CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Grasonville couple on theft-related charges and recovered stolen property when they searched a residence on Timber Lane July 26.
The sheriff’s criminal investigation unit was working in conjunction with Denton police to investigate thefts they believe to be related.
Denton police were investigating a theft reported by Barbara Clark of Denton, whose home had been burglarized while she was attending a family function. After that theft, Clark gave valuables to relatives in Grasonville for safekeeping, police said. When she retrieved her belongings a few weeks later, she found more than $12,000 worth of cash, coins and other property missing, police said.
When Clark notified her relatives, Frank and Terry Bell, about the missing property, they checked their own residence and found they were missing about $5,000 worth of cash and jewelry themselves, said Lt. Dale Patrick, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.
Investigators, led by Detective Chase Armington, checked area pawn shops and jewelry stores, and recovered some items from the burglaries. Another family member, Nicole Marie Bell, 21, and her boyfriend, Cody Lee Drinkard, 21, were identified as the pawners or sellers, police said.
On July 26, deputies served arrest warrants for the burglary in Denton and searched the pair’s residence.
Drinkard was charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, theft over $1,000 and under $10,000, conspiracy to commit theft over $1,000 and under $10,000, and malicious destruction of property.
Bell was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, theft over $1,000 and under $10,000, and conspiracy to commit theft over $1,000 and under $10,000.
Drinkard and Bell were held initially on $20,000 bond each. Both posted bail and have been released.
A preliminary hearing for Drinkard is set for Aug. 22 in Caroline County District Court in Denton. A court date of Aug. 26 has been set for Bell, also in Denton.