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Two Men Robbed, One at Knifepoint, in Separate Incidents in the Central Business District

November 18, 2016

Montgomery County Police Department reported a number of criminal incidents in Germantown from Oct. 20 through Nov. 8, 2016.

   Montgomery County Police report that two men were robbed of their wallet and property — in separate incidents — on the same night, in the same area of the Germantown Central Business District within hours of each other. Police do not believe the incidents are related.

   Both incidents took place on Thursday, Nov. 3. The first was an armed robbery which occurred in the 13000 block of Middlebrook Road, which is in the area of the Germantown Commons Shopping Center, at approximately 9:15 pm. Police say the victim had walked out of an area restaurant to smoke a cigarette. While he was smoking, the suspect, later identified as a Black male wearing a black hoodie and jeans, grabbed the victim from behind and displayed a knife. The suspect reached into the victim’s pocket and stole his wallet. The suspect fled on foot.

   Later that same night — less than 1,000 feet away — another man was assaulted and robbed at approximately 11:00 pm after exiting a restaurant/bar in the 13000 block of Wisteria Drive, which is the area of the Germantown Plaza Shopping Center. According to police, the victim was assaulted by three suspects, two Black males, and one Hispanic male, who beat him and stole his wallet.

   MCPD also reported a strong-arm robbery in the 13400 block of Kingsview Village Avenue. According to police, the victim was walking to the Liberty Gas Station at the corner of Kingsview Village Avenue and Clopper Road to purchase cigarettes, when he was approached by two Black males of unknown age. They asked him for a cigarette when the man said he didn’t have any cigarettes one of the men attacked him punching him and taking to the ground. They went through his backpack and stole cash, clothing, and the victim’s glasses.

   Police also reported that two ATVs were stolen from an unlocked barn in the 26000 block of Long Corner Road in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 21.

   Montgomery County Police reported ten residential burglaries and two commercial burglaries in the 5th District in 19 days. Nine residential burglaries took place in Germantown and one in Damascus, while both commercial burglaries happened in Germantown.

   A residential burglary occurred in the 20200 block of Shipley Terrace in Germantown between approximately 8:00 am and approximately 3:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 20. Forced entry; property was taken.

   Another residential burglary occurred in the 24800 block of Nickelby Drive in Damascus between approximately 8:30 am and approximately 2:00 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Forced entry; property was taken.

   Police also reported a residential burglary in the 19600 block of Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown in the early morning hours of Thursday, Oct. 27. No forced entry; nothing was taken. Police believe the suspect in this burglary is a Hispanic male in his 30s.

   A residential garage burglary occurred in the 18100 block of Coachmans in Germantown Road between approximately 2:30 pm and approximately 4:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 27. No forced entry; property was taken.

   Another residential burglary occurred in the 19100 block of Wheatfield Drive in Germantown in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 28. No forced entry; property was taken.

   Police reported two residential burglaries occurred in the 13500 block of Sanderling Place in Germantown on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The first occurred between 10:00 am and 3:20 pm. Forced entry; property was taken. The second occurred between approximately 3:30 pm and approximately 4:20 pm, and again forced entry; property was taken.

   Another residential burglary occurred in the 20500 block of Shadyside Way in Germantown between approximately 1:30 pm and approximately 9:30 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 1. No signs of forced entry; property was taken.

   Another residential burglary took place in the 20300 block of Beaconfield Terrace in Germantown between approximately 10:30 am and 2:00 pm on Thursday, Nov. 3. Forced entry; property was taken.

   The tenth residential burglary took place in the 13100 block of Pickering Drive in Germantown between approximately 6:30 pm and 6:45 pm on Monday, Nov. 7. Forced entry; nothing was taken.

   The two commercial burglaries took place within few hours and a few blocks of each other overnight from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3. The first occurred at 11:00 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Rita’s Italian Ice located at 12801 Wisteria Drive. No forced entry; cash was taken.

The second occurred at Monkey Joe’s located at 13032 Middlebrook Road in the early morning hours of Thursday, Nov. 3. Forced entry; property was taken.

   MCPD also reported three thefts from vehicles occurred between Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Tuesday, Nov. 7. Affected streets include Century Boulevard, Aircraft Drive, and Whitechurch Court. No force, unknown means of entry; cash and property were taken. Police arrested a suspected in the Aircraft Drive theft from vehicle. Arrested was Eugene Blamoh Moses, 22, of Silver Spring. Police apprehended him at the Germantown Transit Center on Aircraft Drive.

   Montgomery County Police remind residents that they can prevent and/or reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of vehicle-related crimes by removing keys and valuables and locking vehicle doors.

   MCPD reminds residents that additional incidents may have occurred and the reports had not yet been received at the time of publication, on November 18.

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