Third District Officers Arrest Passenger for Possession of Stolen Handgun During Traffic Stop in Silver Spring

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police-3rd District have arrested and charged Edward Lay, age 26, of Clinton, Maryland, with possession of a stolen handgun and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

On February 19, at approximately 10:28 p.m., a 3rd District officer on routine patrol was driving south on Georgia Avenue in the area of Bonifant Street when he observed a vehicle that was displaying vehicle tags that were registered to a different make and model car.  The officer stopped the vehicle and identified the driver and passenger.  The passenger was identified as Lay.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located marijuana and a loaded handgun under the front passenger seat.  Lay was arrested at the scene.

The handgun had been reported stolen.

It was determined that Lay is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior criminal convictions.

Lay was transported to the Central Processing Unit and released on bond.

Edward Lay

Detectives Investigating Office Building Burglary in Bethesda; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Detectives from the  Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd District Investigative Section continue to investigate the February 11 burglary of an office building in Bethesda.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Tuesday, February 11, at approximately 6:57 p.m., the suspect is seen on video surveillance approaching the office building and knocking on the front doors to get the attention of a cleaner who is working inside the building.  The cleaner then lets the suspect into the building.  The suspect is seen exiting the elevator to the lobby at approximately 4:36 a.m. the next day (February 12) carrying items he has stolen from businesses.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect or this burglary is asked to call the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710. 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.

Note:  The office building was undergoing renovations at this time and other workers were in the building and can be seen on video surveillance.

Suspect Arrested While Committing Burglary at Silver Spring Bank

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested and charged Bukhari Muhammed, age 24, of Washington, D.C., with the burglary of a bank in Silver Spring.  Officers responded to the location for the report of an alarm and apprehended Muhammed inside the bank.

On February 2 at approximately 1:48 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Capital One Bank located at 8676 Georgia Avenue for the report of an alarm.  Bank security personnel were monitoring interior surveillance cameras from a remote location and were able to see that someone was in the bank.  Security personnel provided the suspect’s description and updates about the suspect’s whereabouts in the bank to the Emergency Communications Center (911).  The dispatcher was then able to communicate the information to responding officers.

A K9 officer, who was the first to arrive at the bank, observed a broken glass window and could see that the suspect was moving in the building.  Officers and the K9 made entry into the bank through the broken window and officers gave commands to the suspect.  The suspect, later identified as Muhammed, complied with the officers’ commands and was taken into custody without incident and without injury to Muhammed.

Two officers received medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries sustained when they entered the bank through the broken window.  The K9 was also treated by a veterinarian for a laceration he received.

Muhammed was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with second-degree burglary.  He was being held on a $2,500 bond.

Bukhari Muhammed

Detectives Investigate Residential Burglary in Colesville Area; Home Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Detectives from the 4th District are investigating a residential burglary that occurred on January 3 in the 500 block of Wolf Drive in Colesville.  The Department is releasing home video surveillance of the suspect and is asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On January 4, the victim returned to her residence and discovered that it had been burglarized while she had been out of town.  Video surveillance showed the suspect at the home on January 3 at approximately 9:22 p.m.  Officers discovered that the suspect had forced entry into the home via a back door.  The suspect ransacked the home and stole property.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the suspect to call the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.  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 provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

 

Detectives Investigate Commercial Burglaries at Westfield Wheaton Mall; Surveillance Video of Suspects Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Investigative Section continue to investigate two burglaries and an attempted burglary that all occurred on separate occasions to stores inside the Westfield Wheaton mall located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton.  Detectives believe that the same five male suspects committed both burglaries and the attempted burglary. Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the suspects and a surveillance photograph of the suspect’s vehicle and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying them.

The following incidents were reported to police:

  • December 21, 2019 – at approximately 4:57 a.m., the suspects forced entry into the Westfield Wheaton mall and then forced entry into a store located inside the mall. The suspects stole property and fled.
  • December 27, 2019 – at approximately 1:47 a.m., Westfield Wheaton mall security personnel observed the suspects forcing entry into the mall. The suspects fled without gaining entry into the mall.
  • January 3 – at approximately 1:59 a.m., the suspects forced entry into the Westfield Wheaton mall and then forced entry into a store located inside the mall. The suspects stole property and fled.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding these suspects, the suspect’s car, or these burglaries to call the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530. 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 provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

 

suspects in commercial burglaries at Westfield Wheaton mall.

suspects in commercial burglaries at Westfield Wheaton mall.

suspects in commercial burglaries at Westfield Wheaton mall.

suspects in commercial burglaries at Westfield Wheaton mall.

Suspect’s vehicle

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