Monday, September 9, 2013

Deputies Seize Gun/Body Armor during VOWS Operation

Upper Marlboro, MD…  The Warrant/Fugitive Division reported the seizures last Monday of one firearm and 3 ballistic resistant vests during the Violent Offender Warrant Sweep (V.O.W.S.).

On Thursday, August 29, 2013, deputies, with the assistance of officers from the Capitol Heights and Prince George’s County Police Departments, attempted a warrant service for Violation of Probation for First Degree Burglary in the 3500 block of Silver Park Dr. in Suitland, MD. After obtaining permission to enter the residence, deputies observed and recovered a black handgun and three ballistic resistant vests, but were unable to locate the suspect.

Deputies subsequently turned the firearm over to County Police detectives and are still investigating the whereabouts of the suspect.  Including this weapon, 6 firearms have been recovered since the V.O.W.S. operation began.

Lt. Colonel Regina Taylor, Bureau Chief of Field Operations said, “Our Violent Offender Sweep has been very successful in removing not just violent offenders, but the instruments of those violent crimes from our community.  The assistance of our partners, the County Police and Capitol Heights Police, enhances the safety and success of our operations.”

Captain Brent Mints, Assistant Bureau Chief of Field Operations, said, “This is the 8th week of the operation and we've made 330 arrests to close 651 warrants. Those results can only be attributed to the hard work of our deputies. This continues to be the most successful operation I’ve been a part of during my 23 years of service.” 

The V.O.W.S. operation will continue through the end of September.

For more information contact the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Press Information Office at 301-780-8637.

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