Man accused of robbing more than 4 Waldorf homes
A 26-year-old Waldorf man allegedly burglarized more than four Waldorf residences in the span of two months and was caught and charged on Sept. 26.
Christopher Michael Bowie was charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree burglary and three counts of theft.
On Sept. 5, Charles County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 8900 block of Twinbrook Court in Waldorf for a report of a burglary. The homeowner and victim told police he believed that a man broke into his garage through a side window and stole his power drill and attempted to steal his Honda blower tool.
The victim told officers that he saw a man walking down his driveway, toward a dark colored Ford truck, away from his home. Afterwards he noticed his garage door was open, the garage window was busted, the contents in the center console of his vehicle in the garage were taken out, his power drill was missing and his blower was in the roadway where the Ford truck was once parked.
The victim showed the officers his home surveillance video, which officers stated in court documents showed a man in a Ford F-150 park at the end of his driveway and walk towards the victim’s home. The subject left the view of the camera and then was shown walking down the driveway pulling a large blower behind him.
The suspect was then seen lowering his tailgate just as the victim comes into view of the camera and starts walking towards the suspect. The suspect then closes his tailgate and drove away, according to court documents.
On Sept. 25, officers made contact with a neighbor of the victim who said she saw a pickup truck several days prior and believed that it was the same vehicle who robbed the victim’s garage. The neighbor told police that she noticed the same pick-up truck turning down a dirt road, just past Portobello Court, where an abandoned house was located.
On Sept. 26, around 10 a.m. Officer Burgess went to the abandoned home where the pick-up truck was seen going. The officer saw a riding lawn mower in the yard and inside the opened garage, a yellow and blue Suzuki 125cc dirt bike, a generator, a chainsaw, a set of tires and a large amplifier, according to court documents. Burgess stated that there were no vehicles or people at the location.
Later that day, around 1:20 p.m. Burgess and Det. Weaver returned to the house to investigate further and found the defendant, Bowie, pushing the same yellow and blue dirt bike down the dirt roadway, according to court documents.
Bowie told the officer that he had bought the dirt bike from someone on Craigslist in Silver Spring two days prior.
The defendant told the detectives that he did not know who the house belonged to, and that he knew he should not have been inside the residence, but due to the lack of space at his own home, he used the house to store several items. In the driveway was a black 1992 Ford F-150, which matched the pickup truck in the surveillance video from Sept. 5, according to court records.
Bowie told the detectives that the truck was his, and they saw a bag in the bed of the truck with a power drill, matching the description of the stolen drill on Sept. 5, police said.
While on the scene with Bowie, the officers received a call for a burglary on the 4000 block of Lee Lane in Waldorf, just several miles from the abandoned house. The officers arrived at the scene and made contact with the victim, who told them that his garage was broken into within the last several days and his yellow and blue Suzuki 125cc dirt bike was stolen, along with several other items, according to court documents.
The victim was escorted to the abandoned house, where he positively identified the yellow and blue dirk bike that was previously being pushed by Bowie. The victim’s power washer and ladder was also found on the scene of the abandoned home, police said.
Bowie was then placed under arrest and transported to the sheriff’s office Criminal Investigations Unit, according to court documents. In an interview, Bowie allegedly admitted to his involvement in the Waldorf burglaries on Twinbrook Court, Lee Lane, two residents on Bensville Road and several other residential burglaries, to which he could not remember the addresses.