Detectives Investigate Theft from Vehicle in Potomac Area; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Suspect in theft from vehicle in Potomac area

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 1st District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate the January 7 theft from a vehicle that occurred in the Potomac area.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

The investigation by detectives determined that at approximately 3:02 a.m. on January 7, the suspect was observed on home video surveillance entering the victim’s car which had been parked in the 12000 block of Coldstream Drive.  The suspect stole property from inside the victim’s vehicle and then left the area.

Since early January, detectives have been investigating a series of thefts from vehicles that occurred in residential neighborhoods around Falls Road, Tuckerman Lane, and Montrose Road in the Rockville area.  Thefts from unlocked vehicles continue to be a high-volume crime in Montgomery County. Police urge 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 1st District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6070. 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.

United States Postal Service Employee Charged with Theft Offenses

Lorenzo E. Pugh

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested and charged Lorenzo E. Pugh, age 32, of the 5800 block of Cherrywood Lane in Greenbelt, with theft offenses related to Pugh stealing mailed property while working as a United States Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier in Silver Spring.

On January 2, 3rd District officers responded to the Bonanza Coins shop located at 940 Wayne Avenue in downtown Silver Spring for the report of an individual attempting to sell two coins worth a total of $2,900.  The coin shop’s owner stated to police that the original owner of the coins had previously sent an email to local coin shops advising the shops to be on the lookout for these particular coins.  That email further stated that both coins had been recently sold and shipped to a buyer, but the buyer reported that he/she never received the coins.  The coins were then reported to the USPS as lost in the mail shipment.

During the investigation, 3rd District patrol officers determined that the individual who was attempting to sell the coins at the coin shop was not involved in the theft of the coins.  Further investigation by officers identified Pugh as the suspect who initially stole the coins and that Pugh worked as a USPS mail carrier with a delivery route in Silver Spring.

Third District patrol officers, working with USPS Office of Inspector General Special Agents interviewed Pugh regarding the stolen coins. During the interview, Pugh admitted to stealing the coins as well as stealing additional mailed property while on his delivery route.

Third District patrol officers and USPS special agents searched Pugh’s home and located multiple pieces of previously mailed property that Pugh had stolen while on his mail route.   Investigators have determined that Pugh stole the items while making deliveries on his mail route between March 2019 and January 2020.

Pugh was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with theft-related offenses, to include theft scheme: $1,500 to under $25,000.  Pugh was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

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Update: One Suspect Charged in Aspen Hill Area Theft from Vehicles; Detectives Seek to Identify Remaining Suspect

Deauntae Slaughter

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit have charged Deauntae Slaughter, age 19, of the 3300 block of Medway Street in Wheaton, with offenses related to thefts from vehicles that occurred during the early morning hours of November 10 in the Aspen Hill area. 

On November 10, the following two thefts occurred:

  • Residence 1: 14000 block of Manorvale Road – Victim reported that suspects entered a vehicle in the driveway, dumped out the contents of the glove box and center console, and took several items.       Investigation suggests the vehicle doors were unlocked during the time of the theft.
  • Residence 2: 14000 block of Manorvale Road – Detectives reviewed home surveillance video which shows footage of both suspects. One suspect is shown entering an unlocked work van and stealing property.       The surveillance video further shows the suspect attempt to enter another vehicle in the same driveway, but the doors were locked.

On November 19, detectives released surveillance video of the two suspects to the media and public and asked for help identifying both suspects.  Investigators received a tip that led to the identification of Slaughter as one of the suspects.

On January 20, Slaughter was arrested on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging him with theft-related offenses.  Slaughter was released after posting a $2,000 bond

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

Detectives continue to work to identify the remaining suspect and ask that anyone with information about the suspect contact the 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5476.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters 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 the arrest and/or indictment of the suspect.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Unidentified suspect

Deauntae Slaughter

Shoes that Slaughter was wearing during the thefts and that can be seen in surveillance video

Detectives Ask for Public’s Help in Identifying Westfield Wheaton Mall Assault Suspects; Surveillance Video Released

Detectives from the 4th District are investigating the first-degree assault of a store employee and a theft committed by two female suspects at the Westfield Wheaton Mall.  Today, the Police Department is releasing surveillance video of the two suspects and is asking anyone with information about the suspects or this crime to come forward to police.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019, 4th District officers were called to the Westfield Wheaton Mall located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road for the report of a theft and assault that had just occurred.

Investigation determined that the two female suspects went to the Smart Fix shop to have a cellular phone screen repaired.  When the male employee completed the repair, one of the female suspects asked to see the phone so she could make sure that it worked.  The employee gave the suspect the phone and both suspects fled from the business without paying for the service.

The employee ran after the suspects and became involved in an altercation with them.  During the altercation, one of the suspects swung a knife at the employee and told him to “back away.”  The suspects were last seen running from the mall.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects is asked to call the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.  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.

 

 

Suspect with knife

Two suspects

 

Detectives Investigate Thefts from Vehicles in Montgomery Village; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating the January 2 theft from a vehicle that occurred inside a residential garage in Montgomery Village.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance video of the male suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

At approximately 5:30 in the morning on January 2, the suspect was observed on home surveillance video stealing property from a vehicle parked inside a garage attached to a home on Dellcastle Road.  During this same time period, surveillance video from other homes on Dellcastle Road also captured the suspect attempting to enter vehicles.

Detectives are investigating the possibility that this suspect is involved in additional crimes in the area.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect or these crimes is asked to call the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5745. 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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