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.