Detectives Investigate Counterfeit “Movie Money” Scam

The Montgomery County Police Department is investigating reports of a scam that involves suspects becoming involved in private online transactions via social media apps and websites and using fake, prop money to pay for items.  The prop money, which can be purchased online, is used in movies and is usually marked, “For Motion Picture Use Only”.

During a prop money scam that occurred in Montgomery County on May 15, the 18-year-old female victim placed an advertisement to sell her iPhone 6 on the app “Letgo”.  The suspect, who identified himself as “Xavier on his “Letgo” profile and in text messages to the victim, agreed to purchase the victim’s cellular phone for $450.  The suspect told the victim that he only had five $100 bills and would give her the $500 if she would give him $50 in return.  The victim agreed to meet the suspect in the parking lot of the Milestone Shopping center located at 20900 Frederick Road in Germantown to sell him the phone.

During the transaction, the suspect gave the victim a bank envelope that appeared to contain five, $100 bills.  The victim then gave the suspect her iPhone 6 and $50 in cash.

Later that evening, the victim attempted to deposit the money into her bank.  The bank rejected the deposit.  Upon further inspection of the money, the victim discovered the words “For Motion Picture Use Only” written across the top of the five $100 bills.  The victim then reported the incident to the police department.

The suspect in this case is described as an approximately 15 to 16-year-old African American male who is tall and thin.  Anyone who has information about this suspect is asked to call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237. 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.

The Montgomery County Police Department has designated Exchange Zones for residents to complete online transactions.  These Exchange Zones are located at each of the six police district station’s lobbies and parking lots (with the exception of the Second District parking lot):  For more information about these Exchange Zones, please follow the link:

MCP Designates Exchange Zones for Online Transactions

When selling or purchasing items from an unknown person, the Montgomery County Police Department offers the following safety tips:

  • Always meet the buyer or seller at an exchange zone that is well populated, well lit, and preferably at a designated police exchange zone.
  • Tell a friend or family member where you’re going to meet someone and when possible, take a friend with you.
  • Inform the buyer/seller that you will not be alone.
  • Do not invite strangers into your home.
  • Never give out any personal or financial information.
  • When dealing with large sums of cash, don’t be afraid to tell the buyer that you will want to check the bills for authenticity.
  • It is OK to show a buyer that you have an item, but do not surrender it until you have checked the validity of the currency.
  • Look for the denomination specific security features. Each bill has a specific watermark and security thread.
  • Trust your instincts – if it sounds like a scam or too good to be true, it probably is.

RLG

Front of the counterfeit “Movie Money” currency

Rear of the counterfeit “Movie Money” currency

The Officer Noah Leotta Memorial Blood Drive To Be Held On May 31

Please join the Montgomery County Police Department in giving the gift of life by donating blood in honor of Officer Noah Leotta.

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DATE:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

LOCATION:

Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, 20878
First floor conference room

HOURS:

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

SIGN UP: *

Online (Click on Link) or Call  the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767

*All donors are urged to sign up so that the Red Cross can adequately staff the blood drive.

*Walk-in donors will be accepted but may have a longer wait time.

Note to MEDIA: The media is invited to attend.

Concern for Missing 92-Year-Old Woman with Dementia

Choon Lim Choi

Update: May 19 – Choon Lim Choi has been located safe and unharmed.  The police and family thank the public and media for sharing this missing person case.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Calverton area woman with dementia.

Choon Lim Choi, age 92, was last seen by family members at approximately 5:00 p.m. this evening at her Red Lion Lane home.  Family members reported to police that they went to check on Ms. Choi at 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening and discovered that she had left her home on foot.  Detectives believe that Ms. Choi may have recently been in the area of the Westech Village Corner shopping center located near Columbia Pike and Treetop Lane.

Choi is described as an Asian female, 5’2” tall, and weighing approximately 140 pounds.  She has short grey and black hair, and black eyes.  She was last seen wearing a brown shirt and gray and white pajama pants.  Choi suffers from dementia and speaks only Korean.

Police and family are concerned for Ms. Choi’s physical welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Choon Lim Choi is asked to call 9-1-1 or the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

RLG

 

Detectives Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Collision in Gaithersburg

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision that occurred this evening.

On Thursday, May 18 at approximately 6:27 p.m., 6th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of Woodfield Road and Emory Grove Road for the report of a collision involving a pedestrian.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that an adult female pedestrian was traveling westbound on Emory Grove Road and crossing the northbound lanes of Woodfield Road when she was struck by a 2011 GMC Sierra pickup truck.  After the collision, the driver of the Sierra remained at the scene.

The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.  The driver of the Sierra was not injured in the collision.

The identity of the victim will be released once family notifications have been made.

This collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

RLG

Reminder: The MCPD – Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Night Out Is This Friday, May 19

Note: The event will be held rain or shine! If need be, we will move the event inside to the Public Safety Training Academy (Note the new location of the Training Academy: 8751 Snouffer School Road in Gaithersburg).

This Friday, May 19, the Montgomery County Police Department, with the assistance of Autism Speaks, Pathfinders For Autism, and the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County (DSNMC) will host the fifth annual “Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Night Out” at the new location of the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy in Gaithersburg (8751 Snouffer School Road).

The theme of this year’s event is, Introductions and Interactions, Building Empowerment. It is our goal that this safety fair will provide valuable information and resources to loved ones while also providing an opportunity for our officers to receive additional information from caregivers about these medical conditions.  We encourage attendees to introduce themselves and their loved ones to the officers, first responders, and community members at the event.  We plan on having a lot of fun!  There will be activities for the entire family.  Activities will include: meeting some of our canines and local therapy and medical assistance dogs, touring emergency vehicles to include police and fire and rescue vehicles, face painting, and listening to sensory-friendly music.

So that we can better plan, please let us know if you are coming to the event by signing up online. (Signing up ahead of time is not required but is appreciated as it helps us better plan the event!  Thank you!)

What

When

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Rain or Shine! If need be, we will move the event inside to the Public Safety Training Academy

Where

  • NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR! Public Safety Training Academy, 8751 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg

For Who

  • Caregivers, Parents, Loved Ones, and Community Members Who Want to Learn More About Autism and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Questions about the event?

  • Please contact Officer Laurie Reyes by email: laurie.reyes@montgomerycountymd.gov

To Sign Up Online:

  • Please click here
  • Signing up ahead of time is not required but is appreciated as it helps us better plan the event!  Thank you!

More Information about the Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit:

The Montgomery County Police Department’s Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit is committed to educating and bringing awareness of Alzheimer’s, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, and Down Syndrome to the community and to officers, while also providing resources to loved ones of those with one of these conditions.  The Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit has created a layered approach to Autism and Intellectual Disabilities awareness, that includes education, outreach, follow up, empowerment, and response.

The department recognizes that caregivers of loved ones with these disorders have a huge responsibility and that understanding, support, and collaboration with local police officers is essential.

The Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Outreach Unit web page can be reached by clicking here.

A preview of the t-shirt provided in the MCPD – Autism/IDD Safety Kit. The kits will be available at the event and are free.

These vehicle window clings will be handed out at the event. These window clings are intended to aid first responders in an emergency and also are meant to bring awareness of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.