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