Suspects Arrested for Possession of Drugs, Stolen License Plates, and Burglary Tools Following Pursuit in Silver Spring

Officers from the 3rd District have arrested and charged Mateo Reyes-Vanega, age 18, and Manuel Vasquez-Chavarria, age 27, both of Baltimore, with crimes to include theft of license plates, possession of burglary tools, and possession of crack cocaine.  Detectives continue to investigate the possibility that Vasquez-Chavarria and Reyes-Vanega have been involved in additional crimes in the area.

On September 23 at approximately 2:30 a.m., a 3rd District officer was on routine patrol in the area of Route 29 (Colesville Road) and Georgia Avenue.  The officer observed an Acura make erratic maneuvers on southbound Route 29, to include turning left onto Georgia Avenue from the incorrect lane and failing to stop for the red light at Ellsworth Drive. The officer, suspecting that the driver was under the influence of drugs/alcohol, attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Acura at Georgia Avenue and Bonifant Street.  The driver failed to stop and fled in the vehicle.  The officer checked the registration of the Acura and determined that the license plate on the vehicle had been reported stolen from Baltimore City.

Officers pursued the Acura as it continued north on Georgia Avenue.  The vehicle struck a curb at the entrance to Interstate 495 (I-495) and became disabled.  The driver, identified as Reyes-Vanega, was arrested.  The passenger, identified as Vasquez-Chavarria, fled from the vehicle but was arrested by officers following a foot pursuit.

A search of the Acura uncovered evidence to include crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, two stolen license plates (both stolen from the Baltimore area), tools commonly used to commit theft and burglary, and a vehicle part which is commonly stolen from operable vehicles.

Officers determined that Reyes-Vanega had a warrant for his arrest from a neighboring jurisdiction for felony theft and Manuel Vasquez-Chavarria had a warrant for his arrest from a surrounding jurisdiction for first-degree assault and felony theft.

Both suspects were transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Reyes-Vanega is being held without bond.  Reyes-Vanega was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond (no payment due at time of release).

Manuel Vasquez-Chavarria

Mateo Reyes-Vanega

Fourth District Officers Charge Three Suspects with Theft and Stolen Vehicle Offenses at Home Depot in Aspen Hill

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 4th District have charged Christopher Wells, age 34, and Marcus Wells, age 36, of the 5900 block of Rayburn Drive in Temple Hills, and Nitalia Rivera, age 31, of the 6200 block of Opus Avenue in Capitol Heights, with theft-related offenses and stolen vehicle-related offenses.  Christopher Wells was also charged with resisting arrest after he fled on foot from officers.

On Tuesday, August 25, 4th District officers responded to the Home Depot store located at 14000 Georgia Avenue for the report of a shoplifting that had just occurred.  Home Depot loss prevention personnel stated to police dispatchers that one suspect had stolen approximately $1,800 worth of merchandise from the store and that this suspect was currently inside a pick-up truck in the store parking lot.  Store personnel also provided police dispatchers with the license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle.  A computer check showed that the vehicle that the suspect was in had been reported as stolen on July 25 from Anne Arundel County.

Upon arrival, officers located the suspect’s truck in the parking lot.   Officers observed two suspects sitting inside the truck and a third suspect placing property, that was later determined to have been stolen from the Home Depot, into the bed of the truck.  Upon seeing the police, the third suspect, later identified as Christopher Wells, immediately fled on foot from officers.  A short time later, officers located Christopher Wells hiding inside another store located nearby on Georgia Avenue.  Christopher Wells was transported to a local hospital by Fire and Rescue for treatment of injuries that he sustained after jumping a fence while fleeing from officers.

The other two suspects did not flee and were identified by officers as Marcus Wells and Rivera.  They were arrested and transported to the Central Processing Unit. Marcus Wells was released after posting a $6,500 bond.  Rivera was released after posting a $2,500 bond.

Officers obtained an arrest warrant for Christopher Wells charging him with theft of a motor vehicle, theft: $1,500 to under $25,000, and resisting arrest.  On August 31, Christopher Wells was arrested on the strength of the warrant and transported to the Central Processing Unit.  He is being held on a $5,000 bond.

