August 6, 2013

Defendants Allege Entrapment in Robbery Sting Operation

Five men face years of incarceration for an alleged elaborate robbery scheme that was entirely planned by law enforcement officers. According to a news report in The Baltimore Sun, the men were arrested for conspiracy to distribute drugs, robbery, and gun violations. Each of the suspects faces more than a decade of mandatory prison time, even though the planned robbery did not take place and never could have.

The men argue that they would not have considered such a robbery if it had not been suggested by the law enforcement officials who conducted the sting operation. The authorities, however, believe that the men are known offenders and that reverse sting operations are legal tools to ensnare difficult-to-catch criminals.

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July 18, 2013

Baltimore Police Arrest Three People for Armed Robberies

A 38-year-old man and two juvenile females have been arrested after a pair of armed robberies that took place in the Towson area of Baltimore. According to a Towson Patch news report, a man was robbed at gunpoint near the York Road and Regester Avenue intersection of Baltimore County.

The victim of that robbery gave a description that matched that of a suspect from another nearby robbery. Officials tracked down the suspects and pursued them on foot with the help of a police dog. The 38-year-old man faces many charges including armed robbery, using a handgun to commit a crime, resisting arrest, causing harm to a law enforcement animal, and firearm possession with a felony conviction. It is unclear what charges the two juveniles are facing.

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June 26, 2013

Charles County Robbery Suspect Arrested and Charged

According to Maryland State Police Reports for Charles County and published by somd.com on June 19, 2013, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office has released the following arrest report.

On June 10, a robbery of a convenience store occurred in La Plata. In the process of conducting the robbery, the suspect allegedly demanded money from the convenience store clerk while implying that he had a handgun. He then allegedly fled from the scene of the robbery before officers arrived, but not before having had his image captured by video surveillance.

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May 24, 2013

Waldorf Man Charged with Attempted Theft

As reported by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in its crime reports and published by smnewsnet.com, on May 13 at approximately 2:40 a.m., officers responded to a 911 call from a homeowner. The homeowner had heard loud noises coming from the driveway area. He decided to investigate further, and when he did so, he reportedly noticed that the dome light was on in the interior of his truck and a strange man was inside the vehicle. The man fled as the owner of the home and vehicle approached the scene.

The incident occurred at the 5500 block of Hole Shot Place in Pomfret. The homeowner was able to provide officers who responded to the scene of the attempted theft a detailed description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle. An officer was able to locate the vehicle, make a positive identification, and conduct a traffic stop. A 25-year-old Waldorf resident was driving the car, and both the man who had broken into the victim’s truck and the man’s car were positively identified.

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May 22, 2013

Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office Reports Two Recent Arrests for Theft

The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office has recently posted two arrests involving theft charges on its website.

The County Sheriff’s Office reported the arrest of a man by the Warrant/Fugitive Division on four indictments of robbery with a deadly weapon and other related charges.

The robbery charges stemmed from four indictments that occurred in 2002 and for a failure-to- appear charge issued two years later. The cold case investigation led officers to Belmont Street in Washington D.C. They were assisted in making their arrest by Metro Washington Police officers.

Prince George’s County Sheriff’s deputies arrested another burglary suspect, closing five warrants. The arrest was for first degree burglary. The man placed under arrest allegedly broke into a home in the 6800 block of Middlefield Terrace in Fort Washington in 2013 on January 28, stealing various items.

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May 16, 2013

Wild Ride Ends in Capture in Prince George’s County

A Waldorf gunpoint robbery ended in a high-speed chase on May 2. As reported by somdnews.com, while returning to her car after using an ATM outside a Waldorf Marketplace bank, a woman was robbed by a man with a gun. The man left the scene in an old model Honda. A woman was driving. The victim and several witnesses to the robbery were able to describe the vehicle to Charles County Sheriff’s officers.

The vehicle was spotted in Waldorf near McKendree Road on U.S. 301. When the officer attempted to pull the car over, the female driver would not stop, so officers continued pursuit of the Honda to Prince George’s County to the Brandywine Crossing Shopping Center where they were able to force the vehicle to stop. A man tried to get away on foot but was apprehended by officers. The woman driver stayed in the car and was arrested at the scene.

