Crime 

Frederick Drug Investigation Leads to Arrest

During the fall of 2018, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office initiated a drug investigation in Frederick for heroin distribution after receiving anonymous tips. On December 10th, 2018, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office executed a search and seizure warrant in the 300 block of North Market Street as a result of the heroin distribution investigation. During the execution of the search warrant, Chimekie Tessa James, 35, of Frederick was located outside of the residence and detained. During the search of the residence, James removed a paper towel from her pants and…

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Crime 

Suspects Identified in Series of Commercial Thefts and Burglaries

Beginning in October 2018, detectives from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office began investigating several related property crimes; a commercial burglary near Adamstown in which property was stolen and damaged, a theft from commercial vehicles in which the vehicles were damaged and several thousand dollars of frozen food was stolen near Jefferson, and a theft of tools and a trailer from a business in Urbana. Detectives also learned that allied agencies were investigating other similar crimes in nearby areas. During the course of the investigation, detectives and analysts were able to…

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Crime 

Fraud Charges Issued in Identity Theft Case

On July 24th, 2018, Detective Bird of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office was assigned a fraud investigation. The victim, who lives in Frederick County, had their identity stolen and fraudulent charges were made on their bank account in excess of $16,000. Through the assistance of allied agencies, Detective Bird was able to identify the suspect as Edgar Lopez Mercado of Bronx, New York. Lopez Mercado entered a branch of the victim’s bank in New Jersey, falsely identified himself as the victim, and was subsequently issued a new debit card for the victim’s account. Lopez Mercado then…

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Crime Glade Valley 

Shooting on Treasure Avenue in Discovery

On Wednesday evening, December 5th, 2018, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 8000 block of Treasure Avenue in Walkersville for a report of a shooting that had just occurred. Upon arrival, deputies found a 20 year old male with a gunshot wound to his rear upper thigh area. The victim was confronted outside of his residence and subsequently shot. Emergency Medical Services units arrived and treated the victim at the scene. The victim was then transported via helicopter to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. The…

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Crime Glade Valley 

Woodsboro Man Killed at Cactus Flats Parking Lot

On Friday evening, November 2, 2018, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Deputies  were dispatched, at approximately 10:41pm, to the Cactus Flats Bar & Grill on  Hansonville Road in Frederick for an assault in progress in the parking lot area. Upon arrival Sheriff’s Deputies found an adult male with serious injuries.  Bystanders, deputies and EMS staff performed life savings efforts, but the adult male was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has been identified as Robert Alan Swann, Jr., a 45 year old resident of Woodsboro, Maryland. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Section…

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