Robber, Armed with BB Gun, Attacks Man Sitting in His Car
Montgomery County Police Department reported a number of criminal incidents in Germantown from August 28 through September 5.
Police report that man was attacked by an armed assailant while sitting in his car making a late night phone call. According to MCPD, the victim was on the phone in his vehicle parked on the 19300 block of Archdale Road at about 3:40 am on Wednesday, August 30, when an Hispanic male — of unknown age — walked up to the vehicle, opened the driver’s side door, and hit the man in the back of the head with a BB gun. The assailant grabbed the cell phone and fled on foot.
In another incident, which took place the next day, a woman was assaulted and robbed after getting into an argument on a RideOn Bus. According to police, at 6:45 pm on Thursday, Aug. 31, a 20-year old female engaged in an argument with three black females on a RideOn Bus.
The bus driver kicked all four parties off the bus at the bus stop at Sweetgum Road and Father Hurley Boulevard. Once off the bus, the victim attempted to walk away but she was pushed to the ground by one of the group of three females and was robbed of her cell phone. The three assailants fled on foot.
Montgomery County Police report that burglars are targeting beer and wine stores in the area. Three beer and wine stores along Wisteria Drive have been the victims of either commercial burglaries or attempted burglaries between Thursday, Aug. 24 and Thursday, Aug. 31.
The latest was an attempted commercial burglary occurred at the Sugarloaf Wine Cellar located at 12955 Wisteria Drive in Germantown between approximately 9:30 pm on Friday, Aug, 31 and approximately 8:30 am on Saturday, Sept. 1. This is the third beer and wine store which has been the target of a commercial burglary between August 24 and August 31.
The Germantown Pulse previously reported that two beer and wine stores on Wisteria Drive were the victims of commercial burglaries within 24 hours between Thursday, Aug. 24 and Friday, Aug. 25. According to MCPD, three male suspects broke into the Wisteria Beer and Wine store located at 13220 Wisteria Drive in the early morning hours of August 24. Police say the suspects forced entry into the store and stole property.
The next day the SN Beer and Wine store, located at 12081 Wisteria Drive, was the victim of an attempted commercial burglary during the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 25, however the burglars were unsuccessful in this case.
Police report that an attempted online sale has led to the seller being the victim of a strong-arm robbery in Germantown Town Center. Police say that at about 5:45 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 5, the male victim was attempted to sell sneakers on one of the online apps. The buyer and seller met near the 19800 block of Century Boulevard. Police say the suspect, a black male of unknown age, grabbed the shoes, pushed the victim to the ground, and took off with the shoes.
Montgomery County Police remind residents that all six police districts either have a Safe Exchange Zone for such transactions. The Safe Exchange Zone in Germantown is located at the 5th District police station at 20000 Aircraft Drive. MCPD recommends for anyone taking part in a transaction as a result of a Criagslist.com, OfferUp.com, Ebay.com, or Letgo.com type ad website:
Always meet a buyer or seller in public place that is well lit and populated.
Tell a friend or family member where you are going and if possible bring a friend with you.
Inform buyer or seller that you will not be alone.
Trust your instincts if a transaction sounds too good to be true it may be a scam.
Do not invite strangers into your home.
Never give out personal or financial information.
Counterfeit cashiers checks and money orders are a possibility. If possible conduct transactions involving money orders, cashiers checks, or checks at the respective banks.
Police reported a number of residential burglaries:
A residential garage burglary occurred in the 11800 block of Snowden Farm Parkway in Clarksburg at approximately 1:39 pm on Thursday, Aug. 30. No signs of forced entry, the garage door was reported to have been left open; property was taken. The suspect is reportedly a Black male, approximately 16-years-old.
A residential burglary occurred in the 18000 block of Cottage Garden Drive in Germantown between approximately 3:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 3 and approximately 5:00 am on Saturday, Sept. 4. Forced entry; property was taken.
MCPD reported instances of thefts from vehicles over the Labor Day Weekend Holiday. Police urge all residents to take a role in preventing this type of crime by removing valuables from vehicles and locking all doors.
Four thefts from vehicles occurred between Wednesday, Aug. 29 and Tuesday, Sept. 3. Affected streets included Bowman Ridge Terrace, Cottage Garden Drive, Ansel Terrace, and Falconcrest Circle. No force; cash and property were taken.
Three thefts from vehicles occurred over between Saturday, Sept. 2 and Tuesday, Sept. 5. Two thefts occurred on Emerald Green Drive and the third occurred on Greenridge Drive. No force; cash and property were taken.
Multiple thefts from vehicles occurred between August 21 and August 27. Affected streets included Crystal Rock Drive, Churchill Ridge Circle, Rexmore Drive, Skip Jack Drive, Locbury Court, and Wistera Drive in Germantown. Force was reported in multiple events; cash, property, and vehicle parts were taken.
MCPD reminds residents that additional incidents may have occurred and the reports had not yet been received at the time of publication, on September 20.