Montgomery County Police detectives from the 3rd District Patrol Investigative Section announce the arrest of a suspect responsible for stealing items from vehicles belonging to volunteer firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) working at the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department.
Eight incidents of thefts from the vehicles of volunteer firefighters and EMTs working at the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department occurred between April 18 and June 10, 2015. The vehicles were all parked in the parking lot of the Fire Station 15, located at 13900 Old Columbia Pike in Briggs Chaney.
On July 10, police released surveillance photos of the suspect and asked anyone who recognized him to call police detectives. Firefighters also distributed flyers with the suspect’s photo throughout the residential and commercial portions of the neighborhood. Area media outlets broadcast the story providing even greater publicity. The combined efforts of the distribution of the suspect photo ultimately lead to the identification and arrest of the responsible suspect.
Pa Ebou (aka Paebou) Oliver, age 19, of the 14000 block of Castle Boulevard in Silver Spring, was charged on July 24, with theft $1,000 to under $10,000, theft less than $1,000, rogue and vagabond (possessing a burglary tool to break into a vehicle), theft less than $100, malicious destruction of property, and theft scheme $1,000 to under $10,000.
Montgomery County Police and the staff of Fire Station 15 would like to thank the community and media for the crucial roles they played in solving this case. It is hoped that the publicity surrounding this case will also serve as a reminder to all drivers of the importance of locking their vehicles and not leaving anything in view inside of a vehicle to lessen the chances of becoming a victim of this all too common crime.