Charles County Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (January 22, 2013)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

SPECIAL NOTICE: The Sheriff's Office recently responded to several reports of thefts from autos. In almost every case, the cars were left unlocked and valuables were left inside the vehicles overnight. The Sheriff's Office is reminding residents to remove all valuables from unattended vehicles and keep the doors locked and windows up. Anyone who has information about any of the crimes listed may call the Charles County Sheriff's Office non-emergency number at (301) 932-2222 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

THEFT FROM AUTO: Between Jan. 14 - Jan. 15, unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked car in the 12300 block of Riverside Road in Nanjemoy and stole a GPS, silver IPod Mini with the spin click function and a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses. The suspect(s) also found a spare key to another car parked in the driveway. They opened the car and stole a headlight bulb, IPod car charger, Wilson tennis bag and a Wilson tennis racket. PFC B. Moore is investigating.

BURGLARY: On Jan. 16 between 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 11900 block of Montgomery Lane in Waldorf and stole a knife made out of a deer antler and a game system. Cpl. J.A. Burroughs is investigating.

THEFT: Between Dec. 15 - Jan. 16, unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked window of a boat in the 7600 block of Shirley Blvd. in Port Tobacco and stole a TV, DVD player and fishing poles. The boat is out of the water for the season. PFC. D. Raby is investigating.

BURGLARY: Between Dec. 18 - Jan. 16, unknown suspect(s) stole an HVAC from a vacant house in the 2700 block of Red Lion Place in Waldorf. Officer B. Clark is investigating.

PATROL OFFICER APPREHENDS BURGLARY SUSPECT: On Jan. 16 at 7 a.m., Officer B. Kunz was conducting a patrol check of vacant apartments in the 12100 block of Ell Lane in Waldorf when he observed the door to one of the apartments was unsecure and had clear signs of forced entry. Officer Kunz was unable to immediately make entry because a chain link lock was engaged from the inside. Several announcements were made for anyone inside to answer but no one responded. Officers established a perimeter and waited for a police K-9 team and property manager to arrive. Prior to their arrival, officers on the perimeter observed a male trying to escape through a side window; he was apprehended without further incident. Justin Sedgewick Crawford, 25, of Accokeek, was arrested and charged with burglary, destruction of property and trespassing. Officer B. Kunz made the arrest.

BURGLARY ARREST: On Jan. 16 at 12:22 a.m., officers responded to the 3000 block of Dick Simmons Place in Indian Head for the report of a burglary. Investigation showed a woman arrived home and saw her front door had been pried open. When she looked inside, she saw an unknown male sitting on her couch, playing with a TV remote. She called police and when officers arrived, they spoke with the man and searched the house. Officers found evidence the man had ransacked a room, stolen a few items, eaten a portion of a cake and used the victim's electric razor. A computer check revealed the suspect had an open warrant for failing to appear in court for a prior disorderly charge. The suspect, a 48-year-old male from Indian Head, was arrested and charged with burglary. The investigation is on-going.

PATROL OFFICER MAKES DRUG ARREST: On Jan. 15 at 9:49 p.m., officers responded to a gas station in the 2000 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf for the report of a suspicious person who was possibly intoxicated. Officer J. Morales arrived on the scene and made contact with the individual who was sitting inside a parked car. Officer Morales detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from the car and subsequently found marijuana on the driver. Jerome Mundell Williams, 20, of Indian Head, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On Jan. 15 at 3:52 p.m., officers responded to Bannister Circle near Boarman Court in Waldorf after someone called to report the sound of gunshots. When officers arrived, they discovered shell casings but no victim. At 4:20 p.m., officers received a call from a man who said he had been driving in the Bannister area when a bullet shattered his window and grazed his arm. His injury was superficial and did not require treatment. Investigators are pursuing additional information and at this time it does not appear this was a random act. Det. G. Higgs is investigating.

THEFT FROM AUTO: On Jan. 15 between 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke out a driver's side window of a Honda Civic at the Mattawoman Park and Ride and stole an airbag. Officers canvassed the area and did not observe any other damaged cars. Detectives are pursuing leads and anyone with information is asked to call the Charles County Sheriff's Office at (301) 932-2222. PFC S. Chandler is investigating.

