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A police dog helped deputies track down one of the two men arrested Nov. 19 for burglarizing a home on Beechwood Drive in Waldorf, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Steven Thomas Williams Jr., 24, of Washington, D.C., and Theodore Emmanuel Logan, 23, of Temple Hills have been charged with burglary and theft. Logan also has been charged with destruction of property.
Officers responded after a neighbor called the Charles County sheriff’s office at noon to report a burglary in progress. Cpl. J. Murphy and deputies R. Gass and V. Warker were dispatched to the scene. Off-duty officers K. Lerch and K. Makle were in the area and also went to investigate.
Lerch was the first officer on the scene and found a dark blue Cadillac Escalade parked in the driveway.
As Lerch got out of his car, the driver, later identified as Logan, sped off across the yard and down Beechwood Drive.
Lerch chased the car. Other officers surrounded the area and broadcast a lookout for the Escalade.
The vehicle continued onto Pineview Court, where its passenger, later identified as Williams, jumped out of the car and ran away.
During the chase, Officer J. Foster checked the surrounding neighborhoods and spotted Williams, who matched the description of the passenger who jumped from the Escalade, according to charging papers. Foster arrested Williams without incident.
Investigators later interviewed Williams, who admitted to his involvement in the burglary, the papers state.
Officers also found several items on the ground near where Williams jumped out of the car, including a black jacket, backpack and hammer. Inside the jacket’s pockets, officers found several pieces of costume jewelry, the records state.
Logan fled onto Berry Road and north on Route 210 before leaving the car in the Farmington Woods neighborhood in the Prince George’s County section of Accokeek.
Officers searched Farmington Woods and found the Escalade parked in a driveway on Whistling Woods Court. A flat-screen Samsung television was seen inside the vehicle, court papers state. The SUV was towed and stored pending the execution of a search warrant, the papers state.
Prince George’s County police officers and Maryland National-Capital Park Police responded and assisted in the search for Logan, as did two of the sheriff’s office’s police dog teams, police said.
Officer C. Clevenger and his dog, Eno, picked up the track, which led the duo south, up steep hills, through several ravines and back north. Cpl. J. Freeman of the sheriff's office’s K-9 Unit helped with the initial track.
After following the scent for nearly a mile, Eno tracked Logan to a home on Beechdale Court in Accokeek.
As officers approached the house, they saw Logan hiding under a small deck. Sgt. J. Elliott and Lt. C. Becker arrested him without incident.
Investigators interviewed Logan, who admitted to his involvement in the burglary, court documents state.
Meanwhile, Officer Morales remained at the scene of the burglary and found evidence of forced entry — a rear bathroom window and side-entry door were both shattered, the records state. Several items appeared to be missing from the home.
The homeowner reported that a 43-inch Samsung flat-screen television, a silver Apple iPod and several pieces of costume jewelry, including rings, necklaces and bracelets, had been stolen, the papers state. The items were estimated at a total value of $950.
The broken window and side-entry door were valued at a combined $200.
Williams and Logan are being held in lieu of $25,000 and $10,000 bail, respectively.
Other charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, which is ongoing.