Judge jails burglary suspect
A judge has ordered that James M. Kimble, 32, of Mechanicsville remain in jail without bond on charging papers alleging he stole two bows, a pellet gun and fishing reel during a burglary last month at a neighbor’s address off Harpers Corner Road. Police found the suspect near the residence during their Aug. 24 response to the neighborhood, and the items missing from Thomas Murphy’s residence were recovered, according to a statement of probable cause filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Robert Chase. The recovered items were valued at $800.
Kimble was charged with second-degree burglary, a theft offense, the possession of drug paraphernalia and the unlawful possession of suboxone. A judge concurred last week with a court commissioner that the suspect was not eligible for pretrial release.
Theft of gift cards and cash alleged
Thomas Lee Cromwell, 38, of Mechanicsville was released from custody last Thursday on an unsecured $5,000 bond following his arrest on charging papers alleging he stole gift cards valued at $4,900, and $200 in cash, last fall at a neighbor’s home.
The cards and cash were taken during a burglary last September or October while Jeffrey Stuart Engle was away from his Queentree Road residence, court papers state, and the police investigation included reviewing surveillance video at the Lowes home-improvement store in California showing people using 17 stolen Lowe’s gift cards at the business.
Three people questioned by police reported that “Cromwell sold some [of the] cards to them and gave other[s] away, telling them he obtained the cards as payment for a job he had done,” according to a charges application filed by sheriff’s Cpl. Glen Knott.
Man accused of taking truck
Willard Douglas Bright, 54, of California has been accused in a charges application, filed with a summons, of taking a woman’s pickup truck last month from a North Patuxent Beach Road address after he was ordered to leave the property. Bright was served with a protective order on the evening of Aug. 24 at that location, and Sunora Knill Wilbar reported that night that Bright took her 2015 Ford F-150, without her permission, according to the court papers filed the next day by Trooper Jason Mulhearn of the Maryland State Police.
Home improvement violations alleged
Ronnie Mackall, 57, of Lexington Park has been charged through a summons with failing to perform a home-improvement contract, acting as a contractor without a license and selling home improvement services without a license.
At a Loveville Road address last March, Mackall received $18,000 from a $25,000 written contract with Sarah Richardson for an addition to her home, and he “failed to complete the job and refused to do so” by late June, according to a charges application filed last month by Michael Miller, an investigator with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.
In a separate matter, Brian Scott Ferguson, a 35-year-old College Park resident, has been charged in St. Mary’s through a summons with a theft offense and failing to perform a contract last July at a Charlotte Hall address.
Ferguson gave Floyd Thomas Grissom a quote of $2,285 to complete a sump pump system, received and cashed a check for $1,142, and “for the next five days … by way of text messaging, the suspect continually gave reasons as to why he could not complete the work,” with no further response to subsequent calls and messages, according to a charges application filed last month by Maryland State Police.
Police tips line open
Maryland State Police in Leonardtown operate a Tips Line at 410-257-4925 or 888-210-1450, inviting anyone with information about a crime that has occurred, or they expect may occur, to anonymously report that information 24 hours a day to authorities. Citizens may use the same telephone number to report concerns to police that do not involve criminal activity.
Information also can be submitted by email to centralsouth@maryland. gov, and police investigators can be followed on Facebook at CED-Central South.
Sheriff welcomes text-message tips
Cellphones and other handheld communication devices can be used to send text messages with tips for the St. Mary’s sheriff’s office, by texting TIP239, plus the message, to CRIMES, numerically 274637. For more information on the text-message program, go to www. smscrimetips.com.
A damaged sedan sits along Chaptico Road after overturning and hitting a utility pole last Thursday evening, according to Mechanicsville volunteer firefighters reporting that the driver, who got out of the vehicle and was found at an edge of nearby woods, was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter crew to a hospital to be treated for injuries from the collision.