Gun theft suspect accused of impersonating lawman
Rodney Delray Taylor, 52, of Hollywood was jailed without bond this week on charging papers alleging he falsely claimed to be a law officer while committing a burglary and stealing guns and money last summer from a home in Park Hall.
A predawn visitor on Sept. 17 to Paul Antonovich’s residence knocked on the front door and identified himself as an “undercover police officer” before he was allowed into the home, and left with property valued at $3,139 including three handguns, a rifle, currency and a debit card, according to a charges application filed a month later through an investigation by St. Mary’s sheriff’s detective Cpl. Melissa Hulse.
The man taking the items “ensured the victim he would return the items later in the day,” the charging papers state, but several hours later, the debit card was being used at an ATM in Lexington Park, where investigators reviewing surveillance video developed Taylor as a suspect in the case. During police questioning, the court papers state, Taylor “admitted to being at the victim’s home, [but] denied taking any of his property.”
Suspect released after being charged with assault
A court commissioner found no probable cause this week to detain Mark A. Baltimore, 52, of Marbury on charges including first-degree assault in court papers alleging he brandished a pocket knife toward his estranged wife in Lexington Park.
The woman flagged down a law officer early Tuesday morning outside an Essex Drive residence and pointed at Baltimore while shouting “lock him up,” court papers state, before the suspect, approaching the officer, “advised he did not do anything, and relinquished his pocket knife.”
During the investigation of the woman’s claim that Baltimore had held the knife toward her, “the decision was reached to let Baltimore walk to a friend’s house,” sheriff’s deputy Robert Chase wrote in a statement of probable cause, “but [he] returned while I was speaking to [the woman] and began screaming and threatening her life.”
Baltimore also was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in the court papers alleging “he had to be taken to the ground” to be handcuffed, and that he complied to get into a police vehicle only “after a use of force.”
Virginia teenager jailed on gun charges at St. Mary’s motel
John Curtis Reeves, a 17-year-old resident of King George, Va., was jailed this week in St. Mary’s after he was charged as an adult with weapons offenses in court papers alleging police found him in a motel room with an unloaded pistol in his waistband.
During the Tuesday night investigation at the Motel 6 in Lexington Park, law officers found ammunition in a backpack the teenager was wearing, and he admitted stealing the gun the night before, according to a statement of probable cause filed by Maryland State Police Trooper Evan Ruggles. Reeves also admitted taking a vehicle last month in Mechanicsville, court papers state, and a police search of the vehicle, noticed by the motel’s manager, found two unregistered shotguns and three unregistered rifles. In addition to six weapons and ammunition offenses, Reeves was accused through the charging papers of taking Jennifer Louise Groht’s Toyota Highlander and stealing a handgun, its magazine, a watch and cigar kit owned by Mark McLean.
Sheriff posts news on 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 and sheriff’s office Twitter posts.
Mark Tasciotti, right, St. Mary’s sheriff’s office recruiter, congratulates correctional officer Seth Robles, who was one of four graduates last week of a corrections entrance level training program taught at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy.