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Van theft suspect jailed

A St. Mary’s judge ordered this week that Andrew Steven Turkovich Jr., 20, of California remain in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond on charges of stealing a van last month, and later breaking into a shed and stealing a motorcycle.

Charging papers allege that after Turkovich stole Laura E. Andrews’ 1994 Plymouth Voyager on Jan. 10 at St. Andrew’s Lane, he and other suspects used the van to ride around looking for other vehicles to break into, including in Callaway, and later bragged about their conduct at a bonfire party.

Turkovich allegedly took part in breaking into Trevor A. Rycraft’s shed on Jan. 18 and stealing a 2007 Honda motorcycle, which was recovered through the investigation, according to a statement of probable cause filed by Trooper Dustin Brill of the Maryland State Police.

Clinton man indicted in storage burglaries

Desmond Vincent Proctor, 21, of Clinton was jailed this week in lieu of $5,000 bond after his arrest on an indictment charging him with three offenses of second-degree burglary and single counts of theft and property destruction.

Employees at Patuxent Self Storage off Great Mills Road discovered last May that a perimeter fence surrounding its storage units had been cut, court papers state, and that locks had been cut off 19 of the storage units. Missing items included two dirt bikes owned by Marcus Young and Jermaine Davis, and three firearms owned by Michael Richardson. Cherry Cove Property Management, owner of the self-storage facility, reported to police that the burglary caused $3,400 in damages to the business.

Law officers raided a home off Great Mills Road and found the two bikes and three firearms in a shed, St. Mary’s detectives wrote in court papers, but a prosecutor said this week that other items taken during the crime have not been recovered.

“There are some firearms floating around out there,” St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Julie White said.

St. Mary’s Circuit Judge Karen Abrams ordered that if Proctor is released on bond, he will be on pretrial supervision.

Theft, forgery alleged

Jeffery Howard McDonald, 45, of Lexington Park was released on 10 percent of $1,000 bond after his arrest this week on charging papers alleging he stole $7,390 by taking a construction firm’s checks, forging them, and cashing them at various businesses.

McDonald stole the money from Roger Russell Miller, owner of Three Notch Construction, between Dec. 14 and last Friday, according to a statement of probable cause filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Melissa Green.

Jewelry theft alleged

Justin William Salisbury, 26, of Lexington Park has been charged through a summons with theft in court papers alleging he stole jewelry last November valued at $3,800 that belonged to his mother.

Police went to the family’s residence, where Virginia Salisbury reported that the jewelry was missing from her bedroom, according to court papers filed by sheriff’s deputy Sheena Tirpak. An investigation determined that the suspect “had recently pawned several jewelry items,” court papers state, that were “similar to those the victim described.”

Reward offered for tips in cases

Citizens with information about unsolved crimes in St. Mary’s can collect a cash reward by calling St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers 24 hours a day at 301-475-3333. They can withhold their name and later collect their reward through a number-identification system.

The Crime Solvers program assists law enforcement in solving open investigations that may not have been closed without the extra incentive of anonymity and an offer of a reward, providing the information leads to an arrest or indictment.

The Crime Solvers board of directors meets at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the county’s Northern Senior Center in Charlotte Hall. To be considered for membership on the board, attend a meeting or call the Crime Solvers chairperson at 301-884-5417 for details.

Contributions to the Crime Solvers reward fund can be mailed to St. Mary’s Crime Solvers Inc. at P.O. Box 221, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

Sheriff welcomes text-message tips

Cell phones and other handheld communication devices can be used to send text messages with tips for the St. Mary’s sheriff’s office, by texting TIP239, plus the message, to CRIMES, numerically 274637. For more information on the text-message program, go online to www.smscrimetips.com.

Police tips line open

Maryland State Police in Leonardtown operate a Tips Line at 301-475-2936, inviting anyone with information about a crime that has occurred, or they expect may occur, to anonymously report that information 24 hours a day to authorities. Citizens may use the same telephone number to report concerns to police that do not involve criminal activity.

JOHN WHARTON