Three people are in custody and charged in connection with 30 home burglaries in the Waldorf area since May, the Charles County Sheriff's Office announced last week.

Adrian Dishon Bell, 18, of Waldorf and two 17-year-old male youths, one from Waldorf and the other from Huntingtown, were arrested July 24 after a single-vehicle crash on Piney Church Road in Waldorf.

Police said the three were in a 2003 Hyundai sport-utility vehicle that ran off the road when negotiating a turn and struck a tree. Bell and the two juveniles attempted to flee from the crash but were soon picked up by police.

When officers determined that the SUV had been stolen the night before during a burglary in the Pinefield subdivision, they arrested the three on auto theft charges.

Investigators said other evidence obtained as a result of the crash linked the three to a rash of other burglaries that have occurred over the summer in the Pinefield and St. Charles areas of Waldorf. All three were charged with multiple counts of first degree burglary, theft, conspiracy to commit theft and malicious destruction of property.

Bell, charged as an adult, is being held at the Charles County Detention Center in La Plata. The 17-year-olds, charged as juveniles, were taken to the Cheltenham Youth Facility.