Tuesday, July 29, 2014


During the week of July 21 through July 27 deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,340 calls for service throughout the community. 
Citizens with information on the following crimes or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link through the Sheriff’s Office website.  
Go to http://www.co.cal.md.us/residents/safety/law/sheriff/ and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip on-line.  Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward.
Theft Case #14-41204:
On July 22 at 3:30 p.m. the security officer at Calvert Memorial Hospital advised DFC A. Clas that a patient recently discharged from the emergency room appeared to have stolen computer equipment from the room he was treated in.  Prior to his release, a nurse had caught him trying to disconnect a computer in the room.  Security video showed the male suspect leaving the hospital with a blue backpack.  An attempt to locate the suspect was unsuccessful.  A short time later, Clas responded to Bayside Chevrolet in Prince Frederick for a report that a male subject was on the scene being disorderly with employees and trying to sell customers items he had inside a blue backpack.   Clas made contact with the subject and he was identified as Andre Eugene Friend, 35 of Dundalk.  A search of the bag revealed the items previously reported as stolen from the hospital.  The stolen items totaled $4,600.  Friend was charged with theft over $1,000.
Andre Eugene Friend, 35, of Dundalk

Disorderly Case #14-41240:
DFC P. Mosely arrested Erik R. Crouse, 34 of Prince Frederick, on July 22 at 7:11 p.m. for being intoxicated and standing in the roadway at 9th Street and Erie Avenue in North Beach.  Mosely had previously driven Crouse home from the North Beach Firehouse when he was leaning against a rail and appeared to be intoxicated.  Later, Mosely was called to the Fast Stop in North Beach for the report of a male walking in and out of traffic.  Again, Mosely drove Crouse to an address on 9th Street and told him to go home.  After the third call, and Crouse still appearing to be heavily intoxicated and endangering himself and citizens driving on the road, he was taken into custody.  Crouse was charged with disorderly conduct and drinking alcoholic beverages in a retail area.
Erik R. Crouse, 34, of Prince Frederick

Destruction of Property Case #14-41295 & 41301:
Someone spray painted house siding, a fence and two road signs on Parkers Creek Road and Wash Hance Road in Port Republic on July 23.  DFC J. Hardesty is investigating.
Theft Case #14-41390:
Someone stole a portable basketball hoop from the driveway of a home on H Street in Chesapeake Beach sometime between 7:30 a.m. and noon on July 23.  The hoop had a black base and glow in the dark net.  DFC S. Mitchell is investigating.
Theft Case #14-41740:
Two stop signs and poles were stolen from Dusk Drive and Seagull Beach Road in Prince Frederick overnight between July 24 and 25.  DFC P. Wood is continuing the investigation.
Disorderly Conduct Case #14-41823:
On July 25 at 6:43 p.m. DFC S. Morder responded to the Bank of America in Prince Frederick for the report of a suspicious vehicle.  A bank employee advised that a vehicle with two occupants had been parked in the lot for 1 ½ hours and employees were apprehensive about closing the bank and leaving.  Morder approached the vehicle and asked the male in the driver’s seat for identification.  The man, later identified as Charles Benjamin Stewart, 42 of New York, yelled profanities at the deputy and refused to provide identification.  He was asked several times to stop using profane language but he would not.  He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order.
Charles Benjamin Stewart, 42, of New York

Destruction of Property Case #14-41988:
A homeowner noticed damage to a window screen on the back side of his home in the 6500 block of Long Beach Drive in St. Leonard on July 25.  Dep. W. Durner responded and observed foot prints on top of the outside air conditioning unit that was directly beneath the screen.  The homeowner advised no one had entered the home and nothing was taken.  The investigation continues.
Theft Case #14-41997:
A wallet was stolen from inside an unlocked locker at the William T. Hall Aquatic Center in Prince Frederick on July 26 at around 3:00 p.m.  The thief then used the victim’s credit card to make purchases at a nearby store.  DFC R. Kreps is investigating.
CDS Violation Case #14-42135:
DFC P. Wood responded to the Super 8 Motel in Prince Frederick on July 27 at 9:50 for the report of patrons possibly smoking marijuana in their room.  Wood found the three occupants of the room trying to quickly vacate the premises.  They were stopped and one of them, identified as Joshua Michael Betters, 25 of Los Angeles, CA, was found to be in possession of suspected drugs.  Betters was charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; rolling papers.
Joshua Michael Betters, 25, of Los Angeles, CA

Theft Case #14-42199:

Someone stole a camera from a bag while the owner left it unguarded at the Water Park in Chesapeake Beach on July 27 between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.  The black Canon camera is valued at $350.  DFC P. Aurich is investigating.