Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Incident Briefs 9-30-15

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a home and stole property on the 46000 block of Porto Bello Court in Drayden. CASE# 57539-15

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Incident Briefs 9-29-15

Incident Briefs 9-29-15

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) removed copper piping from homes under construction on the 23000 block of Starry Way in California between 9/24/15 and 39/25/15.  CASE# 57281-15 

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Between 9/24/15 and 9/25/15, unknown suspect(s) removed a victim’s handicapped placard from the victim’s vehicle. CASE# 57310-15

Robbery – Five suspect(s) entered a residence and removed a dog and dog cage. CASE# 57372-15

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered three separate vehicles and stole cash on the 21000 block of Arthur Lane in Great Mills. CASE# 57265-15                                                           

Burglary to Motor Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) entered a vehicle and stole hunting equipment on the 21000 block of Indian Bridge Road in Great Mills. CASE# 57279-15.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Incident Briefs 9-24-15 – 9-27-15

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) removed a license plate from the rear of a vehicle on Pegg Road in Lexington Park. CASE# 56688-15

Burglary – An unknown suspect entered a shed and stole property on Wheeler Road in Lexington Park. CASE# 56695-15

Fraud – Unknown suspect(s) fraudulently used a debit card in Baltimore, Frederick and Belair. CASE# 56744-15

Vandalism – Unknown suspect(s) scratched a vehicle on Jenna Court in Lexington Park. CASE# 56747-15

Fraud – Unknown suspect(s) fraudulently used a debit card in Fallston, MD and Winchester, VA. CASE# 56946-15

Theft – A victim alleged a suspect stole a PlayStation 4 and games from the victim’s residence on the 46000 block of Valley Court in Lexington Park, MD. CASE# 57001-15

Assault – A victim alleged a suspect struck the victim in the face during an argument on the 25000 block of Budds Creek Road in Mechanicsville.

Property Destruction – Unknown suspect(s) removed a speed limit sign on the 39000 block of Summit Hill Drive in Mechanicsville. CASE# 57040-15

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) removed eight pocket knives from their packaging at Dick’s Sporting Goods in California. CASE# 57094-15

Theft – On September 22, an unknown suspect entered Ace Hardware in Charlotte Hall and removed tools that were on display. CASE# 57128-15                                                                                    

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) stole two rototillers from Tractor Supply in Hollywood during the overnight hours. CASE# 57097-15

Friday, September 25, 2015

Patrol Press Release -- Stolen Vehicle Recovered



            On September 24, 2015, at 4:48 P.M. Corporal Timothy Snyder attempted to initiate a vehicle stop on a Jeep Liberty reported stolen in Calvert County, Maryland.  The vehicle failed to stop and fled a short distance through the Laurel Glen neighborhood before leaving the roadway and effectively eluded the pursuing officer.  The stolen vehicle was later recovered on Monterey Place in Leonardtown, Maryland abandoned and the ignition tampered with.  The vehicle was subsequently stored pending processing by Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab Technicians.  An investigation is continuing at this time.          

Incident Briefs 9-24-15

Stolen Motor Vehicle – An unknown suspect attempted to elude officers in a stolen vehicle in the area of the Laurel Glenn neighborhood in Lexington Park. CASE# 56570-15

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property on the 44000 block of Boxwood Drive in Callaway. CASE# 56650-15                                                                           

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property on the 13000 block of Point Lookout Road in Ridge. CASE# 56581-15

Tyreke Delante Butler -- UPDATE (October 10, 2015)


UPDATE - October 15, 2015

On Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, Detectives from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division extradited Tyreke Delante Butler with the assistance of the Maryland State Police Aviation Division and the Fulton County, Georgia Sheriff's Office. Butler was returned to Maryland and served a Grand Jury Indictment for the attempted murder which occurred on September 11, 2015.


On September 24, 2015, suspect Tyreke Delante Butler of Lexington Park, was taken into custody without incident in Atlanta Georgia by members of the US Marshal Capital Area Regional Fugitive 
Task Force and the South Eastern Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Butler was wanted by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on an open arrest warrant charging him with Attempted First Degree Murder following a shooting on September 11, 2015, in Lexington Park


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sheriff Tim Cameron and the men and women of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office welcome Deputy Krum

Joshua Krum was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff on September 24 with the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Tim Cameron and the men and women of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office would like to welcome Deputy Krum. We wish him a safe and successful career with the SMCSO.







Vice/Narcotics Arrests

St. Mary’s County Vice/Narcotics detectives conducted an investigation into a possible marijuana cultivation operation in the California area. A search and seizure warrant was issued for the residence of Eric Douglas Jindra (Age 29 of California, MD) and subsequently executed. Detectives seized all items related to the grow operation, 11 marijuana plants in various states of cultivation (Valued at more than $11,000), 14 plants in the infancy stages of growth, 97 grams of product, a digital scale, two semi-automatic handguns, a AK 47 assault rifle and numerous rounds of ammunition. Suspect Jindra was arrested and charged, and additional charges are pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz. Detectives are currently working with investigators at Patuxent River Naval Air Station due to the Suspect’s employee status related to the Federal Government.

