James Ronnell Boyd and Justin Leon Shepherd, both of Waldorf, Md., charged in tire thefts; drug charges pending for marijuana plant on Boyd's porch

10:40 PM, Sep 27, 2012   |    comments
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WALDORF,  Md. (WUSA) - One of two suspects in the theft of tires and expensive tire rims also possessed something else that caught officers' attention: a marijuana plant growing on the porch, according to the Charles County Sheriff's Office.

The men were detained by officers on Sept. 24 after a 3:04 a.m. report by a witness to a suspicious vehicle in the 10800 block of Alyssa Lane. The two had fled before police arrived, but an officer saw the car and pulled over the driver for a traffic stop. Inside the car were four tires and tire rims that police linked to a car on Esser Place.

That car's owner  had reported that the suspects had taken the tires from his Cadillac and left his SUV on landscaping blocks. An ipod in the suspects' car was also linked to an area resident.

The car's occupants, James Ronnell Boyd and Justin Leon Shepherd, both of Waldorf, were charged with multiple counts of theft, and when police arrived at Boyd's home with a search warrant, discovered a four-foot-high marijuana plant growing in a planter on the home's front porch.

Drug charges are pending additional investigation.

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