Adults cleared, ju­ve­nile cases pro­ceed in park thefts

Po­lice tal­lied losses of Myr­tle Point visi­tors

Maryland Independent - - News - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­ Twit­ter: @JohnEn­tNews

All charges against a Wal­dorf teenager from a theft in­ves­ti­ga­tion in May at a St. Mary’s park were dis­missed last week, af- ter two other Charles County young adults left court ear­lier this year with no con­vic­tions in the case.

Two teenage boys also were charged, how­ever, by po­lice re­spond­ing to the re­ports of thefts from ve­hi­cles at Myr­tle Point State Park in Cal­i­for­nia. A pros­e­cu­tor said this week that the two youths ad­mit­ted in ju­ve­nile court to mis­de­meanor theft scheme of­fenses, and are await­ing their dis­po­si­tion hear­ings where full resti­tu­tion for all un­re­cov­ered items will be re­quested.

“They ei­ther stole from the cars, or went by and took stuff [off] peo­ple’s blan­kets,” St. Mary’s As­sis­tant State’s At­tor- ney John Pleisse said Mon­day at his of­fice in the county court­house, where he said about eight vic­tims have been identi- fied. “We have a task on our hands to con­tact all the peo­ple,” he said, “and see what resti­tu­tion they want [for what] they hav- en’t got­ten back.”

Dis­trict court charg­ing pa­pers filed af­ter the ar­rests by St. Mary’s sher­iff’s deputies, aided by Mary­land State Po­lice, stated that a wit­ness saw the door han­dles of at least 100 cars be­ing pulled on in the park­ing lot, and that the items re­ported miss­ing in­cluded three cell­phones, a gold watch, a wal­let and a pair of shoes.

Jelon­nie D. John­son, 19, of Wal­dorf was the last adult ar­rested in the case to have the charges against him dis­posed of in court. A pros­e­cu­tor dis­missed them on Nov. 1 in their en­tirety, in­clud­ing eight theft charges, four rogue-and-vagabond of- fenses, three drug-re­lat- ed charges and a sin­gle charge of mak­ing a false state­ment to a law of­fi­cer.

“Not one vic­tim and not one state’s wit­ness showed [up] for trial,” As­sis­tant State’s At­tor- ney Michael Kane later said at the county court­house, adding that an­other post­pone­ment of the trial orig­i­nally set for last Septem­ber was not al­lowed. “The state’s mo­tion for a con­tin­u­ance was de­nied,” Kane said.

At a court pro­ceed­ing in early Oc­to­ber, on­line court records state, a judg­ment of ac- quit­tal was granted to 20-year-old Chris­tian J. White of Wal­dorf on eight theft charges, four rogue-and-vagabond charges and three drug-re­lated charges.

In ad­di­tion, on­line court records state, pros­e­cu­tors at a court pro­ceed­ing in July for 18-yearold Damon L. Pleas­ant of Wal­dorf dis­missed eight theft charges, four rogue-and-vagabond charges and three drug-re­lated charges filed against him through the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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