Detectives Investigate Police Involved Shooting; Burglary at Gun Store in Rockville

The Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division and the Firearms Investigations Unit, are investigating an incident that occurred early this morning in Rockville when an officer responded to a burglary-in-progress at the United Gun Store located in the 5400 block of Randolph Road.

On June 13th, at approximately 2:35 am, the Emergency Communications Center (911) was notified the United Gun Store in Rockville was being burglarized.  The caller provided a lookout for five suspects, described as black males, to the call taker.

An officer from the 1st District responded to the scene, arriving at 2:39 a.m., and encountered a white SUV in front of the store.  As the officer exited his police cruiser, the white SUV accelerated towards the officer and struck the officer’s police cruiser, disabling it.  During the encounter, the officer discharged his service weapon.

The white SUV traveled down Randolph Road approximately a quarter mile where it became disabled.  Four suspects exited the white SUV and fled on foot into the surrounding area.  Additional responding officers encountered the white SUV in the travel lanes of Randolph Road. A fifth suspect was located unresponsive in the vehicle with a gunshot wound.  Officers removed the unresponsive suspect from the vehicle to take life-saving actions that were ineffective.  The suspect was deceased on the scene.  The remaining four suspects are still outstanding.

Preliminary investigation into the events revealed that the suspects arrived at the United Gun Shop in two vehicles that were reported stolen out of Anne Arundel County.  One vehicle was used to ram through the front of the store in order to gain entry.  Once inside, the suspects stole numerous firearms, then attempted to flee the scene in the white SUV where they encountered the responding officer.

Following the established procedure, once Major Crimes detectives complete their investigation of the officer-involved shooting, the findings will be submitted to the Howard County’s State’s Attorney’s Office for review.*

Per standard procedure, the involved officer has been placed on administrative leave pending review.

Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspects in this incident.  Anyone with information should contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. 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 of the suspect.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

{*An established agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office stipulates that when an officer-involved shooting involving injury or death occurs in one county, the other county’s State’s Attorney’s Office will review the event.}

 

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Detectives Investigate Commercial Burglary in Bethesda; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Suspect who committed a burglary at a Bethesda office building.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd District Investigative Section continue to investigate the May 24 commercial burglary of the Penney Design Group office located at 8120 Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On May 28 at approximately 9:30 a.m., 2nd District officers responded to the Penney Design Group office for the report of a burglary that had just been discovered by an employee arriving to open the business. Officers spoke with the employee who stated that property was missing from the office.  A review of the business’ surveillance video revealed that on May 24 at approximately 4:15 p.m., the male suspect entered the building and made his way toward the Penney Design Group office.  The suspect forced entry into a side office of the business, stole property, and left the building.

Anyone who recognizes this suspect or has information about this burglary is asked to contact the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. 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 of the suspects.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

 

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Police Arrest New Jersey Man After Breaking into Laytonsville Home

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District Station, have arrested a New Jersey man after he broke down the door to an occupied Laytonsville home and entered the residence.  A quick response by 5th District officers led to his immediate arrest, potentially averting a more heinous crime.

Around 11:30 pm, on Tuesday night, May 21st, a man approached a home in the 6400 block of Sundown Road in Laytonsville and began banging on the front door.  The man then went to the rear door and broke it down, entering the residence.  The family was inside their bedroom holding the door shut as the man tried to force his way in.  The adult female resident retreated to the bathroom with her child while the adult male resident tried to keep the man out.

The man was able to force his way into the bedroom.  The male resident tried to push the man away, but he was able to get to the bathroom and force his way in.  When the man saw the woman and her child, he stated, “I guess I have to kill a baby too!”

The male resident shoved the man into the bathtub and the family ran out of the house to the safety of the police officers who had arrived within minutes.

Thomas S. Walton
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The man was taken into custody by the officers.  The man has been identified as Thomas S. Walton, age 25, of Clifton, New Jersey.  Walton was taken to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with 1st Degree Burglary, 2nd Degree Burglary, 4th Degree Burglary, and two counts of Malicious Destruction of Property.  He is currently being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center on a no bond status.

The 5th District Commander, Mark Plazinksi, stated, “I can not imagine how these parents felt as their home was violated.  I am extremely pleased by the quick response of Sergeant Kwaloff and his officers.  This call had the potential to end much differently.”

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Detectives Investigate Commercial Burglary in Olney; Photographs of Suspect Released

Olney commercial burglary suspect

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Investigative Section are investigating the commercial burglary of the California Tortilla restaurant located at 18101 Village Center Drive in Olney.  Today, detectives are releasing photographs of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

Investigators have determined that on March 4 at approximately 12:30 a.m., the suspect gained entry into the restaurant through the front door.  The suspect stole currency from the business and fled.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about this burglary is asked to contact the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530. To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. 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 of the suspect. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Olney commercial burglary suspect

Detectives Investigate Residential Burglary in Olney; Surveillance Video Released

Suspect in Olney residential burglary

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Investigative Section continue to investigate a March 15 residential burglary in Olney.  Today, detectives are releasing home surveillance video of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

The investigation by detectives revealed that on Friday, March 15 at approximately 11:45 a.m., the suspect forced entry through a rear door of a residence in the 17700 block of Chipping Court. The residents were not home at the time.  The suspect was observed on home surveillance video at the front of the home prior to the burglary.  The suspect stole property and fled.

Anyone who recognizes this suspect or has information about this burglary is asked to contact the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. 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 of the suspects.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Suspect in Olney residential burglary