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An Accokeek man was arrested Jan. 16 after officers caught him trying to escape some vacant apartments that had been broken into in the 12100 block of Ell Lane in Waldorf, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Justin Sedgewick Crawford, 25, has been charged with burglary, destruction of property and trespassing.

Officer B. Kunz was on patrol and checking the apartments at 7 a.m. when he saw that a door to one of the units was not secure and showed clear signs of being forced open.

Kunz could not get into the apartment because the door was locked from the inside using a sliding chain lock.

He called several times for anyone inside to answer, but he got no response.

Officers set up a perimeter and were waiting for a police dog team and the property manager to arrive, when they noticed Crawford trying to escape through the apartment’s side window.

Kunz arrested him without further incident.

JEFF NEWMAN