UPDATE: Target Burglar Sentenced to Four Months

January 23, 2013

UPDATE 1/23/13: Michael Jahrome Powell Jr. was sentenced to one year in jail, and suspended to 120 days. Powell was given credit for the 72 days he has spent in jail since being arrested on October 31. The judge also ordered that Powell pay $1,127 in restitution. Powell will be on supervised probation until March 2015. St. Mary’s District Judge Christy Holt Chesser presided over the case.

UPDATE: Court documents added.

UPDATE: On October 31, Corporal Keith Moritz of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Child Support Enforcement Unit located, and arrested Michael Jahrome Powell Jr., 18 of no fixed address. Powell was arrested without incident in the parking lot of Millison Plaza. Powell was charged with three counts of burglary, vandalism, and theft under $1,000.

Powell is currently being held at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center on a $15,000 bail.

10/30/12: On Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 1:23 a.m., police in St. Mary’s County responded to report of a burglary in progress at the Target Department Store located 45155 First Colony Way in California.

Units arrived on scene to discover a black male with no facial hair, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, wearing a black jacket and a black hat. The suspect could be seen on video surveillance by an off site security center in the electronics department using a chair to try and break into display cases. The suspect was able to exit through one of the rear doors and then ran into the wooded area behind Target while police were chasing the suspect on foot. A police perimeter was set up in the neighborhood behind the department store to search for the burglary suspect. The suspect stole clothing, but dropped it while running through the woods. No word if any electronics were taken.

No store employees were in the store at the time of the burglary.

Police were on scene within three minutes of the call being dispatched.

CLICK HERE to see the court documents in this incident
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25 Responses to UPDATE: Target Burglar Sentenced to Four Months

  1. Tina smith on October 30, 2012 at 9:50 am

    This storm isn’t Katrina…

  2. LEE on October 30, 2012 at 10:11 am

    HE WAS GETTING A JUMP ON BLACK FRIDAY

  3. Anonymous on October 30, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Mabe he wanted to apply for a job.

  4. Daniel Carver on October 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    “Units arrived on scene to discover a black male”

    I’m shocked beyond belief.

    • Anonymous on October 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      bwahahaha so true so true!

    • Anonymous on October 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      I thought it was those violent Amish again…

  5. El Diablo on October 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Let the ignorance fl

  6. Freedom on October 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    How about posting his face on the website and providing to polling officials. He doesn’t deserve to vote. Who cares about his rights — probably has been doing this for years.

    I know he is one of St. Mary’s finest citizens. Just looking to help his drug habit or desire to take from the wealthy. If you defend him you are two peas in a pod. Whine Whine Whine.

  7. Anonymous on October 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    “…to discover a black male with no facial hair…”

    Now, that IS rare. Maybe he is NOT from around here?

  8. Anonymous on October 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    “…wearing a black jacket and a black hat…”

    Then again, he probably IS from around here.

  9. Redskin on October 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Must have been one of the 47%.

    • Anonymous on October 31, 2012 at 7:09 am

      One of Obama’s 47% of the voters. The 53% of voters that Romney has are fine, thanks.

  10. aFTeRLiFe on October 31, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Awesome quick work! Great job officers & Keith.

  11. Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

    @freedom

    Not trying to defend this kid, but before this, he had a clean record. He’s just barely 18. Check your facts before you assume everyone has a drug habit. I know it’s prevalent now, but this kid is already in enough trouble. Don’t drag him deeper in the mud.

    • Pat on January 23, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      If you read the court document that is linked in the article – it states that he was involved in burglaries as a juvenile.

  12. bob on November 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

    His record is clean because he is 18, all the things did as a juvenile are sealed.

  13. jane on November 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    ummm he don’t have a record because as you said it..he’s barely 18..as a juvie he could of been hell on wheels but we don’t see any of that…open your eyes..a first timer in trouble is not going to chose a freakin store to break in…he was just moving on to bigger and better..sad…

    • YA BOY on January 23, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      Screw you anonymous. Your as bad as him to not know the country’s laws on minors records. If your a foreigner I would deport you.

  14. Kool_Keith on January 24, 2013 at 11:29 am

    They should have locked his @$$ up for longer than that. I hate our court system. And everyone wants to know why the crime still increases. What a shame. Next time break into a jewelry store you idiot. At least it will be worth it. Four months is nothing.

  15. Slick Willie on January 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Obama promised him an iPhone and he needed it early. Steny didn’t explain the process to him adequately.

  16. Anonymous on January 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Who cares if he has a drug habit or not? That’s a commercial burglary, 2nd degree burglary that probably carries 10 or 15 years in prison. What’s he get? 4 months. That’s why crime is rampant. Because when people are caught and taken to court they get next to nothing (or nothing).

  17. Anonymous on January 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    And a check of the judiciary case search shows he was allowed to plea to a misdemeanor. So no felony, practically no jail time. Bravo judges.

  18. will on January 24, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Anonymous.

  19. will on January 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    You’re such an idiot

  20. Anonymous on January 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Only 120 days? That’s a relief, he’ll only miss one semester of college!