Police: Man arrested for breaking into police car
DENTON — A 19-year-old Preston man recently arrested for allegedly breaking into two vehicles in Denton, including an unmarked police interceptor, is also suspected of committing similar crimes in Talbot and Dorchester counties, according to a news release from the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office.
Scott Allen Wiens was arrested Friday, Sept. 21, and charged with two counts of theft and two counts of malicious destruction of property, police said. Court records show he was released from the Caroline County Detention Center on Monday, Sept. 24, on $5,000 bond.
Police said the police interceptor, a 2017 Ford Explorer, belonged to the sheriff’s office and was parked outside it when someone found it, around 10 a.m. Sept. 21, with damage to two passenger side windows and the rear hatch window.
Police said several items were missing from the Explorer, including a radar unit, digital camera, leather notebook, roll of crime scene tape and $36 in cash.
Damage to the Explorer’s windows was estimated at $1,100; the value of the stolen items was estimated at $6,400, police said.
The same day, a second vehicle, belonging to Karen Coldwell, was found parked in the Denton Walmart parking lot, with two broken windows, one on the rear driver’s side and one on the rear hatch, police said.
A black purse holding several credit cards and $100 in cash was missing from the vehicle, police said.
The value of the damaged and stolen property in that case was estimated at $600, police said.
Police said Wiens was identified as a suspect that day and arrested.
It is suspected he was involved with similar incidents in Talbot and Dorchester counties Thursday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 21, police said.
Anyone with information should call Det. Amber Thamert at 410-479-5980.
SCOTT ALLEN WIENS