Suspected burglar arrested with jug full of money

The teenager was walking through Landover Monday afternoon carrying a five-gallon water jug full of cash and coins, authorities said. When a police officer tried to strike up a conversation about it, the young man dropped the jug and took off running, authorities said.

So much for the theory that he had been running a lucrative lemonade stand.


Demetrius Jerome Coles (Courtesy Prince George's County Police Department)

In the end, Prince George’s County police arrested and charged 19-year-old Demetrius Jerome Coles, of Capitol Heights, with first-degree burglary and other related counts. The jug, investigators found, came from a home in the 1700 block of Countrywood Court — a home which Coles had apparently burglarized before the officer spotted him, police said.


A police officer tried to talk to Coles after spotting him with the jug of money. (Courtesy Prince George's County Police Department)

Authorities said the officer called for backup, and police soon spotted Coles near a wooded area. They chased and arrested him — and recovered a flat screen television from the woods, authorities said.

Police said investigators later determined the television and jug came from a home in the 1700 block of Countrywood Court. They said Coles had kicked in the door to the home and burglarized it.

Coles remained jailed Wednesday, online court records show. No lawyer was listed for him in court records.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.

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