Diane Richardson, Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, said the incident began at 11:10 a.m. when officers arrived at the scene of the robbery. She added that in the pursuit of the robbery suspects no one was injured. The man, age 27, and the woman, age 19, were charged with armed robbery. The driver was also cited with various traffic violations.

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April 23, 2013

Two Suspects Arrested and Charged in Violent Robbery

According to Calvert County Police News Briefs, two suspects in a violent assault and robbery have been arrested. Each has been charged with the following:

  • Robbery
  • Armed robbery
  • Intent to injure with a dangerous weapon
  • First degree assault
  • Second degree assault
  • Theft of less than $1,000
A vehicle belonging to one of the men arrested and charged was seized, a 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. Additional search warrants were issued after the arrests which yielded more evidence. Both men were positively identified by the victim of the robbery and assault.

The initial investigation revealed that the victim had been jumped from the rear and hit with a metal object that may have been a pipe. The suspects stole $700 cash from the beating victim, took some other items and then fled the scene, Kappatos Way at Hardesty Road in Sunderland.

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April 4, 2013

Charles County Woman Charged with Theft Crimes

A 21-year-old woman who lives in Hughesville, Maryland in Charles County has been arrested and charged with theft. As reported by thebaynet.com and Southern Maryland News Net, and published on March 28, a search-and-seizure warrant was executed at a private residence in Charles County, Maryland. St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) was aided by Charles County Criminal Investigations Division officers in the execution of the warrant. The St. Mary’s County BCI is a team of investigators made up of detectives from the Maryland State Police — Leonardtown Barrack as well as detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. The investigatory unit is based in Leonardtown and was founded on the first of July, 2003.

The report of the arrest and charges issued was released to reporters by the St. Mary’s County BCI. The woman arrested at the home was charged with the following:

February 18, 2013

Virginia Jewelry Robbery Suspect Being Returned to Frederick

According to Frederick Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Clark Pennington, a Virginia man is being returned to Frederick, Friday February 8th, 2013 so that he can face burglary charges.

Police believe Alonzo Meadows, age 32, from Fairfax, Virginia is one of the three masked thieves who got away with approximately $200,000 in merchandise from Colonial Jewelers at 1 S. Market Street. As reported by Gazette.Net, Meadows waived extradition from Washington, D.C. He was being held by the Metropolitan Police Department after being arrested driving a vehicle that resembled the getaway vehicle used in the robbery—a black pickup. That truck has been towed to Frederick where it is being processed for evidence.

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December 13, 2012

Salisbury Man Steals Ambulance, Leads Police on High Speed Chase

A 19-year-old resident of Salisbury faces a variety of criminal charges after allegedly stealing an ambulance which belonged to Hart to Heart Ambulance Service, headquartered in Camden, DE. According to a report from DelMarvaNow.com, the incident began shortly before 8 a.m. on December 4 when several drivers called 9-1-1 to report that an ambulance was being driven in a reckless manner on Route 50 in Talbot County. Troopers from the Centreville and Easton barracks pursued the ambulance as it accelerated and continued west on Route 50 into Queen Anne’s County.

The high speed chase continued until, at Route 404, the ambulance drove into the park-and-ride lot on the east side of Route 50, where it struck a parked Cadillac, hit a curb, and then came to a stop in a nearby grassy area. The ambulance had significant damage to its front end and undercarriage, but fortunately no one was injured during the pursuit, which reportedly lasted about 10 minutes. The driver of the stolen ambulance told troopers he had been a patient at a Delaware Hospital and needed a ride home, which is why he took the emergency vehicle.

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September 26, 2012

What are the Penalties for Identity Theft in Maryland?

MD Identity Theft PenaltiesAccording to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), identity theft refers to any type of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, and typically is done for economic gain.

Maryland state law prohibits several types of identity theft, and the following are three forms deemed illegal under state law and the penalties for each:

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August 21, 2012

Anne Arundel, Annapolis Police Work Together to Prevent Car Thefts

Thefts from vehicles are often simply a matter of opportunity: items left in unlocked vehicles are easy to remove from the car. In order to cut down on the number of thefts from motor vehicles in and around Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, police from both jurisdictions are reminding motorists to guard their possessions more carefully.

