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Case Number: 21-8243

Incident: Theft

Report: 3/13/2021 at 1:07pm

Location: Coach - 417 Outlet Center Drive, Queenstown, MD

Cpl. Neall responded to the Coach store located in the Queenstown Premium Outlets for a report of a theft.  The complainant advised that approximately 45 minutes prior, three white males entered the store, one watched the door while the other two left without paying for $6,314 worth of merchandise.  If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact Cpl. Neall at 410-758-0770 ext. 1279 or aneall@qac.org.  We reported on this yesterday asking for the public's help in identifying any of the subjects: https://tinyurl.com/m83eavvb

Deputy: Cpl. Neall

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Case Number:  21-8313

Incident:  Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

Reported:  3/14/2021 at 1:22am

Location: Northbound Route 300 at Norwood Dr, Sudlersville, MD

Charges: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol,  Driving While Impaired by Alcohol, Reckless Driving, and Violation of License Restriction

Suspect: Cody W. Hartlove, 23 year old male from 5120 Sudlersville Rd, Sudlersville, MD

 

Cpl. Steenken observed a vehicle going 107 MPH in a posted 50 MPH zone, in the area of Route 300 and Norwood Drive.  After pulling the vehicle over and making contact with the driver, Cody Hartlove, Cpl. Steenken detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.  Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were conducted and Hartlove did not successfully pass any of them.  Hartlove was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol,  Driving While Impaired by Alcohol, Reckless Driving, and Violation of License Restriction.  He was later released to a sober party.

 

Deputy:  Cpl. Steenken assisted by Dep. Holden

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Case Number: 21-8394

Incident:  Controlled Dangerous Substance Possession of Paraphernalia

Reported:  3/14/2021 at 6:59pm

Location:  Route 213 at Route 300, Church Hill, MD

Suspect: Kenneth F. Thomas, 58 year old male from 600 Listening Hill Rd, Penhook, MD

Charges: Controlled Dangerous Substance Possession of Paraphernalia

 

Dfc. Barlow conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle failing to stop at a posted stop sign.  After identifying the driver, Kenneth Thomas, the Deputy observed Thomas and a passenger extremely nervous and visibly shaking.  A request for a narcotics detection dog was made and the Chestertown Police Department responded and performed a K9 scan of the vehicle with a positive alert.  A probable cause search of the vehicle resulted in locating a glass smoking device in the rear passenger seat area.  Thomas was issued one Criminal Citation for Controlled Dangerous Substance Possession of Paraphernalia, two traffic citations, and later released on signature from the scene.  The paraphernalia was seized and entered into evidence.

 

Deputy:  Dfc. Barlow assisted by Cpl. Steenken

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Case Number: 21-6825
Incident: Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance not Marijuana
Reported: 3/01/2021 at 1:47pm
Location: Walnut Street, Church Hill, MD
Arrested: Rachel Lynn Epps, 36 year old female from Brittney Ln, Hartly, DE
Deputy Holden conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling 43 MPH in a posted 25 MPH zone, in the area of Walnut Street. While the driver, Rachael Epps, was looking for the registration card, Deputy Holden noticed several indicators of criminal activity and requested a K9 scan. Maryland State Police Trooper Graef and K9 Fueles arrived on scene and conducted a K9 scan of the vehicle in which K9 Fueles yielded a positive alert to the odor of narcotics. Located inside the vehicle were two prescription bottles for Suboxone and Adderall that were not prescribed to Epps. There were also several plastic bags and other drug paraphernalia located inside the vehicle. Epps was arrested and transported to the Office of the Sheriff for processing and charged with two counts of Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance not Marijuana and three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphrenia. Epps was later transported to the Commissioner's Office and released on a $2,500 unsecured bond.
Deputy: Deputy Holden, Deputy Baer, and Maryland State Police Trooper Graef and K9 Fueles
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Case Number: 21-6946
Incident: Theft
Reported: 3/02/2021 at 1:40pm
Victim: Carter’s, 422 Outlet Center Dr, Queenstown, MD
Dfc. Holden responded to Carter’s, located at the Queenstown Outlets, for a report of a theft. Dfc. Holden made contact with the store employee who advised that an unknown black female entered the store, placed an assortment of clothing in a bag, and then exited without paying. The suspect left the store in an unknown direction and a canvass of the area yielded negative results. Carter’s is in the process of downloading the surveillance video for Dfc. Holden to review. This case remains open for further investigation.
Deputy: Dfc. Holden
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Case Number: 21-7001
Incident: Violation of Protective Order / Warrant Service
Reported: 3/02/2021 at 7:15pm
Location: 1866 Harbor Dr., Chester
Suspect 1: Robert Eugene Merlini, 53 year old male from 1866 Harbor Dr, Chester, MD
Robert Merlini called the Office of the Sheriff to report a theft at his residence. Upon arrival, Deputy Steinmetz was informed that Merlini had an active Arrest Warrant issued through Anne Arundel County, as well as an active Final Protective Order stating that Merlini was not allowed to be at the above address. Dep. Steinmetz took Merlini into custody for the Arrest Warrant as well as the violation of the Protective Order. Merlini was held at the Detention Center overnight and released on 3/3/2021.
Deputy: Dep. Steinmetz
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