Eric D. Jindra

Dennis Jonathan Lackman was indicted and arrested for “Possession of Carisiprodol with the Intent to Distribute” (Pain Killer and Muscle Relaxer), as well as “Possession of Oxycodone, Marijuana and Buprenorphine”.  Buprenorphine is abused recreationally and is known as “Suboxone”.



Dennis J. Lackman
Bill Mitchell Hunt (Age 47 of Santee, California) was arrested for “Conspiring to Possess 35 Hydrocodone tablets. Additional Charges are pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz.



Bill M. Hunt



St. Mary’s County detectives began an investigation into Skylar Anthony Sanders aka “Brooklyn Beanz” (Age 33 of Lexington Park, MD) and his drug distribution network in Lexington Park. Several undercover purchases of cocaine were conducted and a search warrant was executed. Items recovered included cocaine, a digital scale, packaging material, a microwave oven with cocaine residue, (used to covert powder cocaine into crack cocaine), 3 cellular phones and more than $16,000 in cash. Suspect Sanders was arrested and additional Charges are pending a review with State's Attorney Richard D. Fritz.

Skylar A. Sanders



Inquiries should be directed to Captain Daniel D. Alioto, Commander of Vice/Narcotics, at 301-475-4200, ext. 1918.


Incident Briefs 9-23-15

Fraud – Unknown suspect(s) made fraudulent withdraws from a victim’s bank account in Frederick and Bel Air, MD.  CASE# 56224-15

Fraud – Unknown suspect(s) made fraudulent withdraws from a victim’s bank account in Frederick, MD. CASE# 56305-15

Theft – Unknown suspect(s) entered Ace Hardware and stole merchandise. CASE# 56329-15

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property on the 21000 block of Winding Way in Lexington Park and stole property. CASE# 56292-15                                                    

Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) stole batteries from a cellphone tower on the 28000 block of Flora Corner Road in Mechanicsville.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Final Press Release on Pin Cushion Road Accident


On September 23, 2015, at 7:36 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a reported motor vehicle collision with injuries on Pin Cushion Road in Leonardtown, MD.  Upon arrival, deputies found a Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck left the roadway and struck a tree.  The operator was suffering from a leg injury and was placed on the tailgate of her vehicle to elevate her leg while waiting for emergency medical personnel to arrive.  Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron arrived on the scene to assist deputies and was standing to the rear of the truck speaking to the injured operator. A fire truck operated by Kenneth Scully, age 61, of Company 1 Leonardtown, arrived on the scene. Sheriff Cameron was struck by the fire truck and was pinned between the fire truck and tailgate of the wrecked vehicle.  As the firetruck continued to move forward, Sheriff Cameron was thrown to the ground. Sheriff Cameron was transported from the scene by ambulance to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was released.

The facts of the case were reviewed with the Assistant State’s Attorney, Laura Caspar. Based on the facts, the operator of the fire truck has been charged via citations for Negligent Driving, Failure to Control Speed to Avoid a Collision, and Driver Failure to Exercise Due Care to Avoid Pedestrian Collision.   



Arrests (September 10 – September 16)

Theft under $1000 – On September 6, 2015, Corporal D. Corcoran responded to the 46000 block of Jeeter Way in California, MD, for a reported theft. The victim reported their mountain bicycle was stolen. On September 9, 2015, Corporal D. Corcoran observed the same bicycle on the ground in front of the Wawa on Three Notch Road in California. Corporal Corcoran made contact with the suspect, Eric D. Booker, age 21, of Lusby. He was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Theft under $1000 and Property Destruction. CASE# 52446-15

Eric D. Booker 
Domestic Assault – On September 10, 2015, Deputy A. Schultz responded to the 21000 block of Graystone Lane in Lexington Park, for an assault. The victim alleged the suspect, William B. Bush, age 61, of Lexington Park, slammed the victim to the ground and then strangled the victim during an argument. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Bush was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE# 53312-15
William B. Bush

Assault – On September 10, 2015, Deputy J. Wilson responded to the 28000 block of Point Lookout Road in Morganza, for a reported assault. The victims alleged the suspect, Datavis J. Berry, age 18, of Hollywood, fired a BB gun at the victims. Subsequently, he did strike one of the victims who displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Further investigation revealed Berry stole property from one of the victims, which led to a verbal altercation. Berry was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with two counts of 1st Degree Assault, two counts of 2nd Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Theft Less than $1000. CASE# 53497-15
Datavis J. Berry


Indecent Exposure – On September 11, 2015, Deputy M. Pleisse responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, for a reported indecent exposure. The suspect, Amanda R. Hartmann, age 24, of Leonardtown, exposed herself to correctional officers after several request to cover herself properly. Hartmann was charged with two counts of Indecent Exposure - Correctional Employee. CASE# 53526-15



