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.

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE: On January 3 at 10:26 p.m., POII C. Chamblee initiated a traffic stop for a speed violation in the area of Hawthorne Road at Lower Wharf Road in Indian Head. Upon making contact with the driver, Officer Chamblee observed drug paraphernalia in the driver’s door handle and located Oxycodone Hydrochloride pills along with other drugs inside the car. Mark Anthony Burnette, 45 of Washington D.C., was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute.

CCSO APPREHENDS ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT: On December 31 at 9:43 a.m., officers responded to a business in the 4400 block of Crain Highway in White Plains for the report of an armed robbery. Upon their arrival, officers learned that a masked male entered the business, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. The employee complied and the suspect fled. CCSO K9 teams set up a track which led to a church next to the business. Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division responded and assumed the investigation. While conducting interviews with individuals that were in the church at the time, the suspect was identified. A search was conducted and items related to the robbery were located. The suspect, a 17 year old male, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and first and second-degree assault.

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 and 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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