Surveillance Photographs Released of Wheaton Pickpocket Suspect

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating a report of a pickpocket at a Safeway in Wheaton.

On the afternoon of November 19, 2018, a well-dressed African-American male used his suit coat to conceal the victim’s purse and remove it from her shopping cart. Later that day, the victim’s stolen credit cards were used to make fraudulent purchases in Hyattsville and Bladensburg, Maryland.

Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

Anyone with information about the suspects or this crime is asked to contact the Montgomery County Department of Police – 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 for this crime.

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Wheaton Pickpocket Suspect

Wheaton Pickpocket Suspect

Surveillance Photographs Released of Wheaton Theft and Fraud Suspects

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating a report of a theft of a wallet and credit card fraud in Wheaton.

On January 11, the victim’s wallet was stolen while he was working in the 11000 block of Veirs Mill Road. The stolen credit cards from the victim’s wallet were later used at several grocery stores in the Wheaton area.   The unknown race adult male and female suspects are accompanied by a young child. They were observed driving a Dodge Caravan with unknown Virginia registration plate.

Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the suspects and are asking for the public’s help to identify him.

Anyone with information about the suspects or this crime is asked to contact the Montgomery County Department of Police – 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 for this crime.

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Theft and Fraud Suspects in Wheaton

Theft and Fraud Suspect’s vehicle in Wheaton

Update: Suspect Identified and Charged in Germantown Package Thefts

Detectives from the 5th District – Patrol Investigations Unit have charged William J. Foster III, age 47, of Kitchen House Court in Germantown, with the theft of packages from the front porch of three homes located on Wheatridge Drive in Germantown.  The total value of stolen items in the packages was over $650.

During the investigation, the Police Department released home security video of the unknown suspect to the media and public, and received multiple tips that led to the identification of the suspect as Foster.  Foster has been charged with three counts of theft for committing the following crimes:

  • On December 4 at approximately 4:50 p.m. 17900 block of Wheatridge Drive. Suspect approached the front door, looked at delivered packages, and left. Suspect then returned to the home approximately 15 minutes later and took the three packages.

 

  • On December 4 at approximately 5:22 p.m. 18000 block of Wheatridge Drive. Suspect stole two packages from the front porch of the home.  Suspect was seen leaving in a dark color four-door vehicle.

 

  • On December 4 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 18000 block of Wheatridge Drive.  Suspect stole two packages from the front porch of the home.

Investigators have determined that Foster committed a fourth package theft in the same neighborhood on the same day, but the victim has not reported the crime to the Police Department.  A home surveillance video of Foster committing the theft was uploaded to a neighborhood sharing website but detectives have been unable to identify the victim.  Detectives ask that this victim call them at 240-773-6263.

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Detectives Investigate Theft and Assault at Home Depot in Aspen Hill; Surveillance Photograph Released

Suspect who assaulted two employees and stole copper wire from a Wheaton Home Depot store.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate a theft and the assault of two employees of a Home Depot store that occurred in Aspen Hill.  Today, investigators are releasing a surveillance photograph of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Sunday, December 2, at approximately 3:40 p.m., 4th District officers responded to the Home Depot store located at 14000 Georgia Avenue for the report of a theft and an assault that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives reveled that the suspect stole a large spool of copper wire from the store and then concealed the spool near a tree line close to the store.  After concealing the wire, the suspect left to retrieve his vehicle which was parked nearby.  Two employees, one of whom had watched the suspect conceal the spool of wire, attempted to retrieve the spool while the suspect was gone.  The suspect returned, threatened the employees with a knife, and stated “that’s mine”.   The suspect loaded the stolen spool of wire into a black, Toyota RAV4 and fled the area.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or this theft and first-degree assault is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.  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.

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Detectives Investigate Package Thefts in Germantown Committed by Same Suspect; Video of Suspect Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate the theft of packages from the front porch of two homes located on Wheatridge Drive in Germantown.  Security cameras at both homes captured the same suspect committing the thefts.  Investigators believe it is likely that this suspect has committed additional thefts of packages in the area.

A summary of the two reported thefts committed by this suspect is as follows:

  • December 4 at approximately 4:50 p.m. 17900 block of Wheatridge Drive. Suspect approached the front door, looked at delivered packages, and left. Suspect then returned to the home approximately 15 minutes later and took the three packages.

 

  • December 4 at approximately 5:22 p.m. 18000 block of Wheatridge Drive. Suspect stole one package from the front porch of the home.  Suspect was seen leaving in a dark color four-door vehicle.

Investigators are asking that anyone who recognizes this suspect 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.

Tips to Prevent Package Theft this Holiday Season

During the holiday season, many people will choose to purchase gifts online and have them delivered to their home.  This often means that there will be more packages on doorsteps and more opportunities for thieves to steal these deliveries. 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.