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.
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.
The unusual sequence of events started about 1 p.m. Monday, when a Prince George’s County police officer saw Coles carrying the jug as he walked along Countrywood Court in the Landover area,
authorities said. Curious about where the jug came from, the officer tried to strike up a conversation, authorities said. Coles dropped the jug and ran, they said.
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.