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Dwayne L. Sudduth pleaded guilty to a burglary charge and entered an Alford plea to a theft and a burglary charge in three separate cases against him during a plea hearing Monday morning in Calvert County Circuit Court.
An Alford plea acknowledges the state may have enough evidence for a conviction but does not admit guilt.
Sudduth, 33, of Chesapeake Beach was indicted in September in four cases. In one case, he was charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property more than $500 and fourth-degree burglary/permit tool use after he allegedly broke into a house when two teenage girls were home.
He pleaded guilty Monday to one count of first-degree burglary and the remaining charges against him were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
In a second case, Sudduth was charged with first-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property more than $500 and theft more than $1,000 but less than $10,000 for stealing jewelry and prescription medication from a home.
He entered an Alford plea in that case to first-degree burglary and the remaining charges were dropped.
In a third case, Sudduth was charged with first-degree burglary, malicious destruction less than $500 and theft more than $10,000 but less than $100,000 for stealing jewelry, prescription medication and cash from a home.
In that case, he entered an Alford plea to theft more than $10,000 but less than $100,000 and the remaining charges were dropped.
Defense attorney Robert H. Harvey Jr. said the reason Sudduth entered an Alford plea to the two charges was to “take advantage” of the state’s plea offer and also because Sudduth has “no recollection” of the events in the second and third case.
All of the charges in a fourth case against him were dropped as part of the plea agreement. In that case, he was facing charges of first-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property less than $500 and theft more than $1,000 but less than $10,000 for allegedly stealing jewelry from a home.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 7.
Assistant State’s Attorney Kathryn Marsh said at 9:45 a.m. Aug. 9, Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack troopers responded to a Christiana Parran Road home in Chesapeake Beach for a reported burglary.
A 16-year-old girl had called the police to report a suspicious person looking inside through the kitchen window and knocking on the front door of her home, Marsh said. The girl said the man had driven a motorized bicycle to the home, that she was home with her 18-year-old sister and that they did not know the man knocking on the door.
The girl said the man was trying to force his way into the house, and the dispatcher told her to go to a bedroom, lock the door and hide from the man, according to original reports.
More Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack troopers and Calvert County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the house and went inside. Sudduth was found hiding in a closet inside the home smoking a cigarette, and latex gloves, a nail puller, a pocket knife and a pry bar, which was used to get inside the home, were found in his possession.
Sudduth told troopers he was running from pagans, which was why he was in the house, Marsh said.
Prior to these events, troopers and deputies were investigating several residential burglaries during the summer in Chesapeake Beach, Owings and Sunderland that appeared to be related. Police said based on the “method of operation, types/locations of the residences targeted, time of offenses, points of entry, method of entry, method of searching and the actual items stolen,” they believed the burglaries to be similar to the burglary on Christiana Parran Road, according to original reports.
After searching Sudduth’s name in the Regional Automated Property Information Database, troopers learned Sudduth had sold several pieces of gold jewelry in July and early August.
At a home on Old Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach between 5:15 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. July 13, a burglary was reported where someone had tampered with the front door but had pried open a screen and broke a window lock to enter the home, according to charging documents. The home was ransacked, troopers said, and more than $11,000 in jewelry, prescription medication and cash was stolen.
Police said RAPID searches confirmed Sudduth went to Famous Pawn in Prince George’s County and sold several items taken from the Old Bayside Road home. The victim identified the items found at the pawn shop as his.
Between 6 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Aug. 6, a burglary occurred at a home on Lor N Kel Lane in Owings, where someone had entered the home through a basement window. The master bedroom was then ransacked, police said, and more than $3,000 in jewelry and other items was taken. Police said they again learned Sudduth had allegedly pawned items one day after the burglary at Famous Pawn. The victims positively identified the items sold at Famous Pawn as theirs.
At a home on F Street in Chesapeake Beach, a burglary was reported between noon and 9:15 p.m. July 27 where someone had shattered a sliding glass door with a brick to enter the home. More than $3,000 in jewelry and prescription medication was stolen from the home, police said.
A few days after the burglary was reported, police learned Sudduth had allegedly sold several items to East Coast Pawn in Temple Hills, which the victim positively identified as items stolen from her home.