Lexington Park Man Arrested for Burglary, Trespassing and Destruction of Property

September 9, 2017
James A. Courtney, 59, of no fixed address

James A. Courtney, 59, of no fixed address

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at approximately 6:45 a.m., Deputy A. Beishline, of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling in the area of the old Bay District Volunteer Fire Department located at 21780 Great Mills Road, in Lexington Park.

Beishline observed a door pulled open to a storage area connected to the building. Upon closer inspection, he noticed the latch and locking system was pried away and bent. Upon looking inside the storage area, he observed a person later identified as, James Alexander Courtney, 59, of Lexington Park, laying under a blue thermal blanket.

Courtney told police he would leave, when they advised him that he was inside of a building he did not own, and asked him if he knew who owns the building and he advised he did not. Courtney did not obtain permission to be inside the building or on the property. It was also determined Courtney was issued a notice not to trespass for that property on 8/24/17 by Cpl T. Snyder, of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. The damage to the lock and building was estimated at $150.

Courtney was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention where he was charged with burglary, trespassing and destruction of property.

James A. Courtney, 59, of no fixed address

James A. Courtney, 59, of no fixed address

9 Responses to Lexington Park Man Arrested for Burglary, Trespassing and Destruction of Property

  1. AliceW on September 9, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    This fellow has been featured in this section not to long ago for other criminal activity. Why is he still walking free?

  2. Phillip Marlow, Private I on September 10, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Obviously Grady is NOT retired…. SMH…

  3. ZZ Top on September 10, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Sharp dressed man!

  4. G Body Racing on September 11, 2017 at 10:16 am

    All he wanted to have a place to sleep because he lost his mom it’s hard on some one that lost a love one I knew him for 28 years and work with him he will not hurt anybody you will be okay uncle

    • Nick on September 11, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Have you offered to give him a place to stay?
      Is there someone you could talk to on his behalf?

  5. G Body Racing on September 11, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Damm

  6. Anonymous on September 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I guess he has a place to sleep now. If you are 59 and homeless then you took way too many wrong turns on your road of life. Is he mentally unstable, is he a junkie, or is he just lazy and not willing to work? What caused him to be in this predicament? I say keep him locked up, it gives him a place to stay and keeps him away from law abiding citizens and their property.

    • JLH on September 12, 2017 at 9:06 am

      If you would like to know more about our Homeless issues and the people who are effected by Homelessness, please we are looking for volunteers for the W.A.R.M program… we would love to have you and anyone else who would like to help with the homeless issue in our area. You would be shocked to know the who’s and the why’s… it is not all about being a “junkie” or lazy…

      • Anonymous on September 12, 2017 at 12:43 pm

        I already volunteer and donate money to a local food pantry but thanks anyway for the invite. I have spent many hours around the less fortunate and I can honestly say some are less fortunate by their own doing (drugs, crime, laziness, etc..). The people that keep me coming back to volunteer and contribute money are the handful that fell on hard times and will use the donations as a temporary solution to better themselves and get themselves out of their bad situation or the mentally handicapped that can’t control their situation. I am not a fan of the ones that abuse the system and use these places as a life long solution to the problem of how to live without having to work.