Wal­dorf man, ju­ve­nile ar­rested for string of biz bur­glar­ies

Duo al­legedly used rocks, bricks to break glass

Maryland Independent - - News - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twitter: @JamieACIndyNews

A Wal­dorf man and a 17-yearold ju­ve­nile were ar­rested last week and charged on 40 counts for al­legedly com­mit­ting a string of 10 com­mer­cial bur­glar­ies.

Taqon Wade Nel­son, 18, a re­cent high school grad­u­ate, was ar­rested July 24 and charged with mul­ti­ple counts of se­cond-de­gree bur­glary, ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty, theft, at­tempted theft and tres­pass. He was re­leased on his own re­cog­ni­zance the fol­low­ing day, ac­cord­ing to on­line Mary­land case records.

Ac­cord­ing to the charg­ing doc­u­ments, the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing a series of com­mer­cial bur­glar­ies within two miles of each other and around the Mill­brook neigh­bor­hood in Wal­dorf.

On July 18, po­lice were able to re­view se­cu­rity cam­era footage fol­low­ing a break-in and rob­bery at East­ern Car­ry­out in the Berry Patch Shop­ping Cen­ter, ob­serv­ing two males, one of whom broke into the store with a rock, the other main­tain­ing a look­out, Det. H. Burgess said in the charg­ing doc­u­ments.

Over the next few days, break-ins also oc­curred at the Crown and Glory Den­tal of­fice, Do­mini­can Salon and Davis Nails in the Berry Patch Shop­ping Cen­ter, the WOW Cafe and Wingery and Pho D’Lite restau­rant in Wal­dorf Mar­ket­place and the Pay­less Shoe Store on Crain High­way.

In all cases when video footage was avail­able, two males were ob­served break­ing the glass of the busi­ness with bricks or rocks be­fore en­ter­ing, ac­cord­ing to Burgess’s re­port.

Around 1 a.m. July 24, Fos­ters Grille in Wal­dorf Mar­ket­place, and Mas­sage Envy and Sub­way restau­rant in the Shops at Wal­dorf Cen­ter re­ported bur­glar­ies. Based on the video footage, the cloth­ing and ap­pear­ance of the sus­pects matched that of two young males on the porch of a nearby res­i­dence. The two were ar­rested, and po­lice said Nel­son con­fessed to com­mit­ting all 10 bur­glar­ies.

The se­cond sus­pect was charged as a ju­ve­nile and re­leased into the cus­tody of his fa­ther.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing for Nel­son is sched­uled for Aug. 23 in Charles County Dis­trict Court.

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