Detectives Investigate Residential Burglary in North Potomac; Surveillance Photographs Released

Suspects who used victim’s stolen credit card following a residential burglary in North Potomac.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 1st District Investigative Section continue to investigate a residential burglary that occurred in North Potomac in late July.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance photographs of three suspects who were captured on store surveillance video using the victim’s stolen credit card and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. on July 17, a resident in the 12500 block of Falconbridge Drive parked his/her car in the garage of their home and left the garage door open and vehicle doors unlocked during the overnight hours.  The next day, the homeowner discovered credit cards had been stolen from the car.

Investigators determined that the male suspect used one of the victim’s stolen credit cards on the morning of July 18 at the Giant Food grocery store located at 229 Kentlands Boulevard in Gaithersburg, and the two female suspects used that same stolen card at approximately 2:00 p.m. on July 19 at that same Giant Food store.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects or has information about this burglary is asked to contact the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084.    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 will remain anonymous.

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Suspect who used victim’s stolen credit card following a residential burglary in North Potomac. Detectives believe that the T-shirt this suspect is wearing is a “Trader Joe’s” shirt given to employees

Suspect who used victim’s stolen credit card following a residential burglary in North Potomac

Suspects who used victim’s stolen credit card following a residential burglary in North Potomac

Suspect who used victim’s stolen credit card following a residential burglary in North Potomac

Update: Credit Card Theft Suspect Charged – Tipster Helped Close This Case

George Portes

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit have charged George Portes, age 58, of the 18300 block of Powhatan Court in Gaithersburg, with theft and credit card fraud offenses after he fraudulently used credit cards stolen from victims who were exercising in area gyms. 

The following thefts of credit cards were reported to police:

  • March 8, 2017, at the Gold’s Gym located at 18810 Woodfield Road in Gaithersburg.
  • March 29, 2018. Investigators believe that this theft may have occurred at the Gold’s Gym located at 18330 Village Center Drive in Olney.
  • April 18, 2018. Investigators believe that this theft may have occurred at the Gold’s Gym located at 18330 Village Center Drive in Olney.

The suspect then fraudulently used the victims’ stolen credit cards in various stores to include the Home Depot and a CVS pharmacy in Gaithersburg.

On June 5, detectives released surveillance photographs of the suspect to the media and public and asked for help in identifying him.  Investigators received a tip which led to the identification of Portes as the suspect.

On June 28, detectives obtained a search warrant for Portes’ residence.  During the search, investigators recovered items of evidence related to these thefts.

On August 25, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Portes charging him with multiple counts of theft and credit card fraud related offenses. On August 30, Portes turned himself into police and was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

The police department thanks the tipster who provided the information that led to Portes’ identification and arrest.

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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.

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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.

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

Suspect who committed credit card fraud in March and April of 2018.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit and the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating three cases of credit card theft that occurred over a 13-month time period and that are believed to have been committed by the same suspect.   Investigators believe that the credit cards may have been stolen from the victims’ lockers while they were exercising in area gyms.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

The following thefts are believed to have been committed by the same suspect:

  • March 8, 2017, at the Gold’s Gym located at 18810 Woodfield Road in Gaithersburg.

 

  • March 29, 2018. Investigators believe that this theft may have occurred at the Gold’s Gym located at 18330 Village Center Drive in Olney.

 

  • April 18, 2018. Investigators believe that this theft may have occurred at the Gold’s Gym located at 18330 Village Center Drive in Olney.

The victims’ credit cards were fraudulently used in various stores to include the Home Depot and a CVS pharmacy in Gaithersburg.  The same suspect was caught on video surveillance in all three cases.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5476 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.

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Suspect who committed credit card fraud in March of 2017.