The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit CrimeReports.com and search by county, city, zip code or street address.
DEATH INVESTIGATION: On July 16 at 11:45 a.m., officers responded to the 6900 block of Wood Glenn Drive in Hughesville after the homeowner discovered his son, Damian Harley, 37, inside his house and deceased from a gunshot wound. Officers checked further and found Harley’s wife, Ammah Harley, 33, deceased with a gunshot wound. Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division responded and at this point, it appears Damian Harley shot his wife and then shot himself. A gun was recovered on the scene. A motive is not clear. Det. J. Elliott is investigating.
BURGLARY: On July 16, officers responded to the 11200 block of Edge Hill Road in Newburg for a burglary that occurred earlier. It appeared the suspects cut the electrical lines and phones lines of a building and broke out a glass door. A small amount of cash was taken. PO1 A. Coulby is investigating.
ROBBERY: On July 14 at 9:17 a.m., two masked men walked into the Bryans Road Shell gas station at 6985 Indian Head Highway in Bryans Road, pulled guns and demanded money from the station’s clerks and customers who were inside. No one was hurt and the suspects fled, possibly in a gold colored car. The car and the description of the suspects are similar to a robbery that occurred in Prince George’s County. Surveillance photos of the suspects and the car they drove are attached. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Hemsley at (301) 932-2222. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-41-TIPS or send a web tip at www.tipsubmit.com. A cash reward is being offered in the case.
THEFTS FROM AUTOS: On July 12 and July 13, someone broke into several cars parked at the Hiker Biker Trail in Indian Head and stole valuables that were left inside the cars. The suspect smashed the windows to the vehicles and stole a cell phone, wallets, a back pack, a laptop and a canvass bag. Officers processed the cars and canvassed the areas for witnesses. The CCSO is reminding citizens to remove valuables from cars, no matter where you are. The CCSO also recommends you do not attempt to hide valuables underneath jackets or other items as thieves tend to know this trick. Also, if you see anything unusual, say something and report suspicious activity to police right away. These events appear to be isolated.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit ccso.us.