Officers Investigate Theft of $6,700 Bathtub in Bethesda; Photograph Released

Suspect in theft from Union Hardare

Suspect in theft from Union Hardware

Officers from the Montgomery County Police – 2nd District are asking the public for help to identify a suspect who committed a theft from the Union Hardware store in Bethesda.

On April 26, 2nd District officers responded to the Union Hardware store located at 7800 Wisconsin Avenue for the report of a theft.  The investigation revealed that at approximately 1:30 p.m., the male suspect entered the store and wanted to purchase a $13,000 bathtub that was on sale for $6,700.  The suspect provided a credit card to an employee as payment but the credit card charge was initially declined.  The suspect told the employee that he would call the bank to find out why the charge was declined.  The suspect placed a call on his cellphone and handed the phone to the employee, telling the employee that the bank would instruct him on how to process the credit card charge.  The employee was given instructions over the phone on what to enter into the credit card machine in order to obtain an approval.  The employee followed the instructions and a receipt for the bathtub printed out, as if the purchase had been approved.

The suspect loaded the bathtub into a U-Haul truck that was parked outside the business.  A second male suspect was in the driver’s seat of the U-Haul.  The first suspect then entered the vehicle and the two suspects drove away.  Union Hardware was contacted by their bank a short time later and were notified that the credit card used to purchase the bathtub was a fraudulent credit card.

Today, officers are releasing a surveillance photograph of the theft suspect and are asking that anyone who recognizes him to please call the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 240-773-TIPS (8477) or Text-A-Tip to: CRIMES (274637), text MCPD and your crime tip.  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

RLG

 

 

Police Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Collision

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision that occurred last night in Rockville; the pedestrian succumbed to his injuries at the hospital this morning.

On April 30 at approximately 11:30 p.m., 1st District officers and Fire&Rescue personnel responded to the 600 block of East Gude Drive for the report of a collision.  Preliminary investigation has indicated that a 57-year-old male, using a wheelchair, was attempting to cross East Gude Drive from the south to the north in the area of the 600 block of East Gude Drive.  He was struck by a 2011 Toyota Scion xB in the westbound lanes of East Gude Drive.

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances of the collision, to include what the traffic signal indicated at the time of the collision and whether the pedestrian was in the area of the crosswalk.

The driver involved in the collision is identified as David Alan Campbell, age 29, of Rockville.  The pedestrian will be identified once family members have been notified.

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

RLI

Detectives Investigate Layhill Area Bank Robbery; Photographs of Suspect Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating a bank robbery that occurred on April 9 at a bank in the Layhill area.

On April 9 at approximately 10:45 a.m., 4th District officers responded to the Sandy Spring Bank located at 14241 Layhill Road for a report of a bank robbery. Investigation revealed that the suspect entered the bank, passed a note that demanded money, and implied that he had a weapon. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and fled from the bank.

Today, detectives are releasing photographs of the bank robbery suspect and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying him.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters 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 the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

RLI

BankRobbery1

Bank Robbery Suspect

BankRobbery2

Bank Robbery Suspect

MCPD Chief Announces Promotions

promotionRecently, officers and public safety communication employees were recognized for their promotions at a ceremony held at the Public Safety Headquarters.  Congratulations to all the promotees!

Montgomery County Police Department Promotions:

Promoted to Captain:

Captain C. Thomas Jordan

Promoted to Lieutenant:

Lieutenant Bruce Cole

Lieutenant Michael Ruane

Promoted to Sergeant:

Sergeant Mark Burhoe

Sergeant Kathy Estrada

Sergeant John O’Brien

Sergeant Jeffrey Pike

Sergeant David Smith

Sergeant Shing Yuen

Promoted to Corporal:

Corporal John Borowski

Corporal Kevin Conroy

Montgomery County Public Safety Communications Promotions

Promoted to Manager II:

William Ferretti

Promoted to Manager III:

Cassandra Onley

Promoted to Public Safety Communications Quality Assurance Manager:

William Usilton

Promoted to Public Safety Communications Operations Manager:

Bruce Gibbs

Promoted to Program Manager I:

Kim Akinyanju

Promoted to Public Safety Communications Supervisor:

Patricia Flynn

Stephen Geraci

Athena Page

Elizabeth Woody

Promoted to Public Safety Communications Specialist I:

Martha Aparicio

 

 

 

Members of First Community Police Academy for Spanish-Speaking Residents to Graduate Tonight

This evening at the Public Safety Academy (9710 Great Seneca Highway in Rockville), the 16 members of the first Community Police Academy for Spanish-Speaking Residents will graduate.  Chief Manger will offer welcoming remarks to the participants and the participants’ family and friends.

The purpose of the Community Police Academy is to increase resident awareness and understanding of the function of the police department.  During the 15-week academy, the class was instructed on such topics as criminal law, Maryland traffic law, and  investigations.  Participants were required to attend 12 of the 15 classes to be eligible for graduation.

The Police Department plans on holding additional Community Police Academies for Spanish-Speaking Residents.

For more information on the Community Police Academy (offered in English and in Spanish), please click here.

Note to Media: The media is encouraged to attend the graduation tonight (7:00 to 8:00 p.m.).  For more information, please call the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4.

RLI