Detectives Investigate Serious Collision in Rockville

MCPSealBestDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a serious collision that occurred this afternoon in Rockville.

Today at approximately 2:31 p.m., 4th District officers and Fire&Rescue personnel responded to the 4300 block of Sunflower Drive for the report of a vehicle that struck a vehicle and a residential garage.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a blue, 2003 Chevy Impala was traveling westbound on Hannans Way when for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle accelerated and drove onto the driveway of a home in the 4300 block of Sunflower Drive. The Impala struck an unoccupied vehicle in the driveway which forced both vehicles into the garage of the home.

The driver of the Impala is being identified as Earl Robert Toense, age 92, of the 15000 block of Hannans Way in Rockville. Toense was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed this collision or has information about this collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.


Damascus Area Woman Missing

Migdaila Von Strauss

Migdaila Von Strauss

UPDATE: February 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. – Migdaila Von Strauss has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the 5th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 48-year-old woman.

Migdaila Von Strauss from the 7500 block of Damascus Road in the Damascus area was last spoke to a family member via telephone early this morning.

Migdaila Von Strauss is described as a white female, approximately 5’7” tall, and weighing 120 pounds. She has medium-length brown hair and brown eyes. Von Strauss may be driving a 2008, black Range Rover with Maryland tags: 5BA8007.

Police and family are concerned for Von Strauss’ physical and emotional welfare.

Anyone with information regarding Mrs. Von Strauss’ whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000.


Scammers Sending Threatening Emails to Organizations – Attempting to Extort Money

The Montgomery County Police Department is investigating two incidents that occurred within the last week which involve threatening emails being sent to nonprofit organizations.

The emails, sent to specific members of the organizations, state that if the recipient does not transfer a specified amount of money via the online payment system, Bitcoin, by a specified deadline, violence will occur at the organization’s workplace.  The emails also warn that the nonprofits are under surveillance and warn them not to call law enforcement.

Montgomery County detectives, with the assistance of federal law enforcement, have determined that the emails originated from outside of the country and are a version of a phishing scheme used to extort money.  Investigators have also concluded that the threats in the emails are not credible.

The Police Department urges any individual or organization that receives an email similar to the ones received in these incidents to call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 and to not respond to the e-mail or transfer money.

Detectives Investigate Burglaries in Townhouse Communities Along Randolph Road; Photograph of Suspects Released

Detectives from the 4th District are investigating seven nighttime burglaries that have occurred since mid- December in townhouse communities in the area of Randolph Road and Tivoli Lake Boulevard and Randolph Road and New Hampshire Avenue.

These burglaries have occurred at night after dark and while no one was at home.  The suspects forced entry into the home by breaking windows or doors.

Investigators are releasing a photograph of two suspects who used a credit card stolen from one of the burglaries.  The Department is asking for the public’s help to identify the two suspects.

Anyone with information about these suspects is asked to call the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5500.  Tipsters may also call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of these suspects.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.



Two Suspects

Two Suspects

The Officer Noah Leotta Memorial Blood Drive – Friday, January 29














Please join the Montgomery County Police Department in giving the gift of life by donating blood in honor of Officer Noah Leotta.

Date: Friday, January 29, 2016

Location: Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters –
100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg – First floor conference room.

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sign Up Required: Online or call Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.

Red Cross personnel and equipment will not be able to serve walk-in appointments.