MD Car Theft ArrestAs part of a program aimed at community education, police officers have begun patrolling parking lots in Annapolis and other areas in Anne Arundel County, peering into vehicles and checking door handles to see whether valuables are in easy reach for thieves. If they are, or if the vehicle is not locked, police will attempt to contact the vehicle’s owner to remind them that hiding valuables and locking the car is an easy to way to deter theft.

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June 4, 2012

Two Women in MD Accused of Stealing, Reselling $20,000 Worth of Cosmetics and Perfume

Two young women, who local authorities are labeling as “professional shoplifters,” have been accused of stealing and attempting to resell thousands of dollars worth of women’s merchandise, according to a news report in The Washington Post. Police report that the pair, ages 19 and 24-years-old, have walked into department stores across the region and stolen expensive, high-end makeup, lotions, and perfumes to later resell on the street, sometimes out of the trunk of their cars. The two “cosmetically-inclined thieves” are allegedly part of an organized shoplifting ring.

A JCPenney loss-prevention employee at the chain’s location in the Woodmore Towne Center in Glenarden recognized the women as suspects in previous shoplifting incidents and alerted authorities. Police seized almost $20,000 in makeup, perfume, and other beauty products. The women were carrying a third of the merchandise in large canvas shopping bags and the rest of the stolen goods were in their car. Both of the women were charged with theft over $1,000 and theft scheme.

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March 22, 2012

Instances of Tide Theft Increase in Stores across the U.S.

In what some are referring to as a “grime wave,” cases of Tide thefts have skyrocketed in recent months as the detergent has become a valuable bartering tool for drug users, according to TheGrio.com. The popular brand name laundry detergent has become “liquid gold” because of its fairly high cost and desirability, making it attractive for resale on the black market; the laundry soap can retail for as much as $20 a bottle, and a stolen bottle can be resold for $5 to $10. In addition, the detergent is instantly recognizable and doesn’t spoil. Tide is now, as a result, being targeted for organized theft at supermarkets and drug stores across the country.

TheGrio.com reports that stories have been pouring in from across the U.S. of thieves stealing thousands of dollars worth of Tide and engaging in weeks, or even months, of heists before being captured. The criminal act of Tide-swiping is relatively low risk, with few dangers and repercussions. National chains, such as drug store CVS, have attempted to electronically tag the detergent bottles as a theft-deterrent, but ultimately to no avail as robbers (who sometimes work in teams) simply run or drive away with as many bottles as they can take, removing the tags later.

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February 13, 2012

Silver Spring Man Charged in Robbery of a Maryland College Student

According to a report from NBC Washington, a 19-year-old man has officially been charged in the robbery of a University of Maryland graduate student. The robbery took place on the evening of December 11 when the 19-year-old and another suspect approached the victim as he was walking into the Graduate Gardens apartment building in College Park. One of the robbers demanded the victim’s property and pulled out a silver handgun. The victim complied, and the suspects then left the area.

The suspect, a resident of Silver Spring, is facing a number of criminal charges, including armed robbery, assault in the first and second degree, credit card theft, and use of a firearm on the commission of a felony. Maryland police are still looking for the second suspect in the case and ask any person with information on the second perpetrator to call the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety at (301) 405-6973.

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January 30, 2012

Convicted MD Sex Offender Now a Suspect in Three Home Invasion Cases

In a report from NBCWashington.com, a 33-year-old Maryland resident has been charged in three violent home invasions and two sexual assaults in a Bethesda case in which he allegedly committed a home invasion robbery and sexually assaulted a housekeeper. In addition, he was charged with two other home invasions in Wheaton and Temple Hills.

In the Temple Hills home invasion, the convicted man allegedly tied up six people, including a seven-year-old, and sexually assaulted a woman in the home. According to police, the offender apparently used credit and debit cards that were taken during the home invasions, and a surveillance image of the man using one of the cards led to him being identified, tracked down, and arrested in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

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January 10, 2012

Maryland Identity Theft: What You Need to Know

Maryland Identity Theft CrimeThe office of the Maryland Attorney General states that identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country, affecting an estimated 10 million Americans each year. Maryland residents are unfortunately not immune and are cautioned to try and protect their personal information; in 2005, MD was ranked 11th in the country for identity theft cases.

