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Arrests made in breaking & entering cases


According to Sheriff Tony Lippa, today at approximately 0855, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office 911 center received a call from the 8200 block of Ormesby Lane in the Woodford section of the county.  A resident of the home where the call originated reported that 2 men had just left his residence after attempting to break in while the resident was at home.  The resident provided a vehicle description to the dispatchers, who immediately broadcast the information to responding deputies. 

Deputy C. M. Polliard, who was responding to the 911 call, encountered a speeding vehicle on Stonewall Jackson Road that matched the description given by the victim.  Deputy Polliard stopped the vehicle and the driver exited the vehicle, ignoring Deputy Polliard’s verbal commands.  Deputy Polliard attempted to take the driver into custody and a struggle ensued.  Polliard was able to place the driver into custody.  Deputy T. P. Connolly arrived to assist and the passenger was also taken into custody. 

The homeowner was able to make an identification of the suspects.  The driver, Charles L. Watson, 50, and the passenger, tentatively identified as Jonathan L. Cole, 25, both of Landover, Maryland were taken into custody. 

After an interview with Major C. S. Moser, Watson was charged in the attempted break in.  Based on other investigative information, Watson will likely be charged in several other break ins over the last several months in Caroline and surrounding jurisdictions.   

Watson has been charged with obstruction of justice, assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of burglary tools, breaking and entering with the intent to commit grand larceny, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, possession of marijuana, being a fugitive from the state of Maryland and traffic charges.  Watson had outstanding warrants for attempted murder from Prince George’s County, Maryland at the time of his arrest.      

Cole was charged with breaking and entering with the intent to commit grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.  Other charges are pending on both men. 

“I believe we may have just seen the tip of the iceberg with these two individuals.  Their methods and statements lead us to believe they are suspects in several other local break ins,” said Sheriff Lippa.   

Both men are being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail pending court hearings. 

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