Charles County Sheriff's Office

Incident Briefings March 2, 2017

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.

ROBBERY/CRIME SOLVERS OFFERING CASH REWARD: On March 2 at 2:12 a.m., three males wearing masks and dark clothing entered an unlocked door of the Green Turtle on St. Mary’s Avenue in La Plata and approached an employee. One of the suspects was armed with a knife and ordered the employee to give them cash. After obtaining money, the suspects fled. No one was injured. Officers canvassed the area, and detectives are pursuing leads. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. C. Wimberly at (301) 609-6491. 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

BURGLARY: On March 1 between 6 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., unknown suspect(s) broke into a shed in the 3600 block of Dewey Court in Indian Head and stole tools. Pfc. R. Herbert is investigating.

BURGLARY SUSPECT IDENTIFIED: Charles County Sheriff’s detectives have issued an arrest warrant for Ricardo Antonio Curtis, 26, of Fort Washington, in connection with two burglaries of doughnut shops that occurred last year. Through investigation, Det. C. Gilroy was able to identify Curtis as a suspect in the two cases and subsequently helped link him to other burglaries throughout the region. Curtis was apprehended on February 24 in Howard County while trying to break into a doughnut shop there. Curtis will be charged with burglary and other related charges. Det. C. Gilroy investigated. (No photo available)

On March 1 at 11:51 a.m., officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a motorcycle in the 3500 block of Old Washington Road in Waldorf; the driver was not wearing a helmet and there was no registration plate. The driver pulled over, but as the officer approached, the driver fled. While canvassing the area, officers noticed the motorcycle was in the bed of a pickup truck. The driver of the truck refused to pull over and fled to the area of Pembrooke Square, where he eventually stopped. The driver, Fatai Afoblia Gafari Jr, 26, of Temple Hills, was placed under arrest for fleeing in the truck. The front seat passenger, Aaron Kenneth Thomas, 23, of Lanham, was identified as the operator of the motorcycle. He was arrested and charged with multiple traffic violations. Pfc. R. Brooks made the arrests.

Aaron Thomas

Aaron Thomas

Fatai Gafari

Fatai Gafari

BURGLARY AND STOLEN VEHICLE: Between Feb. 26 and Feb. 28, unknown suspect(s) broke into a shed in the 7300 block of Poorhouse Road in La Plata and stole car equipment and a disabled 1986 White Toyota Supra. Pfc. 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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