A Lusby man was arrested Sunday and charged by the Maryland Natural Resources Police in connection with smash-and-grab thefts and destruction of property at Calvert Cliffs State Park in Calvert County.
Tracy Lee Creek Jr., 21, was apprehended as he attempted to flee on a bicycle after NRP officers and a Calvert County Sheriff’s Department detective saw him break into a car and steal a purse. Creek gained entry to the vehicle by shooting out a window with a BB gun.
Officers had staked out the park following several theft complaints. A search of Creek’s home led to the recovery of several stolen items.
Creek has been charged with two counts of theft, two counts of malicious destruction of property and two counts of being rogue and vagabond. Additional charges are pending. If found guilty of all charges, Creek could be sentenced to more than 14 years in prison and fined more than $15,000.
Court records show that Creek was found guilty last June in Calvert County Circuit Court of conspiracy to commit theft and was sentenced to serve 18 months in jail, with all but one month and five days suspended. He also was required to make $10,000 in restitution and was placed on probation for 18 months.
In Queen Anne’s County, quick thinking by two NRP officers last Monday evening saved an intoxicated man from freezing to death in the waters off Kent Island.
A citizen called shortly after 5 o’clock to report a small aluminum boat adrift near the Dominion community and noise coming from the area. Officers located a man in about two feet of water and waded in to pull him ashore. Hypothermic and barely responsive, the man, 33, estimated he had been in the water for about an hour.
Officers wrapped him in a blanket and cared for him until the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department arrived and took him to Anne Arundel Medical Center for additional treatment.