DIESEL FUEL STOLEN:
On Feb. 16, officers took a report for the theft of fuel in the 5400 block of Washington Avenue in La Plata. Unknown suspect(s) stole diesel fuel from a storage tank. It is not clear when the actual theft occurred. Officer K. Syvertsen is investigating.
STRONG - ARM ROBBERY:
On Feb. 18 at 8:15 p.m., two suspects robbed a pizza delivery person in the 4000 block of Bluebird Drive in Waldorf. The suspects confronted the victim after she made a delivery and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspects fled. Officers and a police K-9 conducted a track and the scene was processed for evidence. The victim said one suspect had bushy hair and was wearing a blue jacket with white stripes. The other suspect was wearing a black coat and a black ski mask. Cpl. C. Smith is investigating.
BURGLARY SUSPECT ARRESTED:
On Feb. 15, officers responded to the 8700 block of Fairground Road in Bel Alton for the report of a burglary. Officers processed the scene and canvassed the neighborhood. A witness was located who reported seeing a suspicious person at the foot of the victim’s driveway earlier that day. The witness gave a description and officers continued to canvass the area. They spotted a man matching the description and obtained his information. A subsequent investigation confirmed the man, Harold Wayne Centers, 56, of Virginia, was involved in the burglary. He was arrested and charged with burglary and theft. Over $16,000.00 worth of stolen property was recovered. Officer R. Snyder is investigating.
Recently, the CCSO has responded to reports of attempted scams. Unknown suspects are calling random people pretending to be a relative, friend or neighbor in need of money. They make up drastic stories and try to convince people to wire money to them. A common theme is the caller's request for the person to wire money through Western Union or MoneyGram or to provide bank account routing numbers. The CCSO is reminding residents to verify the identity and location of the person claiming to be in trouble. Then, hang up and call another family member or friend to try to confirm the information.
In addition, never give out any personal identifying information such as bank account or credit card numbers to anyone who calls on the phone. Con artists will lie, cheat, steal, and make up plausible stories to convince people to wire money or divulge sensitive information. The callers are often professional criminals who are skillfully able to get people to wire money or give personal information before they have time to properly assess the situation. Wiring money is like sending cash; there are no protections for the sender. Typically there is no way you can reverse the transaction, trace the money, or recover payment from the telephone con artists.
On Feb. 17 at 2:23 a.m., officers initiated a traffic stop in the 2100 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf after observing a traffic violation. Upon approaching the car, the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana and alcoholic beverage. The driver failed the field sobriety tests and was arrested. Marijuana, baggies and a digital scale were found inside the car. The driver, Ubong Bassey Obotette, 34, of Accokeek, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Officer A. Upshaw made the arrest.
MAN CHARGED IN HIT AND RUN CRASHES:
On Feb. 16 at 9:09 p.m., officers responded to the 12700 block of Country Lane in Waldorf for the report of a hit and run involving a red pick-up truck. While in route to the call, the officer observed a red pickup truck in a ditch on Country Lane near Nike Drive; it was unoccupied. The officer continued to the victim’s house where he learned two cars had actually been struck. While taking the report, the 9-1-1 call center received a call from Harold Eugene Young, 50, of Waldorf who said he was driving his red pick-up truck on Country Lane and someone ran him off the road causing his truck to go into a ditch. The officer responded to Young’s house and after speaking with him, detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Young’s breath. Young admitted to driving the truck and evidence linked him to the crashes. He was arrested and charged with multiple violations. While processing Young at the detention center, two more people called to report damage to their cars. In all, four vehicles were struck by Young.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in Charles County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about a crime may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip. All callers remain anonymous.