QA Press Release 9/5/2012

INCIDENT: Burglary Investigation & Arrest

DATE OCCURRED: 08/27/2012

LOCATION: 301 Clovelly Lane Chestertown, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland

VICTIM: Morton Gibbons-Neff of Chestertown, Queen Anne’s Co. Maryland

ARREST: Charles William Jones III (26) of Chestertown, Kent Co. Maryland

Danielle Lynn Jones (22) of Chestertown, Kent Co. Maryland

CHARGES: Burglary-Second Degree

Burglary-Second Degree/Firearm

Conspiracy Burglary-Second Degree/Firearm

Theft-Value $10,000 to Under $100,000

Theft-Value $1,000 to Under $10,000

NARRATIVE: Sheriff Gary Hofmann reports that on August 27, 2012 the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff received a complaint of a burglary from 301 Clovelly Lane Chestertown, QA Co. Maryland. At this time the victim reported that suspects had entered his office and stole fourteen rifles and shotguns along with two laptop computers and two scopes with an estimated value of $19,850.

After The Office of the Sheriff received information that the weapons, computers and scopes had been sold to an undercover agent of the ATF in West Virginia, Det. Maria Bassaro of the Criminal Investigations Unit then conducted a joint criminal investigation with the ATF involving the theft and subsequent sale of weapons. The investigation revealed that Charles William Jones III and his spouse Danielle Lynn Jones of Chestertown, (Kent Co.) as suspects of the burglary of 301 Clovelly Lane Chestertown, MD as well as additional incidents occurring in West Virginia.

According to Sheriff Hofmann on August 31, 2012 Det. Bassaro, additional detectives of the Office of the Sheriff Criminal Investigations Unit and the ATF conducted a multi-agency operation involving the Chestertown Police Department at 104 Maple Ave. Chestertown, Kent Co. Maryland that resulted in the arrest of Charles William Jones III and his spouse Danielle Lynn Jones. During the arrest evidence was found of possible criminal activity in Kent County Maryland and that evidence was subsequently released to the Chestertown Police Department for continued investigation.

Charles William Jones III and Danielle Lynn Jones were both taken before the District Court Commissioner for the following charges: Burglary-Second Degree, Burglary-Second Degree/Firearm, Conspiracy Burglary-Second Degree/Firearm, Theft-Value $10,000 to Under $100,000 and Theft-Value $1,000 to Under $10,000. Charles William Jones III was ordered held at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center in lieu of $75,000 bond and Danielle Lynn Jones was ordered held at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center in lieu of $40,000 bond. Charles William Jones III was also served with an outstanding arrest warrant from Anne Arundel County Maryland for an prior assault case and was subsequently issued an bond of $10,000 in addition to the burglary arrest. Sheriff Hofmann confirmed that additional charges for Charles William Jones III and Danielle Lynn Jones are pending in West Virginia.

DEPUTY: Det. Maria Bassaro

ASSIST: ATF Investigators, Det. E. Goodman, D/Cpl. S. Stouffer, D/Sgt. B. Layton and Chestertown Police

CASE: 12-24528



DATE / TIME: 08/25/2012 @ 2010 Hours

LOCATION: 300 Block of Wye Harbor Drive, Queenstown

VICTIM: Andrea K. Keith of Queenstown

NARRATIVE: Victim reported missing several pieces of jewelry from her residence. The last time the missing items were seen was about two months ago. Items included a platinum ring with a center diamond, two flanking diamonds and two baguette diamonds; a White gold anniversary ring with 25 small “chip” diamonds and a white gold wedding band with “wavy” scroll work. The three rings were valued at $13,700.

DEPUTY: Dfc. Robert Boyles

CASE: 12-24426


INCIDENT: Domestic / Theft

DATE / TIME: 08/26/2012 @ 0744 Hours

LOCATION: 400 Block of Arrington Road, Queenstown

VICTIM: Tarragh M. Holt of Queenstown

NARRATIVE: Deputies responded to location for a reported domestic in progress. On their arrival, victim reported that the other party had left. Victim stated that she had ended a relationship with the other party and he was at the residence to get his belongings when an argument began. Victim reported that before leaving he struck a bedroom door with his fist damaging the door and that her purse was now missing. At the victim’s request, a Criminal Summons has been issued for James Earle Mouring (29) of Preston for theft and MDOP.

DEPUTY: A/Cpl. John Brockman

ASSIST: Dfc. M. Bassaro, Deputy N. Burns, Deputy C. Hartmetz

CASE: 12-24461



DATE / TIME: 08/26/2012 @ 0933 Hours

LOCATION: 212 Grange Hall Road, Queenstown

VICTIM: Barney Hutchens Jr. of Easton

NARRATIVE: Victim stated he was at the 7/11 on Grange Hall Road and after making his purchase went to leave. As he got to his car, the victim realized he had left his wallet on the counter. When he walked back in and located the wallet, $220 was missing. Case remains open pending review of the store’s video security system.

