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Water Jug Packed With $750 in Cash Leads to Man's Arrest

'It was a sight that would catch anyone’s eye,' police wrote.

A man lugging a five-gallon water jug full of coins and bills dropped the jug as police approached but failed to elude officers and is now charged with housebreaking, according to Prince George's County Police.

Authorities said an officer first spotted the man walking with the jug around 1 p.m. in the 1700 block of Countrywood Ct. in Landover.

"It was a sight that would catch anyone’s eye," the PGPD wrote in a statement.

When the officer approached the suspect—identified as Demetrius Jerome Coles, 19, of Capitol Heights—he allegedly dropped the jug and ran. Coles was later spotted and detained near a wooded area after a short foot pursuit, police said.

Officers also recovered a flatscreen TV from the surrounding woods and noticed that the front door of a home on Countrywood Court had been kicked in, according to the PGPD. The jug reportedly contained some $750 in cash.

Police said Coles faces a charge of first-degree breaking and entering plus several other counts.

Marcus Aurelius September 27, 2012 at 03:48 PM
thank the lord most criminals are dumber than a box of rocks
Marcus Aurelius September 27, 2012 at 03:49 PM
does anyone out there think he will even do a a day behind bars?
Plasma September 30, 2012 at 01:12 PM
He will be back on the streets, lickety split... Thanks to our wonderful justice system.
Jay Friedman September 30, 2012 at 03:41 PM
The guy looks as dumb as his theft. He violated the first law of theft. HAVE A PLAN TO MOVE THE GOODS. The flat screen was left behind. The jug was way too big to conceal. Idiot!
Jay Friedman September 30, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Attention Patch Editor. It would be great if the PATCH would follow this arrest and let the readers know if the Courts do the right thing and lock him up. OR if the Courts do the politically correct thing and let him go. He probably has some circumstances in his life that are responsible for his behavior. And to the bleeding hearts in the audience, yes I know he is presumed innocent until proven guilty. I am certain a good defense attorney will convince the court that the water jug was not stolen, but that the clown was merely going to the Giant to use the coin counter.
Ashley October 01, 2012 at 11:05 PM
I really don't think it's just "bleeding hearts" who believe in the concept of "innocent until proven guilty." It's part of the due process afforded by the Constitution. Has nothing to do with political/moral ideals, as much as you may like to make that connection.

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