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.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 1st District Investigative Section continue to investigate the theft of a John Deere Gator utility vehicle that occurred between November 10 and November 12 from Poolesville High School located at 17501 West Willard Road in Poolesville.
On Sunday, November 12 at approximately 12:57 p.m., 1st District officers responded to Poolesville High School for the report of the theft of a John Deere Gator utility vehicle. Officers spoke with a school employee who stated that an affiliate of the school noticed that the Gator was missing from the inside of a utility shed near the school’s football field. The employee further stated that the Gator was last seen parked in that shed on Friday, November 10 at approximately 4:00 p.m.
Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to call the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084. 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.
Representation of John Deere Gator utility vehicle
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit have been investigating six burglaries of open residential garages that occurred in late August in the Clarksburg area. The suspect in these burglaries stole bicycles.
On August 30, a Clarksburg resident notified detectives that two of his stolen bicycles were being offered for sale on the app, “OfferUp”. Detectives identified the seller of the stolen bicycles as a 16-year-old juvenile male. Investigators further determined that the juvenile had sold multiple bicycles on the OfferUp app beginning in early June of 2017. Investigators contacted the buyers of the previously sold bicycles and recovered 11 bicycles. Detectives determined that 6 of those bicycles had been reported as stolen from the garages of the following homes in Clarksburg:
- August 20 – 23100 block of Newcut Road.
- August 26 – 23800 block of Burdette Forest Road
- August 26 – 11900 block of Skylark Road
- August 26 – 23100 block of Mistflower Drive.
- August 27 – 22700 block of Autumn Breeze Avenue
- August 30 – 11800 block of Snowden Farm Parkway
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the juvenile’s Clarksburg area residence and recovered a GPS device that had been stolen from a vehicle in the Clarksburg area.
On September 15, detectives arrested the 16-year-old male juvenile and charged him with burglary and theft-related offenses.
Detectives believe that the five remaining bicycles were stolen between June and August 30 and that the owners have not reported the thefts to police. Investigators are urging Clarksburg area residents who had their bicycle(s) stolen and not reported the theft(s) to police to contact them at 240-773-6261.
MCP reminds residents to lock vehicle doors and windows, and remove or hide from view items of value (to include garage door openers). Also, it is important to secure and lock all garage access doors to the home.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 1st District Investigative Section continue to investigate the August 14 theft of a bicycle from an open garage that occurred at a residence in North Potomac. Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.
On Sunday, August 20, 1st District officers responded to a residence in the 11400 block of Grey Colt Lane for the report of the theft of a bicycle. The homeowner stated to officers that he recently noticed that his bicycle was missing from his garage. The homeowner further stated that he reviewed home surveillance video and observed that on Monday, August 14 at approximately 3:30 p.m., the suspect entered his open garage and stole the bicycle.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect or this theft is asked to call the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084. 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.
Surveillance video of suspect who stole a bicycle from a garage.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section have charged Nakym Sheffield, age 39, of Circle Gate Drive in Germantown, for committing multiple thefts of female employees’ purses from nine area schools that occurred in May and June.
Investigators received reports from 11 female employees who work at nine different schools/child care centers located in the County whose purses/wallets were stolen from a school classroom or office by an unknown suspect, who is now being identified as Sheffield. The victims’ stolen credit cards were then used to purchase items at stores.
During each of these thefts, Sheffield located an unattended classroom/office, found the employee’s purse/bag, and stole the entire purse or wallet or removed the victim’s cash and credit cards and left the purse/wallet. At three of the schools Sheffield was approached by personnel who inquired about his purpose in the school. Sheffield provided a brief response like he was with the cleaning staff or was a member of camp staff and then would quickly leave the area. Sheffield would then go to stores in the County, to include Target, Safeway, Best Buy, and Giant, and use the victims’ credit cards to buy merchandise.
On July 7, detectives released 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 Sheffield as the suspect. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Sheffield and arrested him at his home on July 15.
Sheffield was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with multiple counts of credit card fraud related offenses. Sheffield was released after posting a $3,000 bond.
This investigation is ongoing in regard to open events in this series of thefts.