A common example of identity theft is when an individual uses your personal information to open a credit card account in your name. Identity thieves can obtain a MD resident’s private information a number of ways, including:

  • Stealing mail;
  • Stealing wallets or purses;
  • Sifting through trash or “dumpster diving” for mail or documents with personal information;
  • Phishing (sending e-mails posing as a legitimate business asking for information); or
  • Overall using of false pretenses to obtain private information (known as pretexting).

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December 16, 2011

51-Month Prison Sentence for Armed Bank Robber in Maryland

CBS Baltimore reports that a St. Michaels resident convicted of armed bank robbery received a 51-month prison sentence this week. The suspect entered the Talbot Bank of Tilghman, located on Tilghman Island, in March of last year with a .22 caliber rifle. He demanded money from a teller and walked out with more than $4,700; however, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stated that the suspect was identified very quickly by the truck he was driving when he left the bank and was arrested that night. The money stolen was recovered by authorities.

Robbery with an armed weapon is considered a felony theft crime in Maryland and it is treated very seriously by the state. Robbery is defined as the obtaining of property from another person by force or through the threat of force. The “property” could be money or valuables, and the “force” could be actual physical contact or simply threatening a person. The state penalty for robbery (without a weapon) is a maximum 15-year prison sentence, and an armed robbery conviction carries with it a maximum jail sentence of 20 years. Anyone convicted of the similar crime of armed carjacking may receive up to 30 years behind bars.

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November 9, 2011

18-Year-Old Man Arrested for Pasadena, MD Burglary

According to The Baltimore Sun, an 18-year-old male resident of Pasadena, Maryland was arrested this past Saturday for suspected burglary. After responding to a call from neighbors, Anne Arundel County officers found the young suspect knocking on the door of a Leeds Drive home and peering into the windows. The suspect was arrested after climbing back over the backyard fence of the home and drugs were found in the suspect’s possession. Police officers found the back sliding glass door of the home open and items in the house “disturbed.”

The companion of the arrested man remains at large and is described as being approximately 18 years old and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The suspect is charged with first, third, and fourth degree burglary, as well as possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

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November 1, 2011

Maryland Court of Appeals Decides on Robbery Appeal

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Maryland Court of Appeals has sent a case back to Baltimore County Circuit Court after they found that there was insufficient evidence to convict a man of robbery. The conviction stems from an incident that occurred in 2006 when the convicted man allegedly walked into a Jiffy Lube and told the clerk to “don’t say nothing.” Although the man did not brandish a weapon, the clerk immediately handed the man the money in his till and reported a robbery.

The man was convicted of robbery and, based on his two prior felony robbery convictions, was sentenced to 25 years without the possibility of parole. The man appealed his sentence and argued that the evidence was not sufficient to support his third felony robbery conviction. The judges on the appeals court discussed what robbery actually means and came to the conclusion that an ordinary, reasonable person would not have felt apprehension that the suspect was about to apply force since he did not use a weapon or make any threats. The judges ruled that something more than the man’s statement is needed to meet the legal standard for robbery.

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October 25, 2011

Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Harbor East Bank Robbery

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that a 37-year-old man has a received a 20-year prison sentence for his role in a Harbor East bank robbery. Reportedly, the convicted robber jumped over the bank counter and forced the tellers to open the bank vault by threatening them with a gun. The man and his accomplice also used a fake bomb to delay police response to the robbery. The robbery netted the men $157,000, far more than the average amount of money taken in a Maryland bank robbery.

The man will spend 20 years in prison for his conviction on charges of armed bank robbery, conspiracy to commit bank robbery, and possessing, using, and brandishing a firearm during a violent crime. The man received an enhanced sentence based on his two prior robbery convictions. His accomplice was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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April 14, 2011

Parents Are Often Behind Child Identity Theft in Maryland, According to Police

In today’s digital, information-heavy world, many people take steps to protect themselves from identity theft. But many people don’t realize that children can also be victims of identity theft.

