Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit have charged Dametrice Payton, age 18, of an unconfirmed address, with offenses related to thefts from vehicles that occurred during January in the Aspen Hill area. Payton was identified as the suspect after a resident recognized him from a January 13 surveillance video that had been shared on the Neighbors by Ring app.
On January 13, a suspect was observed on home surveillance video attempting to open multiple car doors on Rippling Brook Drive. The video of the suspect was later shared on the Neighbors by Ring app.
A resident who saw the video on the app was at the Aspen Hill Shopping Center (located at 13661 Connecticut Avenue in Aspen Hill) on January 28 and observed an individual who was wearing the same clothing as the suspect in the surveillance video. The resident immediately called police and responding officers identified the individual as Payton. Officers further determined that Payton had an open warrant for his arrest.
During the investigation, investigators located multiple items in Payton’s possession that were later determined to have been stolen from vehicles.
Payton was recently charged with theft from vehicle-related offenses and released after posting a $2,500 bond.
Original surveillance video that was shared on the Neighbors by Ring app:
The backpack that Payton was seen wearing in the January 13 Ring surveillance video and then seen wearing on January 28.
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.
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.
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.
Shoes that Slaughter was wearing during the thefts and that can be seen in surveillance video
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.