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Nearby Burglary Forces Germantown Elementary into Shelter Mode

Germantown Elementary School went into ‘Shelter’ mode yesterday as police searched the area for a pair of burglars who attempted to break into the abandoned building across the street.

According to the letter sent home to parents by Germantown Elementary School Principal Amy Bryan, the Montgomery County Police Department told the school that a break-in was reported at the abandoned post office building across the street at about 12:20 pm on Monday, Sept. 11.

“While the police searched the facility across the street, the school was directed to go into shelter-in-place,” wrote Bryan. She said any students outside of the school at recess were brought into the building for inside recess. She also said that any students in the new “learning cottages” constructed and installed at Germantown Elementary over the summer were brought into the main building and were kept in the media center as an additional precaution. The shelter-in-place order was lifted by MCPD at 12:33 pm.

A visual inspection of the building at 19111 Liberty Mill Road showed that one of the windows had been broken. The building once served as the post office in Germantown, but has been abandoned and vacant for years.

5th District Commander, Capt. Mark Plazinski said that patrol officers responded to the report of a burglary at the building at 19111 Liberty Mill Road in Germantown, but the perpetrators had already fled the area. He said that detectives had been assigned to this case it is being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this robbery or the suspect is asked to call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237.


Top: A break-in at the old Germantown post office building on Liberty Mill Road forced the elementary school across the street to go into a shelter-in-place mode for a short time.

Next: The suspects had broken one of the front windows of the building.