Concern for Missing Derwood Man

Marvin Darnell O’Brien

Update: September 2, 2018 – Marvin Darnell O’Brien has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 6th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Derwood man.

Marvin Darnell O’Brien, age 33, who resides in a group home on Granby Road, was last seen by caretakers at approximately 2 a.m. this morning (August 31), when he left the group home on foot.

Marvin Darnell O’Brien is described as an African American male who is 6’ 1” tall and weighing 160 pounds. He has short black hair, brown eyes, and a tattoo on his forehead.   O’Brien was last seen wearing a blue scrub shirt and blue jeans.

Police and caretakers are concerned for Marvin Darnell O’Brien’s emotional and physical welfare.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Marvin Darnell O’Brien is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24-7).

RLG

It’s Back to School – Know Laws Regarding a Stopped School Bus; Watch for Children Walking to Bus Stops and Schools

As Montgomery County Public School students return to school on Tuesday, MCP wants to remind residents to be prepared for heavier traffic and allow extra time for your commute. Remember to stop for stopped school buses when necessary and required by law. Be extra careful as the days are getting shorter and children are walking to bus stops and schools. Parents, please discuss with your children the importance of safety when walking to school or their bus stop. We hope that everyone has a successful school year!

Know The Law –  Stopped school buses with activated flashing red lights and stop arms:

 

 

When a driver passes a stopped school bus with red flashing lights, it is often because he/she is either uninformed with regard to the requirements of the law, is impatient, or is distracted.

When approaching a stopped school bus with activated flashing red lights, Maryland law requires that motorists traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop and remain stopped until the stop sign and lights are deactivated.  The law also requires that motorists approaching the bus from the opposite direction must stop if there is no physical barrier, such as a median.  Remember: “Paint (the line markings on the roadway) does not protect (children crossing the street).”

Automated School Bus Camera Safety Enforcement Program:

Cameras that have the ability to record vehicles that pass stopped school buses with activated flashing red lights are placed on the the outside of school buses.  Violations captured by these cameras are reviewed by the police department’s Automated Traffic Enforcement Unit and citations are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

The Automated School Bus Camera Safety Enforcement Program’s pilot program began in January 2014 with 25 cameras placed on the outside of school buses.  In October 2016, 200 cameras were installed on school buses and the Automated School Bus Camera Safety Enforcement Program was fully implemented.

Currently, 500 Montgomery County Public School buses are equipped with an exterior camera to capture violators who pass the bus illegally when it is stopped.  The goal is that an additional 400 buses will be equipped with cameras by the end of October (2018).  When this goal is accomplished, 900 school buses in a fleet of approximately 1,380 buses will have cameras.

  • During the 2017/2018 school year (September 5, 2017 to August 15, 2018), 34,778 civil citations were issued to those who passed a school bus and were captured on a school bus camera.
  • Approximately 51,000 persons have been issued civil citations as a part of the Automated School Bus Camera Safety Enforcement Program since the program began in October of 2016.
  • Approximately 2,000 vehicles were found to have passed the school buses on multiple occasions.

 

Bus with Camera

 

Bus with Camera

Penalties for Violating the Law:

Bus Cameras:  The camera-generated fine is $250; no points are associated with a citation issued through this program.

Officer issued traffic citation:  A citation issued by a police officer carries a $570 fine and three points on a driver’s record.

In Conclusion:

MCP wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable 2018-2019 school year.  Everyone can do his/her part to ensure that our roadways are safe for both motorists and pedestrians.

 

RLI

 

 

 

Police Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Theft from Auto Suspect – Remind Residents to Lock Vehicle Doors

Theft from vehicle suspect

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate the August 20 theft from vehicle that occurred in Woodside.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

On Monday, August 20 at approximately 7:00 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to a home in the 1700 block of Leighton Wood Lane for the report of a theft from a vehicle which had just been discovered.  A review of home surveillance video showed that at approximately 5:40 a.m., the suspect approached two of the victim’s vehicles which were parked on the driveway and opened an unlocked door to one of those cars.   The suspect did not obtain any property and left the area on foot.

Thefts from unlocked vehicles continue to be a high-volume crime in Montgomery County. The Police Department urges all residents to take a role in preventing this type of crime by removing valuables from vehicles and locking all doors.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call the 3rd District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6830. 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 that leads to an arrest in this case.

Detectives Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Credit Card Theft Suspect

Suspect who fraudulently used victim’s stolen credit cards.

Detectives from the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating the August 16 theft of credit cards from an adult female victim and the subsequent fraudulent use of those cards at a Gaithersburg store.  Today, investigators are releasing a surveillance photograph of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify her.

Investigation revealed that at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, the victim received an alert from her bank regarding a $1,500 purchase of Visa gift cards which had just been made at the Target store located at 25 Grand Corner Avenue in Gaithersburg.  After being contacted by the bank, the victim checked her wallet and discovered her credit cards missing.  Investigators have determined that the victim was last in possession of her credit cards at approximately 6:25 p.m. that evening when she used one of the credit cards at a store located near the Target.  Detectives are still working to determine where the theft of credit cards occurred.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5745 or 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.

RLG

Fraud Suspect Purchases Items Totaling over $15,000 with Victim’s Stolen Credit Card; Surveillance Photograph Released

Suspect who fraudulently charged over $15,000 on victim’s stolen credit card.

Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District are releasing a surveillance photograph of a suspect who charged over $15,000 worth of jewelry to a resident’s stolen credit card and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

The investigation determined that on Sunday, August 5, the adult male victim was at the Lakewood Country Club located at 13901 Glen Mill Road in Rockville when his wallet was stolen.  The victim was not aware of the theft until he received a call from his bank later that afternoon.  He was notified by his bank that a large credit card purchase was made at Jared The Galleria of Jewelry store located at 12101 Rockville Pike in Rockville.

The investigation further determined that the suspect fraudulently purchased over $15,000 worth of jewelry and then attempted to use the victim’s credit card to purchase over $1,100 worth of merchandise at the Home Depot store located at 21010 Frederick Road in Germantown.  The transaction at the Home Depot store was declined by the victim’s bank.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call 2nd District officers at 240-773-6747 or 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 in this case.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters must call Crime Solvers.  Callers may remain anonymous.

RLG