Amanda R, Hartmann

Possession – On September 13, 2015, Deputy K. Flelage responded to the 27000 block of Thompson Corner Road in Mechanicsville, for a reported hit-and-run motor vehicle accident. A lookout was placed on the suspect’s car, and the vehicle was located approximately two miles from Thompson Corner Road at Aviation Yacht Club Road and Route 234. The car did have damage consistent with a hit-and-run. Deputies identified, Austin J. Rogers, 19, of Mechanicsville, as the driver. A routine pat-down revealed drug paraphernalia consistent with marijuana and heroin. Rogers was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with CDS Possession, not Marijuana: Heroin, two counts of CDS Possession Paraphernalia, Failure to Stop after Accident and Failure to Notify Owner of Property Damage. CASE# 54104-15


Austin J. Rogers 
Domestic Assault – On September 11, 2015, Deputy B. Foor responded to the 22000 block of Orchid Bloom Way in Lexington Park, for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Patrick A. Churchwell, age 29, of Lexington Park, pushed the victim to the ground, pulled the victim’s hair and began to strangle the victim. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Churchwell was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 53674-15

Patrick A Churchwell
Armed Robbery – On September 12, 2015, Deputy J. Kirkner, responded to Midway Drive in Lexington Park, for a reported armed robbery. The victim was going to purchase Xanax but then decided to back out of the deal. The victim attempted to exit the vehicle operated by Ricky D. Thomas, age 24, of Lexington Park. Thomas would not let the victim exit the vehicle, demanded payment and then assaulted the victim. Thomas was located at his residence operating the same vehicle that matched the victim’s description. After a short foot chase, deputies apprehended Thomas. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Robbery, Armed Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, and Theft under $100.00 and Second Degree Assault. CASE# 53911-15


Ricky D. Thomas 

Domestic Assualt – On September 12, 2015, Corporal J. Somerville responded to the 39000 block of Syringa Court, for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged the suspect, James M. Russell, age 31, of Mechanicsville, punched and slapped the victim in the face during an argument. Russell was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 53918-15




Domestic Assault – On September 12, 2015, Deputy T. Sicilano responded to the 47000 block of Janet Lane in Lexington Park, for a reported domestic assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Sandra J. Thomas, age 31, of Leonardtown, struck the victim in the face and then bit the victim on the hand during an argument. Thomas was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with two counts of Second Degree Assault. CASE# 53860-15


Sandra J. Thomas


Theft – On September 14, 2015, Deputy S. LeFave responded to the 45000 block of Miramar Way in California (Wal-Mart), for a reported theft. The suspect, Teresa L. Wilkes, age 38, of Mechanicsville, attempted to leave the store without paying for merchandise. Wilkes was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Theft Less than $1000. CASE# 54359-15


Teresa L. Wilkes 



Theft - On September 14, 2015, Deputy S. LeFave responded to the 45000 block of Miramar Way in California (Wal-Mart), for a reported theft. The suspect, Ashtin M. Marshall, age 28, of California, attempted to exit the store without paying for merchandise. Marshall was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Theft under $100. CASE# 54297-15


Ashtin M.Marshall



Theft – On September 14, 2015, Deputy M. Mccuen responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Road (Family Dollar Store), for a reported theft. The suspect, Paul E. Hawkins Jr., age 19, of California, attempted to exit the store without paying for merchandise. The suspect was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with Theft Less than $100. CASE# 54309-15



Paul E. Hawkins, Jr.




Domestic Assault – On September 14, 2015, Deputy J. Vezzosi responded to the 15000 block of Point Lookout Road, for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Tammy L. Thompson, age 48, of St. Indigoes scratched the victim. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Thompson was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault.



Tammy L. Thompson



Assault – On September 15, 2015, Corporal D. Snyder responded to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Latoya N. Woodland, age 28, of Great Mills, threw a cup of iced tea on the victim during an argument. Woodland was charged with Second Degree Assault. CASE# 54476-15

Latoya N. Woodland 





Incident Briefs 9-22-15

9-22-15 Theft – Between 5/16/15 and 9/22/15, unknown suspect(s) stole batteries from an AT&T cellular tower compound. CASE# 55991-15

9-22-15 Theft – An unknown suspect borrowed property from a victim and then refused to return the property on the 38000 block of Green Gables Court in Mechanicsville. CASE# 56037-15

9-22-15 Fraud – Unknown suspect(s) withdrew cash from a victim’s bank account. The withdraws took place at an ATM in Frederick, MD. The victim lives on the 45000 block of Insurance Court in California, MD. CASE# 56027-15

9-22-15 Theft – Unknown suspect(s) stole a package from the front porch of a residence on the 45000 block of Ketch Court in Lexington Park. CASE# 56069-15

9-23-15 Theft – Unknown suspect(s) removed a prescription delivery from a residence on the 21000 block of Genesta Street in Lexington Park. CASE# 56084-15

9-23-15 Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a barn and stole property on the 37000 block of Quade Lane in Chaptico. CASE# 56083-15

Breaking & Entering to Motor Vehicle – An unknown suspect removed property from a vehicle in the WaWa parking lot in Charlotte Hall, MD. CASE# 56098-15                 
                                          
Theft – An unknown suspect stole property from Chief’s Bar in Tall Timbers, MD. CASE# 56115-15

12:17 p.m. Update on Sheriff Cameron

Sheriff Cameron has been released from MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.  

