Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 5th District Investigative Section have arrested and charged two people in connection with a string of residential burglaries which took place in Germantown in April.
Germantown Pulse reported on the burglaries in mid-May when police released surveillance video of the alleged burglars making purchases with stolen credit cards at stores in Prince George’s County and in Washington, D.C.
After a tip from the public, detectives arrested and charged Marcus Daniel Whitmore, 38, of an unconfirmed address, and Nancy Lopez, 37, of the 1800 block of Greenwich Wood Drive in Silver Spring. Detectives allege that between April 16 and April 23, Whitmore forced entry into five homes in Germantown and stole property, to include credit cards. According to police the Marcus Daniel Whitmore is suspected in all five burglaries, which occurred on three streets in Germantown. The first occurred on Monday, April 16 in the 12000 block of Stoney Bottom Road. Two more on Wednesday, April 18, this time in the 19000 block of Ridgecrest Drive and back again at another home in the 12000 block of Stoney Bottom Road. The burglar hit two more homes the following Monday, April 23, hitting a residence in the 19000 block of Ridgecrest Drive and the nearby 19000 block of Gunnerfield Lane.
According to Officer Rick Goodale, an MCPD spokesman in each case the suspect busted through a sliding glass door to gain entry to the residence where they stole property including credit cards.
Investigators received a tip which led to the identification of Whitmore as one of the suspects. During the investigation, detectives learned that Lopez had pawned several items stolen from the burglaries at a pawn store in the Silver Spring area.
On June 11, Lopez was arrested on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging her with four counts of first-degree burglary and theft-related offenses. She was released after posting a $10,000 bond.
Earlier this week, on Tuesday, August 7, Whitmore was arrested on the strength of a Montgomery County arrest warrant charging him with five counts of first-degree burglary and theft-related offenses. He is currently being held without bond.
After the burglaries, the suspects then fraudulently used credit cards stolen during these burglaries at the Nike Factory Store in Oxon Hill, the DTLR store in Oxon Hill, a Walmart store in Washington, D.C., and at a 7-Eleven convenience store on Martin Luther King Junior Avenue in Southeast, Washington, D.C.
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