Detectives Charge Juvenile Suspect with Burglaries of Open Garages and Theft of Bicycles

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit have been investigating six burglaries of open residential garages that occurred in late August in the Clarksburg area.  The suspect in these burglaries stole bicycles.

On August 30, a Clarksburg resident notified detectives that two of his stolen bicycles were being offered for sale on the app, “OfferUp”.  Detectives identified the seller of the stolen bicycles as a 16-year-old juvenile male.  Investigators further determined that the juvenile had sold multiple bicycles on the OfferUp app beginning in early June of 2017.  Investigators contacted the buyers of the previously sold bicycles and recovered 11 bicycles.  Detectives determined that 6 of those bicycles had been reported as stolen from the garages of the following homes in Clarksburg:

  • August 20 – 23100 block of Newcut Road.
  • August 26 – 23800 block of Burdette Forest Road
  • August 26 – 11900 block of Skylark Road
  • August 26 – 23100 block of Mistflower Drive.
  • August 27 – 22700 block of Autumn Breeze Avenue
  • August 30 – 11800 block of Snowden Farm Parkway

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the juvenile’s Clarksburg area residence and recovered a GPS device that had been stolen from a vehicle in the Clarksburg area.

On September 15, detectives arrested the 16-year-old male juvenile and charged him with burglary and theft-related offenses.

Detectives believe that the five remaining bicycles were stolen between June and August 30 and that the owners have not reported the thefts to police.  Investigators are urging Clarksburg area residents who had their bicycle(s) stolen and not reported the theft(s) to police to contact them at 240-773-6261.

MCP reminds residents to lock vehicle doors and windows, and remove or hide from view items of value (to include garage door openers).  Also, it is important to secure and lock all garage access doors to the home.

 

 

Gaithersburg Fatal Pedestrian Collision Investigated

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal pedestrian collision that occurred in Gaithersburg last night.

On Tuesday, September 26 at approximately 7:56 p.m., 6th District units, Gaithersburg police, and Fire and Rescue personnel responded for a collision involving a pedestrian on Muddy Branch Road and Harmony Hall Road.  First responders located a 76-year-old female with life-threatening injuries.  She was transported to Suburban Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that Svetlan Bychkova, of the 17000 block of King James Way in Gaithersburg, was walking west across the southbound lanes of Muddy Branch Road.  During this action, Bychkova was struck by a black 2006 Lexus ES 330, operated by Sara Eugenia Rivera, traveling south on Muddy Branch Road.  Rivera, 27 years old, of the 800 block of West Side Drive in Gaithersburg, remained on the scene and provided information to investigators.

This collision remains under investigation.  Investigators are urging anyone who witnessed this collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240.773.6620.

PRS

 

National Coffee With A Cop Day is Wednesday, October 4 – Come Meet Your Local Officers

National Coffee With A Cop Day is Wednesday, October 4.  The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) invites residents to join us for coffee and conversation on October 4 at any of the locations below.  At these events, there are no meeting agendas or planned speeches.  Feel free to ask questions, discuss concerns, and get to know your police officers.

National Coffee With A Cop Day, MCPD Events – Wednesday, October 4:

First District

  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Dunkin’ Donuts, 15180 Frederick Road, Rockville

Second District

  • “Movie With A Cop” – 10:00 am, ArcLight Cinemas located at Westfield Montgomery Mall (above the food court area), 7101 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda

Third District

  • 7:00 am – 10:00 am, Kaldi’s Coffee House, 918 Silver Spring Avenue, Silver Spring

Fourth District

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton

 

  • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Ana G. Mendez University, 11006 Veirs Mill Road (Westfield Wheaton Mall near Party City), Wheaton

Fifth District

  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am, Starbucks, 20934 Frederick Road, Germantown (Neelsville Village Center adjacent to the Milestone Shopping Center)

Sixth District

  • 7:00 am – 9:00 am, Chick-fil-A, 104 Main Street, Kentlands

 

  • 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Panera Bread, 598 N. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg

RLI

 

Assistant Chief Betsy Davis – Retiring with Over 32 Years of Dedicated Service with the Montgomery County Police Department

On Friday, September 29, Montgomery County Police Assistant Chief Betsy Davis will complete her last tour of duty after 32 plus years of dedicated service with the Montgomery County Police Department.  Assistant Chief Davis joined the Montgomery County Police Department in 1985 as a member of academy session 15.

