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Two men and four juveniles were recently charged in more than a dozen cases of thefts from vehicles between September and December in North Beach and Chesapeake Beach.
Under a 22-count indictment, Ray Kinzer, 20, of Chesapeake Beach was charged Jan. 22 with 10 counts of rogue and vagabond, five counts of theft less than $100, four counts of theft less than $1,000 and one count each of theft scheme more than $1,000 but less than $10,000, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and theft more than $1,000 but less than $10,000.
John H. Letcher, 19, of Chesapeake Beach was arrested Dec. 17 and charged with two counts of rogue and vagabond and one count each of theft more than $1,000 but less than $10,000, theft less than $1,000 and theft less than $100.
According to a Calvert County Sheriff’s Office press release, between September and December, several thefts from vehicles in North Beach and Chesapeake Beach were reported.
At 3:57 a.m. Nov. 5, deputies responded to Chesapeake Village for a report of a suspicious vehicle, a dark colored pick-up truck being driven by a white man, later identified as Kinzer, in the neighborhood, according to charging documents.
Kinzer allegedly was driving around the neighborhood from driveway to driveway, exiting his vehicle and looking into vehicles, deputies said. A witness provided deputies with a registration tag number and said Kinzer had left the area.
Dfc. Velasquez was driving into Chesapeake Village and saw a dark blue 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck traveling east on Chesapeake Village Boulevard. Velasquez turned around and Kinzer sped off at a high rate of speed, charging documents state. Velasquez chased Kinzer to Summer City Boulevard, where Kinzer crashed into a guard rail. Kinzer then got out of the vehicle and ran into the woods. He was arrested at about 6 a.m., deputies said.
The Chevrolet was later reported stolen from a Dory Brooks Court home in Chesapeake Beach. Inside the vehicle were four purses, a box of flowers, a new turn signal shifter box and loose change. According to charging documents, several people called the police later that day to report items missing from their vehicles.
A Brookside Court homeowner in Chesapeake Beach reported two purses were stolen from her vehicle between Nov. 4 and 5. The purse was found inside the truck, deputies said.
A Dory Brooks Court homeowner in Chesapeake Beach reported her pink Dooney & Bourke purse was stolen from her vehicle between Nov. 4 and 5. It also was found in the truck. Another homeowner on Dory Brooks Court reported her vehicle was broken into during that same time but nothing had been taken.
Deputies found a fourth purse inside the truck. Inside the purse, which was allegedly stolen, was $25 in loose change that was reportedly stolen from a vehicle that belonged to a homeowner on Deer Brook Court, charging documents state.
At 8:15 p.m. Nov. 5, members of the Calvert Investigative Team executed a search warrant at Kinzer’s home. A camouflage crossbow bag, six crossbow arrows, two black Sirius XM satellite radios, a silver iPod, a black iPod, a Samsung camcorder, two pieces of jewelry, a bluetooth, an Asus mini laptop with a red computer bag, a sports bag containing two vehicle cup holders, a black gun case, a Beltrami County police badge, two car DVD players, an external hard drive and a silver suitcase were allegedly found in Kinzer’s room.
Deputies interviewed Kinzer Nov. 6, and he allegedly admitted to taking the Chevrolet pick-up truck, breaking in to other vehicles and taking items. He told deputies his neighbor, Letcher, also was stealing from vehicles. He said the two of them would sometimes go together to break into vehicles and had been doing so for “a long time,” charging documents state.
A search warrant was executed at Letcher’s home Nov. 7 and police found a compound bow, a GPS unit, and an iPod.
Through investigation, deputies learned a group of juveniles were also stealing from unlocked vehicles in the beaches, the press release states. C.I.T. members caught two of the juveniles trying to break into vehicles in Chesapeake Beach. Another search warrant was executed at one of the juvenile’s homes.
Four boys, ages 12, 14, 15 and 16, from both Chesapeake Beach and North Beach, were charged with thefts from vehicles, burglary and malicious destruction of property. Two items were recovered from the boys, the press release states.
There is currently unclaimed property that was recovered from their homes. Anyone who lives in Chesapeake Beach and North Beach and had items stolen from their vehicles between September and December should contact Tfc. Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of the stolen items.