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Police Arrest Teen Responsible for at Least Six Burglaries, Believe More Victims Exist

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit have arrested and charged a teenager in connection with a string of at least six, and up to a dozen, burglaries of open garages and theft of bicycles.

Detective Jesse Dickensheets and the 5th District investigators have been investigating a string burglaries of open residential garages that occurred in late August in the Clarksburg area. The suspect in these burglaries stole bicycles.

On August 30, a Clarksburg resident notified detectives that two of his stolen bicycles were being offered for sale on the app, OfferUp. Detectives identified the seller of the stolen bicycles as a 16-year-old juvenile male. Investigators further determined that the juvenile had sold multiple bicycles on the OfferUp app beginning in early June of 2017.

“Until we got the report from the victim finding his bicycles on OfferUp,” said Detective Jesse Dickensheets, of the 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit. “I knew that the bikes were disappearing, but I didn’t know where. Then the victim found his bicycles — two very high-end bicycles on OfferUp. One was worth about $4,500, and the other was a custom one-of-kind mountain bike work $2,800.”

Dickensheets said the victim was persistent. The victim was able to drive around Clarksburg and find a car with a Pennsylvania license plate parked in front of the same house where the photo was taken and posted to OfferUp in an attempt to sell the bikes.

The victim called patrol officers. “When officers ran the prior history on the address, it turned out that I had previously locked this kid up for bike theft,” said Dickensheets. “He was a frequent flyer, somebody we had dealt with before for doing this.”

Dickensheets said that suspect confessed to stealing the two high-end bikes and provided a phone number of the person that had purchased the two bikes. Once the purchaser was contacted by police, it turned out that he previously bought four additional bicycles from the suspect over the past month, all of which were reported stolen.

According to Dickensheets, the purchaser ran a bike shop out of his garage in his spare time. He would fix up bikes and resell them. “He thought he was getting a good value. And he did, he paid $600 for a bike that was $4,500,” said Dickensheets.