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.
Investigators later determined that Kearse and the second suspect were at a Germantown gas station near the Kingsview Village Shopping Center just prior to the report of the thefts on Mateny Road. Detectives believe that the suspect in the surveillance photograph from the gas station is the suspect who fled on foot from the officers.
Detectives subsequently determined that the property in Kearse’s possession had been stolen from a vehicle located in the 13300 block of Dovedale Way in Germantown, which is the next street over from the Kingsview Village Shopping Center.
Further investigation revealed that beginning in late December of 2017 and continuing through January 22, 2018, Kearse committed eleven thefts from vehicles in the Germantown area.
A Montgomery County search warrant related to these thefts was executed at Kearse’s residence on Birdseye Drive on February 1. As a result of that search warrant, a firearm was located in Kearse’s possession. As a result of his previous convictions, Kearse is not legally allowed to possess a firearm. As a result, Kearse was arrested and charged with illegally possessing a firearm. He is currently being held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center on the firearm charge.
On February 7, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Kearse charging him with the following thefts from vehicles that occurred in the Germantown area:
► December 20, 2017 – 18800 block of Bent Willow Circle
► December 24, 2017 – 12800 block of Climbing Ivy Drive
► December 24, 2017 – 12100 block of Island View Circle.
► December 26, 2017 – two thefts from vehicles in the 12500 block of Coral Grove Place
► December 26, 2017 – 12600 block of Grey Eagle Court
► December 26, 2017 – 18800 block of Bent Willow Circle
► January 13, 2018 – 13100 block of Millhaven Place
► January 13, 2018 – 13300 block of Dovedale Way
► January 21, 2018 – 12200 block of Eagles Nest Court
► January 22, 2018 – 12600 block of Grey Eagle Court
“We have some pieces of property, a police contact, or a victim association, or video surveillance that tie him to all of these incidents. During the search warrant at his residence, we were able to recover property that belonged to others, and some of the property was found on him during other arrests which we were able to link back to other victims,” said Jarrett.
As Germantown Pulse reported on Dec. 21, Kearse was also arrested and charged with theft from autos in the Germantown area back on Nov. 27, 2017, for incidents on Walnut Creek Court.
“He was charged for the November 27 incident, but that did not slow him down,” according to Jarrett. “He was picked up again on December 26 and charged again. And then again on January 13. He does not stop even when we are arresting him. It does not deter him apparently.”
In an interview with Germantown Pulse last month, 5th District Commander Mark Plazinski urged residents to make their neighborhoods less welcoming for criminals by locking their vehicles. “It is property crimes that we are dealing with the most here in Germantown,” said Plazinksi. “There are 20 to 30 theft from vehicles per week, and most of them are from unlocked vehicles. The harder you make your neighborhood to be victimized, the less likely it is to have criminal activity.”
“The number one way to prevent this is to lock your car,” said Jarrett, who said she deals strictly with theft from auto in the 5th District. “I watch video after video, and everyone has great video these days of guys walking around trying to open car doors. The number one way to prevent that is to lock your doors. There is no magic key in Montgomery County unlocks cars.”
She also suggests that residents do not keep valuables in their car. “Don’t leave your laptop in the car. Don’t leave your cell phone. These guys love to take loose change and anything else they can get their hands on. They will also take medications. Locking the car doors in the easiest and best way to prevent being victimized,” said Jarrett.
She said the 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit continues to search for the other man who police believe was working with Kearse on the evening January 13 when police responded to Stags Leap Court. Although, detectives asking for the public’s help to identify the second suspect, Jarrett said they have some additional investigative leads which they are running down in an effort find the suspect.
Anyone with information regarding the second suspect is asked to call the 5th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6263. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided that leads to an arrest in this case.
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