DEPUTY: Deputy Nathaniel Burns

CASE: 12-24465



DATE / TIME: 08/26/2012 @ 1329 Hours

LOCATION: 200 Block of Beech Lane, Stevensville

VICTIM: Melissa O. Maxfield of Stevensville

NARRATIVE: Victim reported her house being egged shortly after midnight. The eggs landed around the front door and on her roof.

DEPUTY: A/Cpl. John Brockman

CASE: 12-24479



DATE / TIME: 08/27/2012 @ 0917 Hours

LOCATION: 300 Sawmill Lane, Grasonville

VICTIM: Amanda Lynn Brown

NARRATIVE: Victim reported someone had vandalized her 2003 Mitsubishi while it was parked in her front yard. All four tires were punctured and a side window and windshield were shattered. Victim stated she had been involved in an altercation earlier in the morning involving a possible suspect.

DEPUTY: Deputy Chase Armington

CASE: 12-24535



DATE / TIME: 08/27/2012 @ 1654 Hours

LOCATION: 1300 Block of Carmichael Road, Queenstown

VICTIM: Ashley & Michael Dean of Queenstown

NARRATIVE: Victims reported arriving home and finding the front door forced open with items missing from the residence. Cash and Jewelry were missing with a valued of $1650. Some of the items taken included diamond earrings, diamond & sapphire earrings and two tanzanite rings.

DEPUTY: Dfc. Michael Jordan

CASE: 12-24567



DATE / TIME: 08/27/2012 @ 2307 Hours

LOCATION: 600 Block of Chesapeake Drive in Bay City, Stevensville

VICTIM: Harold W. Slocum of Stevensville

NARRATIVE: Victim reported hearing a loud bang on the side of his house and went to investigate it. Outside he found his LL Bean sidewalk lamp removed from the front yard and thrown against the house. Victim also stated he heard a group of subjects fleeing on foot. Damages were placed at $25

DEPUTY: Deputy Christopher Neall

CASE: 12-24588


INCIDENT: Burglary

DATE / TIME: 08/28/2012 @ 1401 (Reported)

LOCATION: 100 Block of Burchard Sawmill Road, Chestertown

VICTIM: Jennifer R. Schiltz of Chestertown

NARRATIVE: Victim reported that while she was out of town, someone had gained access to her house and removed a Kenmore Gas Range valued at $500.

DEPUTY: Sgt. Earl “Duke” Johnston

CASE: 12-24632


INCIDENT: Trespass / Disorderly

DATE / TIME: 08/28/2012 @ 1526 Hours

LOCATION: 500 Block of Main St., Church Hill

ARREST: Male (16) of Church Hill

CHARGE: Trespass / Disorderly Conduct

NARRATIVE: Following a call for an unwanted subject at a residence in Church Hill, Deputies arrived to find a small group of subjects in front of the house. One of the group reported that one of the other subjects there refused to leave after being asked. When Sgt. Johnston attempted to talk with the male, who became irate and loud to such an extent neighbors came out of their houses. The male was then placed under arrest and transported from the location to Sheriff’s Headquarters for processing. He was referred to Juvenile Services and then released to a family member.

DEPUTY: Sgt. Earl “Duke” Johnston

ASSIST: Deputy Charles Harris

CASE: 12-24638


INCIDENT: Theft / Burglary

DATE / TIME: 08/28/2012 @ 1757 Hours (Reported)

LOCATION: 6000 Block of Sudlersville Road, Marydel

VICTIM: Sharon P. Truitt of Marydel

NARRATIVE: Victim reports that after cutting grass on 8/27, mowers were put away in the shed at the residence and that their 4-wheeler was there. The next evening when her husband and son went to get the mowers to cut a neighbor’s lawn, they realized the 4-wheeler was gone. The ATV is described as a 2001 Green Honda Recon TRX 250 valued at $1200.

DEPUTY: Dfc. Zack House

CASE: 12-24643


INCIDENT: Medical Emergency

DATE / TIME: 08/28/2012 @ 2235 Hours

LOCATION: Long Point Road, Stevensville

VICTIM: Male (22) of Stevensville

NARRATIVE: Deputies were dispatched to residence for a disturbance. On arrival they meet with a male subject who admitted to being involved in a verbal disturbance. The male appeared to be under the influence of something and stated he had drank two bottles of cough syrup as part of a plan to harm himself. The male was taken into custody and transported by Sheriff’s patrol car to Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment.

DEPUTY: Deputy Chris Neall

CASE: 12-24672


INCIDENT: Medical Emergency

DATE / TIME: 08/29/2012 @ 1531 Hours

LOCATION: Drummer Drive, Grasonville

VICTIM: Female (40) of Grasonville

NARRATIVE: Deputy responded to location for a report of a female in the street throwing rocks at persons and cars. On arrival Deputy Wilson located the woman running down the street. The female was steadily laughing and another person at the scene stated the woman has existing mental disorders. The female was taken into custody and transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center by Sheriff’s patrol car.

