Four Suspects Charged in Series of Auto Thefts and Thefts from Vehicles Throughout Montgomery County

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Central Auto Theft Section and the 2nd and 4th District Patrol Investigations Units have charged three suspects for committing a series of auto thefts and thefts from vehicles between May and August in Montgomery County and a fourth suspect for his involvement in the theft from vehicles.

Detectives have charged:

  • Khristian Markeel Champ, age 20, of the 1400 block of Morris Road in Southeast, Washington, D.C.
  • Alaunte Scott, age 18, of the 1500 block of Newton Street in Northwest, Washington, D.C.
  • Christopher Taylor, age 19, of the 1400 block of S Street in Southeast,      Washington, D.C.

with auto theft and theft from vehicle-related offenses.

Detectives have also charged:

  • Duan Jones, age 20, of the 2100 block of Ridge Crest Court in Southeast, Washington, D.C.

with theft from vehicle.

Investigators believe that between May and August, Champ, Jones, Scott, and Taylor stole approximately 30 vehicles and committed approximately 100 thefts from vehicles throughout the County.

During this investigation, MCP detectives working in coordination with Metropolitan Police Department officers, located multiple vehicles in Washington, D.C. that had been reported as stolen from Montgomery County. Investigators identified the four suspects and determined that they were working together to commit a series of auto thefts and thefts from vehicles in the County.

On September 18, Jones was arrested on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging him with theft from vehicle-related offenses. Jones was released after posting a $2,500 bond.

On September 27, A district court summons was issued for Scott charging him with auto theft and theft from vehicle-related offenses.

On September 30, Champ was arrested on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging him with auto theft and theft from vehicle-related offenses. Champ was released after posting a $7,500 bond.

On October 1, Taylor was arrested on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging him with auto theft and theft from vehicle-related offenses. Taylor was released after posting a $7,500 bond.

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**Note: a mugshot for Scott is not available. **

Christopher Taylor

Duan Jones

Khristian Markeel Champ

Off-Duty Officer Witnesses Collision; Involved Driver Arrested After Fleeing in Stolen Vehicle

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District have arrested and charged Anthony Leonard Jr, age 20, of Centerway Road in Gaithersburg, with vehicle theft.

On October 1 at approximately 6:15 p.m., an off-duty Montgomery County Police officer was driving his marked police vehicle north on Ridge Road (MD-27) approaching Snowden Farm Parkway in Clarksburg when he observed a Lincoln Continental make a sudden lane change and strike another vehicle.  The officer activated his emergency lights and siren to maneuver through traffic to assist with the collision and observed that the striking vehicle was not stopping and was accelerating and continuing north on Ridge Road.  The Lincoln turned on Apple Orchard Way and stopped at the intersection of Muscadine Drive.  The driver, identified as Leonard, and four passengers (two adult males and two female juveniles) fled from the vehicle but were apprehended in the area.

The vehicle was determined to have been stolen from a residence in Potomac during the overnight hours of September 27 to September 28.  The vehicle had been parked unlocked with the keys left in the vehicle.

Centralized Auto Theft Section (CATS) detectives interviewed all of the suspects. The passengers stated that they did not know that the car was stolen and asked Leonard to stop the car as he fled from the collision scene.  Leonard stated that he told the four passengers to get out of the vehicle when he stopped it on Apple Orchard Way because the car was stolen.

Leonard was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with vehicle theft.  He has been released on bond.  Based on the investigation and interviews, the four passengers were released without charges.

Anthony Leonard

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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