Christopher Wells

Marcus Wells

Nitalia Rivera

Suspect Charged with Offenses Related to Multiple Theft from Vehicles in Olney; Residents Reminded to Lock Vehicle Doors

Detectives from the 4th District – Patrol Investigation Unit have charged James Edward Smith, age 50, of Tidewater Court in Olney, with offenses related to three attempted thefts from vehicles and one theft from vehicle in the Olney area.

  • June 14, 11:40 p.m., 3300 block of Tidewater Court
  • July 9, 3:00 a.m., 2800 block of Fountain Grove Terrace
  • July 13, 3:33 a.m., 4000 block of Olney Laytonsville Road
  • July 18, 1:20 a.m., 3400 block of Dartmoor Lane

On June 14 at approximately 11:40 p.m., a resident returning to his home in the 3300 block of Tidewater Court noticed a male who seemed to be walking around with no purpose.  The resident went inside to check his home video surveillance and observed  that the male had entered his wife’s unlocked vehicle and stole her purse.  When the resident went back outside to locate the suspect, he saw the suspect ran away.

On July 14, a resident in the 2800 block of Fountain Grove Terrace, after learning of recent theft from vehicles in the area, reviewed his home video surveillance and discovered that a suspect had entered his unlocked vehicle on July 9 at approximately 3:00 am.  It did not appear that the suspect stole any property.

On July 15, officers were called to the 4000 block of Olney Laytonsville Road for the report of an attempted theft from vehicle.  The suspect was captured on home video surveillance pulling door handles of the vehicles on July 13 at approximately 3:33 a.m. When the suspect determined that the vehicles were locked, he left.

On July 18, at approximately 1:20 a.m., officers were called to the 3400 block of Dartmoor Lane for a suspicious situation; a resident had observed a suspect attempting to open vehicle doors in the area.  When the witness yelled at the suspect, he ran away. Officers responding to the call for service located a person matching the suspect’s description at the intersection of Toddsbury Lane and Heritage Hills Drive.  The officers identified the suspect as Smith and noted that he matched the description of the suspect involved in the previous theft from vehicle cases.  Smith was released from police custody at the scene pending further investigation of these incidents.

During the follow-up investigation, detectives obtained home video surveillance of the suspect entering a vehicle on Dartmoor Lane on July 18, confirming the witness’ observations.

On July 23, detectives charged Smith via a district court summons with four counts of rogue and vagabond and theft.

During these incidents, as shown on home video surveillance footage, Smith would check vehicle doors to see if they were open and if the doors were locked, he would move on to check other vehicles.  Thefts from unlocked vehicles continue to be a high-volume crime in Montgomery County. The Police Department urges all residents to take a role in preventing this type of crime by removing valuables from vehicles and locking all doors.

 

Detectives Investigate Theft of $4,800 worth of Eyeglasses from Eyeglass Store in the Kentlands; Surveillance Video of Suspects Released

Detectives from the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate the June 27 theft of approximately $4,800 worth of eyeglasses from the Colonial Opticians store located at 718 Center Point Way in the Kentlands area of Gaithersburg.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance video of the male suspect and of the two female suspects and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

The investigation by detectives revealed that on June 26, the two female suspects entered the Colonial Opticians store, spoke with an employee, browsed for eyeglasses, and then left the store.  The next day, the two female suspects returned to the store along with the male suspect.   In this incident, the female suspects engaged an employee in conversation while the male suspect stole several pairs of eyeglasses from display shelves.  All three suspects then immediately fled from the store.

Investigators believe that these same three suspects attempted a similar theft on July 2 at the Colonial Opticians store located at 4942 St. Elmo Street in Bethesda.   In that incident, the three suspects entered the Colonial Opticians store but left before stealing any property.

Anyone with information regarding this theft in the Kentlands area of Gaithersburg, the attempted theft in Bethesda, or the three suspects is asked to call the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5789.  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: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/pol/howdoI/crime-solvers.html

 

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

Detectives Investigate Package Theft in North Bethesda Area; Surveillance Video of Suspect Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate the May 27 theft of a package from the front porch of a home in the North Bethesda area. Today, investigators are a releasing surveillance video of the female suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify her.

The investigation by detectives determined that at approximately 12:54 p.m. on May 27, the suspect walked onto the porch of a home located in the 10300 block of St. Albans Drive, stole the package, and left the area on foot.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call the 2nd District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6700.

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: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/…/how…/crime-solvers.html