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Police sought pair in six thefts near White Oak

By JEFF NEWMAN

Staff writer

A dropped cell phone led to the identification and eventual arrest Nov. 10 of two men charged in connection with multiple burglaries near the White Oak neighborhood in Waldorf.

Police believe that Waldorf residents Jonathan Jamal Warren, 23, and William David Harper, 22, broke into at least six homes near White Oak beginning in late October, stealing guns, jewelry, cash, Apple iPods, video game systems and other electronics.

A break in the case came during a Nov. 5 burglary in the 2700 block of Pinewood Drive in Waldorf, when the homeowner awoke to find a man, later identified as Harper, entering his bedroom, according to charging papers.

The burglar fled through an open kitchen window, making off with $60 but also dropping his cell phone and some items that had been reported stolen earlier that day from a nearby home in the 2500 block of Lisa Drive, the papers state.

The phone contained photos of a shotgun and backpack that had been reported stolen Oct. 23 from a home in the 1600 block of Pin Oak Court in Waldorf, court records state.

It also continued receiving text messages from a Waldorf resident, who on Nov. 6 told investigators that she had been trying to reach Harper and identified the recovered cell phone as belonging to him, the records state.

Detectives went to pawn shops in Rockville and Camp Springs, recovering items sold by Harper and Warren that were later identified by burglary victims as their stolen belongings, court documents state.

Arrest warrants were issued for both men Nov. 8 charging them with burglary, theft and destruction of property.

Two days later, at 7:28 p.m., officers went to the Waldorf Hotel for the report of a man possibly armed with a weapon inside one of the rooms, police reported.

Officers J. Morales, R. Kimble and A. Fenlon found Harper and Warren inside the room, along with a bottle of suspected PCP and some jewelry, police said. A computer revealed that both men had outstanding warrants, and they were arrested.

In a separate case, a detective also found items sold by Harper at The Gold Market on St. Patrick's Drive in Waldorf that were identified by a Holm Oak Drive resident Nov. 7 as being stolen from his home in a burglary the day before, charging documents state. The homeowner also identified as his own some of the jewelry found on Harper at the motel.

In three separate cases, Harper has been charged with five counts each of first- and fourth-degree burglary, four counts each of theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and malicious destruction of property valued at more than $500, theft less than $100, drug possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia for events that occurred between Oct. 23 and his Nov. 10 arrest. His total bail sits at $38,000.

Warren has been charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree burglary, two counts of theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and malicious destruction of property valued at less than $500 for events that occurred Oct. 23 and 24. He was released Nov. 13 on $7,000 bond.

jnewman@somdnews.com