CALIFORNIA, Md. – On December 11, 2018, Master Trooper M. Davis was inside the Harris Teeter store located in California, MD when he observed two suspects take items and leave the store without paying for them.

He advised them to return inside the store for an investigation. Tpr K. Bauer and Tpr. R. Kaszubski arrived and placed them both in custody. Suspects were identified as Tamara Joell Butler, 27 of Waldorf and Nichelle Bianca Butler, 29 of Waldorf. A search incident to the arrest of Tamara Butler revealed crack cocaine and paraphernalia.

Both were arrested and transported to the barrack for processing. Nichelle Butler was charged with Theft $100 To Under $1500-Shoplifting.  Tamara Butler also had two (2) active warrants through St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.  She was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession Paraphernalia, Theft $100-$1500 and False Statement to Peace Officer and was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention & Rehabilitation Center. The estimated value of items stolen and recovered was $266.  (18-MSP-053843)