Rodney Peter Quarles, Jr., charged with theft valued between $1,000 and $10,000, theft valued at less than $1,000, fourth-degree burglary, and possession of burglar's tools and rogue and vagabond
WALDORF, Md. (WUSA) -- A Charlotte Hall man is accused of nine tire and rim thefts that occurred between March and January in Waldorf.
Twenty-five-year-old Rodney Peter Quarles, Jr. was arrested following a rim theft and police pursuit in January. According to sheriff's office authorities, an officer with the Charles County Sheriff's Office was patrolling Bensville Road on Jan. 31 at approximately 2:40 a.m. when he spotted a Chevy Tahoe and a red car parked at Bensville Park, which was closed. He tried to stop the vehicles, but both took off in different directions.
The officer lost sight of the passenger car but followed the Tahoe onto Route 228 toward Prince George's County. Other officers joined the pursuit and stop sticks were deployed, say sheriff's office authorities. The Tahoe hit the stop sticks, and went into a ditch, say authorities. Quarles, the driver, tried to flee on foot but was caught.
He was arrested for fleeing and eluding police. Then, officers found four GMC 20-inch chrome rims with tires in the back of the SUV, say sheriff's office authorities, along with a ski mask, an auto jack, lug nut tools and landscaping bricks. Officers believed the last items suggested the wheels were stolen but they didn't know the victim until later.
Quarles was initially charged with fleeing and eluding police, failing to obey a lawful order and resisting arrest and then released on bond.
Then, hours after his arrest, someone in the 7900 block of Monarch Street in White Plains reported that 20-inch chrome rims and tires were stolen from her GMC Yukon, which had been on landscaping logs. The victim later identified the rims and tires from the Quarles's SUV as her own.
Quarles was arrested again and charged with felony theft, rogue and vagabond and fourth-degree burglary. He was again released on bond.
Officers later determined that he may be involved in eight other tire and rim thefts between March 23 and Jan. 10. On Feb. 8, Quarles was arrested again charging him with seven counts of theft valued between $1,000 and $10,000, theft valued at less than $1,000, three counts of fourth-degree burglary, and eight counts each of possession of burglar's tools and rogue and vagabond.
He was released on a $20,000 bond.
Sheriff's office authorities are investigating whether Quarles is responsible for other wheel thefts. They also believe he had help in those thefts. If you have any information, please call the sheriff's office at 301-932-7777 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.