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Ex-restau­rant worker charged with theft in­volv­ing en­tries of gift cer­tifi­cates

Richard Henry Keys, 32, of Cal­i­for­nia has been charged through a sum­mons with theft of­fenses in court pa­pers al­leg­ing he stole $3,981 dur­ing a five­month pe­riod ear­lier this year at a restau­rant where he worked in Lex­ing­ton Park.

Keys was em­ployed this year at Pax River Ale House un­til he was ter­mi­nated from his job in Septem­ber, court pa­pers state, and the restau­rant’s owner ad­vised po­lice of the losses in­volv­ing gift cer­tifi­cate en­tries in the busi­ness’ com­puter sys­tem.

“The de­fen­dant was the only em­ployee [who] did not have gift cer­tifi­cate vouch­ers in the reg­is­ter over the in­ci­dent pe­riod” of early Fe­bru­ary through mid-Septem­ber, ac­cord­ing to a charges ap­pli­ca­tion filed Mon­day by St. Mary’s sher­iff’s deputy Jason Bush.

Dur­ing po­lice ques­tion­ing last week, the charg­ing pa­pers al­lege, “the de­fen­dant did ad­mit to steal­ing money by us­ing ‘gift cer­tifi­cates’ … which cus­tomers did not give [to] the de­fen­dant.”

Burglars seize gun, cash from home’s safe

Mary­land State Po­lice re­ported this week that they are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion of an Oct. 11 bur­glary at a home on Darcy Lane in Lex­ing­ton Park, where one or more cul­prits stole a Bersa Thun­der .380-cal­iber hand­gun and about $700 from a safe.

There were no signs of forced en­try to the res­i­dence, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­lease.

Scam­mer uses po­lice phone num­ber

State po­lice at the agency’s head­quar­ters in Pikesville is­sued a warn­ing this week to the pub­lic about a tele­phone scam in which a caller cloned a state po­lice num­ber to de­liver a recorded message of­fer­ing credit card ser­vices.

A Bal­ti­more County woman no­ti­fied the agency Mon­day af­ter­noon that she re­ceived a call that her phone’s caller-ID func­tion iden­ti­fied as com­ing from “Mary­land State Gov­ern­ment” at 410-653-4241, which is a num­ber for the Mary­land State Po­lice Of­fice of Me­dia Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. When she an­swered the call, how­ever, she heard a recorded sales pitch.

State po­lice sent out a re­lease stat­ing that they “have no con­nec­tion to any credit card com­pany, and would never so­licit such in­for­ma­tion or ser­vices over the phone from any ci­ti­zen. Any­one who re­ceives such a phone call should hang up and then contact their lo­cal state po­lice bar­rack,” in­clud­ing the one in Leonard­town that can be reached by call­ing 301-475-8955.

Sher­iff’s cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers awarded

Two St. Mary’s sher­iff’s of­fice cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers were rec­og­nized last month by the Mary­land Po­lice and Cor­rec­tional Train­ing Com­mis­sions as in­struc­tors of the year, at the com­mis­sions’ 17th An­nual In­struc­tor’s Con­fer­ence, where the two men were hon­ored for their ex­em­plary work as in­struc­tors and knowl­edge of ma­te­rial they teach.

Cpl. Benjamin Luf­fey, em­ployed by the St. Mary’s agency in Novem­ber of 2010, has been as­signed since 2014 to the South­ern Mary­land Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Academy as an in­struc­tor.

Dur­ing his ten­ure, he has served as class co­or­di­na­tor for cor­rec­tions en­trance level train­ing pro­grams, and has in­structed a mul­ti­tude of cour­ses to in­clude high risk sce­nar­ios for cor­rec­tions and emer­gency re­sponse team train­ing.

Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer 1st Class Ryan Har­ris joined the agency in March of 2012. His pri­mary duty is work­ing within the St. Mary’s County De­ten­tion and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter, with a col­lat­eral duty of pro­vid­ing in­struc­tor sup­port on var­i­ous sub­jects to in­clude cor­rec­tions de­fense tac­tics, emer­gency re­sponse team train­ing and am­bush aware­ness train­ing.

Sher­iff’s of­fice now posts crime news and other in­for­ma­tion on of­fi­cial blog

The St. Mary’s sher­iff’s of­fice posts news and in­for­ma­tion on in­ci­dents and ar­rests, in­clud­ing pho­to­graphs of sus­pects, on­line at http://first­sher­iff.blogspot.com

The sher­iff’s of­fice also posts sur­veil­lance images and other in­for­ma­tion on the web­site when the pub­lic’s as­sis­tance is be­ing sought dur­ing on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, and the web­site’s links in­clude ac­cess to NIXLE alerts, sher­iff’s of­fice Twit­ter posts and writ­ten com­ments by Sher­iff Tim Cameron (R).

Email ad­dresses can be en­tered on the web­site, to re­ceive a daily sher­iff’s of­fice sum­mary of in­for­ma­tion.


A burned bi­cy­cle and more charred de­bris sit out­side a home dam­aged by a fire on Tues­day night at En­ter­prise Road in Lex­ing­ton Park’s Patux­ent Park neigh­bor­hood. The man of the house and three chil­dren safely es­caped from the blaze orig­i­nat­ing in the kitchen, a neigh­bor said this week, and they and the chil­dren’s mother now are be­ing as­sisted by Amer­i­can Red Cross vol­un­teers.

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