Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a burglary alarm Friday (May 4) at the Barley, Hops and Grapes convenience store on Racetrack Road in Berlin, and found a broken window and a case of beer in the parking lot. Officers from the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation found a trail of beer cans that led to a home further down Racetrack Road. When they arrived at the home, they say Robert Ray, Jr. fled to a relative’s house, and was found hiding in a bedroom closet.
Ray has been charged with burglary, theft, malicious destruction of property, and possession of marijuana. He’s being held on $15,000 bond at the Worcester Corrections Center.
DATE: May 4, 2012
LOCATION: Worcester County, Maryland
ACCUSED: Robert Owen RAY Jr 28 y/o
CHARGES: Second Degree Burglary Malicious Destruction +$500
Fourth Degree Burglary CDS – Possess Marijuana
Theft Less than $100
NARRATIVE: On May 4, 2012, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Barley, Hops, and Grapes convenience store, located at 10441 Racetrack Road #7, Berlin, Worcester County, Maryland, for an activated burglary alarm. Upon arrival, Deputies observed that a window on the north side of the building was broken, and observed a case of Miller Lite beer lying in the parking lot. The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate the case.
Upon arrival of the Detective from WCBI, a canvas of the area found a torn piece of a box from a Miller Lite 30-pack of beer several yards from the broken window. Officers continued the canvas, and located a trail of Miller Lite beer cans leading from the convenience store in the direction of the cottages at 10510 Racetrack Road, Berlin, Worcester County, Maryland. When Officers searched the area of the cottages, they located the stolen beer behind one of the cottages and made contact with the residents. Officers were then able to identify the suspect as Robert Owen Ray Jr. Ray fled the house upon the arrival of officers.
Robert Owen Ray Jr was subsequently located in a near by house (relatives residence) found hiding in a bedroom closet.
Robert Owen Ray, Jr was arrested without incident and charged.
Robert Owen Ray was taken to the District Court Commissioner and ordered held on $15,000 bond.
Because of the quick actions of the Worcester County Road Patrol Deputies, Maryland State Police, Berlin Barracks and Worcester County Bureau of Investigation, this suspect was quickly arrested and taken off the streets.