Officers Arrest Two Suspects in Stolen Vehicle; Recover Three Guns

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police-3rd District have arrested and charged Kevin Salisbury, age 33, and Courtney Rucker, age 28, both of Fairfax, Virginia, with crimes to include vehicle theft, firearm-related offenses, and possession of controlled dangerous substances (methamphetamine and heroin).

On August 6, 3rd District officers were monitoring the downtown Silver Spring area when one officer observed a male and female rummaging through a vehicle parked at the 7-Eleven located at 7980 Georgia Avenue.  The officer checked the status of the vehicle’s registration and determined that the car had been reported as stolen from Franklin County, Virginia.  Additional officers responded to the location and the male and female were placed under arrest.  The male presented officers with a fraudulent driver’s license which listed a fake name.  Officers determined that the male’s true identity was Salisbury and that there were six felony warrants for his arrest.  The female was identified as Rucker.

Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and located three firearms: a loaded revolver, a rifle, and a shotgun, and ammunition.  Methamphetamine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia were also located in the car.

It was determined that both Salisbury and Rucker are prohibited from possessing firearms and/or ammunition due to prior criminal convictions.  The firearms and some property located in the vehicle are believed to be stolen and that part of the investigation is ongoing.

Salisbury and Rucker were transported to the Central Processing Unit and are being held without bond.

Recovered firearm

Recovered firearms

Kevin Salisbury

Courtney Rucker

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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Burtonsville Shooting Investigated

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon in Burtonsville.

On Monday, August 21 at approximately 2:53 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center (911) received a call for the report of an assault occurring inside of a vehicle located at the intersection of Cedar Tree Drive and Red Maple Court.  Third District officers responded to that location and determined that the vehicle was no longer in the area.  Officers did, however, observe evidence found on the scene that indicated that a possible shooting had occurred in that area.  At approximately 3:22 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center was notified by a local hospital that a male victim had been dropped off at the hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

During the investigation of the shooting, officers who were in the area of Cedar Tree Drive observed a black, 2012 Acura MDX driving toward Red Maple Court.  When the driver of the Acura, described as an African-American male wearing a grey shirt, observed the officers, he abruptly accelerated the vehicle and fled from the neighborhood.  Officers observed the license plate of the Acura as it fled and determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen on August 13 from the 14400 block of Stepping Stone Way in Burtonsville.

A short time later, officers located the stolen Acura abandoned nearby on Riding Stable Road.  At approximately 4:24 p.m., an officer in the area of Riding Stable Road observed a subject who matched the description of the driver of the stolen Acura in a wooded area behind the 6100 block of Brooklyn Bridge Road.  Officers stopped the subject, identified him as a 16-year-old male, and determined that he was the driver of the stolen Acura.  The suspect was arrested and charged as a juvenile with the theft of the Acura.  He was later released to the custody of his parents.  Detectives have determined that this juvenile and the stolen Acura are not related to the shooting investigation.

This shooting remains an open investigation.  Detectives continue to interview witnesses and canvass the neighborhood to gather information and obtain additional details.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is urged to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, 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 this suspect.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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Four Suspects Charged in Series of Burglaries and Auto Thefts

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District and 3rd District Investigative Sections and detectives from the Central Auto Theft Unit have arrested and charged four suspects for a series of residential burglaries and car thefts that occurred in late May and early June. Residents of neighborhoods in White Oak, Kensington, and Chevy Chase Terrace reported burglaries that occurred overnight where property, to include credit cards and vehicles, were stolen.  Detectives determined that the suspects often gained entry into the occupied homes through unlocked windows and doors.

Detectives have arrested and charged Oussama Kassimi, age 25, of an unconfirmed address, Alejandro Josue Perez, age 23, of the 3100 block of 16th Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C., Rodrigo Adalberto Miranda, age 37, of an unconfirmed address, and Gary Johnson, age 36, of the 1300 block of Spring Road in Northwest, Washington, D.C. with burglary and theft offenses related to this series of burglaries.

During the investigation, detectives identified Miranda and Kassimi after both suspects used credit cards that had been stolen from a burglary to purchase items at pharmacies in Washington, D.C.  Detectives identified Perez and Johnson from physical evidence recovered from a vehicle that was stolen during a burglary and was later recovered by police.

