Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement – Week 3

The officers of the Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force have been devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.

  • During this past week’s Task Force (November 29 to December 2), task force officers arrested 24 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI).

 

  • During the past 3 weeks of the Alcohol Holiday Task Force, task force officers have arrested 86 people for DUI.

It should be noted that the above arrests include only those arrests made by task force officers and do not include the additional arrests made by patrol officers in the performance of their duties.  Therefore, the number of total DUI arrests made by MCP officers during this time period is higher.

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Tips to Prevent Package Theft this Holiday Season

During the holiday season, many people will choose to purchase gifts online and have them delivered to their home.  This often means that there will be more packages on doorsteps and more opportunities for thieves to steal these deliveries. The Montgomery County Police Department reminds residents of ways to ensure that packages are delivered to them safely and securely:

 

Choose A Delivery Address Wisely

  • Choose to Have Package Delivered to An Attended Location
    • When you order something online, consider sending the package to a place where you know someone will be available to receive it – your workplace or a friend or neighbor’s home.
  • Choose to Have Package Delivered to Carrier Location
    • Have your deliveries sent to the nearest shipping company center. Many shipping carriers will hold the package for up to five days.
  • Choose In-Store Pick Up
    • Many retailers provide the option of purchasing an item online and picking it up at the nearest retail location.

Know When Your Package Will Be Delivered – Sign Up For Notification Services

  • Many shipment companies offer services to help you track your deliveries by receiving text messages or an e-mail. You can then plan on being home at the time of delivery or ask a trusted friend or neighbor to stop by the delivery location and retrieve the package.
  • After receiving a notification alert and you determine that you won’t be home, many carriers allow you to re-route your shipment to another location or to the carrier’s facility for later pick-up.

Require A Signature

  • Many shipping companies offer a service that requires a signature for a package to be released.

Provide Delivery Instructions

  • Many carriers allow residents to provide instructions on where the deliveries should be placed at the home (side porch, garage door, etc.)

Insure Your Package

  • Consider insuring your package. Contact your chosen mail carrier for coverage policies and requirements.

The Department urges residents who shop online to follow these guidelines to help ensure their packages arrive safely.

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Detectives Investigate Series of BB Gun Vandalisms in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating approximately twenty vandalisms to Germantown businesses and Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Ride On buses that began in late September.  The unknown suspect(s) used a BB gun to shoot at the windows of the following businesses and Ride On buses:

  •  Overnight hours of September 26 into September 27
    • Mattress Warehouse located at 12619 Wisteria Drive.
  • October 3
    • Dairy Queen located at 12603 Wisteria Drive.
  • October 6
    • Dairy Queen located at 12603 Wisteria Drive.
    • Taco Bell located at 19923 Century Boulevard.
    • Avail Vapor located at 19706 Germantown Road.
    • Subway restaurant located at 12601 Wisteria Drive.
  • Overnight hours of October 6 into October 7
    • Mattress Warehouse located at 12619 Wisteria Drive.
  • October 15
    • Pizza Hut located at 19790 Crystal Rock Drive.
  • October 17
    • Fitzgerald Germantown (car dealership) located at 19501 Amaranth Drive.
    • Subway restaurant located at 12601 Wisteria Drive.
  • October 20
    • An occupied MCDOT Ride On bus while it was stopped at the                 intersection of Great Seneca Highway and Richter Farm Road.
    • An occupied MCDOT Ride On bus while it was stopped at the intersection of Great Seneca Highway and Middlebrook Road.
    • Avail Vapor located at 19706 Germantown Road.
    • Dairy Queen located at 12603 Wisteria Drive.
    • Taco Bell located at 19923 Century Boulevard.
  • October 27
    • Bonchon Chicken restaurant located at 19755 Frederick Road.
    • Taco Bell located at 19923 Century Boulevard.
    • Avail Vapor located at 19706 Germantown Road.
    • Subway restaurant located at 12601 Wisteria Drive.
    • Dunkin’ Donuts located at 19781 Frederick Road.
    • An occupied MCDOT Ride On bus while it was stopped at the                 intersection of Germantown Road (Route 118) and Goldenrod Lane.
  • November 8
    • An occupied MCDOT Ride On bus while it was stopped at the                 intersection of Wisteria Drive and Winterspoon Lane.

Anyone with information regarding these vandalisms or the identity of the suspect(s) is asked to call the 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6261.  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 crime.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Detectives Charge Chevy Chase Man with Visual Surveillance

Jonathan Oldale

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section have arrested Jonathan Oldale, age 54, of Greystone Court in Chevy Chase, for conducting visual surveillance of an individual in a private place without his/her consent with prurient intent.

On May 5, Montgomery County Police officers responded to the Silver Star Gymnastics and Fitness Club located at 2701 Pitman Drive in Silver Spring for a suspicious situation.  The complainant, a club employee, stated that approximately three weeks prior, he located a backpack on the floor of the business’ unisex bathroom.  At the time, the employee picked up the backpack and noticed that it contained various cords and wires.  He exited the bathroom and was approached by a parent whose children are enrolled in gymnastics classes at the studio.  The parent, identified as Oldale, stated that the bag belonged to him and took the bag.

