Bethesda Auto Theft and Burglary Investigated; Video Surveillance of Suspects Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to identify two suspects who are believed to have stolen a car in Bethesda and then committed a school burglary approximately one hour later in Chevy Chase.

On June 23 between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., a silver BMW 328i was stolen from a residential driveway located in the 9800 block of Raleigh Tavern Court.  The vehicle key had been left in the vehicle and the doors were left unlocked. The Police Department reminds residents to remove all valuables and keys from their unoccupied vehicles and lock all vehicle doors.

Later that evening, officers responded to the report of a burglary at the Lycee Rochambeau-French International School located at 3200 Woodbine Street in Chevy Chase.  A first-floor classroom window had been broken and 25 Apple iPads had been stolen.  The total value of the stolen iPads is approximately $7,500.

School video surveillance shows two black male suspects at approximately 8:00 p.m.  The video also shows the suspects’ two vehicles: a black and silver sedan.  The silver sedan appears to be a BMW and is believed to be the BMW stolen from Raleigh Tavern Court.

The stolen BMW was located in Washington, D.C. on June 24When Montgomery County detectives searched the inside of the recovered car, they located discarded clothing that was similar to clothing worn by one of the suspects during the commission of the school burglary.

Detectives are asking anyone who recognizes the suspects from the surveillance video or anyone who has information about these two crimes to please call the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6700.  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).


Surveillance Video

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Suspect One


Suspect Two


Both Suspects




Concern For Missing Bethesda Teen

Delano Whatts

Delano Whatts

UPDATE: June 29 at 10:30 a.m. – Delano Munoz Whatts has been located safe and unharmed.


Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 18-year-old Bethesda male.

Delano Munoz Whatts left his home in the 5100 block of Dudley Lane at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 after a disagreement with a family member.

Delano Whatts is described as an African-American male who is 5′ 11″ tall, weighing 160 pounds.  When he left his residence he was wearing a dark colored track jacket with a stripe on the sleeve.  He was driving a blue, 2007, Nissan Altima with Maryland tags 4BY4229.

Delano Whatts left a note with suicidal statements.  Family and police are concerned for his safety and welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Delano Whatts or the blue Nissan Altima is requested to immediately call 9-1-1.


Detectives Arrest Elementary School Teacher for Sexual Offenses


062716 John Vigna mugshotDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) were contacted by Child Protective Services and began investigating reports of sexual offenses by a third-grade teacher involving two students. It began for one student in August of 2014 and continued into February of 2016; and involved a second student in February of 2016. The incidents occurred at Cloverly Elementary School located at 800 Briggs Chaney Road in Silver Spring, and were reported to police in February of this year. The teacher was placed by the Montgomery County School system on administrative leave in February 2016 and remained on administrative leave throughout the rest of the school year.

John Vigna, age 49, of the 1000 block of Notley Road in Silver Spring, turned himself in and was served his arrest warrant this morning, June 27. He was charged with one count of sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of third-degree sexual offense for victim 1. He was charged with one count of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of third-degree sexual offense for Victim 2.

Through the course of the investigation it was learned that beginning in August of 2014 and continuing through February of 2016, Vigna had on four or five occasions held Victim 1, currently an 11-year-old girl, on his lap, holding her hips and moving her back and forth on his lap while holding her close to him. When she tried to leave, he resisted letting her get down.

It was also learned that Victim 1 had been inappropriately touched on the buttocks several times in the classroom while other students were engaged in activities that prevented them from noticing the contact. The victim sometimes hugged the teacher goodbye and he would use that opportunity to make that further inappropriate contact.

In February of 2016, Victim 1’s friend, also currently an 11-year-old girl, came into the classroom. Both students hugged the teacher goodbye and both witnessed that Vigna made the same inappropriate contact, rubbing the buttocks, with each girl.

Investigators are releasing this information in order to determine if any other students were victimized by Vigna. Detectives are requesting that parents of students who had Vigna as a teacher, talk to their children about their interactions with him and contact SVID detectives at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.

John Vigna is currently being held on a $150,000 bond.

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UPDATE: 6th District Detectives Seek Help from the Public to Locate Man Missing from Gaithersburg

062516 Luu photoUpdate July 11 7:30 p.m.: Detectives located Thomas Luu safe and unharmed in Houston and he has returned home.

UPDATE June 25 2:50 p.m.: Detectives believe that Luu may currently be in Salt Lake City, Utah. Anyone who can confirm or disprove this information is asked to call 301-279-8000. 

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 6th District Investigative Section are seeking help from the public to locate a man missing from Gaithersburg. He was last seen early this morning at his residence in the 100 block of Central Avenue.

Thomas Vinh Luu is described as a 35-year-old Asian male, 5’3” tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. It is not known what he is wearing. He has been diagnosed with a medical condition for which he was prescribed medication that he does not have with him.

It is believed that he may have been in the area of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling military base located at 20 MacDill Blvd., Washington, D.C. this morning.

Anyone who may have information about Mr. Luu’s whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000 (available 24-7).



Update: Detectives Seek Help from Public to Locate Ethiopian Man Missing from Silver Spring

062416 I. Haile photoUpdate June 24: Mr. Haile was found safe and unharmed in Westminister, Maryland. Police and his family thank all those who assisted in publicizing this missing person case.

Montgomery County Police 3rd District Detectives are seeking the public’s help to locate a senior Ethiopian man who walked away from his residence in the 1900 block of Agate Drive in Silver Spring yesterday, June 23 at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Ingidashet Haile, age 75, has been in the United States for approximately four months. He has been diagnosed with Dementia and he does not drive.

He is described as a black male, 5’9″ tall and weighing 170 pounds. He has graying black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray and blue jacket and gray pants.

Anyone who has information about Mr. Haile’s whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000 (available 24/7).

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