Charles County Sheriff's Office

Burglary Suspect Apprehended

Christopher Lee Howdyshell

Christopher Lee Howdyshell

On May 8 at 12:19 a.m., Sgt. S. Myers was conducting a patrol check of a business in the 7000 block of Port Tobacco Road in Welcome. As he entered the parking lot, Sgt. Myers noticed the glass on the front door was smashed and the door was open. Additional officers responded and Cpl. J. Freeman and his K9 partner, Brix, checked the building, but no one was inside. When officers checked footage from a security camera, they observed a man break the glass, enter the store, go behind a counter and steal seven bottles of Burnett Vodka and seven packs of Maverick cigarettes. Officers quickly recognized the suspect as someone to whom they had just served a criminal summons to earlier in the day for an unrelated crime. Officers went to the suspect’s house and found him there with the stolen liquor and cigarettes. Christopher Lee Howdyshell, 20, of Welcome was charged with burglary and theft. PFC J. Campbell investigated.

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