Police Investigate Theft and Credit Card Fraud – Puppy Purchased

Montgomery County Police detectives are investigating a case of theft and credit card fraud that occurred in August.  Today, investigators are releasing videos of the two suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

Investigation has revealed that on August 11 between approximately 12:00 p.m. and 1:10 p.m., the 60-year-old female victim attended church services at St. Jane Frances de Chantel Catholic Church in Bethesda (located at 9601 Old Georgetown Road).  During that time, an unknown suspect(s) broke into the victim’s vehicle and stole her purse; the purse contained credit cards.

In less than two hours after the theft, the two suspects produced or obtained a fictitious Maryland license that included the victim’s information with a photograph of the female suspect.  The two suspects then used one of the victim’s stolen credit cards to purchase a three-month-old Yorkshire Terrier from the Just Puppies store located in the Twinbrook Shopping Center (2004 Veirs Mill Road) in Rockville.  The female suspect produced the fake license during the transaction.  A photograph of the stolen puppy is included in this release.

Next, the suspects bought clothing at the Nordstrom store located at 7111 Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda (the Westfield Montgomery mall).  Video of the suspects at Nordstrom shows the male suspect holding the puppy during the transaction.

In total, the suspects charged approximately $4,100 to the victim’s credit card.

Anyone with information about this case or suspects involved in this case is asked to call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here.  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.


Puppy Purchased with Stolen Credit Card

Actual Puppy Purchased with Stolen Credit Card

Police Seek Help to Locate Woman Last Seen in the Kentlands

102313Bella_Galite_SayagDetectives from the Montgomery County Police 5th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a woman who was last seen in the Kentlands community in Gaithersburg.

Bella Galite Sayag, age 39, of the unit block of Pooks Hills Road in Bethesda, was last seen at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at a relative’s home in the unit block of Granite Place in the Kentlands.  She may be operating a light blue, 2007 Toyota Rav 4 with Maryland registration 52369M5. The vehicle may have damage to the rear bumper.

Ms. Sayag is described as a white female, 5’2” tall and weighing approximately 90 pounds.  She has long brown hair and brown/hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a brown cotton woven jacket, black lace blouse, blue jeans, and knee-high black boots.

Police and family are concerned for Ms. Sayag’s welfare and her mental well-being.

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Ms. Sayag or her vehicle is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.



Two Arrested for Shooting in Gaithersburg

LighBar2012Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Fifth and Sixth District Investigative Sections have arrested two Germantown brothers in connection with a shooting that occurred in Gaithersburg on Saturday, October 19, 2013.

On Saturday night at 10:30 p.m., Sixth District patrol officers responded to a call for a shooting that had just occurred.  One victim was located in the 7700 block of Prince Hall Court and another victim was found in the parking lot of the Giant store on Flower Hill Way.  Both victims, who were adult males, were transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.  Investigators believe that the assault occurred in the area of Washington Grove Lane and Mineral Springs Drive.

The investigation led detectives to a residence in the 12000 block of Panthers Ridge Drive in Germantown.  A search warrant was served at the residence and two suspects were taken into custody.

Abdelrahman Abdou, age 18, and Abdullah Abdou, age 20, have each been charged with 2 counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, 2 counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder, 2 counts of First Degree Assault, Use of a Firearm in a Crime of Violence, and Reckless Endangerment.  Both suspects are from the 12000 block of Panthers Ridge Drive.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact detectives at 240-773-5770.


October 11 Germantown Collision Now Fatal

PoliceCarDetectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a now-fatal collision that occurred on October 11.

On Friday, October 11 at 1:37 p.m., Sixth District officers responded to a personal injury collision at Clopper Road and Waring Station Road.  Upon arrival,  officers observed a 2008 Saturn, 2008 Acura, and 1994 Honda in the eastbound lanes of Clopper Road.

Investigation indicated that the Saturn, operated by Dorothy Jean Rudnicki, age 71, was westbound on Clopper Road and crossed into the eastbound lanes. The Saturn struck the Acura that was operated by Toni Helene Johnson-Conner, age 60.  The Honda was operated by Daniel Clifton Offutt, age 46, and was traveling eastbound behind the Acura.  The operator of the Honda was unable to stop and struck the Acura.  All three drivers are residents of Germantown.

Johnson-Conner was transported to a local hospital.  Rudnicki and Offutt were not transported to a hospital from the scene.  Detectives were later notified that Rudnicki was transported to a hospital later that evening.

On October 18, Rudnicki succumbed to her injuries.  The medical examiner has ruled the death accidental due to injuries sustained in the collision.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Collision Reconstruction Unit detectives at 240-773-6620.