Update according to Assistant Sheriff, Major John Horne on the condition of Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron

The Sheriff does not have any broken bones. He does have abrasions and is very sore. He is expected to be released today. The Sheriff is very appreciative of the concern he received from the community. 


Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron -- UPDATE (10:35 a.m.) Preliminary Update from Accident Reconstruction Team

Update – 10:35 a.m. 

Preliminary Update from Accident Reconstruction Team
On September 23, 2015, Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron was on the scene of a personal injury accident assisting patrol deputies with the investigation.  A firetruck responded to the scene and was maneuvering into position when it struck Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron. The Sheriff was transported to MedStar St. Mary's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  This case remains under investigation by Corporal Brian Connelly of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team for further review with the States Attorney’s Office.  Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron would like to thank the community for their thoughts and well-wishes for a speedy recovery.  

Motor Vehicle Accident on Pin Cushion Road

At approximately 8:06 a.m. this morning, Sheriff Tim Cameron while assisting on the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Pin Cushion Road. He was providing care to the operator of a vehicle. Fire apparatus approached the scene and struck Sheriff Tim Cameron. As a result of the collision,   Sheriff Cameron was injured and transported to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.  

Update – 8:37 a.m.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office reconstruction team is on the scene conducting an investigation. Incorrect information has been released that Sheriff Tim Cameron was “struck” with a “firearm.” This information is incorrect. Sheriff Tim Cameron was struck by a firetruck while assisting an injured motorist. More details will be provided as they become available. 


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Theft at Hollywood Burchmart -- Can you help identify the suspect(s)?




Anyone with information is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637).
Or call the #SMCSO Duty Officer at 301.475.8008

St. Mary's County CRIME SOLVERS offers rewards up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

Calls to CRIME SOLVERS are NOT RECORDED.

CALLERS CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS.

Incident Briefs 9-21-15

9-21-15 Fraud – Unknown suspect(s) fraudulently used a victim’s check card.  All transactions were made in Baltimore, MD. CASE# 55740-15

9-21-15 Fraud – Unknown suspect(s) fraudulently used a victim’s check card.  All transactions were made in Frederick, MD. CASE# 55744-15

9-21-15 Theft – Unknown suspect(s) made a fraudulent charge on a victim’s check card. CASE# 55767-15

9-21-15 Theft – Unknown suspect(s) removed a wallet left in a restroom on FDR Boulevard in Lexington Park. CASE# 55768-15

9-21-15 Fraud – Unknown suspect(s) fraudulently used a victim’s checking card. All transactions were made in Baltimore, MD. CASE# 55770-15

9-21-15 Theft – Unknown suspect(s) stole a mailbox and the reflectors on Medley’s Neck Road in Leonardtown. CASE# 55784-15

9-21-15 Fraud – Unknown suspect(s) fraudulently used a victim’s check card. All of the transactions were made in Baltimore, MD and Winchester, VA. CASE# 55799-15

9-22-15 Fraud – Unknown suspect(s) fraudulently withdrew approximately $400 from a victim’s account in Frederick, MD. CASE# 55806-15

9-22-15 Theft – Between 9/19 and 9/20, unknown suspect(s) stole tools and a hitch. The actual location of the theft is unknown. CASE# 55841-15


9-22-15 Theft – An unknown suspect stole a victim’s purse on Great Mills Road (Papa Johns) in Lexington Park. After making conversation with the victim, the suspect reached into the car and stole the victim’s purse from the dashboard. CASE# 55887-15

Monday, September 21, 2015

Report of Suspicious Activity Leads to Arrest

On September 19, 2015, at approximately 9:20 a.m. the Emergency Communications Center received a phone call from a concerned citizen witnessing a suspicious person walking in the area of WaWa in California, MD. The suspect appeared to have a gun inside a bag he was carrying. When approached by deputies, the suspect Keyon Stansbury Thomas, age 25, of Leonardtown, MD threw the bag down and attempted to flee on foot. After a short chase, the suspect was apprehended. The bag was searched and revealed a stolen AK-47 from a burglary reported the day before. Thomas was also wanted in Charles County on an open warrant and is prohibited from possessing regulated firearms. He was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Burglary 1st Degree, Possession Regulated Firearm, and Theft Less than $1000.00.

The Men and Women of the Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the citizen who reported the suspicious activity. To report a suspicious person or activity call 9-1-1 immediately or for non-emergencies call 301-475-8008.

