THE SMELLY BANDIT: Great Police Work Nabs PG Perfume Purloiner
WALDORF, MD. – According to Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry, after four months of investigation and pursuing countless leads, Detective Christia Gilroy arrested Edward Daniel Sloane, 51, of 3 Sutton Court Upper Marlboro, Md., in connection with multiple thefts of expensive women’s fragrances and men’s cologne.
Police say that Sloane was first spotted in January entering a Waldorf department store and stealing dozens of bottles of perfumes.
Surveillance footage of the thefts was released, but he was not identified. Throughout the next few months, Sloane, commuting from the Baltimore area or Greater PG crime town, returned to the same store and stole approximately $11,000 worth of fragrances.
On April 25, at 11:18 a.m., during his seventh appearance inside the store, Sloane was observed by Detective Gilroy and the cadet – who, coincidently, set up surveillance that morning hoping to catch a break in the case. Their work paid off.
Sloane was observed putting dozens of women’s fragrances such as Prada, Viktor & Roth, Chanel, Coach, and other popular scents inside a bag he brought with him. When he attempted to leave without paying, Det. Gilroy approached to make an arrest.
Sloane resisted her commands, but she and a store loss prevention officer made the apprehension. Sloane was charged with felony theft, theft scheme, resisting arrest, and other related charges.
Attorney Michael Beach is the free taxpayer-provided attorney for Sloane, who, allegedly a serial perfume thief, should be able to pay for his own attorney and when he gets jammed up good, may reach out to hire an effective mouthpiece.
Sloane was jailed on a bond of $10,000 which was posted on April 26, 2018, allowing him to continue his alleged career of relieving department stores of expensive fragrances.
- Sloane was given a plea deal by Anne Arundel States Attorney Wes Adams on Feb. 21, 2017 and entered a guilty plea to theft in Anne Arundel District Court. THE DEAL: 18 months in jail with 17 months and 26 days suspended for the misdemeanor charge. That left him with four days in the slammer which must have set him on the path of rehabilitation and a life-long endeavor to do good – but he violated his probation on April 5, 2017, and a warrant was issued to find him and haul him back before the Judge. Thus, even though a bench warrant was pending for his arrest in Anne Arundel, according to court records, the Dipstick Judge or District Court Commissioner in Charles County allowed him to post bond and walk out a free man.
- When charged with theft between $1,000 and $10,000, Sloane picked up one of those snazzy plea deal from the Anne Arundel County States Attorney on June 1, 2011. THE DEAL: in return for a guilty plea in Anne Arundel Circuit Court, Sloane was sentenced to 3 years in prison with all the time suspended and a verdict of Probation Before Judgement. Sloane was ordered to pay restitution of $4,200.
- When charged by Anne Arundel Police Officer J. Gilmer on Dec. 21, 2005 with theft over $500, Sloane once again guessed right behind door number three and got himself another plea deal. THE DEAL: in Anne Arundel District Court, Sloane entered a guilty plea on Feb. 1, 2006, and was sentenced to 18 months in jail with 16 months and 17 days suspended, which likely taught him another valuable life lesson. Two years of probation were added to assure the citizens of Maryland that Sloane would end his thieving ways. On June 21, 2006, a bench warrant was issued for this serial dirtbag for violation of his probation. The warrant remained open until Dec. 21, 2007. On Christmas Eve of 2007, Sloane was jailed in time for nice Christmas dinner and coal in his stocking.
- When charged by Charles County Sheriff’s Officer Robert Kuhnow on May 13, 1999, with two counts of theft, Sloane worked a plea deal with Charles County States Attorney Leonard Collins. THE DEAL: in return for a guilty plea, Sloane was sentenced on July 30, 1999, to 18 months in jail with 16 months suspended. He was given credit for 77 days of time served, which may have meant he got a refund of days behind bars which he wishes he could carry over to his next conviction.