Three men charged with thefts from ve­hi­cles at park

Two ju­ve­nile sus­pects also ac­cused

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JohnEn­tNews

Three Wal­dorf men were re­leased from cus­tody Thurs­day morn­ing af­ter their ar­rest on theft charges from a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion the day be­fore in St. Mary’s of re­ports of items be­ing stolen from ve­hi­cles in a park.

St. Mary’s sher­iff’s deputies also filed rogue and vagabond charges and mis­de­meanor drug charges against the sus­pects, iden­ti­fied in court pa­pers as Jelon­nie Du­juan John­son, 19, Chris­tian Jamal White, 20, and Da­mon L. Pleas­ant, 18. Court pa­pers state that a 17-year-old boy also was iden­ti­fied as a sus­pect by the law of­fi­cers who en­coun­tered him as they ar­rived late Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at Myr­tle Point Park in Cal­i­for­nia.

A wit­ness told po­lice that he saw peo­ple “sell­ing sus­pect[ed] mar­i­juana to high school stu­dents on the beach,” court pa­pers state, and that the same peo­ple “were all pulling on car han­dles, en­ter­ing un­locked cars and steal­ing items from un­locked ve­hi­cles. The wit­ness stated they pulled on ev­ery car door han­dle through­out the park­ing lot, at least 100 cars.”

Sher­iff’s Sgt. Clay­ton Saf­ford tack­led the flee­ing ju­ve­nile sus­pect as White was de­tained by Trooper Mark Evans of the Mary­land State Po­lice, court pa­pers state, and sher­iff’s deputy Vin­cent Pon­torno later lo­cated Pleas­ant and John­son, look­ing in the win­dows of a sport-util­ity ve­hi­cle at the park. An ad­di­tional 17-year-old boy, who court pa­pers al­lege had ac­com­pa­nied the other sus­pects, later was lo­cated by po­lice at Elms Beach Park south of Lex­ing­ton Park, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment of prob­a­ble cause filed by sher­iff’s Cpl. James Stone.

“The peo­ple that co­op­er­ate and report crime is still the big­gest as­set in this com­mu­nity,” sher­iff’s Capt. Steven Hall said on Thurs­day. “Our of­fi­cers be­ing out there, and that timely re­sponse, is crit­i­cal.”

John­son, White and Pleas­ant are ac­cused in charg­ing pa­pers of steal­ing items in­clud­ing three cell­phones, a gold watch, a wal­let and a pair of shoes. Charg­ing pa­pers al­lege the three men went into four ve­hi­cles, and they also were charged with the pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana and the pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia.

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