Suspect Charged for Armed Robbery of Jewelry Store In Bethesda; Detectives Seek to Identify Remaining Two Suspects

Derrick Lamont Graham

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division have charged Derrick Lamont Graham, age 42, of an unconfirmed address, for the December 13 armed robbery of The Jewelry Exchange store located at 7747 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda.

On Friday, December 13, at approximately 5:46 p.m., three male suspects entered The Jewelry Exchange store.   One suspect displayed a handgun and the males demanded jewelry.  While two of the suspects obtained the jewelry, the third suspect acted as a lookout at the front door of the business.  The suspects stole approximately 100 pieces of jewelry with a total worth of over $60,000.

On December 17, the police department released surveillance video of the suspects to the media and public and asked for help in identifying them.  Detectives received multiple tips identifying Graham as the suspect who displayed the handgun.

On December 18, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Graham charging him with the armed robbery.

Yesterday (December 30), Graham was arrested in Arlington, Virginia, on unrelated charges.    Graham remains in custody in Arlington, Virginia, pending extradition to Montgomery County.

Detectives continue to work to identify the two remaining suspects and ask that anyone with information about these suspects contact the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters 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 the arrest and/or indictment of these suspects.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

The police department thanks the tipsters who provided the information that led to Graham’s identification and arrest.

December 13 surveillance photograph of Graham just prior to armed robbery

Concern for Missing Gaithersburg Man (LOCATED)

Andres Sanchez Brito

Update: January 2, 2020 – Andres Sanchez Brito has been located safe and unharmed.

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

Andres Sanchez Brito, age 41, was last seen by family at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, when he left his Lost Knife Circle home on foot.  Family has been unable to contact him since that time and recently reported him as missing.

Brito is approximately 5’ 5″ tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.  He has brown eyes and black hair.

Police and family are concerned for Brito’s physical and emotional welfare.

Anyone with information regarding Andres Sanchez Brito’s whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Department of Police at 301-279-8000 (available 24/7).

Police Impersonator Arrested in White Oak; Possibility of Additional Victims a Concern

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested Kareem Hart, age 24, of District Heights, Maryland, and have charged him with crimes to include impersonating a police officer, extortion, and false imprisonment.

On December 28 at approximately 6:03 p.m., officers were called to the White Oak Shopping Center located in the 11200 block of New Hampshire Avenue for the report of a suspicious situation.

Officers met with the 20-year-old male victim, who told officers that he had been driving his vehicle through the shopping center’s parking lot near the Sears when he mistakenly turned the wrong way on a one-way lane. At that time, a white Nissan Versa with Allied Security markings drove behind his vehicle.  The driver of the Nissan activated the vehicle’s roof top light bar which emitted a yellow flashing light.

The victim stopped his vehicle and was approached by the Nissan’s driver, an Allied Security guard, in a security uniform, who was later identified as Kareem Hart.  Hart told the victim that he would write him a $250 ticket for turning onto the one-way lane but if he sent him $50 via an electronic payment app, then he would not write him a ticket.  The victim sent the money to Hart via the app.  The victim then left the immediate area and called police.

At approximately 7:50 that night, officers located the Nissan Versa in the White Oak Shopping Center parking lot and identified the driver of the vehicle as Hart.  The victim identified Hart as the suspect who had impersonated an officer and conducted a traffic stop of his vehicle earlier that evening.

Hart was arrested and was transported to the Central Processing Unit.  He has been released on bond.

Officers are concerned that there may be additional victims of Hart’s police impersonation. Anyone who has come into contact with Hart while he has been representing himself as a law enforcement officer is asked to call investigators at: 240-773-6893.

Kareem Hart

 

Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement Continues – Week Seven

Members of the 2019 Holiday Alcohol Task Force

The Holiday Alcohol Task Force officers have been devoting their full-time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.

During this past week’s enforcement (December 26 to December 29), task force officers arrested 25 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI).**

During the past seven weeks of the Holiday Alcohol Task Force, task force officers have arrested 256 people for DUI.**

**It should be noted that the above arrests include only those arrests made by task force officers and do not include the additional arrests made by patrol officers in the performance of their duties.  Therefore, the overall number of DUI arrests made by officers during this time period is higher.

(LOCATED) Concern for Missing Woman

Nilam Kumari Gupta

Update: December 30, 2019, – Nilam Gupta has been located safe and unharmed. 

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman.

Nilam Kumari Gupta, age 54, from the 11200 block of Evans Trail in Beltsville, was last seen at approximately 1:00 this morning (Saturday, December 28) when she left Holy Cross Hospital (located at 1500 Forest Glen Road in Silver Spring) in a taxi.  Family has been unable to contact her since that time.

Gupta is approximately 5’ 5″ tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds.  She has brown eyes and long dark hair.  Gupta was last seen wearing a black jacket over a black blouse, jeans, and black shoes.

Police and family are concerned for Gupta’s physical and emotional welfare.

Anyone with information regarding Nilam Kumari Gupta’s whereabouts or anyone who sees her is asked to call the Montgomery County Department of Police at 301-279-8000 (available 24/7).

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