BMW SCAM SPREE: Baltimore Bozo Deonte Dickens Tried to Hornswoggle Car Dealer with Stolen ID; Faces Stolen ID Charges in 3 Maryland Counties; Courts Kept Granting Him Bail
PRINCE FREDERICK, MD. – Maryland Troopers and Calvert Sheriff Deputies nabbed two men from the Baltimore area who were attempting to hornswoggle a car dealer by using a stolen identity to buy a new vehicle. Had a Montgomery County Judge kept one of the men in the slammer for using stolen identification of a California to buy a BMW in Silver Spring in July, the scheming criminal would still be in jail. As it is, even after they were apprehended, the incompetent Maryland Judiciary released both men to pursue their chose path of swindle and hornswoggle. Now, they are guests of the Hotel Calvert.
Police report that on August 14, 2021, Troopers from the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack learned of a possible identity theft that may be occurring at a local car dealership in Prince Frederick.
Troopers and Calvert County Deputies responded to the dealership and were able to apprehend 33-year-old Deonte Willis Dickens of Baltimore, MD and 35-year-old Jose Miquel Tapia of Reisterstown, Md.
The suspects were attempting to use the identity of another individual to purchase a $70,000 vehicle. During the investigation, police say that they discovered that the suspects were in possession of Marijuana and suspected Oxycodone pills. Both individuals were placed under arrest for the Identity Theft and CDS violations and transported to the Calvert County Jail.
Jose Miguel Tapia, (DOB 6/25/1986) of 200 Bryan Way, Reisterstown, Md., was charged by Maryland State Police Trooper M. Moorman on August 25, 2021, with being an accessory after the fact and a bonus charge of possession of drugs in a jail. Bail amount was set at $2,000 and Tapia was posted on August 25, 2021. Tapia has been deemed fit for a free attorney paid for by the taxpayers. Tapia is still showing on court records as being in jail in spite of the bond being posted. Tapia has experience with felony fraud and identity theft, as he entered a guilty plea to that charge in Baltimore County Circuit Court on April 20, 2012, in a plea deal with the Baltimore County States Attorney and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The entire sentence was suspended.
Montgomery County Police say that Dickens could have driven away in a $135,000 BMW 750 were it not that a sharp dealership staffer believed something was phony about the documents presented by Dickens, according to court records.
Deonte Dickens, 33, (DOB 6/20/1988) of 2409 Garrison Blvd., Baltimore, and also provides police with the address of 14 Gates Mill Court, Halethorpe, Md., is charged with seven criminal counts in the felony case, including attempted theft valued at more than $100,000.
WJLA reporter Kevin Lewis reported the following about Dickens almost driving away with a new BMW in Silver Spring:
Around 3:50 p.m. on June 22, 2021, Dickens entered BMW of Silver Spring, located at 3211 Automobile Boulevard and stated his intent to purchase a 2022 BMW 750 for a price of $135,523.
Dickens provided dealership staff with a treasure trove of fraudulent documents including a California driver’s license, four M&T Bank checks, a credit report, and an insurance card, police allege.
“Dickens completed most of the process to buy the car including forging a signature of [a California man],” police wrote in their statement of charges against Dickens. “Dickens attempted to make the final steps of purchasing the BMW through the financing section of the dealership which was when the dealership identified the documents he gave as fraudulent.”
The dealership’s sales director promptly called 911. As patrol units pulled up, Dickens was seen walking away from the building. He stopped to speak with officers and was quite candid.
“[Officers] made contact with Dickens who admitted the California driver’s license was fraudulent as well as the credit report, social security number and insurance information and that he was using it in attempt to buy the BMW.”
Montgomery County District Court Judge Holly Reed III denied bond for Dickens in the BMW case. In turn, he will remain incarcerated at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Clarksburg while awaiting trial.
Defense attorney Audrey Creighton is representing Dickens in the BMW case. Creighton did not return a phone call seeking comment. Dickens faces up to 88 years in prison and up to $106,500 in fines.
Despite Active Warrant for Forgery, Theft, ID Theft in PG County, Dickens Was Released from Jail
A statement of charges was filed by the Montgomery County States Attorney’s Office on June 23, 2021, that anticipates a trial date in District Court for Montgomery County of November 4, 2021, should Dickens care to make himself available to the court. Whether to appear or not is up to Dickens as he seems perfectly capable to finding or stealing new identification and is fond of new car dealerships.
The charges in Montgomery County include seven counts of forgery, fraudulent identification, attempted theft of the aforementioned BMW and theft over $100,000. The attorney for Dickens is the former Circuit Court Judge Audrey Creighton.
STOLEN IDENTIFICATION AND FRAUD CHARGES PENDING IN ANNE ARUNDEL
The Anne Arundel County States Attorney filed a statement of charges against Dickens on May 29, 2021, following an investigation by Anne Arundel Police Officer Nash, alleging that Dickens committed seven counts of identity theft, use of false government identification, possession of false identification, possession of drugs, use of false identification to avoid prosecution and theft under $25,000.
Two of the charges are felonies and yet the Alice in Wonderland Maryland Judiciary sprung Dickens loose like a spring chicken on a sunny day in a simple $1,000 bond. A court hearing in Glen Burnie was postponed while Dickens was represented by a free attorney paid for by the taxpayers of Maryland.
Dickens was released by District Court Commissioner Sarah Hamil, according to court records, who must not have used the Maryland Judiciary Case Search to learn of the active warrant for Dickens in Prince Georges County.
The active warrant in Prince Georges County was filed on September 30, 2020, after Dickens failed to appear in District Court. Dickens faces charges of theft of $25,000 to $100,000, counterfeit and manufacturing of currency, forgery of private documents, issuing false documents, unlawfully removing a motor vehicle with all of the events allegedly taking place on September 21, 2020.
Curiously, while the Maryland State Police in Prince Frederick announced the arrest of Dickens and his cohort, no charges in regard to the arrest have been posted in Maryland Court records. According to Vinelink, Dickens is currently incarcerated in the Calvert County Jail as of September 4, 2021 where he has been a guest since August 24, 2021.
-07-CR-21-021571 | State of Maryland vs. DEONTE JERMELE WILLIS DICKENS
WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE LET ME DRIVE AWAY WITH A NEW BMW!
* Aliases Deonte Jermele Dickens ID Number339
Custody Status Date Aug 27, 2021 01:28 PM EDT
Custody StatusIn Custody
Custody Detail Calvert County Detention Center
Book Date Aug 24, 2021 10:23 PM EDT
Calvert County Jail
Anne Arundel County District Court – Glen Burnie
DEONTE JERMELE WILLIS DICKENS
Anne Arundel County District Court – Annapolis
DEONTE JERMELE WILLIS DICKENS
Anne Arundel County District Court –