Detectives Investigate Series of Residential Burglaries Along University Boulevard

Detectives from the 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating a series of daytime residential burglaries that has been occurring along University Boulevard between the 495 Beltway and Piney Branch Road.

Since November 19, nine burglaries have been reported at the following locations:

  • unit block of Lauer Terrace
  • 200 block of Melbourne Avenue (2 incidents)
  • 9200 block of Mintwood Street
  • 9500 block of Saybrooke Avenue
  • 9300 block of Weaver Street
  • 9200 block of Daleview Court
  • 9500 block of Evergreen Street
  • 8900 block of Whitney Street

Detectives believe that the above burglaries may have been committed by the same suspect as all the incidents have occurred in the daytime, the suspect(s) entered through rear or side entrances (doors and windows) of the residences, and similar items have been stolen in each incident.

Through investigation, detectives have determined that there are possibly 3-4 suspects responsible for these burglaries.  The suspects are described as Hispanic males in their late teens or early 20’s.  The suspects are believed to be driving a dark blue, black, or gray 4-door older model sedan with dark-colored rims and dark tinted windows.  The vehicle may have Virginia registration plates.

Detectives have determined that in several instances, the suspect(s) and their vehicle have been observed in and around the area of the burglary by residents; however, the police were not contacted.  Police are urging all residents in this area to be alert to any type of suspicious subjects or activity and to immediately call 9-1-1 to report such activity.

Concern for Missing Juvenile from Sandy Spring

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile from Sandy Spring.

Miguel Williams, age 15, of the 17700 block of Norwood Road in Sandy Spring, was last seen at the intersection of Layhill Road and Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at approximately 3:30 pm. Williams is described as a black male, 5’4’’ tall, weighing 120 pounds, with brown eyes, and short black hair. He has two small scars on the bridge of his nose, acne, and a pronounced scar on his left ear. Miguel may be heading to Upper Marlboro in Prince George’s County.

Police and family are concerned for Williams’ welfare. He has not been seen or heard from since his disappearance.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Miguel Williams is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police Family Crimes Division at 240-773-5400 or police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000. Callers may remain anonymous.

MCPD Chief Announces Promotions

Today, Chief J. Thomas Manger announced the following promotions:

Promoted to Lieutenant (effective December 2, 2012):

  • Sergeant Eric Stancliff – assignment to be determined

Promoted to Sergeant (effective December 2, 2012):

  • Corporal Anthony Chuckerel – assignment to be determined

Promoted to Corporal (effective December 2, 2012):

  • POIII Jesse Knuth – assignment to be determined
  • POIII Daniel Manzo – assignment to be determined
  • POIII Michael Paul – assignment to be determined
  • POIII Scott Wheat – assignment to be determined

Congratulations to all promotees and best of luck in your new positions!

Firearm Discharged in Silver Spring McDonald’s – Detectives Release Video of Suspect

Detectives from the 3rd District Investigative Section continue to investigate a firearm discharge that occurred on November 14 at a McDonald’s in Silver Spring.  Today, detectives are releasing video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.

On November 14 at approximately 9:37 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the McDonald’s located at 8507 Colesville Road in Silver Spring for the report of a shooting that had just occurred.  Investigation has revealed that the suspect entered the McDonald’s and asked for access to the locked bathroom.  An employee pressed a button to grant the customer access to the bathroom and a single gunshot was heard from the bathroom.  The suspect then exited the McDonald’s.  Officers at the scene observed a bullet hole in the men’s restroom and a bullet fragment was located on the bathroom floor.  No gun was located.

The suspect is described as a black male, with a thin build, balding, and wearing glasses.  The suspect was wearing a gray jacket, dark pants, and dark boots.

Detectives are releasing video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help.  Anyone who may have information about this incident or the suspect involved is asked to contact the 3rd District Investigative Section at 301-565-5835.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here.  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this felony crime.

Detectives Seek Assistance in Identifying Robbery Suspect

Detectives from the 4th District Investigative Section are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect involved in an armed robbery that occurred in the Leisure World shopping center.

On November 21, at approximately 8:42 p.m., 4th District officers responded to the Aspen Hill Shopping Center for a report of an armed robbery.  Investigation revealed that the 20-year-old male victim had been sitting in his vehicle in the Leisure World shopping center when he was approached by the suspect.  The suspect initially asked the victim for directions to the Glenmont Metro Station but then produced a black handgun and entered the victim’s vehicle.  The suspect forced the victim to drive to several ATM’s in the Aspen Hill area in an attempt to withdraw money.

After unsuccessful attempts to withdraw money from several banks, the suspect had the victim park in the Aspen Hill shopping center parking lot.  The suspect then took the victim’s credit card, iPhone, and vehicle keys and fled.  The victim summoned police assistance.

The suspect involved in this incident is described as a black male, approximately 20 years old, 5-10″, and weighing approximately 200 pounds.  He was wearing a black Northface windbreaker with a hood, dark blue jeans, and a skull cap.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect used the victim’s credit card at the CVS store located at 12209 Veirs Mill Road.  Detectives obtained surveillance videos from the store and today are releasing these videos.  The suspect is seen in the videos with his face still masked as he enters the store and makes his transaction at the cash register.

Anyone who may have information about this robbery or the suspect involved is asked to contact the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here.  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this felony crime.