Southern District Police Busy Thursday With Armed Robberies and Mail Theft
Anne Arundel County Police from the Southern District were busy Thursday with several unrelated crimes.
The first happened around 10:30 a.m. at Double Gate Court at Double Gate Road in Davidsonville. There, police conducted a traffic stop after seeing men who were not in a US Postal vehicle taking mail out of a residential mailbox that had the flag up—indicating outgoing mail.
Police were suspicious because of a rash of recent mailbox thefts in the area. A search of the car revealed mail from a neighborhood in Arnold (in Anne Arundel County). Police determined that this recovered mail had been stolen.
According to the media release, police found checks in the recovered mail. In addition, officers found a check that hadn’t yet been opened.
Three suspects were taken into custody and charged with mail tampering and theft over $1,000.
One of the suspects, James Dorsey, was also charged with lying to police and possession of marijuana.
The suspects are identified as Ronnie Lavern Trice, 22, James Robert Dorsey, 23, both of Capital Heights and Darnell Charles Atkinson, 26, of Fairmont Heights,
A joint investigation with the United States Postal Inspectors is continuing. The Postal Inspectors and the Anne Arundel County Police recommend these Mail Theft/Identity Theft Prevention Tips:
- Retrieve your mail as soon as possible after it is delivered. Don’t leave your mail unattended for extended periods. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight.
- If you cannot regularly retrieve your mail promptly, consider installing a lockable mailbox or obtaining P.O. Box service from your local post office.
- Always place your outgoing mail in a mail slot at your local post office, in a blue USPS collection box, or hand it to your letter carrier.
- If you will be away from home temporarily, you can notify your local post office to hold your mail with the online hold mail service on the US Postal Service website.
- Ask your bank for “secure” checks that can’t be altered.
- Monitor your bank account statements regularly, and report any charges or checks you did not authorize.
- Monitor your credit report and report any accounts you did not authorize.
- If you believe you are a victim of mail theft or identity theft, contact Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455.
Any information regarding this incident can be made to the Southern District Detective Unit at 410-222-1960.
In a separate incident around 9:30 p.m., a man robbed, at gunpoint, the Exxon Gas Station at 109 Mitchells Chance Road in Edgewater. This location is in the South River Colony Marketplace shopping plaza at the corner of Solomons Island Road at Mitchells Chance Road.
Police said in a media release that the suspect showed a handgun to the clerk and demanded cash. The clerk handed over money and the suspect fled. He is described as a black male, 6′ to 6’2″, thin build, 35 to 45 years old, and wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to call Detective Eric Wills #1491 at 410-222-3432 or the Robbery Unit at 410-222-3566.
A little over an hour later, at 10:50 p.m., two men robbed the Dollar Tree store at gunpoint at Forest Plaza (by Home Depot) in Annapolis.
Police said that both men showed handguns and demanded cash.
Four employees were on staff complied and handed over US currency in an undisclosed amount.
None of the employees were injured in the robbery.
Police describe the suspects as follows:
- Suspect 1: Black male, approximately 5’6” to 5’8” – thin build, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and tan boots.
- Suspect 2: Black male, approximately 6’00” to 6’2” – heavy build, wearing a dark jacket and knit cap. His face was concealed.
Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to call the Robbery Unit at 410-222-3566.