Assistant Chief Davis is a native of Montgomery County.  She grew up in the Woodside area of Silver Spring and graduated from Montgomery Blair High School formerly located on Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring.  After earning her bachelor’s degree from Towson University in 1984, she applied to become a Montgomery County Police Officer.  She was sworn in on July 11, 1985, and began her career as a patrol officer in Silver Spring (the 3rd District).  Assistant Chief Davis rose through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain/Commander, to Assistant Chief.  Through the years, she has served in many positions to include Detective Sergeant of the Bethesda Investigative Section, Deputy Director of the 1st and 6th Districts, Director of the Personnel Division, and Commander of the 2nd and 3rd Districts.  Since her appointment to an Assistant Chief in 2007, she has served as Assistant Chief of the three bureaus: the Patrol Services Bureau, the Management Services Bureau, and currently the Field Services Division.

Assistant Chief Davis has responded to major events that she recalls vividly and have shaped how she views police work; events to include the 1996 train collision in Silver Spring, the 2002 DC Sniper Beltway attacks, and the 2015 Baltimore City unrest.

Chief Davis has also dedicated her career to remembering the Police Department’s 18 fallen heroes.  As Chair of the Department’s Fallen Officer Memorial annual service, she is the driving force in ensuring that officers killed in the line of duty are never forgotten.  She is a board member of HEROES Inc. (an organization that offers assistance and advice to the families of fallen officers and firefighters).  She is also on the board of the Officer Noah Leotta Foundation, named in honor of fallen Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta.  The organization works to promote awareness of the problems of impaired driving and underage drinking and also supports victims of these crimes.  Chief Davis also volunteers at the Kensington Park Senior Living Community.

Chief Davis’ father Robert B. Davis, after a 42-year career with the B&O Railroad Company, was the first person to volunteer with the Department’s (at the time) newly established official volunteer program.  Mr. Davis volunteered at the Silver Spring Station (3rd District) for twenty years.

Chief Tom Manger, commenting on Assistant Chief Davis’ career, said, “Betsy has served her community with compassion, humility, and integrity.  Her ten years as an Assistant Chief has helped shape the Police Department into the progressive agency it is today.  Montgomery County is better because of Betsy Davis’ service.”

Reflecting on her career, Assistant Chief Davis said, “I have been privileged to work with the men and women of the Montgomery County Police Department for the past 32 years.  During that time, I have never regretted my decision to be a police officer and to be a part of MCP.  I thank all the many department members, family, friends, and community members who supported me during my career.  It has truly been an honor to wear this badge.”

The Police Department is indebted to Chief Davis for her years of service both to the Department and to the Community, and we wish her a long and fulfilling retirement.

RLI

Assistant Chief Betsy Davis

Montgomery County Police Academy – Session 15

Concern For Missing Damascus Woman

Maureen Ann O’Malley

Update:  Maureen Ann O’Malley has been located.  Police thank the public and media for their assistance in publicizing this missing person’s case.

Detectives with the 5th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Damascus area woman.

Maureen Ann O’Malley, 55 years old, was last seen at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 22 when she left her residence in the 11200 block of Bethesda Church Road.  She was due at work at the Frederick Costco, but did not arrive there.

O’Malley is described as a white female, 55 years old, 5′ 6″ tall, and weighing approximately 200 pounds.  She has blond hair, green eyes, and is believed to be wearing gym or workout attire.  She also drives a red Toyota RAV4 with Maryland tags, 8BR8520.

Police and family are concerned for O’Malley’s physical and emotional welfare.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Maureen Ann O’Malley or the red Toyota RAV4, is urged to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number, 301.279.8000.

PRS