Charles County Sheriff's Office

Incident Briefings

The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit and search by county, city, zip code or street address.

TIP TO STUDENT CRIME SOLVERS LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF WEAPON AND DRUGS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS: On Sept. 10 at 8:40 a.m., a school resource officer at Thomas Stone High School received a tip through the Student Crime Solvers program that a student was possibly in possession of a gun which was reportedly in his book bag. After investigating further, administrators and officers found a gun in the bag, which turned out to be an Airsoft gun – something that resembles a handgun but shoots small pellets. In addition, two small bags of suspected marijuana were also found inside the book bag. The student, a senior, was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Cpl. J. Cooney investigated.


James Thomas Abell

James Thomas Abell

Christopher Glenn James

Christopher Glenn James

Detective D. Savoy of the CCSO Criminal Investigations Division has charged two men in connection with at least four thefts and fraudulent use of ATM cards. In April, two cars parked in the parking lot of the Hiker/Biker Trail at Livingston Road were broken into and unknown suspects stole items including an ATM card. Later that day, two cars parked at the St. Ignatius Church on Chapel Point Road were broken into while the victims were attending church services. In those cases, witnesses recalled seeing a small white pick-up truck. Several weeks later, PFC J. Hatfield initiated an unrelated traffic stop of a white pick-up truck and noted similarities between the vehicle’s occupants and the description of the suspects in the thefts. Det. Savoy followed up on Officer Hatfield’s leads and subsequently linked the suspects to the thefts. The suspects used the stolen ATM cards to withdraw cash and to purchase gas and other items totaling $1300. James Thomas Abell, Jr., 28, of Nanjemoy and Christopher Glenn James, 25, of La Plata, were charged with theft and destruction of property.

ARMED ROBBERY REPORTED: On Sept. 10 between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., officers responded to the area of St. Linus Drive for the report of a citizen robbery. The victim told officers he was walking down the road when two males approached in a black car, pointed a gun at him and then stole his money. The victim said the suspects were black males in their late teens or early twenties. One suspect was wearing dark clothing and had tattoos. The other suspect had a light complexion and had a beard. Officer A. Coulby is investigating.

STOLEN ATV AND TRAILER: On Sept. 9 at 5:30 a.m., officers responded to the 6900 block of Heather Bryans Road in Marbury for the report of a theft. The victim said unknown suspect(s) were driving a dark colored truck and stole his white 2001 Wells Cargo trailer which contained a black 2006 Yamaha Banshee four- wheeler. The trailer was stolen from the front of the victim’s residence and was witnessed by a neighbor who was unaware it was being stolen at the time. There is also a shed to the rear of the residence that the suspect(s) broke into. At this time it is unknown if any property was stolen from the shed. Officer R. Smith is investigating.

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 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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