraud, theft and identity theft. Anyone with additional information or those who believe they may have been victims of this fraud are asked to call Detective C. Gilroy of the Charles County Sheriffs Office, Criminal Investigations Division at (301) 609-6484.
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