Al­leged lo­cal bur­glar ar­rested for mur­der

Man fac­ing Calvert charges al­legedly stabbed woman found in Anne Arun­del

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - By MEGHAN CADY mcady@somd­ Twit­ter: @CalRecMEGHAN

Anne Arun­del County Po­lice re­ported last week that a man cur­rently fac­ing charges for bur­glary and theft in Calvert County al­legedly con­fessed to mur­der­ing a woman whose body was found May 31 in An­napo­lis.

Christopher Allen Scheibe, whom Calvert court records list as a 28-year-old Me­chan­icsville res­i­dent, was ar­rested in the early morn­ing Thurs­day for first- and sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and fir­stand sec­ond-de­gree as­sault re­lated to the al­leged mur­der of Holly Carol Smith, 24, for­merly of Es­sex.

Court records in­di­cate a war­rant was is­sued for Scheibe’s ar­rest in Calvert County on June 1 for nu­mer­ous charges, and was served June 2. The charges stem from an in­ci­dent dated May 25-26; they in­clude one count each of sec­ond-de­gree bur­glary, fourth-de­gree bur­glary — theft and sec­ond-de­gree es­cape, plus two counts each of rogue and vagabond, un­law­ful tak­ing of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and theft greater than $10,000 and less than $100,000.

Scheibe’s Calvert charges stem from a May 25 in­ci­dent where he al­legedly re­moved two ve­hi­cles from Cal­iber Col­li­sion in Sun­der­land, charg­ing doc­u­ments state. Scheibe was re­cently paroled from jail for pled charges of un­law­ful tak­ing of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and the trans­porta­tion of a hand­gun in a ve­hi­cle, court records show. He was re­sid­ing in St. Mary’s County with a friend, who worked at Cal­iber Col­li­sion. Scheibe was fa­mil­iar with the lo­ca­tion of the keys in Cal­iber Col­li­sion, as he was in the em­ploy­ment process.

After the last em­ployee left the body shop May 25, Scheibe al­legedly at­tempted to steal a Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat from the park­ing lot by driv­ing it through the woods be­hind Cal­iber Col­li­sion and the Sun­der­land Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter. The charg­ing doc­u­ments al­lege Scheibe couldn’t get the ve­hi­cle over a large em­bank­ment in the wooded area and aban­doned it. He then re­port­edly re­turned to the body shop and re­moved the keys to a 2016 Chevro­let Tra­verse, owned by En­ter­prise Car Ren­tal.

Scheibe’s friend told of­fi­cers he knew some­thing was “off” when Scheibe didn’t re­turn home the night of the in­ci­dent, charg­ing doc­u­ments state.

Au­thor­i­ties at­tempted to lo­cate Scheibe through his an­kle mon­i­tor, but found the mon­i­tor al­legedly cut off and aban­doned in a stream. The stolen ve­hi­cle was seen again May 31 after it was left in drive and came to rest against a tree in the En­ter­prise park­ing lot in An­napo­lis, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments. The interior of the ve­hi­cle al­legedly con­tained blood and blonde hair. Smith’s de­ceased body was re­port­edly found in close vicin­ity of the ve­hi­cle.

Scheibe’s friend con­tacted au­thor­i­ties May 31 re­gard­ing a jour­nal he found in Scheibe’s bed­room. The jour­nal al­legedly de­tailed how to kill some­one and how to re­main un­de­tected while run­ning from the govern­ment, the doc­u­ments state.

Ac­cord­ing to an Anne Arun­del po­lice news re­lease, of­fi­cers re­sponded to a wooded area in the 2000 block of In­dus­trial Drive in An­napo­lis at ap­prox­i­mately 2:20 p.m. May 31, after a passerby walk­ing in the area re­ported ob­serv­ing a dead body. Along with po­lice, fire de­part­ment per­son­nel ar­rived on scene and pro­nounced the woman dead. Homi­cide de­tec­tives re­sponded, as well as the Ev­i­dence Col­lec­tion Unit, and pro­cessed the scene for items of ev­i­den­tiary value, while de­tec­tives can­vassed the in­dus­trial park and con­ducted nu­mer­ous in­ter­views.

On June 2, the Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner per­formed an au­topsy, which re­vealed punc­ture and stab wounds to the woman’s up­per body, and homi­cide de­tec­tives were able to pos­i­tively iden­tify the vic­tim as Smith, the re­lease states.

Scheibe was iden­ti­fied as a pos­si­ble sus­pect and was taken into cus­tody in the 3000 block of War­wick Road, East New Mar­ket, after which time he was in­ter­viewed and con­fessed to the al­leged mur­der. An ar­rest war­rant was then ob­tained for Scheibe, who re­mains in­car­cer­ated on the East­ern Shore. A de­tainer was filed in re­gard to the mur­der war­rant.

De­tec­tives are work­ing on find­ing out where Smith most re­cently resided and are look­ing for any wit­nesses who may have seen her within the last week, the re­lease states. Po­lice are call­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion “very fluid and ac­tive,” and urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call the Anne Arun­del County Homi­cide Unit at 410-2224731. Those who wish to re­main anony­mous can call the tip line at 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stop­pers.

Scheibe is cur­rently be­ing held with­out bond.


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