Charles County Sheriff's Office

Tips to Crime Solvers Leads to Identity of Suspects in Shoplifting Case

TIPS TO CHARLES COUNTY CRIME SOLVERS LEADS TO IDENTITIES OF SHOPLIFTERS CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Detectives assigned to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division have identified the two female shoplifters who stole numerous pieces of clothing from Victoria’s Secret on April 27. A passerby recorded the women as they entered the store, opened a lawn-sized trash bag they brought with them, and stole 12 tank tops, 36 hooded sweatshirts, 24 pants, and 12 shorts from a front display. They walked out of the store and fled. Officers retrieved footage of the theft which was then released to media in an effort to identify the women. Within 24 hours, tips to the Charles County Crime Solvers tip line, as well as calls to the Sheriff’s Office, led to the names of the suspects. Investigators pursued the tips and on May 5, positively identified them. An arrest warrant has been obtained for Alexis Shakira Preston, 23, of Washington, D.C. Charges are forthcoming for a 17-year-old female also from Washington, D.C. Charles County detectives served a search warrant on May 13 at an address in D.C. where they recovered numerous items believed to have been stolen from Victoria’s Secret. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Preston is asked to call the CCSO Warrant Unit at (301) 609-3060. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at Officer D. Butler and Detective C. Gilroy investigated.

Alexis Preston

Alexis Preston

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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 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 and 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      

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