5D Officers Arrest Four, Recover 42 Stolen Packages & Vehicle
Montgomery County Police have been able to return over 40 stolen holiday packages to Clarksburg and Germantown residents thanks to good police work, a vigilant neighbor, and an alert UPS delivery driver.
Over the past week, in two different incidents, 5th District officers have arrested suspects for stealing packages that had been delivered to residences in the Clarksburg and Germantown areas. In total, four suspects have been arrested. Investigators have located approximately forty-two stolen packages in the suspects’ possession. Detectives are working to identify all of the victims and return the packages to their rightful owners. Police expect to make more arrests in connection with these cases in the near future.
“It is a fantastic feeling to be able to recover what is really holiday gifts that people have had stolen from their property,” said Commander David Gillespie at a press conference at 5th District headquarters. “We’ve had an increase in the number of packages that have been stolen this year. This is a problem that has been ongoing, and we have made a handful of arrests, but these two sets of criminals are responsible for the majority of the thefts that have been happening around the Germantown community.”
The first set of packages was stolen from residences in the area of Fair Garden Lane in Clarksburg. According to police, on Tuesday, December 13 at approximately 1:27 pm, a resident called the police to report that he had just witnessed two young males stealing packages from the front porches of houses on his street. The resident observed the two males get in a silver Audi driven by a third suspect. A patrol officer who had, three days earlier, responded to the report of a silver Audi stolen from a residence in Clarksburg, relayed this information to officers and provided the stolen vehicle’s tag.
That Audi had been reported stolen from the 23100 block of Newcut Road in Clarksburg on Saturday, December 10.
Approximately seven minutes later, the Clarksburg High School Resource Officer, who was in the school’s parking lot at the time of the call for the stolen packages, observed the stolen Audi drive through the parking lot and drop off a student. The stolen Audi then drove to the dead-end of a nearby street. Officers stopped the vehicle and arrested two 17-year old suspects. The juvenile suspects, from Germantown, were charged with felony auto theft and released to the custody of their parents. Officers located approximately 12 packages in and around the area of the vehicle.
While at this point, only the two suspect apprehended with the stolen property and Audi have been arrested and charged, police said that the third teenager who was dropped off at Clarksburg High School will also face theft charges once all the victims have been identified.
One of the packages that was stolen belonged to Lanre Okusanya of Clarksburg. The package was a new pair of winter boots. Okusanya was at D5 headquarters to pick up his new boots.
“I am very grateful to have these back,” said Okusanya as he carried his three-year-old son Temi. The resident of the Cabin Branch development in Clarksburg said that he’d had heard rumors in his neighborhood about people stealing items from porches but did not think he would be a victim. That was until he got the email from Amazon telling him that his boots had been delivered, although no package was on his porch. “We are so glad that these people were caught and hope that this won’t happen again,” he said. Little Temi was given a gift of a new Teddy bear from Command Gillespie and the MCPD for coming down to the station with his dad.