Suspect Charged with Offenses Related to Multiple Theft from Vehicles in Olney; Residents Reminded to Lock Vehicle Doors

Detectives from the 4th District – Patrol Investigation Unit have charged James Edward Smith, age 50, of Tidewater Court in Olney, with offenses related to three attempted thefts from vehicles and one theft from vehicle in the Olney area.

  • June 14, 11:40 p.m., 3300 block of Tidewater Court
  • July 9, 3:00 a.m., 2800 block of Fountain Grove Terrace
  • July 13, 3:33 a.m., 4000 block of Olney Laytonsville Road
  • July 18, 1:20 a.m., 3400 block of Dartmoor Lane

On June 14 at approximately 11:40 p.m., a resident returning to his home in the 3300 block of Tidewater Court noticed a male who seemed to be walking around with no purpose.  The resident went inside to check his home video surveillance and observed  that the male had entered his wife’s unlocked vehicle and stole her purse.  When the resident went back outside to locate the suspect, he saw the suspect ran away.

On July 14, a resident in the 2800 block of Fountain Grove Terrace, after learning of recent theft from vehicles in the area, reviewed his home video surveillance and discovered that a suspect had entered his unlocked vehicle on July 9 at approximately 3:00 am.  It did not appear that the suspect stole any property.

On July 15, officers were called to the 4000 block of Olney Laytonsville Road for the report of an attempted theft from vehicle.  The suspect was captured on home video surveillance pulling door handles of the vehicles on July 13 at approximately 3:33 a.m. When the suspect determined that the vehicles were locked, he left.

On July 18, at approximately 1:20 a.m., officers were called to the 3400 block of Dartmoor Lane for a suspicious situation; a resident had observed a suspect attempting to open vehicle doors in the area.  When the witness yelled at the suspect, he ran away. Officers responding to the call for service located a person matching the suspect’s description at the intersection of Toddsbury Lane and Heritage Hills Drive.  The officers identified the suspect as Smith and noted that he matched the description of the suspect involved in the previous theft from vehicle cases.  Smith was released from police custody at the scene pending further investigation of these incidents.

During the follow-up investigation, detectives obtained home video surveillance of the suspect entering a vehicle on Dartmoor Lane on July 18, confirming the witness’ observations.

On July 23, detectives charged Smith via a district court summons with four counts of rogue and vagabond and theft.

During these incidents, as shown on home video surveillance footage, Smith would check vehicle doors to see if they were open and if the doors were locked, he would move on to check other vehicles.  Thefts from unlocked vehicles continue to be a high-volume crime in Montgomery County. The Police Department urges all residents to take a role in preventing this type of crime by removing valuables from vehicles and locking all doors.

 

Detectives Investigate Theft of $4,800 worth of Eyeglasses from Eyeglass Store in the Kentlands; Surveillance Video of Suspects Released

Detectives from the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate the June 27 theft of approximately $4,800 worth of eyeglasses from the Colonial Opticians store located at 718 Center Point Way in the Kentlands area of Gaithersburg.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the male suspect and of the two female suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

The investigation by detectives revealed that on June 26, the two female suspects entered the Colonial Opticians store, spoke with an employee, browsed for eyeglasses, and then left the store.  The next day, the two female suspects returned to the store along with the male suspect.   In this incident, the female suspects engaged an employee in conversation while the male suspect stole several pairs of eyeglasses from display shelves.  All three suspects then immediately fled from the store.

Investigators believe that these same three suspects attempted a similar theft on July 2 at the Colonial Opticians store located at 4942 St. Elmo Street in Bethesda.   In that incident, the three suspects entered the Colonial Opticians store but left before stealing any property.

Anyone with information regarding this theft in the Kentlands area of Gaithersburg, the attempted theft in Bethesda, or the three suspects is asked to call the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5789.  Callers may remain anonymous. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).   Tips may also be submitted online here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/howdoI/crime-solvers.html

 

Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

Detectives Investigate Package Theft in North Bethesda Area; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate the May 27 theft of a package from the front porch of a home in the North Bethesda area. Today, investigators are a releasing surveillance video of the female suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify her.

The investigation by detectives determined that at approximately 12:54 p.m. on May 27, the suspect walked onto the porch of a home located in the 10300 block of St. Albans Drive, stole the package, and left the area on foot.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call the 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6700.

Callers may remain anonymous. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be submitted online here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/…/how…/crime-solvers.html

Detectives Investigate Package Thefts in Brookeville Area; Surveillance Video of Suspects Released

Detectives from the 4th District – Patrol Investigation Unit are investigating two package thefts that occurred in the Brookeville area and were committed by the same suspects as home surveillance revealed.  The Police Department is releasing video of the suspects committing these thefts and is asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

The two thefts captured on video are as follows:

  • May 17, approximately 1:40 p.m., 2400 block of Epstein Court
  • May 17, approximately 1:47 p.m., 2400 block of Epstein Court

Anyone with information about these suspects is asked to call 4th District Patrol Investigation Unit detectives at 240-773-5476.  Tipsters can also call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-8477 or submit a tip online.  Callers may remain anonymous.

 

Officers Investigate Theft from Subway Sandwich Shop in Colesville; Surveillance Photograph of Suspect Released

Suspect in theft from Subway sandwich shop

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District continue to investigate the April 18 theft of currency that occurred at a Subway sandwich shop in Colesville.  Today, officers are releasing a surveillance photograph of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

The investigation by officers determined that at approximately 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, the suspect entered the Subway sandwich shop located at 45 Randolph Road.  The suspect approached an employee who was working behind the counter and asked that employee if the store had any face masks.  The employee left the counter area to retrieve a face mask for the suspect.  While the employee was away from the counter, the suspect broke the change dispenser next to the cash register and stole coins from the dispenser.  The suspect fled from the Subway shop and was last seen entering a red sedan.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect is asked to call the 4th District station at 240-773-5500. 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 that leads to an arrest in this case.

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