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Man Charged with Stealing Items from Vehicles on 10 Different Streets Over Two Months

It seems that Shaheem Kearse has been a one-man crime wave in Germantown.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit have charged 22-year-old Shaheem D. Kearse, of the 18900 block of Birdseye Drive in Germantown, in connection a series of theft from vehicles that occurred in the Germantown area in December (2017) and January (2018).

Detective Julee Jarrett of the 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit worked the case; she said that Kearse and a number of other individuals have been breaking into cars throughout Germantown for months.

“This is a slower time of year for thefts from auto because of the weather being colder,” said Jarrett who is responsible for investigating these types of crimes in the Germantown area. “But the cold weather has not slowed down this gentleman. He has been keeping me very busy. He has been pretty active in the Germantown area between I-270 and Clopper Road throughout November, December, and January.”

Detectives are releasing a surveillance photograph of a suspect who accompanied Kearse during one of the thefts. Investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify the second suspect.

On January 13 at approximately 2:47 am, 5th District officers responded to the area of Stags Leap Court in Germantown for the report of two suspects breaking into vehicles. Responding officers located two male subjects matching the description of the two suspects in the area of the 18000 block of Mateny Road in Germantown. Officers identified one of the suspects as Kearse. The second suspect fled on foot from the officers and was not identified.

Officers located property in Kearse’s possession that did not appear to belong to him, but the officers were unable to identify the owners of the property at that time. As a result, Kearse was released from custody without charges pending further investigation.