Man ac­cused of rob­bing more than 4 Waldorf homes

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - By JESSI STICKEL jstickel@somd­ Twit­ter: @Jes­si­caIndyNews

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.

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