Kenyon S. Thomas, age 25, of Leonardtown 

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Takes Second Place in National and Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office competed with several other agencies throughout the State of Maryland as well as nationally in the 2015 Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC). The Sheriff’s Office was awarded 2nd place for its submission. The Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) is a way to recognize the excellent work being done by our uniformed men and women. It encompasses all traffic initiatives, year round, with the goal of reducing traffic crashes that result in injuries and fatalities.

The program is supported through a cooperative agreement between the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Several members of the Sheriff’s Office from the Patrol and Special Operations Divisions participated in this challenge. 


The statistics from the 2015 challenge consisted of the following:

  • 201 arrests for impaired driving. 
  • 552 seat belt citations and 83 child safety seat citations. 
  • 98 written warnings and 25 verbal warnings for seat belt 
  • 1703 speeding citations were issued. 

Pictured: Corporal Brian Connelly, Traffic Safety Unit 

“Each year the Sheriff’s Office strives to expand on their educational and enforcement initiatives. The National Law Enforcement Challenge is an example of our commitment to the safety of St. Mary’s County. We look forward to exceeding our goals in next year’s challenge,” said Lt. Robert Russell, Special Operations Division.


The Maryland LEC focuses upon three main traffic safety areas – enforcement of Maryland’s occupant protection laws, impaired driving prevention, and aggressive driving prevention. Smooth Operator, Click It Or Ticket, and Checkpoint Strike Force are campaigns that make up a large portion of the judging criteria required. A comprehensive traffic safety plan, such as motorcycle safety, younger/older driver safety, pedestrian/bicyclist safety, and innovative programs or technologies were also a criterion for the award.

Incident Briefs 9-18-15 to 9-21-15

9-19-15 Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property on the 45000 block of Buck Hewitt Road in Great Mills. CASE# 55346-15

9-19-15 Theft – Unknown suspect(s) removed a tow hitch from a truck parked in the Target Parking Lot, First Colony in California. CASE# 55445-15

9-19-15 Theft – Unknown suspect(s) removed a cargo carrier from a vehicle in the Lowe’s parking lot in California. CASE# 55472-15

9-19-15 Vandalism – Unknown suspect(s) broke the side door window of a vehicle on Sandstone Street in Lexington Park. CASE# 55478-15

9-19-15 Stolen Vehicle – Unknown suspect(s) stole a vehicle from a driveway on Rosewood Terrace in Lexington Park. CASE# 55189-15

9-20-15 Theft – Unknown suspect(s) stole the rear tag from a vehicle at Restoration Free Church in Lexington Park between 9/13/15 and 9/20/15. CASE# 55576-15

9-20-15 Reckless Endangerment – While hunting birds, unknown suspect(s) damaged surrounding the property on Maddox Road in Chaptico. CASE# 55269-15


9-20-15 Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property on the 17000 block of Whitestone Drive in Piney Point. CASE# 55638-15

Lexington Park COPs UNIT Pedestrian Safety Initiative - Great Mills Road

Beginning August 4, 2015, The Lexington Park Community Oriented Policing (COPs) Unit, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation, launched a Pedestrian Safety Initiative focusing on Great Mills Road, (Route 246) in order to address concerns for the large number of citizens that walk across and along this roadway. The goal of improving pedestrian safety is the responsibility of both pedestrians and drivers and involves educational and enforcement operations by members of the COPs unit.     

“One out of every four traffic-related fatalities in Maryland involves a pedestrian,” stated Tom Gianni, Chief of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office. “Drivers and pedestrians need to pay attention and look out for each other because pedestrians ALWAYS lose when involved in a crash. Daylight hours are shorter this time of year, and it is especially important for motorists to slow down and look for pedestrians, and for those walking to wear bright and reflective clothing.” 

Motor Vehicle Administrator Christine Nizer added, “This is a smart initiative to help keep drivers and pedestrians safe. This is a reminder for pedestrians to use crosswalks and for drivers to always pay attention to the road.”

FIRST TIME VIOLATORS, (pedestrians), observed crossing Great Mills Road in an unsafe manner to include: Failure to Cross at a Signalized Intersection TA 21-503(c) Penalty: $50 up to $500 and Failure to Yield Right-Of-Way to A Vehicle TA 21-503(a) Penalty: $50 up to $500 will be issued a WRITTEN WARNING and given Maryland Highway Safety Office Educational Pamphlet. To date, over forty (40) written warnings have been issued. SECOND TIME OFFENDERS will receive a payable citation. 

Pedestrians are reminded that standing in the middle turn lane of Great Mills Road while waiting for vehicles to pass is ILLEGAL. If a crosswalk is not nearby, a pedestrian may cross the road. However, his or her crossing [the roadway] cannot affect the flow of traffic in either direction. In other words, do not cross until there are no vehicles approaching from either direction. Preferably, pedestrians should use designated crosswalks when crossing the street at all times. 

