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Police Report Two Armed Robberies in Early February

Montgomery County Police Department reported a number of criminal incidents in Germantown from January 30 through February 7.

The first weekend in February was a violent one on Germantown, as one women was the victim of a strong-armed robbery, a beer and wines store was robbed at knife-point, and a man was robbed at gunpoint attempting to sell and iPhone.

Montgomery County Police report that an armed robbery occurred at a beer and wine store earlier this month. According to police, at about 9:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 3 a man walked into the Middlebrook Beer & Wine located at 19601 Frederick Road branching a knife. Police say the suspect assaulted the male employee of the store, put him in a headlock while holding the knife. The suspect took cash from the register and fled the area. Police did not release a description of the assailant.

One day earlier, on Thursday, Feb. 2 at about 10:15 am, a woman had her smartphone stolen as she attempted to exit a RideOn Bus at the bus stop at Germantown Road and Middlebrook Road. According to police, the adult female victim was getting up to depart the bus and a young man ripped the phone from her hand and ran off the bus at the bus stop. Police said the woman, ran after the robber, caught him and fought with the 18- to 20-year-old suspect until she was able to get her phone back. The would-be thief then fled the area on foot.

The second armed robbery of the first week of February happened in the area of Palmetto Circle and Father Hurley Boulevard as an adult male was attempting to sell an iPhone to a stranger he’d met through the OfferUp app. The incident took place at approximately 2:45 pm on Saturday, Feb. 4. The victim met two black males to conduct the transaction. An argument ensued and one of the suspects reached into the victim’s car and took the iPhone, at this point one of the suspects displayed a handgun. The two suspects took the victim’s cash and property.

Montgomery County Police reminds residents that Safe Exchange Zones have been set up at all MCPD District Station Houses, including the 5th District Headquarters at 2000 Aircraft Drive. 5th District Commander David Gillespie said, stressed that the Safe Exchange Zones are not actively monitored by police, but the area is under video surveillance so that if something illegal did occur there would be video of the crime. He also said that individuals can always meet in the lobby of the 5th District Station House to complete their transaction.

MCPD reported five burglaries from January 30 to February 7.

The first residential burglary took place in the 19500 block of Frederick Road in Germantown between approximately 9:15 am and approximately 3:00 pm on January 30. Forced entry; property was taken.

A residential burglary occurred in the 19500 block of Waters Road in Germantown between approximately 5:30 am and approximately 11:00 am on February 1. No signs of forced entry; property was taken.

Another residential burglary too place in the 11100 block of Sceptre Ridge Terrace in Germantown at approximately 8:00 pm on February 3. No signs of forced entry, it was reported that the garage door was left partially opened; nothing was taken. The suspect is a black of unknown age.

A fourth burglary occurred in the 9800 block of Bethesda Church Road in Damascus in the early morning hours of February 4. No signs of forced entry; property was taken.

A commercial burglary occurred at VT Nails and Spa located at 13022 Middlebrook Road in the early morning hours of February 7. Forced entry; cash was taken.

Montgomery County Police report that multiple thefts from vehicles occurred between February 3 and February 6. Affected streets include Gunners Branch Road, Minstrel Tune Drive, Stoney Point Place, and Ledbury Way. No force, unknown means of entry into the vehicles; property was taken.

MCPD reminds residents that additional incidents may have occurred and the reports had not yet been received at the time of pu