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Unlicensed pawn dealing alleged

Robert Franklin Woods Jr., 54, of Abell has been charged through a summons with operating as a pawn broker without a license in St. Mary’s last fall at the farmers market in Charlotte Hall, where court papers allege he paid cash for customers’ jewelry.

Woods initially was spotted paying $40 for a customer’s silver bracelet on Oct. 27 without obtaining the customer’s identification or completing required paperwork, charging papers allege, and he later paid $140 for a detective’s gold chain and pendant, which the officer had handed over to a witness as part of the investigation.

Woods earlier was licensed and trained in pawn-identification database procedures, listing Hughesville Bargain Barns as his place of business, but he was not licensed to conduct transactions last October in St. Mary’s County, according to a charges application filed last week by detective Cpl. David Alexander of the St. Mary’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Jewelry theft alleged

Paul Michael Klear, 21, of Mechanicsville has been charged through a summons with stealing jewelry valued at $8,900 last month from his stepmother’s Leonardtown residence, and later stealing money from two jewelry shops by selling the items to the businesses.

The gold bracelet, gold earrings and diamond earrings reported missing from Joan Wise’s home were sold for $410 to G&H Jewelers and Blair’s Jewelry and Gifts in California, according to a charges application filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s Cpl. John Kirkner.

Man charged with stealing car parts

Steven Keith Jameson Jr., 27, of Mechanicsville has been charged through a summons with a theft offense in court papers alleging he stole an engine block, transmission and transfer case last month from the driveway of a home on All Faith Church Road.

The parts reported missing by Barry Lane Windsor on Feb. 7 were valued at $5,100, and they later were located at St. Mary’s Auto and Recycling in Mechanicsville, according to a charges application filed by Cpl. John Pilkerton of the Maryland State Police.

The business’ scale operator told police that she paid Jameson $99 for the items, court papers state. Jameson told police that he did not steal any metal.

Indecent exposure alleged

Donald Leo Parks, 19, of Great Mills was released on personal recognizance Monday after his arrest on charging papers alleging he pulled down his pants and exposed himself last week to a man and woman who heard a knock on their door and looked out a window.

Parks was charged with two offenses of indecent exposure from the Feb. 26 investigation by sheriff’s deputy Trevor Teague at the residence located off Great Mills Road.

Teen found on school roof

Alexander Wayne Pope, 18, of Mechanicsville has been charged with trespassing in court papers alleging police found him and three children shortly after midnight on Feb. 23, hiding on the roof of Dynard Elementary School off Bushwood Road.

Law officers earlier saw five or six people in dark clothing walking toward the school, and the four that were found on the school’s roof told police that they got there from where some propane tanks are located, according to a charges application filed by sheriff’s deputy Timothy Snyder.

A preliminary breath test showed that Pope had a blood-alcohol level of .10 percent, court papers state, and he was taken by ambulance to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital to be treated for a cut on the back of his head from falling while he was on the roof.

Deputies plan DUI crackdowns

St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputies report that sobriety checkpoints or saturation patrols will be carried out on March 15 through 17, St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and again on March 29 to detect and arrest impaired drivers.

Maryland State Police and sheriff’s deputies from Charles and Calvert counties will participate in the enforcement operations.

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