Motorists are asked to do their part by traveling the posted speed limit and remaining alert. The speed limit on Great Mills Road from Gate 2 of NAS Patuxent River to Forest Run Road is 35 mph. From Forest Run Road to Route 5 the speed limit is 40 mph. Speed and distracted driving enforcement are strictly monitored, and violators will be stopped and ticketed.
 

"For drivers, I think we can all agree most traffic accidents can be avoided if we simply pay attention and obey the speed limit. Regarding pedestrians, always use a crosswalk, wear clothing that helps you be seen and revert to what we were all taught as children; look both ways before crossing the street! On behalf of Sheriff Cameron, I would like to commend the Lexington Park COPs Unit for their efforts and thank the citizens and business community of Lexington Park for their continued support of our efforts to make Lexington Park a better place to live and work," said Captain Steve Hall Commander of Special Operations. 

Additional resources and information can be found at:

http://bit.ly/1QT6euD

http://bit.ly/1FXqSDz

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Robbery at Residence on Heather Street in Great Mills


On Sunday, September 20th, 2015 at approximately 3:45 a.m., two victims arrived at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital for non-life threatening injuries from an assault.  The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office was contacted, and an investigation revealed a robbery took place at a residence on Heather Street in Great Mills, Maryland.  Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division and Sheriff's Office Crime Lab responded to the victims' residence and assumed the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637). Or call the #SMCSO Duty Officer at 301.475.8008.

St. Mary's County CRIME SOLVERS offers rewards up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

Calls to CRIME SOLVERS are NOT RECORDED.
CALLERS CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS."


 






 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Safe Disposal of Prescription Medications -- St Mary's County Drug Drop-Off Initiative




Prescription drug abuse continues to be a growing national epidemic. Addiction overdoses and deaths involving non-medical prescription drug use, especially narcotic pain relievers, have risen dramatically over the last decade. This growth is fueled by misperceptions about prescription drug safety and increasing availability. Research shows that over half the number of people who obtained prescription drugs for non-medical use received them from a friend or relative at no cost, while another 15% bought them or took them from a friend or relative.  

Consumers can help reduce prescription drug abuse rates by safely disposing of prescriptions through participation in the St. Mary's County Drug Drop-Off Program. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office has a prescription drug drop-off available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It’s located in the front lobby of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff's Office in Leonardtown and is completely anonymous. Simply remove all identifying information on labels and place in one of the two drop boxes.

Since the Drug Drop-Off Program began in 2011, 601,015 pills, 525 controlled pain patches and 58 bottles of controlled liquids have been diverted and properly disposed. St. Mary's County is the only community in Maryland that counts individual pills/units to provide a means of tracking over prescribed medications. 
"We have the blueprint, and we know the drug take-back program works,” states Captain Daniel D. Alioto, Commander St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics.  “Although there is a national drug take back day on September 26 every year,  here in St. Mary's County we take back every day.It comes down to a commitment from the Sheriff's Office and the community.  This program has made an impact.” 
Opportunities for safe disposal include:
   Two drop boxes located in the front office at the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office in Leonardtown. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

   The St. Mary's County Department of Aging & Human Services Health Fair, Friday, October 30th, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California.

   For St. Mary’s County residents facing mobility challenges, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will offer a pick-up service to retrieve unwanted prescription medications. Contact the St. Mary's County Department of Aging & Human Services at 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 to register. Uniformed deputies will pick-up your unwanted medications and safely transport them to  the Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, September 26th. Last day to register for pick-up is                      
Thursday, September 24th.

In addition to proper disposal, proper management of medications can also help prevent drug misuse and abuse. Keeping medications out of sight and out of reach from others in the household; never share prescriptions or take someone else's medication, and only take medication as directed. A survey released by the National Community Pharmacists Association found that 75% of adults do not always take their prescription medication as directed.  Many forget to take their medication, take less than the prescribed dosage, or stop taking it before the supply runs out. In more than half the cases, the patients made these decisions without talking to a healthcare professional. 

Working in support of the prescription drug drop-off program and other overdose response initiatives are the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services, St. Mary’s County Health Department, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, and Walden Sierra Behavioral Health. With additional input from local pharmacies and medical practitioners, the Behavioral Health Action Team was formed. The team is a subcommittee of the Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership. Its goal is to identify specific issues related to substance abuse and mental health, formulate solutions, and seek funding to assist with services. 





