Alleged Calvert burglar to resolve Va. cases first
Reportedly broke into, stole from several homes
A Chesapeake Beach man facing five burglary indictments in Calvert has an active bench warrant pending the disposition of his criminal cases in Virginia. He is currently detained in Culpeper County, Va.
Brandon Wayne Johnson, 26, has five indictments open in Calvert County totaling 18 charges of first-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary and various increments of malicious destruction of property and theft. Online court records also list a Culpeper, Va., address for Johnson.
Johnson also has an open case in Culpeper County, where he’s charged with controlled dangerous substance distribution, and a case in Fairfax County alleging an attempt to obtain controlled dangerous substances under false pretenses, according to assistant state’s attorney Kyle Tores, who’s prosecuting Johnson in Calvert.
Nor ther n Calvert experienced residential burglaries during the daytime hours from March 16 through 21. According to charging documents, a hard object was thrown into a glass window or door to gain entry in each incident. The burglarized residences — which are in close proximity to each other — were on the 4900 block of Christiana Parran Road in Chesapeake Beach, 5000 block of Hardesty Road in Sunderland, 1600 block of Dalrymple Road in Sunderland, 9900 block of Lucky Lure Lane in Owings and the 7400 block of Old Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach.
While investigating some of the burglaries, Det. Megan Quinn of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office began searching the Regional Automated Property Information Database (RAPID) to see if any of the items reported stolen were pawned. Quinn found two rings from the Hardesty Road burglary reportedly pawned by Johnson March 18 in Severna Park. A 13-inch Apple Macbook Air laptop from the Lucky Lure Lane burglary was allegedly pawned by Johnson the following day in Baltimore, the police report details.
At approximately 12:20 p.m. March 21, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Old Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach for the report of a burglary in progress. The homeowner said he came home to find an intruder inside his bedroom and chased the suspect from the home, a press release from the sheriff’s office stated. The suspect, as described by the homeowner, was reportedly seen running north on Old Bayside Road carrying a green backpack and a Smith and Wesson .357 magnum revolver, which he allegedly stole from the residence. He was last seen entering a small, silver fourdoor car.
The victim was shown a photo of Johnson and reportedly identified him as the intruder in the home, court documents state. Officers who were familiar with Johnson visited his grandmother’s residence, where he was last known to reside. She said Johnson left the residence in her 2013 Kia Rio around 11 a.m. with his girlfriend and their 4-year-old son. The vehicle was located a short time later with only Johnson’s girlfriend inside, who informed officers she dropped Johnson and her son off at Papa John’s Pizza.
A short time later, a subject matching the description was observed a short distance away in the area of the FaStop in Chesapeake Beach. When deputies arrived, the suspect quickly entered the laundromat next to the FaStop and allegedly attempted to hide behind a dryer, according to previous reports. Deputies were able to apprehend him without further incident.
Johnson was found to be in possession of two cellphones, one of which reportedly matched the description and serial number of a cellphone stolen from the Lucky Lure Lane residence. After obtaining consent, authorities searched Johnson’s grandmother’s vehicle and residence where they allegedly found a Microsoft Surface tablet and the attached keyboard that was reported stolen from the Dalrymple Road burglary, the reports state.
A bench warrant was issued to Johnson Sept. 16 and remains active. Johnson’s Nov. 3 plea hearing was continued to Dec. 11.
“The warrant for Calvert County is acting as a detainer for him in Virginia, meaning that when his Virginia cases are resolved he won’t get released from their jail. He’ll continue to be held on our warrant until we pick him up,” Tores wrote in an email, indicating Johnson is being considered for the adult treatment court, but can’t be accepted until all outstanding cases are resolved.
“That being said, the drug court team hasn’t made a final decision on whether he’ll actually be accepted yet or what the terms of his acceptance would be. I would expect that if he’s accepted he’ll be required to serve some incarceration in [the Department of Corrections] before he’s brought onto the program,” Tores explained.