During the months of March and April deputies from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office investigated numerous Thefts from unlocked motor vehicles throughout Dorchester County. The thefts here were part of a large theft scheme conducted by a roving group that included areas in Dorchester, Caroline, Talbot and Wicomico Counties. The investigation has resulted in the arrest of a 17 year old male juvenile from Hurlock, as well as18 year old Zachery Tyler Layton of 111 Main Street, Secretary, Md. Layton was charged by way of a Criminal Summons which charges him with 4 counts of being a Rogue and a Vagabond, 4 counts of Conspiracy to be a Rogue and a Vagabond, 3 counts of Theft under $1,000.00, 3 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Theft under $1,000.00, 2 counts of Theft under $100.00, Conspiracy to commit Theft under $100.00, Operating a Theft Scheme over $1,000.00 but under $10,000.00 and Conspiracy to operate a Theft Scheme over $1,000.00 but under $10,000.00.
The third suspect in the case 20 year old Justin Marshal Harding of 525 Academy Street, Hurlock, Md. was initially charged with a Criminal Summons charging him with identical charges as Layton. The investigation continued and Harding was arrested and charged with failure to Appear in District Court, Possession of an unregistered Shotgun and Theft under $100.00. He has been released on $8,500.00 unsecured Bond. The investigation into the incident is continuing and additional charges are expected.