In fact, stealing a child’s identity can be even easier than stealing an adult’s, according to the Baltimore County police. Since children don’t have credit cards, mortgages, or other loans, they and their parents rarely check to see if someone is using credit in the child’s name. By the time the child reaches adulthood, he or she may discover that bad credit is already attached to their name - often, by being turned down for a student loan or other financial necessity.

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December 30, 2010

Maryland Man Arrested for String of Robberies in Delaware and Maryland

A Maryland man was recently arrested for a series of armed robberies in Maryland and Delaware, according to DelawareOnline.com.

The 31-year-old man was charged with 12 counts of first-degree robbery as well as possessing a deadly firearm, and one count of theft of a firearm in Delaware. Maryland police were also seeking the man as a suspect for an alleged armed robbery and carjacking near Elkton. The police claim that the suspect forced an elderly man to drive him into Wilmington, where he robbed a restaurant. The suspect was captured at a McDonald’s in Newark as he was getting into his girlfriend’s van.

The suspect has been accused of committing 12 robberies in businesses in Glasgow, Wilmington, and Christiana. The suspect is being held in jail after failing to post bond. He is awaiting extradition to Maryland to face robbery charges there.

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November 24, 2009

Maryland Library Theft Ring: 12 Charged with Stealing Books Worth $87K

A recent wjz.com report discussed the arrest of twelve people for being alleged participants in a library theft ring in Maryland. According to the article, police discovered the suspects by tracking overdue books, uncollected fines and missing hardbacks worth thousands of dollars on the Internet. It appears to Police that all twelve suspects played a role in the alleged library theft ring. The twelve suspects allegedly checked out expensive library books, failed to return them, and then sold them online or to used book stores. The value of the 822 stolen library books amounted to more than $87,000.

Police stated that the library book thefts began in November 2008 and went undetected for so long due to each library system allowing up to 75 books to be checked out simultaneously. In addition, prosecutors believe that the ring began checking out books in Prince George’s County Library and then made its way to Harford, Baltimore, Baltimore City, and Carroll counties.

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August 25, 2009

Maryland Bank Robber Sentenced to 56 Plus Years in Prison

An article published in the Northern Virginia Daily recently discusses the case of a Winchester man convicted of robbing a Maryland bank with his grandson. The 54-year-old must serve more than 56 years in prison for robbing one bank in 2007 and attempting to rob another lending institution a month later. The official sentence handed down by Judge Catherine C. Blake sentences the man to 56 years and eight months according to information provided in a press release issued by the office of U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

When the sentence was announced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, the accused made no statement. A federal jury found the man guilty of various firearms violations and armed bank robbery in March 2009 stemming from a robbery that occurred on October 22, 2007. According to the press release, the man robbed the M&T Bank in Hagerstown of $33,888. In the course of committing the robbery and fleeing the scene, the man fired a shotgun at a police vehicle, stole a handgun, and held a mother and daughter hostage at gunpoint for several hours while he eluded law enforcement officials.

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August 6, 2009

Police Looking for Three Armed Men in Dry Cleaner Robbery

Law enforcement authorities are looking for three men in connection with an armed robbery that took place on June 20, 2009. An article published in the University of Maryland’s independent daily student newspaper Diamondback Online, claims that three armed men robbed a dry cleaning business on Route 1 as the store was opening for business. According to a University of Maryland crime alert report, three men entered the rear door of the dry cleaner located in the 7200 block of Baltimore Avenue as it opened for business around 6:30 in the morning. The report said that each of the men displayed a handgun during the robbery, allegedly took money from the cash register and personal property from the employees, and then fled in a burgundy Jeep Cherokee with Maryland license plate 545M727.

At the time the article was published, law enforcement officials investigating the robbery had not yet found the Jeep Cherokee and did not know whether or not the Jeep had been stolen for the purpose of committing the robbery. They also did not release how much money had been taken from the dry cleaner’s register or what personal property had been stolen from the store’s employees. The suspects are described as 18-to 25-year-old black men around 5’8” to 5’10” in height wearing dark clothing with medium to dark complexions.

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