Fraud Suspect Purchases Items Totaling $9,800 with Victims’ Stolen Credit Cards; Residents Reminded to Keep Purses and Wallets Close at All Times

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit have charged Amir Holmes (also known as Amir Hunter), age 52, of the 1700 block of E. Street in Northeast, Washington, D.C., with multiple counts of theft and credit card fraud-related offenses.  Holmes stole wallets and credit cards from approximately six victims who left their purses unattended while shopping at a store in Wheaton.  Holmes then fraudulently used the stolen credit cards to purchase merchandise at various retail stores in Wheaton. Investigators believe that Holmes committed these thefts on various dates between early May and the end of July.

On May 8, 2019, detectives began investigating a series of wallet thefts that occurred inside the Costco Wholesale store located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton.  During the investigation, detectives identified Holmes as the suspect who, from May through July, fraudulently purchased approximately $9,800 worth of merchandise on six victims’ stolen credit cards.

On Thursday, August 8, investigators obtained a Montgomery County arrest warrant for Holmes.

Holmes was arrested on August 14 in Washington, D.C., on the strength of the Montgomery County arrest warrant.

Holmes remains incarcerated in Washington, D.C., pending extradition to Montgomery County.  At this time, a mugshot for Holmes is not available.

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

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Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 1st District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate at least three reports in the County of wallet thefts and subsequent fraudulent use of the victim’s credit cards at local stores in Montgomery County.   Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

The investigation by detectives determined that between the months of March and May in 2019, at least three victims reported that his or her wallet, which contained credit cards, had been stolen.  The investigation further determined that the suspect would then use the stolen credit cards to fraudulently purchase merchandise and gift cards at multiple retail stores in Montgomery County and in Washington, D.C.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the 1st District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6070 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.

The Department urges residents to follow these tips to help prevent having their purse and/or wallet stolen:

  • Carry your purse as close to your body as possible and keep it in sight at all times.
  • Carry your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Do not become distracted.  Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

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Detectives Investigate Credit Card Fraud Related to Earlier Bethesda Home Invasion Robbery; Surveillance Photographs of Separate Suspect Released

Separate suspect who fraudulently used victim’s stolen credit cards following Bethesda home invasion robbery

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the March 30 robbery that occurred inside a home in Bethesda.  During this home invasion robbery, a male suspect stole the victim’s purse which included her credit cards.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of a separate male suspect who fraudulently used the victim’s credit cards after the robbery and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Saturday, March 30 at approximately 4:46 a.m., 2nd District officers responded to a residence in the 6800 block of Wisconsin Avenue for the report of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that earlier in the evening, the adult female victim had been out with friends in the downtown Bethesda area when she ordered a ridesharing service back to her residence.  The suspect arrived at the victim’s location and the victim got into the suspect’s vehicle believing that he was the driver for the rideshare that she had ordered.  The suspect drove the victim to her residence and demanded payment.  The victim stated to detectives that she told the driver that she had paid for the rideshare through the rideshare’s app and that she did not owe the driver additional money.  The suspect followed the victim into her apartment building and then followed her into an elevator.  While in the elevator, the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to steal the victim’s purse.   The suspect then followed the victim off the elevator and into her apartment.   Once in the victim’s apartment, the suspect stole property and then fled.

At approximately 10:00 a.m. that morning, the separate male suspect was captured on store surveillance video fraudulently using the victim’s credit cards to purchase merchandise at stores in Arlington, Virginia and Landover, Maryland.

Anyone with information about this suspect or the home invasion robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100 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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Separate suspect who fraudulently used victim’s stolen credit cards following Bethesda home invasion robbery

Fraud Suspect Purchases Items Totaling over $10,000 with Stolen Credit Cards; Surveillance Photographs of Suspect Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 1st District Patrol Investigations Unit and the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate two cases of credit card theft and the subsequent fraudulent use of those stolen credit cards.  Investigators believe that the credit cards may have been stolen from the victims’ vehicles while they were parked at park and recreation facilities located in Derwood and Darnestown.  Investigators further believe that the same female suspect used those stolen credit cards to purchase merchandise at stores in Germantown and Rockville.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify her.

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

  • February 19 – The suspect stole two credit cards from the victim’s vehicle which had been parked at Lake Needwood located in the 6700 block of Needwood Road in Derwood. The suspect then used those credit cards to fraudulently purchase merchandise totaling $5,200 at two stores in Germantown.

 

  • March 7 – The suspect stole two credit cards from the victim’s vehicle which had been parked along the Seneca Ridge Trail located in the 16800 block of Riffle Ford Road in the Darnestown area. The suspect then used those credit cards to fraudulently purchase merchandise totaling $5,650 at a store in Rockville.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the 1st District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6070 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 may remain anonymous.

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Suspect who fraudulently used stolen credit cards at a store in Germantown.

Suspect who fraudulently used stolen credit cards at a store in Rockville.

Fraud Suspect Purchases Items Totaling over $8,000 with Victim’s Stolen Credit Cards; Surveillance Photograph Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Patrol Investigations Unit are releasing a surveillance photograph of a female suspect who charged over $8,000 worth of merchandise to the victim’s stolen credit cards and are asking for the public’s help to identify her.

The investigation by detectives determined that the victim was at the Fitness Evolution gym located at 2144 Industrial Parkway in the Calverton area when her purse, which contained her wallet and credit cards, was stolen from a locker. The victim stated that she had secured the locker with a lock and then left to exercise. Upon returning to the changing room, she discovered her lock had been removed and that her purse was missing.

The suspect used the victim’s stolen credit cards to purchase merchandise at various stores in the area. The suspect was seen leaving one store in a red vehicle and seen leaving another store in a white vehicle.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the 3rd District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6800 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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