Community Reminder: Help Reduce Vehicle-Related Thefts


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Centralized Auto Theft Section


Auto theft and theft from vehicle remain a high-volume crime in Montgomery County. Residents can prevent and/or reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of these types of crimes by removing valuables and any spare keys from vehicles and locking vehicles when they are left unattended.

Having your vehicle or property stolen can be inconvenient and costly, and can also lead to additional victimization.  If a suspect is able to obtain personal information from items in a vehicle, you are susceptible to becoming a victim of identity theft. Also, thieves have used stolen vehicles in the commission of other crimes.

The Montgomery County Police Department wants you to lower your risk of becoming a victim of auto theft and theft from vehicle by urging you to follow these safety tips:

  • Keep your vehicle keys with you at all times, and never leave a spare key or valet key in your vehicle. Note: Valet keys can be used to start the vehicle.
  • Close and lock all vehicle windows and doors when leaving vehicle unattended.
  • Remove valuables from the vehicle.
  • Don’t leave a vehicle running if unattended.
  • If your vehicle has a “push button” ignition system, make sure that the vehicle is turned off and locked before you leave it unattended.
  • Park in well-lit and well-traveled areas.
  • Park in a secure garage if possible.
  • Use a car alarm and/or anti-theft device.
  • Use a vehicle locator device.

Many of these vehicle-related crimes occur overnight.  The Montgomery County Police Department reminds residents to immediately call 9-1-1 if they observe any suspicious behavior or activity.

If you have questions relating to vehicle theft in Montgomery County, please call the Montgomery County Police Department-Centralized Auto Theft Section at 240-773-6370.



Detectives Investigate Theft from Poolesville CVS Pharmacy

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 1st District Investigative Section are investigating a theft of prescription medication from the CVS Pharmacy in Poolesville.

At approximately 2:02 p.m. this afternoon, the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a 9-1-1 call from an employee of the CVS Pharmacy located at 19594 Fisher Avenue in Poolesville initially reporting a robbery but what was later determined to be a theft.  The employee stated that two suspects entered the CVS, vaulted the counter, stole medication, and fled in a vehicle.  The employee provided a description of the suspect vehicle and responding officers observed the described vehicle driving southbound on Darnestown Road at Germantown Road.  Police attempted to stop the vehicle but the car failed to stop and continued driving southbound on Darnestown Road.

Officers pursued the suspect’s car until it struck a vehicle at the intersection of Darnestown Road and Dufief Mill Road in Darnestown.  Three suspects fled on foot from the vehicle and were arrested by officers a short time later in a nearby neighborhood.  Two of the suspects were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries that they sustained during the collision.  Two occupants from the struck vehicle were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The names of the three suspects will be released once charges have been formally filed.



Detectives Investigate Rape of Teenager in Sandy Spring Area

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division are investigating the Thursday, September 15 sexual assault of a teenager that occurred while she was walking in the Sandy Spring area.  To protect the victim, the Department is not releasing the victim’s age.

On September 15, officers were called to investigate the report of a sexual assault that had occurred between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Detectives spoke with the victim, who reported that she was approached by a male while she was walking in the area of Olney-Sandy Spring Road (Route 108) in the Sandy Spring area.  The suspect, using no words, directed the victim to a grassy area located off of Olney-Sandy Spring Road.  The suspect then raped the victim.  The victim returned home and reported the assault to her parents.  Police were notified of the assault and responded to the hospital where the victim was receiving medical treatment.

Detectives continue to work to confirm additional details about the suspect and sexual assault.  As additional information is confirmed, it will be provided to the community.

Anyone with information about this sexual assault is asked to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or 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 their line that leads to an arrest in this case.  Residents are reminded to immediately call 911 if they observe suspicious activity.

Suspect Arrested for Indecent Exposure in Montgomery Village

John Stovall

John Stovall

Montgomery County Police Officers from the 6th District have charged John Stovall, age 39, of the 19100 block of Stedwick Drive in Montgomery Village, with indecent exposure after he exposed himself to two 11-year-old girls.

On Wednesday, September 14 at approximately 2:30 p.m., 6th District officers responded to the 19100 block of Stedwick Drive for the report of an indecent exposure that had just occurred.  The victims told police that the suspect, now identified as Stovall, approached them and exposed himself to them as they were walking home from school.  Both victims ran home and reported the incident to a parent.

Officers were given a description of Stovall and found him at his residence.  He was identified by witnesses and arrested.  Stovall was transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with two counts of indecent exposure.  Stovall was released after posting a $7,500 bond.


Germantown Man Charged with Sex Offenses Involving a Minor

Onaje Robinson

Onaje Robinson

In late August, detectives with the Montgomery County Police – Special Victims Investigations Division began investigating sexual offense allegations against Onaje Robinson, age 42, of the 12900 block of Falling Water Circle in Germantown.  Robinson is a track coach at Seneca Valley High School located at 19401 Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown.  Investigators have charged Robinson with two counts of a third-degree sexual offense and one count of second-degree assault.  He turned himself in to detectives yesterday evening (Tuesday, September 13).

Detectives interviewed a 14-year-old girl who reported that she had met an older male subject, later identified as Onaje Robinson, on social media.  After approximately one week of communication, the two agreed to meet.  The victim told investigators that she told Robinson that she was 14 years old.

Investigation has revealed that in the early morning hours of  August 20, Robinson drove to the victim’s Anne Arundel County residence.  Robinson met the victim and drove her to his apartment where they had sexual intercourse.  At approximately 5:00 a.m., Robinson drove the victim back to her home.

Last night after turning himself in to investigators, Robinson was transported to the Central Processing Unit and was released on bond.

Anyone with information about this case or additional victims is asked to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.