Christopher Lee Cotsford accused of stealing police cruiser

Christopher Lee Cotsford. Photo: St. Mary's County Sheriff

A man believed to have been squatting in a St. Mary's County shed stole a police cruiser Wednesday morning, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.

Police ordered Christopher Lee Cotsford, who they say was intoxicated, to leave the property on Shady Mile Drive in California, Md. He complied and headed toward Three Notch Road.

As deputies checked the area, Cotsford allegedly returned and stole the marked cruiser. The vehicle was quickly found near Old Rolling Road.

Cotsford faces several theft and destruction of property charges as well as driving while intoxicated. He is being held at the St. Mary's County Detention Center.