Southern Md. Police Beat: career criminals caught robbing Walmart get a little help from pliable prosecutors

Walmart shoplifter Michael Edward Richards Michael Patrick Williams MSP PF 122214

Undocumented Shoppers of Walmart were spotted by Maryland Trooper-Elf tooling down Rt. 4 

ST. LEONARD, MD. After a long day of Christmas shoplifting in Prince Frederick, the weary but determined members of Maryland’s criminal class continued on their merry way to spread joy to their loved ones with stolen gifts, when what to their wondering eyes should appear but a Maryland State Trooper with a Cruiser-Sleigh powered by 350 Deer-power! He whipped out his cuffs and went straight to his work and then he cast off his hat and turned to the jerks: “You are off to the slammer where you’ll be given a cot and on top of that, you’ll get three hots!”

Maryland State Police report that on 12/16/14 at 8:03 pm, Trooper First Class Costello responded to the Walmart in Prince Frederick for a reported theft.  Numerous items were reported stolen from the store.

A surveillance camera recorded the suspects’ vehicle and it was stopped by a fellow trooper near Parran Rd. in St. Leonard.

Items from this Walmart theft along with numerous other items related to other Walmart Store thefts were recovered.  Michael E. Richards, 24, of 227 Ella Welch Way in Lothian, Md., and Michael P. Williams, 24, both of the same address in Lothian, were arrested.  They were incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Michael Edward Richards was charged with theft in District Court of Prince Georges County, Md., on Aug. 12, 2012 with theft and on April 1, 2013 the charge was put on the Stet Docket by Prince Georges States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. No fine, no time.

On March 1, 2009, Richards was charged with malicious burning and two counts of reckless endangerment by the Maryland Fire Marshal. On Aug. 19, 2009 the Anne Arundel County States Attorney dropped all the charges. No fine, no time.

Anne Colt Leitess, State's Attorney for Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Anne Colt Leitess, State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County, Maryland

On April 19, 2013, Richards was cited by Anne Arundel County Police Officer T. Fominaya for driving without a license. The Anne Arundel County States Attorney Anne Colt Leitess dropped the charge on March 10, 2014. No fine, no time. Richards was represented by the Maryland Public Defender who is paid for by taxpayer funds. Democrat Leitess was dumped by the voters as States Attorney in the 2014 November General Election, losing to Republican Wes Adams.

Michael Patrick Williams was cited by Calvert County Sheriff’s Deputy R. Cress for driving without a permit and speeding on Rt. 4 at Yellow Bank Road.

Williams, giving police an address of 116 A. Street in Lothian, was charged in Circuit Court of Anne Arundel County, Md., on Oct. 5, 2010 with assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. In a plea deal with the Anne Arundel States Attorney and his own attorney, Michael Morrissette, Williams entered a plea of guilty to reckless endangerment and was sentenced to one year in jail. Under the terms of the plea deal, eleven months and twenty-five days were suspended, leaving him five days to serve in jail. At that point, the plea deal included credit for five days he had served leaving him with no fine, no time. The other charges were dropped under the deal signed off on by Assistant Anne Arundel County States Attorney Laura A. Casper on Dec. 17, 2010.

Assistant States Attorney Laura Caspar

Assistant States Attorney Laura Caspar, who now is a prosecutor in St. Mary’s County.

Charges of assault, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment were brought against Williams in Anne Arundel Circuit Court for an incident which took place on Jan. 28, 2010. On March 10, 2010, the charges were all dropped by Anne Arundel County States Attorney.

A Peace Order was sought against Williams on Sept. 26, 2014 in Anne Arundel County District Court. Court records do not reflect who had sought the order.

Four counts of burglary to a dwelling and theft were brought in Anne Arundel District Court by Anne Arundel Police Officer John Collier against Williams on Nov. 16, 2012. On March 21, 2013 the States Attorney for Anne Arundel dropped the charges.  No fine, no time.

Charges of burglary and theft against Williams for an incident on Sept. 11, 2012 resulted in the Anne Arundel County States Attorney Leitess dropping the charges on Sept. 11, 2013. No fine, no time. Williams was represented by attorney Joseph W. Cooch of Washington, D.C.

On the newest charges of theft from Walmart filed on Dec. 17, 2014, Williams and Richards will appear in court on Feb. 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm in Calvert County District Court.


Egg Foo Young with Pills on the Side

CHESAPEAKE BEACH, MD. – Maryland State Police report that a Chesapeake Beach man was charged with selling pot and pills. On 12/17/14 at 5:01 pm, Trooper Newcomer responded to the Peking Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach for a possible CDS complaint.  Tpr. Newcomer observed a possible exchange of CDS by two subjects.  Erik R. Crouse, 35 of Chesapeake Beach, was found to be in possession of Subutex/Buprenophine and Marijuana.  He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.  The other subject was not charged.

Funny Money was a Hoot

PRINCE FREDERICK, MD. – On 12/17/14 at 6:50 pm, Trooper First Class Costello responded to the Food Lion Store in Prince Frederick for a fraud complaint.  An unidentified suspect entered the store and attempted to exchange a counterfeit bill for a store gift card.  When the cashier brought the bill to the store manager for confirmation, the suspect fled.

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Three-Pack of Pot Heads

PRINCE FREDERICK, MD. — A car load of dummies traveling on the highway smoking dope adds up to a great way to rack up traffic violations and get noticed by a cop, get tickets and those wonderful new pot citations.  On 12/21/14 at 11:10 am, Trooper First Class Barlow stopped a vehicle at Rt. 4 and German Chapel Rd. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations.  A strong odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from the inside of the suspect’s vehicle.  A probable cause search was conducted and marijuana as located in the vehicle.  The three occupants stated the marijuana was shared.  Galand E. Wallace, 34, of Suitland, Melody K. Waul, 25, of Port Republic, and Janee M. White, 30, of Ft. Washington, were all issued Civil Citations and released.

Hutchins Racks Up 2nd DUI

According to Maryland Court records, Richard Lee Hutchins was arrested on Dec. 11, 2014 at 12:30 am by Trooper S. Barlow on Rt. 4 south of Patuxent Point Parkway and charged with Driving Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI). He was also charged with driving while impaired by alcohol, reckless driving, speeding and driving with alcohol in his blood in violation of restriction.

This is not the first DUI rodeo for Hutchins as he entered a guilty plea to DUI on July 22, 2009 in Queen Anne’s County District Court and was fined $350 and court costs. No jail time was assessed for the plea deal but court records reflect he was put on probation.

On Oct. 9, 2008 Hutchins was ordered to appear for a victim impact panel meeting in Upper Marlboro, and again on July 23, 2009.

On Oct. 22, 1997 Hutchins was found guilty of fourth degree sex offense and battery in Baltimore County District Court and sentenced to one year in prison for the sex offense and eighteen months for battery.


DUI Arrests

Name Age Date of Arrest Address Arresting Trooper
Elston H. Harvey 48 12/19/14 @ 01:24 am Sunderland, MD TFC B. Wiesemann
Gerald L. Day Jr. 57 12/20/14 @ 02:17 am Lusby, MD TFC B. Wiesemann
Christy L. Lampel 31 12/21/14 @ 12:07 am Medical Lake, WA TFC K. Follin
Cathleen A. Tabb 50 12/22/14 @ 01:43 am  Harrisburg, PA TPR. J. Warrick
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