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MCPD Investigating School Purse Thefts, Including One in Germantown

Montgomery County Police believe that one man may be behind the theft of 11 purses from nine different schools or daycare centers in the County during May and June. One of the thefts took place in at a Germantown daycare center.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department are investigating 11 thefts of female employees’ purses from nine area schools that occurred in over the last two months.

Two of these thefts occurred in Rockville City and MCPD detectives are working with the Rockville City Police Department regarding those incidents. Investigators believe that multiple thefts were committed by the same suspect whose photograph is being released today in hopes that someone recognizes him.

Investigators have received reports from 11 female employees who work at nine different schools/child care centers located in the County whose purses/wallets were stolen from a school classroom or office by an unknown suspect(s). The victims’ stolen credit cards were then used to purchase items at stores.

During each of these thefts the suspect located an unattended classroom or office, found the employee’s purse or bag, and stole the entire purse or wallet or removed the victim’s cash and credit cards and left the purse or wallet. At three of the schools the suspect was approached by personnel who inquired about his purpose in the school. The suspect provided a brief response like he was with the cleaning staff or was a member of camp staff and then would quickly leave the area.

The suspect would then go to stores in the County, to include Target, Safeway, Best Buy, and Giant, and use the victims’ credit cards to buy merchandise.