Detectives have linked the four suspects to the following burglaries:

  • May 29 in the 200 block of Northwest Terrace in White Oak. Property was stolen from the home.
  • May 30 in the 900 block of Schindler Drive in White Oak. Property and a vehicle were stolen from the home.
  • June 1 in the 10500 block of Meredith Drive in Kensington. Two burglaries and an attempted burglary occurred at three residences.
  • On June 3, two burglaries in the 4600 block of Hunt Avenue and in the 4700 block of Morgan Drive in Chevy Chase Terrace. Property, credit cards, and a vehicle were stolen from the home on Morgan Drive.  Property and a vehicle were stolen from the home on Hunt Avenue.

On June 16, Miranda was arrested on the strength of the arrest warrant and is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center on a $30,000 bond.

On June 22, Johnson and Kassimi were arrested in Washington, D.C., on the strength of the Montgomery County arrest warrants and extradited to Montgomery County.  Johnson was released on a $3,500 bond and Kassimi was released on a $3,000 bond.

On June 24, Perez was arrested on the strength of the arrest warrant and is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond.

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Oussama Kassimi

Alejandro Josue Perez

 

Rodrigo Adalberto Miranda

Gary Johnson

 

 

Man Charged in Auto Theft Scheme; Possibility of Additional Victims a Concern

Nicholas Ryan Metz

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Centralized Auto Theft Section have charged Nicholas Ryan Metz, age 33, of the 8800 block of Willowwood Way in Jessup, with vehicle theft, forgery, and other related offenses after Metz purchased three motor vehicles with counterfeit cashier’s checks and sold the stolen vehicles to unsuspecting buyers.  Investigators are concerned that there may be additional victims related to this scheme.

 

The investigation by detectives determined the following:

  • On August 11, 2016, an adult female victim contacted MCP to report the theft of two vehicles, a 2008 Mercury Mariner and a 2000 Ford Explorer. The victim explained to detectives that she advertised both vehicles for sale on various websites and social media applications.  Metz contacted her through the social media app “5miles” and agreed to purchase both vehicles.   The victim met with Metz on August 11 in Wheaton to complete the sale of both vehicles.  Metz gave the victim a cashier’s check (ultimately determined to be fraudulent) and the victim gave him the keys and titles to both vehicles.  Later that day, the victim took the cashier’s check to a local branch of the bank and was told that the cashier’s check was fraudulent.   The victim called Metz and told him that the cashier’s check was fraudulent.  Metz agreed to meet with the victim at a restaurant in Baltimore and give her cash but Metz never showed.  Both vehicles have been recovered unoccupied.
  • On December 20, 2016, an adult male victim contacted MCP to report the theft of his vehicle, a 2016 Toyota Corolla. The victim stated that he advertised the Corolla for sale on Craigslist and was contacted by Metz.  Metz agreed to purchase the car and the victim and Metz met at a park in Burtonsville to complete the sale.  Metz gave the victim a cashier’s check (through investigation determined to be fraudulent).  The victim told Metz that he was calling the bank to ensure that the cashier’s check was valid.  Metz asked the victim if he could test drive the vehicle and the victim agreed.  Metz then drove the Corolla out of the park while two vehicles that had accompanied Metz into the park blocked the park’s exit, preventing the victim from following Metz.  Detectives determined that Metz had sold the Corolla to an Anne Arundel County resident.  Officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department recovered the stolen Corolla and obtained an arrest warrant for Metz charging him with theft: $1,000 to under $10,000.

On February 3, MCP Central Auto Theft detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Metz charging him with three counts of the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, forgery, and other related offenses.  Metz is currently being held at the Howard County Department of Corrections in Jessup for similar crimes.

Detectives urge anyone who has information related to Nicholas Metz’s scheme or believe that they may have been the victim of a fraudulent sale of a motor vehicle by Metz, to contact the Central Auto Theft Unit at 240-773-6370.

The Montgomery County Police Department offers the following tips for buyers and sellers who engage in private party sales of vehicles:

  • Ask the buyer or seller to meet you at a local police station for the initial test drive.
  • Do not allow a potential buyer to test drive the vehicle with the title in their possession.
  • Ask for the seller/buyer’s driver’s license and take a picture of it.
  • Buyers should ask to inspect the registration and title for the vehicle. Ensure that the name on both documents is the seller’s name and that there are no current lien holders on the title.
  • Accompany the buyer to their bank and have the buyer obtain a cashier’s check in your presence. Buyers and sellers can conduct the final sale of the vehicle, sign all paperwork (to include the bill of sale and title transfer) while inside of the bank.
  • Walk away from a sale if either party is trying to rush the transaction.

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