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.

THEFT: Between July 20 and July 21, during the overnight hours, someone broke into a shed in the area of Ridge Grove Estates and stole tools. A tractor was also damaged. Cpl. R. Heishman is investigating.

THEFT: Between July 20 and July 21, someone stole parts to an air conditioner in the 9800 block of Leighland Court in Waldorf. PFC. D. Warker is investigating.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: Sometime between July 20 and July 21, unknown suspect(s) broke out several back windows of Wade Elementary School, 2300 Smallwood Drive West and Barnhart Elementary School, 4800 Lancaster Circle, both in Waldorf. Anyone with information is asked to call PFC R. Gass at (301) 932-2222. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or submit a tip via the web at

FIRST-DEGREE ASSAULT: On July 19 at 10:11 p.m., officers responded to the area of Caroline Drive at Cedar Court in La Plata for the report of a stabbing. Investigation showed a male suspect stabbed the victim – a 26-year-old male – during an altercation. The victim was flown to a hospital and treated for an injury that does not appear to be life threatening. Detectives are pursuing leads. Det. C. Shankster and Det. G. Higgs are investigating.

BURGLARY: On July 19 at 7 a.m., officers responded to the Dorchester Recreation Center at 5005 Dorchester Circle in Waldorf for the report of a burglary. Investigation showed someone broke into a pool house and stole a small amount of cash. Officers are pursuing leads in this case. PFC R.E Gass and Det. J. Morales are investigating.

THEFT: On July 16 between 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., unknown suspect(s) stole two large children’s outdoor party inflatable’s which were stored on a trailer in the area of Ann Harbor Drive in Port Tobacco. One inflatable is an obstacle course with a water slide about 70’ in length and the other is a playground inflatable about 54′ in length. The victim said at least two people would have to carry the items due to their weight. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Myers at (301) 932-2222.

TWO MEN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUGS AND A WEAPON: On July 17 at 3:43 p.m., Officer C. Shaw initiated a traffic stop in the area of Crain Highway and Sub Station Road in Waldorf after observing the driver of a car operating in an erratic manner. Upon approaching the car, Officer Shaw smelled the odor of marijuana. Further investigation revealed a handgun in the car and a large amount of marijuana (bulked and ready for sale). The driver and a passenger were arrested and the car was seized for forfeiture. Thaddeus Cornell Edwards, 19, of Clinton, and Eric Brandon Branch-Simpson, 20, of Clinton, were arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell drugs and possession of a firearm.

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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