DEPUTY: Deputy Aaron Wilson

CASE: 12-24735


INCIDENT: Medical Emergency

DATE / TIME: 08/29/2012 @ 1755 Hours

LOCATION: Church Hill Road, Chestertown

VICTIM: Female (62) of Chestertown

NARRATIVE: Deputies made a check on the welfare of a subject, after she called 911 wanting to speak to “Charlie” because people were stalking her, cutting up her books, moving items in the house and playing tricks on her. Dfc. Sewell located the woman who was crying and then would become enraged. She also stated she had not eaten for several days. Dfc. Sewell took the woman into custody and transported her by patrol car to Easton Memorial for assistance.

DEPUTY: Dfc. George Sewell

CASE: 12-24747


INCIDENT: Medical Emergency

DATE / TIME: 08/30/2012 @ 0532 Hours

LOCATION: Melvin Avenue, Grasonville

VICTIM: Female (16) of Grasonville

NARRATIVE: Emergency personnel responded to residence for a possible overdose of medication. A parent at the location also advised the girl had been talking about harming herself, however at this time the girl was unable to talk with personnel. She was transported by ambulance to Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment. Dfc. Fraser also responded to the location to complete required paperwork.

DEPUTY: Dfc. Stephen Fraser

CASE: 12-24775


INCIDENT: Theft / Traffic Offenses

DATE / TIME: 08/30/2012 @ 1446 Hours

LOCATION: RT 18 near Cherry Lane, Queenstown

ARREST: Sasha Mona Samuels (21) of Chestertown

CHARGE: Theft / Traffic (Driving Unregistered Vehicle / Displaying Registration for another Vehicle / Speeding)

NARRATIVE: Dfc. Boyles stopped a Honda Accord for speeding (51/40) and identified the driver as Sasha Samuels by her driver’s license. However she was unable to locate the registration for the car. A check of the displayed tag indicated it had been reported stolen to MSP Centreville. Ms. Samuels was placed under arrest for theft of the tag. The tags were removed from the car, the car moved from the roadway and she was taken to Sheriff’s Headquarters for processing. After charging documents were issued, Samuels was released on her own recognizance by a District Court Commissioner.

DEPUTY: Dfc. Robert Boyles

CASE: 12-24809



DATE / TIME: 08/31/2010 @ 0836 Hours

LOCATION: 300 Block of Anchor Lane, Chester

VICTIM: Brian E. Wright of Chester

NARRATIVE: Victim reported that over the summer he housed numerous Moldavian and Ukrainian students at his residence. On August 30th around 4PM he received a call from three of the students asking when he would be home so they could say their goodbyes, however the victim didn’t get home until after midnight. In the morning, the victim discovered four laptop computers to be missing and the three were gone. A remaining student stated the three had said the computers were a gift and they had left the country that morning to return to the Ukraine from an airport in Washington. The victim could only identify the three as “Nick”, “Misha” and “Sasha” as they had Americanized their names while in this country. The computers were valued at $1400.

DEPUTY: Deputy Chris Neall

CASE: 12-24870


DATE / TIME: 08/20/2012 @ 0833 Hours

LOCATION: 2208 Piney Creek Road, Chester

VICTIM: Wye River Marina

NARRATIVE: Victim reported that a boat , motor and trailer had been stolen overnight. The boat was described as a 2012 Triton 177 Runabout with a Yamaha 90 motor and on a 2012 Venture trailer. The items were valued at $19,354.

DEPUTY: Deputy Nathaniel Burns

CASE: 12-23914


ARREST: John Dugan West (36) of Denton

CHARGE: THEFT (three counts)

NARRATIVE: Follow-up Investigation of this theft resulted in locating video from a nearby security camera of a white pickup leaving the location with a boat on a trailer. On August 21st, Det. Gardner of the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Unit was contacted by Detective Abby of MSP Centreville who advised he had a suspect in custody for boat theft. During a search warrant at the suspect’s white truck parked at his residence on Knife Box Road near Denton, a “FOR SALE” sign was located which had a lot number of the missing a 2012 Triton 177 Runabout with a Yamaha 90 motor and on a 2012 Venture trailer.

As a result of this information, Det. Gardner charged John West with three counts of theft. West was held by a District Court Commissioner on a $15,000 Bond. He was also held on additional charges from MSP. Bond was posted by a Bail Bondsman later on the 22nd and west was released.

On August 23 @ 2300 there was a boat and trailer on fire in Caroline County on Thawley Road. The boat & trailer were identified as the Triton 177 Runabout and Venture trailer thru NCIC. Joint investigation with MSO remains open.

DEPUTY: Det. Jeremy Gardner

ASSIST: Det. Abby (MSP)