Detectives Investigate Residential Burglary in White Oak Area; Surveillance Photos of Suspects Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Investigative Section continue to investigate an August 16 residential burglary that occurred in the 11500 block of Lockwood Drive in the White Oak area.  The two male suspects later used a credit card that they stole from the home to purchase merchandise at a nearby gas station. Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

At approximately 4:43 a.m. on August 16, home surveillance video captured the suspects entering the occupied residence through a sliding glass door. The suspects stole property, which included clothing and a credit card belonging to the victim, and fled.

At approximately 5:30 a.m., the same suspects who were seen on the victim’s home surveillance video were seen on store surveillance video using the victim’s stolen credit card to purchase merchandise at a gas station located in the 11500 block of Lockwood Drive.

Anyone with information regarding this burglary or the suspects is asked to call the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  Callers may remain anonymous. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).   Tips may also be submitted online here:

Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

Residential burglary and credit card fraud suspect

Residential burglary and credit card fraud suspect

Detectives Investigate Fraudulent Use of Victim’s Stolen Credit Card; Surveillance Photos of Suspects Released

Suspects

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 5th District Community Action Team are investigating the fraudulent use of the victim’s stolen credit card by three female suspects.  Today, Investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the three suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

The investigation by officers determined that on June 24, the victim’s credit card was stolen while she was shopping at a store located on Old Georgetown Road in the Bethesda area.  A short time later, the three suspects fraudulently used the victim’s stolen credit to purchase approximately $1,500 worth of gift cards at the Harris Teeter grocery store located at 12525 Park Potomac Avenue in the Rockville area.

Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the suspects to call the 5th District station at 240-773-6200.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Tips may also be submitted online here:

Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

The Department urges residents to follow these tips to help prevent having their purse and/or wallet stolen:

Carry your purse as close to your body as possible and keep it in sight at all times.

Carry your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.

Do not become distracted.  Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

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Officers Seek to Identify Suspect Who Used Stolen Credit Card Information to Purchase Items Online and Had an Item Delivered to Victim’s Home; Posed as Neighbor in Attempt to Get Delivery

Suspect who attempted to obtain fraudulently purchased merchandise delivered to victim’s home

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Patrol Investigations Unit are investigating the July 20 fraudulent use of a victim’s credit card information by an unknown suspect to purchase items online.  The suspect had at least one of the items delivered to the victim’s home located in White Oak and attempted to obtain the fraudulently purchased item from the victim’s home.  Today, investigators are releasing cell phone photographs of the female suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify her.

The investigation determined that on July 20, the victim noticed that several fraudulent purchases (totaling approximately $2,000) had been made online using her credit card information.  On July 22, an item from one of the fraudulent purchases was delivered to the victim’s home.  The next day, a female suspect knocked on the victim’s door and spoke with a resident of the home. This suspect told the resident that she was a neighbor and that a package meant for her had been mistakenly delivered to that house.  The resident, who knew that the item that the suspect was asking for had been fraudulently purchased, asked the suspect for her name and phone number.  The suspect became irate, left without the package, and fled the area in a black sedan.  The resident obtained cell phone photographs of the suspect before she fled.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to contact 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).

Tips may also be submitted online here:

Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

 

Suspect who attempted to obtain fraudulently purchased merchandise delivered to victim’s home

Suspect Uses Fraudulent Checks to Pay for Transportation Services; Photographs of Suspect Released

Detectives from the 4th District – Patrol Investigations Unit are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect who has used fraudulent checks to pay for transportation services to and from the Wheaton area.  The suspect, who has identified himself to the victims as Carlos Arturo Lemus and Juan Carlos Lemus, speaks Spanish and has victimized two Spanish-speaking residents.  Today, the Police Department is releasing photographs of the suspect and is asking for the public’s help to identify him.

Both victims reported that they were hired by the suspect to drive him between the area of Boston, Massachusetts, and Wheaton, Maryland.  During one of the rides, the suspect asked to make a stop at Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland (adjacent to Arundel Mills Mall).  The suspect paid for the service with a check that was for an amount greater than the fee for the trip.  The suspect advised the victims to cash the check and give him the cash minus what he owed them for the transportation service.  The victims were later notified by their banks that the checks were fraudulent.  In total, the suspect obtained approximately $6,400.00 from the two victims.

One of the victims took a photograph of the suspect because he felt that the suspect was acting strange.  The other victim was able to provide police with a social media photograph of the suspect; the suspect’s social media account has since been deleted.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or these crimes is asked to call the 4th District – Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5476.  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 provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case.

Investigators are concerned that there may be additional victims of this suspect’s fraud.  Anyone who believes that he/she has been a victim is asked to call detectives at 240-773-5476.

 

Fraud Suspect Purchases Items Totaling $9,800 with Victims’ Stolen Credit Cards; Residents Reminded to Keep Purses and Wallets Close at All Times

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit have charged Amir Holmes (also known as Amir Hunter), age 52, of the 1700 block of E. Street in Northeast, Washington, D.C., with multiple counts of theft and credit card fraud-related offenses.  Holmes stole wallets and credit cards from approximately six victims who left their purses unattended while shopping at a store in Wheaton.  Holmes then fraudulently used the stolen credit cards to purchase merchandise at various retail stores in Wheaton. Investigators believe that Holmes committed these thefts on various dates between early May and the end of July.

On May 8, 2019, detectives began investigating a series of wallet thefts that occurred inside the Costco Wholesale store located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton.  During the investigation, detectives identified Holmes as the suspect who, from May through July, fraudulently purchased approximately $9,800 worth of merchandise on six victims’ stolen credit cards.

On Thursday, August 8, investigators obtained a Montgomery County arrest warrant for Holmes.

Holmes was arrested on August 14 in Washington, D.C., on the strength of the Montgomery County arrest warrant.

Holmes remains incarcerated in Washington, D.C., pending extradition to Montgomery County.  At this time, a mugshot for Holmes is not available.

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