Incident Briefs 9-17-2015

9-17-15 Fraud – Between 9/9 and 9/17, unknown suspect(s) used a victim’s Amazon account to order products on the 45000 block of Clark Drive in California. CASE# 55099-15

9-17-15 Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property on the 21000 block of Joyce Street in Bushwood. CASE# 54941-15

9-17-15 Theft – Unknown suspect(s) removed property at Caldwell Banker on the 22000 block of Three Notch Road in California. CASE# 54952-15

9-17-15 Theft – Unknown suspect(s) stole cash from the WaWa on the 30000 block of Three Notch Road in Charlotte Hall. CASE# 54974-15

9-17-15 Theft – Unknown suspect(s) stole cash from a victim on the 22000 block of MacArthur Boulevard in California. CASE# 54977-15

9-18-15 Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence between 9/13 and 9/17 and stole property on the 44000 block of Lighthouse Road in Piney Point. CASE# 55083-15

9-18-15 Burglary – Unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property on the 45000 block of Halsey Court in California. CASE# 55087-15


9-18-15 Theft – Within the last two days, unknown suspect(s) stole a license plate from a motorcycle. The actual location of the theft is unknown. CASE# 55091-15

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Incident Briefs 9-17-2015

Incident Briefs 9-17-2015
9-17-15 Assault – Unkown suspect(s) tied fishing line across Three Notch Trail causing a victim to fall off their bicycle and scratch their knee. CASE# 54690-15

9-17-15 Theft – Unknown suspect(s) stole property from Valley Estates Drive in Lexington Park.     CASE# 54699-15

9-17-15 Fraud – Unknown suspect(s) stated they were from Humana to gain access to a victim’s credit card information. They advised the victim to give all their credit card information in exchange for a rewards card that would cost $4.00. CASE# 54701-15

9-17-15 Fraud – Unknown suspect(s) used an app to deposit money into a victim’s account. Additional funds were withdrawn later. CASE# 54702-15

9-17-15 Fraud – Unknown suspect(s) fraudulently opened a bank account, deposited a fraudulent check and then quickly made a withdraw of the funds. The investigation continues. CASE# 54705-15

9-17-15 Vandalism – Unkown suspect(s) caused damage to a vehicle window in the area of Stone Corner Lane in Budds Creek. CASE# 54708-15

9-17-15 Theft – Unkown suspect(s) attempted to remove an air conditioning unit from a house on the Three Notch Road in California. CASE# 54754-15

9-17-15 Suspicious Incident – Three victim(s) believe they were being followed by a suspect driving a truck. Arrangements have been made to have an extra unit in the area of the 41000 block of New Market Turner Road in Mechanicsville. CASE#54826-15

9-17-15 Burglary – Unkown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property on the 45000 block of Take It Easy Ranch Road in Callaway. 54827-15


9-17-15 Theft – Unkown suspect(s) stole front and rear registration plates from a vehicle on the 22000 block of Upper Kells Court in Great Mills. CASE# 54845-15

Death of 19-year-old male still under investigation

On September 16, 2015, at approximately 4:00 p.m. police responded to the Breton Bay Country Club for a report of an unresponsive person. Deputies arrived and discovered a deceased 19-year-old male. The Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Crime Lab, and Forensic Investigators responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The cause of death is under investigation. There are no signs of suspicious activity.


Can you help #SMCSO locate stolen golf carts?


On September 12, 2015, Deputy J. Kerns responded to the Wicomico Shores Golf Course on the 35000 block of Aviation Yacht Club Road in Mechanicsville, for a reported theft of golf carts. Two separate witnesses observed two males loading a golf cart into the back of a U-Haul trailer on two different days ranging from September 11 – September 12. The U-haul trailer was pulled by a black or dark colored small pick-up truck.

Description of the golf carts:  The golf carts are gasoline powered; open sided with canopies, numbered with 37 and 41 on each side. The make is a Yamaha, and the model is a JW1.  


Anyone with information is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637). Or call the #SMCSO Duty Officer at 301.475.8008.

 St. Mary's County CRIME SOLVERS offers rewards up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

Calls to CRIME SOLVERS are NOT RECORDED.
 CALLERS CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS.





Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Incident Briefs 9-16-15

9-16-15 Breaking and Entering – Unkown suspect(s) entered a vehicle and stole property on Liberty Street in Lexington Park. CASE# 54460-15

9-16-15 Burglary – Unkown suspect(s) entered a residence and damaged property on Ronald Drive in Lexington Park. CASE# 54522-15

9-16-15 Breaking and Entering – Unkown suspect(s) entered a vehicle and damaged property on Lexwood Court in Lexington Park. CASE# 54518-15


9-16-15 Burglary – Unkown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole property on the 21000 block of Ronald Drive in Lexington Park. CASE# 54641-15

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Two suspect(s) WANTED for Theft and Assault at Lowe's in California, MD.

On Monday, September 14, 2015, the St Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Lowe’s store in California, MD to investigate a Theft and Assault. Upon arrival, officers met with store employees who stated the two black males pictured below stole over $1,000 in merchandise. A Lowe’s employee confronted the suspects. Subsequently, one of the suspects struck the employee.  A store customer observed the incident and attempted to confront the second suspect. The second suspect tried to assault the customer.
 
The suspects were able to flee the area in a vehicle. Anyone with information about this crime may contact Detective R. Merritt directly by phone at (301) 475-4200, ext. 9042. You can also call CRIME SOLVERS.
 