The employee further stated that on the day he called police, May 5, he had located the same backpack underneath a “Wet Floor” sign on the floor of the bathroom.  Upon inspecting the backpack, the employee noted that a camera had been placed inside what appeared to be an automobile key fob and then put in the backpack.  The employee noted that the camera was hot to the touch and a light on the camera was illuminated, indicating that the device was in the “on” position.  The employee removed the camera from the backpack and waited to see if anyone would retrieve the bag.  The employee observed Oldale remove the bag from the restroom.  Oldale then approached the club’s front desk two times to ask the receptionist if anyone had turned in a key fob.

Detectives obtained search warrants for Oldale’s home and vehicle. Investigators located an instruction manual for a key fob camera in Oldale’s vehicle.  A digital forensic exam was completed on a computer located in his home which revealed two videos of unidentified females who appear to be school-age being surreptitiously recorded while they were urinating in a bathroom.  Those recordings do not appear to be original videos; they appear to have been downloaded from the internet.  At this time, detectives have not located any videos that include victims from the gymnastics studio.

On October 11, detectives obtained a warrant for Oldale’s arrest, charging him with conducting visual surveillance of another person in a private place without consent.  Oldale turned himself into detectives on October 18 and was transported to the Central Processing Unit.  He was released on bond.

Parents with concerns because their child has previously been in contact with Oldale may email investigators at: OldaleInvestigation@montgomerycountymd.gov. Parents are asked to describe, in as specific terms as possible, what their child’s interactions have been with Oldale. A parent may also email a photograph of the child to assist investigators, but a photograph is not required.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call detectives 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).

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Montgomery County Law Enforcement Agencies and DHHS to Participate in DEA Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 16, 2017

Nat’l Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, October 28 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., community members can drop off unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs as Montgomery County once again participates in the Washington Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

County law enforcement agencies and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse Prevention Office are co-sponsoring the effort. This is a safe, free and anonymous opportunity to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs and is part of a national effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse and theft that continues to occur nationwide.

Drop-off locations will be open to the general public throughout Montgomery County. These locations will accept prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications only. Liquids, illicit drugs, needles, sharps and syringes cannot be accepted as part of this take-back program. Officers will staff collection boxes in the parking lots of the following facilities or in facility lobbies:

Bethesda

MCP 2nd District Police Station                                     7359 Wisconsin Avenue


Chevy Chase:

Village of Friendship Heights Community Center            4433 S. Park Avenue

Chevy Chase Village Police Station                                 5906 Connecticut Avenue


Damascus

Damascus Library                                                             9701 Main Street


Gaithersburg:

MCP 6th District Station                                                  45A West Watkins Mill Rd. 

Gaithersburg Police Station                                              14 Fulks Corner Avenue

Asbury Methodist Village – Lobby of Hefner Bldg.            417 Russell Avenue

Senior Living at Kentlands Manor                                      217 Booth St., Kentlands


Germantown:

MCP 5th District Station                                                    20000 Aircraft Drive


Rockville:

Rockville City Police/Montgomery County Sheriffs            Rockville City Police Station     2 W. Montgomery Avenue (Lobby of Rockville City Police building)

Maryland State Police Rockville Barrack                            7915 Montrose Road

Bender Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Washington                                                                         6125 Montrose Road


Silver Spring:

MCP 3rd District Station                                                    1001 Milestone Drive

Fire Station 1                                                                       8110 Georgia Avenue


Takoma Park:

Takoma Park Police at Takoma Park City Building Lobby  7500 Maple Avenue


Wheaton:

MCP 4th District Station                                                 2300 Randolph Road                                                                      


Residents are encouraged to bring in medications containing controlled substances but will accept any medications brought for disposal. All sites will take pills and medication patches of all kinds. If possible, prescription labels should be removed or personal information should be blacked out; however, pill bottles will still be accepted if the labels are attached. No questions will be asked. This is an opportunity to safely empty out a medicine cabinet of drugs that are no longer needed. Disposing of prescription drugs through a drug take-back day is the safest option. If it is safe to dispose of a drug by flushing it down a toilet, the drug label or prescription information will indicate that option is an appropriate means of disposal. Otherwise unused drugs should not be poured down a sink or flushed for disposal.

Drugs should not be thrown in the trash unless specific safety precautions for safe disposal are followed. The County’s Division of Solid Waste Services offers these suggestions:

  1. Place unwanted or expired medication into a plastic bag (with a seal) or other empty container with a lid to prevent liquid medications from leaking out.
  2. Mix with kitty litter, coffee grounds or sawdust. (Liquid medications can be solidified using kitty litter or sawdust.)
  3. Seal the bag and/or container.
  4. Crush pills or tablets.
  5. Put the container and/or bag containing the medication into your regular household trash.
  6. Remove the label with the patient’s name from the original medicine vial or bottle.
  7. Place the empty plastic vial or bottle into your blue County recycling bin. Empty aerosol inhalers can also be recycled in recycling bins.

Unused and/or expired medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. According to the DEA, rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The returned medications on Drug Take-Back day will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines.

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