Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Bethesda Theft Suspects; Surveillance Photographs Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating the November 27 theft of credit cards from the victim’s purse at a Bethesda grocery store and the subsequent fraudulent use of those cards at a Best Buy store in Washington, D.C.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the suspects and are asking for the public’s help to identify them.

Investigation revealed that on November 27 at 5:00 p.m., the victim was shopping at Trader Joe’s located at 6831 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. While shopping, the victim was approached by the suspect who engaged her in a conversation. The victim believed the suspect was trying to distract her, so the victim ended the encounter. The victim believed the encounter with the suspect was suspicious and checked her purse and was unable to locate her wallet. At a later date, the victim learned of multiple fraudulent charges to her credit card from her bank.

Suspect one is described as an adult male in his early 30s with dark hair, 6’2” tall, and weighing between 210 and 230 pounds. Suspect two is described as an adult male in his early to mid 40s with dark hair and a full beard., 5’10” tall, and weighing between 180 and 190 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding these suspects is asked to call the 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6700. 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 that leads to an arrest in this case.

The Montgomery County Police Department reminds residents to keep safe while shopping by following these tips:

  • Carry a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Carry your closed purse as close to your body as possible.
  • Do not become distracted while shopping; stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Park in well-lighted parking lots and park as close to the mall or store as possible.
  • Lock your car doors and keep packages hidden in the trunk or under the seats of your vehicle.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash with you – pay with checks or credit cards when possible.
  • Try to avoid carrying a large number of bags. Make trips back to your vehicle to store packages in the trunk as you continue to shop.

Suspect One

Suspect One

Suspect Two

Suspect Two

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Update: Suspect Charged with Fraud Involving Victim with Autism; Detectives Received Numerous Tips

Financial Crimes detectives have charged Kim Dashawn Prophet, age 24, of an unconfirmed address, with fraud charges relating to a case involving a 22-year-old male victim with Autism.  The Department released surveillance photos and video of the unknown suspect (now identified as Prophet) in early October.  Detectives received approximately a dozen tips from the public providing information on the suspect’s (Prophet’s) identity.

This investigation revealed that Prophet befriended the victim and gained his trust over a period of time.  The suspect asked the victim for the victim’s bank account information, which he provided.  The suspect then asked to see the victim’s ATM card and stole it.

On August 11, the suspect entered the Navy Federal Credit Union located at 12244 Rockville Pike and posing as the victim, deposited a counterfeit (fake) check into the victim’s account.  The check showed the forged signature of the victim.  The suspect then went to the branch’s ATM and using the victim’s bank card that he had stolen, withdrew $600.00 from the victim’s account.

Using the tips received from the public, investigators identified Prophet as the suspect in this case.  He has been charged with numerous fraud and forgery crimes and obtaining property of a vulnerable adult by deception via a Montgomery County criminal warrant.  Prophet is currently in custody at the Arlington County, Virginia, Detention Facility on charges unrelated to this Montgomery County case.

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Suspect Identified as Kim Prophet

Suspect Befriends Adult With Autism; Fraudulently Withdraws Money From His Bank Account

Financial Crimes Section detectives are investigating a fraud case involving a 22-year-old male victim with Autism.  Investigators are releasing surveillance photographs and video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

Investigation has revealed that the suspect befriended the victim and gained his trust over a period of time.  The suspect asked the victim for the victim’s bank account information, which he provided.  The suspect then asked to see the victim’s ATM card and stole it.

On August 11, the suspect entered the Navy Federal Credit Union located at 12244 Rockville Pike and deposited a counterfeit (fake) check written to the victim.  The suspect then went to the branch’s ATM and using the victim’s bank card that he had stolen, withdrew $600.00 from the victim’s account.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the Financial Crimes Section at 240-773-6330.  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 the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

Detectives Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Credit Card Theft Suspect; Residents Reminded to Keep Wallets and Purses Close at all Times

Suspect who attempted to fraudulently use the victim’s stolen card

Detectives from the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating the June 28 theft of credit cards from the victim’s purse at a Gaithersburg restaurant and the subsequent fraudulent use of those cards at a store.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify her.

Investigation revealed that on June 28 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., the victim was dining at the Ruth’s Chris Steak House located at 106 Crown Park Avenue in Gaithersburg.  At approximately 8:30 p.m. that evening, the victim was contacted by her bank and notified that someone had attempted to use her bank card at a Target store located at 25 Grand Corner Avenue in Gaithersburg; the transaction was declined by the store.  The victim stated to investigators that she had hung her purse, which contained her wallet and credit cards, on the back of her chair while she was dining at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.  After being contacted by the bank, the victim checked her wallet and discovered two credit cards missing.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify the female suspect who was captured on store surveillance attempting to use one of the victim’s stolen credit cards.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5789 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.

The Montgomery County Police Department reminds residents to keep safe while shopping by following these tips:

  • Carry a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Carry your closed purse as close to your body as possible.
  • Do not become distracted by your shopping.  Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Park in well-lighted parking lots and park as close to the mall or store as possible.
  • Lock your car doors and keep packages hidden in the trunk or under the seats of your vehicle.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash with you – pay with checks or credit cards when possible.
  • Try to avoid carrying a large number of bags. Make trips back to your vehicle to store packages in the trunk as you continue to shop.

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Detectives Seek Public’s Help to Identify Bethesda Apple Store Theft Suspects; Surveillance Photographs Released

Suspects who stole 9 iPhones from Bethesda Apple Store

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section continue to investigate the August 4 theft of multiple Apple iPhones from an Apple Store located in Bethesda. Today, detectives are releasing surveillance photographs of the three suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.

On August 4 at approximately 9:10 a.m., 2nd District officers responded to the Apple Store located at 4860 Bethesda Avenue for the report of a theft that had just occurred. The investigation by detectives determined that the three suspects entered the Apple Store shortly after the business opened at 9:00 a.m. The suspects briefly walked around the store and then stole nine iPhones from display cases.  The suspects fled from the store and were last seen on foot in the area of Bethesda Lane at Elm Street.

Anyone who has information about the suspects or this theft 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 provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

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Suspect who stole iPhones from Bethesda Apple Store

Suspects who stole 9 iPhones from Bethesda Apple Store

Suspect who stole iPhones from Bethesda Apple Store

Suspect who stole iPhones from Bethesda Apple Store

Suspect who stole iPhones from Bethesda Apple Store