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Two Washington, D.C., men were arrested Dec. 1 on charges including theft after they allegedly stole ink cartridges from CVS in Solomons. They were also allegedly involved in thefts from the California CVS as well.

Roman R. Braxton and Tyrone R. Grissom, both 45, were charged with theft more than $1,000 but less than $10,000. Braxton also was charged with possession of paraphernalia and false statement to a police officer.

At 3:44 p.m. Dec. 1, members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office patrol bureau responded to CVS at 13390 H.G. Trueman Road for a reported theft, according to a Calvert sheriff’s office news release.

The store manager said two people took about $1,550 worth of ink cartridges from a locked cabinet and used two large gift bags from the store to carry out the items. The manager followed the suspects out of the store toward Food Lion, deputies said, and the suspects tried to get into a green Chevy S-10 pickup driven by an unknown suspect.

Deputies said because the manager followed the suspects and witnesses were around, the suspects dropped the bags in the Food Lion parking lot. The suspects were later located and apprehended near the Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill.

Braxton initially gave deputies a false name and date of birth, the news release states. A search allegedly revealed Braxton was in possession of crack cocaine and he also had an open warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for theft more than $1,000.

Deputy A. Clas contacted the CVS regional crime prevention unit, which said both men allegedly were involved in thefts from the Solomons and California stores. One of the men, deputies said, also may have been involved in the theft of more than $30,000 from CVS stores in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District over the past year.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Det. Homer Rich of the Calvert Investigative Team at 410-535-1600, ext. 2765.

KATIE FITZPATRICK