A seven-week investigation by D.C. and Prince George's County police led to the arrest Wednesday of a street vendor suspected of storing stolen merchandise.
Everett Dale Watkins, 35, was arrested about 5 p.m. about a block from his home at 10001 Good Luck Rd., Glenn Dale, Prince George's police said.
Watkins, owner of Flag Enterprises, a vending company, was stopped in his van from which he sells souvenirs in the city, according to Lt. Robert Nelson, commander of the investigations at the Seat Pleasant station.
Executing a search and seizure warrant at Watkins' house, Nelson said police found $40,000 in cash, several guns, 200 pounds of meat, cameras, power tools, video-tape recorders, cases of shampoo, suntan lotion, batteries and light bulbs.
Nelson said police also found booklets entitled, "How to commit an armed robbery" and "How the Pros Steal Autos."
Watkins "allegedly placed orders for merchandise with known thieves," Nelson said, adding, however, "I would not classify him as a major fence."
The investigator said Watkins had purchased 200 pounds of beef from a D.C. undercover officer.
Police said Watkins was charged with soliciting to commit a felony (robbery) and attempting to receive stolen property. He was held at the Prince George's County Jail on $76,000 bond.
After the arrest, officers from the D.C. police repeat-offenders unit, Treasury Department and the FBI joined Prince George's police at Watkins' home to carry out the search warrant.