Update: Suspect Charged in Germantown Package Theft – Tipsters Helped Close This Case

Brian Andrew Davis

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit have charged Brian Andrew Davis, age 25, of the 500 block of Pacer Drive in Hyattsville, with theft.  On September 25, Davis was observed on surveillance video stealing a package from the front door area of a home located in the 18900 block of Fountain Hills Drive.

During the investigation, detectives released surveillance video of the suspect to the media and public and received multiple tips which led to the identification of Davis as the suspect.

On October 30, Davis was arrested on the strength of a criminal warrant charging him with one count of theft: $100 to under $1,500.  He was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is currently being held on a $500 bond.

The police department thanks the tipsters who provided the information that led to Davis’ identification and arrest.

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Detectives Investigate Theft of $5,000 Worth of Eyeglasses From Wheaton LensCrafters; Surveillance Video Released

Detectives from the 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate the September 13 theft of approximately $5,000 worth of eyeglasses from a LensCrafters store in Wheaton.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the two suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

On September 12 at approximately 10:15 a.m., 4th District officers responded to the LensCrafters store within the Westfield Wheaton mall located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road for the report of a theft that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives revealed that the two suspects entered the LensCrafters store and immediately stole several pairs of eyeglasses from display shelves.  The suspects placed the glasses in shopping bags and fled when they were confronted by a store employee.

Detectives believe that since August, these same suspects have stolen eyeglasses from additional LensCrafters stores in the area.

Anyone with information about these suspects or this theft is asked to call the 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5522.  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 and/or an indictment for this crime.

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Suspect who stole approximately $5,000 worth of eyeglasses from a Wheaton LensCrafters store.

Suspect who stole approximately $5,000 worth of eyeglasses from a Wheaton LensCrafters store.

Detectives Investigate Package Theft in Germantown; Surveillance Video Released

Suspect who stole a package from the porch of a home in Germantown

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate the September 25 theft of a package from the front porch of a home in Germantown.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.  Detectives believe that this suspect may have also committed a theft from a vehicle at a residence on the same street during the same time period.

The investigation by detectives determined that at approximately 2:45 a.m. on September 25, the suspect walked onto the porch of a home located in the 18900 block of Fountain Hills Drive.  The suspect tried the handle of the front door of the home, found it locked, and then stole the package.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call the 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6263. 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.

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.

Update: Suspect Charged in Wheaton-Glenmont Area Package Thefts – Tipster Helped Close This Case

Tatiana Baker

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit have charged Tatiana Baker, age 57, of the 12900 block of Camellia Drive in the Wheaton-Glenmont area, with theft after she was observed on surveillance video in July and August stealing packages from the front door area of homes in the Wheaton-Glenmont area.

The following package thefts were reported to police:

  • July 24 at approximately 6:00 p.m. – 3900 block of Isbell Street
  • July 31 at approximately 5:24 p.m. – 3500 block of May Street
  • August 26 at approximately 4:37 p.m. – 1400 block of Billman Lane

On September 10, detectives released surveillance photographs of the suspect to the media and public and asked for help in identifying her.  Investigators received a tip which led to the identification of Baker as the suspect.

On October 3, detectives obtained a search warrant for Baker’s residence.  During the search, investigators recovered items of evidence related to these package thefts and located Baker hiding in her home.

Baker was charged with one count of theft. Bond information for Baker is not yet available.

Detectives continue to investigate these package thefts and a may file additional charges against Baker on a later date.

The police department thanks the tipster who provided the information that led to Baker’s identification and arrest.

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Update: Detectives Charge Five Suspects in Chevy Chase Purse Thefts

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Investigative Section have charged the following suspects with theft offenses related to the July 31 theft that occurred at the Saks Fifth Avenue store in Chevy Chase:  

  • Devonte Jermaine Brooks, age 23, of the 1000 block of 13th Street in Southeast, Washington, D.C.
  • Dion M. Dean, age 27, of the 5200 block of Newton Street in Bladensburg.
  • Justin Lamar Taylor, age 26, of the 7200 block of Flag Harbor Drive in District Heights.
  • Trashawn Anthony Trammell, age 24, of an unconfirmed address.
  • Samuel Cordell Whitmire, Jr., age 23, of the 5400 block of North Morgan Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

On July 31 at approximately 11:34 a.m., 2nd District officers responded to the Gucci store (which is within the Saks Fifth Avenue store) located at 5555 Wisconsin Avenue for what was the initial report of the robbery that had just occurred.  Detectives have since determined that this was a theft and not a robbery.

The investigation by detectives revealed that two of the suspects entered the Gucci area of the Saks Fifth Avenue store and assaulted an adult male and adult female employee.  Five additional suspects then entered the store and all the suspects began stealing merchandise from display cases inside the store.  The suspects stole approximately $20,000 to $30,000 worth of items and then fled from the store.  The suspects were last seen leaving the area in two passenger vehicles.  Both vehicles were last seen southbound on Wisconsin Avenue entering the District of Columbia.

Through investigation, detectives identified Brooks, Dean, Taylor, Trammell, and Whitmire, Jr.  as suspects.

Brooks and Dean were arrested on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging them with Theft: $25,000 to under $100,000.   Dean is currently being held without bond.  Brooks was released after posting a $7,500 bond.

Trammell was charged via a Montgomery County arrest warrant with Theft: $25,000 to under $100,000.  He is currently incarcerated in Washington, D.C., awaiting extradition to Maryland.

Whitmire, Jr. and Taylor were charged via Maryland District Court Summons with Theft: $25,000 to under $100,000 and destruction of property.

This remains an ongoing investigation as detectives continue to work to identify additional suspects.

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Devonte Jermaine Brooks

Dion M. dean

**Note: Mugshots for Taylor, Trammell, and Whitmire Jr. are not available**