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

WOMAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUGS: On Aug. 21 at 12 p.m., Sgt. A. Schwab initiated a traffic stop on Post Office Road near Henry Ford Circle in Waldorf after observing a traffic violation. Upon approaching the car, the officer suspected marijuana was inside. A CCSO police K9 responded and gave a positive indication that drugs were present. Officers found marijuana in the car and charged Deborah Jean Fallings, 47, of Waldorf, with possession of marijuana. She was also charged with multiple traffic violations including driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED SHORTLY AFTER COMMITTING CRIME: On Aug. 22 at 6:28 a.m., a citizen called the Sheriff’s Office and reported suspicious activity behind a retail store in the 3300 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf; the caller said a man and a woman appeared to be stealing tires from a shed. The witness provided officers with a lookout of the suspect’s car and upon approaching the area, Cpl. C. Walter spotted the vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted and used tires, stolen from the shed, were found in the back seat of the car. Kimberly Lynn Thorne, 27, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary and theft. Officers are working to identify the male who was with her during the theft; he fled in a different vehicle.

VALUABLES LEFT IN UNLOCKED CAR REPORTED STOLEN: Between Aug. 18 – Aug. 19, someone stole a Michael Kors purse and GPS unit from an unlocked car in the 3700 block of Primrose Court in Waldorf. PFC R. Bagley is investigating.

ATTEMPT SCAM: On Aug. 19 at 3 p.m., someone called a 76-year-old La Plata resident claiming to be with the Mega Millions Jackpot. The caller told the resident he won 2.5 million dollars but in order to claim the prize, the resident was told to purchase a $500 gift card from a local retailer. Once the card was purchased, the suspect wanted the resident to call him back at a number he provided. The suspect said he would pick up the gift card and then give the prize to the resident. When asked why he should buy the gift card, the suspect indicated the purchase of the gift card would “prove the prize winner’s identity because in order to buy the card, the resident would have to show proof of ID.” The resident realized this was a hoax and hung up the phone without providing personal information. He immediately notified police. Sgt. S. Myers is investigating.

THEFTS FROM AUTOS: On Aug. 19 between 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., someone broke into a car in the 3200 block of Waldorf Market Place and stole electronics which were inside the vehicle. Officers believe the same suspect broke into a car at Home Depot and stole electronics. Officers are also investigating if the same person was responsible for an attempt break in on Mall Circle Drive. In all three cases, it appears a tool was used to break the locking mechanism of the cars. Witnesses reported seeing a male in his 60’s peering in cars, but it is unclear if that person was responsible. The CCSO is reminding citizens to keep valuables out of sight when leaving cars unattended and to report suspicious activity immediately. Officer J. Murphy is investigating. Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in Charles County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about a crime may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or submit a web tip. All callers remain anonymous.

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