Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Identify Commercial Robbery Suspects; Surveillance Photographs Released

Suspects who committed a robbery at The Village Pharmacy in Montgomery Village

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate a robbery of The Village Pharmacy in Montgomery Village.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the two suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

The investigation by detectives determined that at approximately 3:34 p.m. on November 14, the suspects entered The Village Pharmacy located at 9999 Stedwick Road.  The suspects vaulted the counter and assaulted an employee who was working behind the counter.  The suspects stole prescription medication and cash from the business.  The suspects fled on foot and were last seen running toward Stedwick Road and Mills Choice Road.  The employee received non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or this robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.  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 and/or indictment for this crime.


Suspect who committed a robbery at The Village Pharmacy in Montgomery Village

Tips to Prevent Package Theft this Holiday Season

During the holiday season, many people will choose to purchase gifts online and have them delivered to their home.  This often means that there will be more packages on doorsteps and more opportunities for thieves to steal these deliveries. The Montgomery County Police Department reminds residents of ways to ensure that packages are delivered to them safely and securely:


Choose A Delivery Address Wisely

  • Choose to Have Package Delivered to An Attended Location
    • When you order something online, consider sending the package to a place where you know someone will be available to receive it – your workplace or a friend or neighbor’s home.
  • Choose to Have Package Delivered to Carrier Location
    • Have your deliveries sent to the nearest shipping company center. Many shipping carriers will hold the package for up to five days.
  • Choose In-Store Pick Up
    • Many retailers provide the option of purchasing an item online and picking it up at the nearest retail location.

Know When Your Package Will Be Delivered – Sign Up For Notification Services

  • Many shipment companies offer services to help you track your deliveries by receiving text messages or an e-mail. You can then plan on being home at the time of delivery or ask a trusted friend or neighbor to stop by the delivery location and retrieve the package.
  • After receiving a notification alert and you determine that you won’t be home, many carriers allow you to re-route your shipment to another location or to the carrier’s facility for later pick-up.

Require A Signature

  • Many shipping companies offer a service that requires a signature for a package to be released.

Provide Delivery Instructions

  • Many carriers allow residents to provide instructions on where the deliveries should be placed at the home (side porch, garage door, etc.)

Insure Your Package

  • Consider insuring your package. Contact your chosen mail carrier for coverage policies and requirements.

The Department urges residents who shop online to follow these guidelines to help ensure their packages arrive safely.


Media Advisory: Holiday Alcohol Task Force – Roll Call Tonight


Members of the Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force will be devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.

Media is invited to the task force’s “roll call” – a briefing that occurs each evening before the officers begin to patrol the streets.


Tonight, Wednesday, November 22, 2017

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm


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


  • Montgomery County Police Department Assistant Chief Darryl McSwain
  • Rich Leotta, father of fallen Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta.  Officer Noah Leotta was working a member of the annual holiday task force when he was struck by a drunk driver on December 3, 2015.  He succumbed to his injuries on December 10, 2015.
  • Representative from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • Representative from Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control

Media – Please RSVP: Please call the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4, to confirm your attendance at tonight’s roll call.





Holiday Alcohol Task Force Has Begun; Always Choose A Sober Ride

With the holidays approaching, there will be an increase in social events and parties that involve the consumption of alcohol.  The Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force, comprised of officers from the Alcohol Initiatives Section and patrol officers from the six police districts, as well as officers from the Gaithersburg Police Department, the Maryland National Capital Park Police Department (Montgomery County Division), the Takoma Park Police Department, troopers from Maryland State Police, and sheriff deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.

This task force began on November 15 and will continue through January 6, 2018.  During the first nights of this year’s enforcement (November 16, 17, and 18), task force officers arrested 19 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The task force will focus on enforcement of offenses to include:

  • Enforcement of traffic laws in areas known for a high number of alcohol-related collisions with the goal of getting drunk or drug-impaired drivers off the road.
  • Compliance checks of businesses who hold alcohol licenses by using underage volunteers to attempt to purchase alcohol at establishments (ensuring that shopkeepers are careful not to sell alcohol to minors).
  • Responding to calls for underage drinking parties.  All attendees are screened for alcohol usage, and those who are under age 21 are issued citations. Every person is then ensured a safe ride home.  Parents of juveniles are notified to come and get them. Any parent or other adult who hosts can be held liable and can be issued a citation.  An adult can be held criminally liable if he/she provides alcohol to an individual under 21 years and he/she knew or reasonably should have known the individual would operate a motor vehicle and did operate the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and caused serious injury or death (Alex and Calvin’s Law).
  • Sobriety checkpoints: The location of the checkpoints is based on collision and traffic data focusing on areas that drivers are most at risk for encountering impaired drivers. NOTE:   The Holiday Alcohol Task Force will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint tonight, November 22, 2017.
  • Responding to calls for service regarding intoxicated persons.

The Montgomery County Police Department wants to remind residents that they can assist in combating alcohol-related crime and collisions this holiday season:

If you plan on drinking alcohol this holiday season, include a sober driver in your plans:

  • If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
  • When you know you’ll be drinking, leave your keys at home or give them to someone else.
  • If you have been drinking, do not drive—even a short distance. Call a taxi, Uber, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or call Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s SoberRide at 1-800-200-TAXI ( information regarding specific dates of this year’s program is forthcoming).

If you believe you are observing a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs:

  • Call 911.  If possible, and without putting yourself in danger, safely obtain the license plate of the vehicle, the direction of travel of the vehicle, and a description of the vehicle (make, model, color).

If you have information on establishments that are selling alcohol to youth under 21 or over serving patrons:

  • If it is occurring at the present time, you can call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.
  • If you believe it is an ongoing issue, you can call Crime Solvers toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here. You can remain anonymous. Please provide as much information as possible.  Tips will be forwarded to the Alcohol Initiatives Section.

If you have information on an underage drinking party:

  • If it is occurring at the present time, you can call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

Efforts made by the police and the public will help make this holiday season safer.


Please see advisory regarding an opportunity to learn more about the task force efforts tonight, Wednesday, November 22.  Please call the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, option 4, to RSVP to tonight’s opportunity.



Update: Suspect Arrested for Wheaton Regional Park Homicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the homicide of a male whose body was located on Tuesday, September 5 in Wheaton Regional Park located at 11715 Orebaugh Avenue in Wheaton.  Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, age 19, of an unconfirmed address, has been arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of the victim.  Detectives continue to work to confirm the victim’s identity.

Through investigation, Montgomery County Police detectives located the grave in Wheaton Regional Park.  The victim’s body was exhumed and sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, who ruled the death a homicide by sharp force injuries.  The victim had been stabbed over 100 times.

During the investigation, detectives received information that this homicide was committed by MS-13 criminal street gang members to include Lopez-Abrego.

Lopez-Abrego was located by law enforcement in North Carolina on November 11 and was arrested on a Montgomery County first-degree murder warrant.  Lopez-Abrego has been extradited to Montgomery County and will have bond review tomorrow, November 22, in Rockville District Court.

This remains an ongoing investigation.  Detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding this homicide or the victim’s identity to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego