Officers Investigate Two Bicycle Thefts in Bethesda; Surveillance Video Released

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd District continue to investigate the two thefts of two bicycles that occurred on March 27 from a secured apartment building parking garage in Bethesda.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the male and female suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On March 28, an adult male victim reported to police that on the previous day, his mountain bike had been stolen from a secured area of his St. Elmo Avenue apartment complex’s parking garage.  Officers reviewed surveillance video from the apartment building and observed the suspects stealing the bicycle at approximately 11:16 a.m. on Friday, March 27.  Surveillance video also revealed the suspects stealing a second bicycle from this secured area.  The owner of that second bicycle has not yet been located.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or this theft is asked to call the 2nd District at 240-773-6700.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

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Suspect #1 in Bethesda Bicycle thefts

Suspect #2 in Bethesda Bicycle thefts

Detectives Investigate Shots Fired in Downtown Crown Area in Gaithersburg

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police– 6th District Investigative Section are investigating the discharge of a firearm that occurred on the evening of Monday, March 30, in the area of the Crown neighborhood in Gaithersburg.

No victims were reported to having been struck by the gunfire and officers did not locate any damage to property.

On Monday, March 30, at approximately 10:07 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received multiple calls for the sound of shots fired in the Crown neighborhood (in the area of Crown Park Avenue, Fields Road, Hendrix Avenue, Goodall Street, and Baldwin Street).

6th District officers and Gaithersburg police officers responded to the area and located three spent shell casings in the 300 block of Baldwin Street.

During this investigation, detectives have spoken with homeowners whose video surveillance audio captured the sound of gunshots.  Detectives have also obtained home video surveillance that captures a vehicle driving in the area around the time of the gunshots.  At this time, investigators do not have any evidence to indicate that the vehicle is involved in the incident.

This remains an ongoing investigation. Investigators are asking those homeowners and businesses in the area who have not already reviewed their surveillance camera footage from that evening to please do so and contact investigators if their cameras captured anything pertinent to this investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this incident or the suspects involved is also asked to call 6th District investigators at: 240-773-5770.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

Declaración del Departamento de Policía del Condado de Montgomery sobre la Implementación de la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Hogan

(English: Montgomery County Department of Police Statement on Enforcement on Governor Hogan’s Executive Order)

El Departamento de Policía del Condado de Montgomery está comprometido a servir a la comunidad durante la crisis del virus COVID-19. Debido a que la Orden Ejecutiva más reciente del Gobernador Hogan requiere que los residentes del Condado permanezcan en sus casas a menos de que deban salir por servicios esenciales o sean empleados de negocios que proporcionan servicios esenciales, hemos recibido muchos comentarios sobre nuestra respuesta.

 

El Departamento de Policía del Condado de Montgomery está tomando las siguientes medidas para la implementación de la orden del Gobernador, y en respuesta al crimen que esta pudiera ocasionar y a las solicitudes de servicio del público, por lo cual:

 

  • No vamos a detener a miembros de la comunidad al azar para asegurar el cumplimiento de las órdenes del Gobernador.
  • Vamos a investigar el cumplimiento de la Orden del Gobernador en situaciones individuales relacionadas con violaciones de tráfico, llamadas que requieran servicio de la policía y reuniones de personas.
  • Siguen ocurriendo actividades criminales en el Condado y estamos respondiendo e investigando estos incidentes. Los crímenes serios tienen prioridad y pedimos al público que tenga paciencia conforme investigamos crímenes menores, pero estamos trabajando en ellos. Siguen sucediendo accidentes de tráfico, por lo que les recordamos a los conductores que manejen con cuidado, disminuyan su velocidad y respeten a los peatones.
  • Hemos implementado un plan de manejo de personal que nos permitirá tener suficientes oficiales de policía listos para responder en todo momento (24/7) y vigilar nuestras calles para proteger al público y sus propiedades durante esta crisis.
  • Por política del Condado de Montgomery, los oficiales no exigirán prueba de su estatus migratorio a los miembros de la comunidad.

 

El Departamento de Policía del Condado de Montgomery continuará evaluando la situación y nuestro acercamiento, e implementará los cambios necesarios durante esta crisis para asegurar el cumplimiento de la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Hogan.

 

Consulte la Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Hogan en:

Governor Hogan’s Executive Order 3-30-2020 (Spanish Language Version)

Detectives Investigate Hate-Based Vandalism to Synagogue in Rockville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 1st District Investigative Section are investigating a hate-based vandalism to the Tikvat Israel Congregation located at 2200 Baltimore Road in Rockville.

The investigation has determined that on March 28 at approximately 1:28 a.m., the unknown suspect drove to the synagogue’s parking lot and spray painted swastikas and derogatory epithets on the building.  Surveillance cameras captured the suspect committing the vandalism.

Anyone with information about this vandalism and/or the suspect is asked to contact the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6089.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s).  Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Officers Intervene to Prevent Tragedy in Silver Spring

On Saturday, March 28, at approximately 12:10 a.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call from County garage security personnel that a male was sitting on the ledge of the seventh level of a parking garage in downtown Silver Spring.

While responding to the call, officers learned that the male had left the garage after being approached by security personnel.  Officers spoke to a security guard who was able to provide a description of the male.  Officers then began to check other parking garages in the area in an attempt to locate the individual and check his welfare.

An officer checking the garage located at 921 Wayne Avenue located the male sitting on the ledge of the seventh (top floor) of the garage. The officer attempted to approach the male and he fled and jumped down approximately three feet to a connecting roof of a building located in the 8500 block of Fenton Street.  The man then stood on the ledge of the building, facing Fenton Street.

Four officers followed the male onto the roof in an attempt to speak with him.  A 3rd District officer, who knew the male from previous interactions, and a crisis negotiator officer, spoke with the man as he stood on the ledge.   After approximately 90 minutes of communicating with the male, officers coaxed him off the ledge.

The male was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

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