 
Anyone with information is asked to call CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333, or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637) or call the #SMCSO Duty Officer at 301.475.8008.
St. Mary's County CRIME SOLVERS offers rewards up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary's County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 Calls to CRIME SOLVERS are NOT RECORDED.
CALLERS CAN REMAIN ANONYMOUS.

Incident Briefs 9-15-2015

9-15-2015 Theft – Unkown suspect(s) stole vehicle tags on the 28000 block of Point Lookout Road in Loveville. CASE# 54335-15

9-15-2015 Theft – Unkown suspect(s) stole property on the 26000 block of Woodbridge Drive in Helen. CASE# 54317-15


9-15-2015 Burglary – Unkown suspect(s) stole property on the 40000 block of Bay Drive in Mechanicsville. CASE# 54368-15

Monday, September 14, 2015

Arrests (September 3 – September 9)

Theft – On August 31, 2015, Deputy D. Smith responded to the 45000 block of Miramar Way (Walmart) in California, for a reported theft. The suspect, Shara M. Gentry, age 30, of Hollywood attempted to leave the store without paying for merchandise. Gentry was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with Theft Less than $100.             CASE#51106-15


Shara M. Gentry


Burglary – On September 3, 2015, Deputy G. Mushchette responded to the 21000 block of Enterprise Place in Lexington Park, for a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, the deputy observed the suspect, De'Atre M. Perkins, age 20, of Temple Hills, inside the residence. Perkins exited the residence after several requests from the officer. The owner of the residence confirmed Perkins was not given permission to enter the home. Perkins was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with 4th Degree Burglary. CASE# 51816-15

De'Atre M. Perkins


Domestic Assault – On September 4, 2015, Deputy M. Pleisse, responded to the 38000 block of Mount Wolf Road in Charlotte Hall, for a reported assault. The victim alleged the suspect, Joseph P. Garity, age 42 of Charlotte Hall, pushed the victim to the ground during a disagreement. The victim displayed injuries consistent with the allegations. Garity was placed under arrest and charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE# 52135-15

Joseph P. Garity


Vandalism – On September 5, 2015, Corporal D. Corcoran, responded to the 21000 block of Windsor Drive in Lexington Park, for property destruction. The victim alleged the suspect, Tykane S. Briscoe, age 20, of Lexington Park, destroyed the victim’s property. While being placed under arrest, Briscoe became very aggressive. Briscoe was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with Property Destruction and Resisting Arrest. CASE# 52192-15

Tykane S. Briscoe 


Trespassing – On September 5, 2015, while conducting crime prevention, Deputy A. Beishline observed Shuree S. Weems, age 34, of Park Hall, walking away from a store to the parking lot on the 28000 block of N. Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. The suspect was advised of the notice not to trespass filed on behalf of Millison Management Company, Inc. Weems was placed under arrest and issued a criminal citation for Trespass(ing) – Private Property. CASE# 52286-15

Shuree S. Weems




Trespassing – On September 5, 2015, while conducting crime prevention, Deputy A. Beishline observed, James A. Courtney, age 57, of Lexington Park, on the property of Millison Management Company, Incorporated. Courtney was notified that he was not to trespass the premises. The suspect was placed under arrest and issued a criminal citation for Trespass(ing) – Private Property. CASE# 52278-15.

James A. Courtney




Possession – On September 6, 2015, during a patrol, Deputy S. Tirpak observed a suspect that appeared to be under the influence of drugs. The suspect was seen in the area of 21000 Bunker Hill Drive (Nicolet Park) in Lexington Park. Upon further observation, Deputy Tirpak located drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. The suspect, Michael R. Herndon, age 30 of Piney Point, was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with possessing a Controlled Dangerous Substance of Schedule I: Heroin and Three Counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. CASE# 52501-15

Michael R. Herndon


Domestic Assault – On September 6, 2015, Deputy T. Wesner, responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Road, for a reported assault. The victim alleged, the suspect, Rhonda L. Dorsey, age 24, of Lexington Park, struck the victim multiple times. The victim displayed signs of injury consistent with the allegations. Dorsey was placed under arrest and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. She was charged with 2nd Degree Assault. CASE# 52524-15

Rhonda L. Dorsey


Assault – On September 9, 2015, Deputy Foor responded to the 46000 block of Lucca Way, for a reported assault. The victim alleged, Charles E. Danford, age 41, of Lexington Park, pushed and strangled the victim during a verbal dispute. Danford was placed under arrest at which time he became aggressive and damaged the patrol car. He was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and charged with 2nd Degree Assault and Destruction of Property. CASE# 53053-15

Charles E. Danford


Escape – On September 7, 2015, the suspect, Daniel A. Spooner Jr., age 25, of Dameron was issued a retake warrant for failing to return to a program where he was serving his sentence. Spooner was located and charged with 2nd Degree Escape. CASE# 52790-15

Daniel A. Spooner