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.

RLG

Devonte Jermaine Brooks

Dion M. dean

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

Detectives Investigate Package Thefts in Wheaton-Glenmont Area Committed by Same Suspect; Surveillance Photographs Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate the reports of packages which were stolen from front door areas of three homes in the Wheaton-Glenmont area.  These thefts occurred between July 24 and August 26 and were committed by the same suspect.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the female suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify her.  Detectives further believe that this suspect is operating a dark colored Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV.

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

 

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call the 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5476. 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.

RLG

Suspect who stole packages from homes in the Wheaton-Glenmont area.

Suspect who stole packages from homes in the Wheaton-Glenmont area.

Suspect who stole packages from homes in the Wheaton-Glenmont area.

Police Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Theft from Auto Suspect – Remind Residents to Lock Vehicle Doors

Theft from vehicle suspect

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate the August 20 theft from vehicle that occurred in Woodside.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

On Monday, August 20 at approximately 7:00 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to a home in the 1700 block of Leighton Wood Lane for the report of a theft from a vehicle which had just been discovered.  A review of home surveillance video showed that at approximately 5:40 a.m., the suspect approached two of the victim’s vehicles which were parked on the driveway and opened an unlocked door to one of those cars.   The suspect did not obtain any property and left the area on foot.

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.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call the 3rd District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6830. 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.

Detectives Investigate a Series of Burglaries and Thefts from Coin Machines in Germantown and Gaithersburg: Surveillance Video Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department’s 5th and 6th District  Investigative Sections, and Detectives from the Gaithersburg City Police Department are investigating a series of burglaries and thefts from coin machines located in apartment complexes in Gaithersburg and Germantown.

The incidents occurred between May 28 and July 13, 2018, with five of the incidents taking place in Gaithersburg and two in Germantown.

Investigators believe that these thefts and burglaries may have been committed by the same suspect(s).  In all of the incidents the suspect(s) used an unknown tool to force entry into the coin machines and steal cash.

Below is a summary of the six burglaries and thefts:

May 28 – Burglary (forced entry into laundry room) 19723 Crystal Rock Drive, occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m.

June 10 – Burglary (forced entry into laundry room) 18215 Lost Knife Circle, Montgomery Village, occurred between the hours of 8 to 4 p.m.

June 19 or 20 – Burglary (forced entry into laundry room) 19723 Crystal Rock Drive, occurred at an unknown time

June 21 or 22 – Theft (from laundry room) 374 N Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, occurred at an unknown time

June 22 – Burglary (forced entry into the community center) 18700 Walkers Choice Road, Montgomery Village, occurred at approximately 2:00 a.m. (Surveillance video obtained from this burglary)

June 21 or 22 – Theft (from laundry room) 116 Duval Lane, Gaithersburg, -Gaithersburg City Police Department, occurred at an unknown time

July 13 – July 13- Attempted Burglary (from laundry coin machine located outside of the building), 25 School Drive, Gaithersburg, -Gaithersburg City Police Department, approximately 4:21 a.m.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding these crimes to contact 5th District detectives at 240-773-6237 or the 6th District detectives at 240-773-5770.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to an arrest of the unknown suspect(s).  Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

 

 

Police Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Theft from Auto Suspect – Remind Residents to Lock Vehicle Doors

Suspect who stole property from unlocked vehicles in the Colesville area.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating two thefts from vehicles that were in close proximity to each other and that are believed to have been committed by the same suspect.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

The following thefts from vehicles were reported to police and are believed to have been committed by the same suspect:

  • During the overnight hours on May 27 in the 300 block of Scott Drive in the Colesville area. Property was stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

 

  • May 28, at approximately 3:12 a.m., in the 13700 block of Stoner Drive in the Colesville area. Home surveillance video captured the suspect entering an unlocked vehicle.  No property was taken.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call the 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit 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.

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.

RLG