Six Suspects Commit Distraction Theft at Verizon Store; Steal Approximately $24,000 Worth of Cellular Phones

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 6th District Investigative Section are investigating a distraction theft committed by six female suspects at a Verizon store in Gaithersburg.  While five of the suspects worked to divert the attention of the store employees, the sixth suspect, in about a minute, stole 29 cellular phones worth approximately $24,000.

On July 18 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the group of suspects entered the Verizon store located at 299 Copley Place in Gaithersburg.  Two of the females entered the store holding a small child.  The women began to move around the store and distracted the employees’ attention by asking for assistance.  One of the suspects, appearing to be pregnant, then entered an open storeroom and stole cellular phones.  As she exited that area, an employee confronted her about what she was doing in the room.  The other female suspects then overwhelmed the employee and the group left the store.  The suspects were last seen fleeing from the area in a dark-colored minivan.

Detectives believe that the women, all wearing long skirts, may have modified their clothing to conceal stolen items.  Investigators also believe that the suspect who stole the phones may have pretended to be pregnant in order to use that area of her clothing to hide the cellular phones.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or this theft is asked to call the 6th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5770.  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 Charged During Theft Scheme After Stealing over $6,300 from Home Improvement Store

Jaime R. Teledo

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit have charged Jaime R. Teledo, age 51, of the 12200 block of Dalewood Drive in Silver Spring, with multiple counts of theft after he stole merchandise from a home improvement store during a theft scheme that began in February of this year.

In June of 2019, detectives were notified by loss prevention personnel from the Home Depot store located on Broadbirch Drive in the Fairland area, that a suspect was making numerous suspicious refunds after almost every purchase.   Loss prevention personnel stated to detectives that the suspicious activity began in February of 2019 and had continued through May.

MCP detectives, working in coordination with the store’s loss prevention personnel, identified the suspect as Teledo.   Investigators conducted an audit of Teledo’s purchase history at the store and then reviewed store surveillance video during the dates of Teledo’s purchases.  The investigation revealed that between February 15, 2019, and May 4, 2019, Teledo stole approximately $6,300 worth of merchandise from the Home Depot store and then returned the stolen merchandise for a full cash refund.

On July 31, 2019, MCP detectives arrested Teledo as he attempted to commit an additional theft at that Home Depot store.   Later that day, MCP investigators obtained a Montgomery County search and seizure warrant for Teledo’s residence.  During the search of Teledo’s home, detectives recovered property (valued at approximately $20,000) that indicated Toledo may have been involved with additional thefts in the area.  The investigation into these additional thefts is ongoing.

Teledo was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with multiple counts of theft and theft scheme: $1,500 to under $25,000.  Toledo was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

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Detectives Investigate Stolen Vehicle and Thefts from Autos in Fairland Area; Surveillance Photograph of Suspect Released

Suspect in theft from vehicles and stolen auto in the Fairland area

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating two thefts from vehicles and a stolen auto from the same Fairland neighborhood.

Today, investigators are releasing a surveillance photograph of a male suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

The investigation by detectives determined that on Saturday, June 13th between midnight and 6:00 a.m., a Nissan Maxima was stolen from the driveway of a residence in the 2300 block of Falling Creek Road.  The investigation further established that early that same morning, two vehicles belonging to a resident on Blue Valley Drive, which is near Falling Creek Road, had been broken into and had property stolen from inside both vehicles.   On June 23rd, the stolen Maxima was located abandoned in the parking lot of the White Oak Shopping Center in White Oak.

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.

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Detectives Investigate Series of Thefts from Eyeglass store in Cloverly; Surveillance Video of Suspects Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating three separate incidents of thefts of eyeglasses from the I Care Doctor store located at 15426 New Hampshire Avenue in Cloverly.  Investigators believe that all these thefts were committed by the same suspects.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the three suspects and are asking for the public’s help to identify them.

The following thefts from the I Care Doctor store in Cloverly were reported to police:

  • On May 22 at approximately 1:40 p.m., a male and a female suspect entered the I Care Doctor store and stole approximately $4,300 worth of eyeglasses and sunglasses.
  • On May 31 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a male and a female suspect entered the I Care Doctor store and stole approximately $1,400 worth of eyeglasses and sunglasses.
  • On June 25 at approximately 4:00 p.m., two male suspects entered the I Care Doctor store and stole approximately $1,100 worth of eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Anyone with information about these suspects or these thefts 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 #1 in series of thefts at eyeglass store in Cloverly.

Suspect #2 in series of thefts at eyeglass store in Cloverly.

Suspect #3 in series of thefts at eyeglass store in Cloverly.

 

Oxon Hill Man Charged After Assault and Leading Officers on a Pursuit

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District have arrested and charged an Oxon Hill man yesterday after he assaulted officers, committed several thefts, fled the scene in a stolen vehicle, and rammed police vehicles.

On June 21, 2019, around 1:27 pm, officers were dispatched to the KMART located at 14014 Connecticut Avenue for the report of a shoplifter who had stolen several items then fled the scene in a Chevrolet Express van.  A lookout was broadcast for the suspect and the Chevrolet Express van.  A records check of the van came back as reported stolen out of Washington, DC.

Shortly after the first incident, another shoplifting call was dispatched to the CVS located at 12359 Georgia Avenue.  A description of the same suspect was provided, including the fact that he had fled the scene in the same stolen Chevrolet van.  The van was last seen heading southbound on Georgia Avenue.

Around 1:59 pm, plainclothes officers assigned to the 4th District Special Assignment Team (SAT) spotted the stolen van southbound on Georgia Avenue.  The driver matched the description provided in both prior events.

When the stolen van was stopped at the traffic signal of southbound Georgia Avenue at Forest Glen Road, the SAT officers attempted to stop the stolen van and arrest the suspect.  The suspect ignored the commands of the officers and rammed two police vehicles driven by the officers.  The stolen van then proceeded through the intersection striking a Volkswagon GTI then proceeding southbound on Georgia Avenue.  Additional officers assisted the driver of the GTI who was treated by MCFRS on the scene for minor injuries.

The stolen van then proceeded onto the 495 exit ramp going the wrong way then proceeded on eastbound 495 heading towards Prince George’s County.  The stolen van was driving on the right shoulder until it hit a large area of standing water causing the suspect to lose control and swerve into the main lanes of 495 striking a Tesla X just prior to University Boulevard East.  The suspect was taken into custody by officers as he attempted to exit the stolen van and flee on foot.  The driver and passenger of the Tesla X were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect arrested is identified as Alfred J. Reeves, age 48, of the 5100 block of Deal Drive in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Reeves has been charged with 1st Degree Assault (2 counts), 2nd Degree Assault (2 counts), Motor Vehicle Theft, Larceny, Destruction of Property, and several traffic violations.

Mugshot added to release: 6/24/19

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Alfred Reeves

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