Al­leged Calvert bur­glar to re­solve Va. cases first

Re­port­edly broke into, stole from sev­eral homes

The Calvert Recorder - - News - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecANDREW

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.

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