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.

OFFICERS APPREHEND BURGLARY SUSPECTS AND RECOVER STOLEN MERCHANDISE: On May 5 at 4 a.m., PFC K. Lerch was conducting a patrol check when he was approached by a citizen who reported two people appeared to be breaking into a liquor store in the 2200 block of Crain Highway in Waldorf. PFC Lerch immediately broadcast the information, and he, PFC M. Bourgeois and Cpl. J. Burroughs drove towards the store. Upon arrival, officers found the glass door had been smashed and they observed a truck leaving the area of the drive-thru window. The officers blocked the truck’s path and both occupants were taken into custody. Multiple bottles of liquor and cigarette packs worth nearly $600 were recovered from the back of the truck. Quintin Edwin Mason, 54, of Washington DC, and Dalnique Shawnta Smith, 25, of Clinton, were arrested and charged with burglary, theft and destruction of property.

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH INVOLVING SCHOOL BUS: On May 1 at 3:27 p.m., officers responded to the area of Post Office Road at Huntington Circle in Waldorf for the report of a crash. Investigation showed the driver of a Honda Accord, 17, exited Huntington Circle onto Post Office Road without stopping at the stop sign. That vehicle struck another Honda Accord which caused the car to strike a school bus with 16 people on board. There were no obvious signs of injury, however one student was treated and released for a minor complaint. The 17-year-old driver was charged with failing to stop at a stop sign PFC P. McPherson investigated.

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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