THEFT FROM AUTO: On Jan. 15 at 8:15 a.m., unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked car parked in the 2600 block of Butterfly Place in Indian Head and stole a DVD player, a play station, a Gucci purse, cash and other miscellaneous items. Cpl. R. Heishman is investigating.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Between Jan. 12 - Jan. 13, during the overnight hours, unknown suspect(s) kicked the doors of several parked cars in the Clark's Run neighborhood in La Plata. Another car was reported damaged in the King's Grant area. Anyone with information is asked to call (301) 932-2222. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for the tip that leads to the arrest of the suspects. PFC W. Halt is investigating.

PATROL OFFICERS APPREHEND BURGLARY SUSPECTS: On Jn. 15 at 2:20 a.m., officers responded to an intrusion alarm at a liquor store in the 12500 block of Mattawoman Drive in Waldorf. Upon arrival, officers confirmed a burglary had occurred. Officer R. Forbes, who was responding to the area, observed a white van traveling south on Crain Highway which suddenly pulled in the parking lot of another liquor store. There, the three occupants of the van jumped out and fled. Officer Forbes apprehended one suspect; a Maryland State Trooper caught a second suspect and the third suspect escaped. The van's ignition had been tampered with and officers are investigating to see if the van was stolen. Clifton Lee Jenkins, 33, of West Virginia was charged with burglary. Jamell Antonio Shields, 27, of Washington, D.C. was charged with attempted burglary. The investigation is continuing.

BURGLARY: On Jan. 14 between 7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a house in the 1700 block of Temi Drive in Waldorf and stole game systems and money. PFC J. Foster is investigating.

THEFT FROM AUTO: On Jan. 14 at 11:30 a.m., unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked truck in the 8900 block of Riverside Road in Nanjemoy and stole a muzzleloader, a tree stand, miscellaneous hunting gear and a bowling ball. Cpl. R. Heishman is investigating.

MAN CHARGED WITH SELLING DRUGS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY: On Jan. 10, Cpl. C. Cusmano, a CCSO school resource officer assigned to North Point High School, received information that a temporary school custodian was possibly selling drugs to students. Cpl. Cusmano, along with the members of the Sheriff's Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit, the Neighborhood Enforcement Team, and school administrators investigated further and learned the custodian was filling in at the school during the evening shift and sold the drugs after school was dismissed for the day. At approximately 8 p.m., a police K-9 scanned the suspect's vehicle - which was parked in the school parking lot - and gave a positive alert that drugs were in the car. Officers found two sandwich size bags of marijuana with an estimated street value of $500, a digital scale, and cash inside the vehicle. The suspect, Kiayer Kenneth Chapman, 23, of Accokeek, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance on school property, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was remanded to the Charles County Detention Center with a $10,000 bond.

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: On Jan. 13 at 10:49 p.m., officers responded to Beth Court in Indian Head for the report of a suspicious person. The caller said a male in his teens had been riding his bicycle up and down her driveway and then rang her doorbell for about 30 minutes. When she called police, the male fled but he left his bicycle on the side of her house. Officers checked the house and it did not appear anything was tampered with or stolen. Pfc. C. Collins is investigating.

BURGLARY OF VACANT HOUSE: Between Jan. 6- Jan. 13, unknown suspect(s) broke into a vacant house on Brookside Place in Waldorf and stole copper piping. Officer V. Warker is investigating.

THEFT: Between Jan. 11 - Jan. 12, unknown suspect(s) stole four wheels and a car battery from a vehicle parked in the 2700 block of Old Washington Road in Waldorf. The suspects also shattered the windows of two other cars parked in the lot. Officer R. Walls is investigating.

PATROL OFFICERS CHARGE THREE WITH ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE: On Jan. 11 at 8:44 p.m., officers observed two suspicious cars in the 10400 block of O'Donnell Place in Waldorf. As officers investigated further, they found unauthorized Xanax prescription pills inside both vehicles and learned the occupants of the cars were making an illegal drug transaction. Amanda Rachel Glorius, 26, and Whitney Ann Arnold, 26, both of Mechanicsville, were charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. David Lee Norris, 29, of Waldorf was charged with illegal possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Officers V. Warker, J. Morales, and R. Kimble made the arrests.

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