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Social Media App Leads to Townhouse Robbery in Germantown



Montgomery County Police Department reported a number of criminal incidents in Germantown from January 1 through January 26.

Police report that a meeting arranged through a social media app led to a strange strong-arm robbery at a Germantown townhouse last month.

According to police an adult male had arranged to meet an adult female using the MeetUp app at his townhouse in the 12100 block of Flag Harbor Drive at approximately 3:30 pm on Saturday, Jan. 26. The woman arrived at the location with another female, at some point during the meeting one of the women excused herself to the bathroom, and the other told the male that she needed to get her phone charger from the car.

As she left the residence, she allowed three males into the townhouse. The three males proceeded to take jewelry and cash which was left on the counter in the townhouse. Once the property was taken all three males and the two females left the townhouse. No injuries were reported.

In another incident, MCPD arrested a 17-year-old Germantown girl in connection to a strong-arm robbery that occurred in the 20600 block of Seneca Meadows Parkway at approximately 3:09 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The suspect took the adult female victim’s property and assaulted her.

Police also reported a number of vehicle thefts in the Germantown area in early January.

The first took place in the 18000 block of Chalet Drive between approximately 11:40 pm on Monday, Dec. 31 and approximately 8:15 am on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

A second vehicle was stolen from the 19300 block of Liberty Mill Road between approximately 4:30 pm on Thursday, Jan. 3 and approximately 8:00 am on Saturday, Jan. 5. No force; the vehicle was reported to have been left unlocked with a spare key left inside. The vehicle was recovered on Monday, Jan. 7.

A third vehicle was stolen from the 18000 block of Foxworth Court in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 5. Unknown entry; a spare key was reported to have been left inside the vehicle. The vehicle was recovered on Thursday, Jan. 10. MCPD arrested, Jonathan Pereyra, 27, of Gaithersburg in connection with this stolen vehicle incident.

Police reported three residential burglary incidents in Germantown in January:

The first was an attempted residential burglary that was discovered in the 11400 block of Locustdale Terrace in Germantown at approximately 7:00 pm on Thursday, Jan. 4.

The second attempted residential burglary occurred in the 12600 block of Misty Meadow Place in Germantown between approximately 6:15 am and approximately 3:00 pm on Friday, Jan. 11.

A third residential burglary occurred in the unit block of Locbury Court in Germantown between approximately 9:30 am and 1:30 pm on Thursday, Jan. 24. Forced entry; property was taken.

MCPD also reported a number of thefts from autos in the Germantown area last month:

Two thefts from vehicles occurred between Tuesday, Jan. 1 and Saturday, Jan. 5. One theft occurred in the 20900 block of Frederick Road and one theft occurred in the 11400 block of Honeybear Lane. No force; property was taken.

A theft from vehicle occurred in the 23300 block of Robin Song Drive between approximately 8:30 pm on Monday, Jan. 7 and approximately 9:43 am on Tuesday, Jan. 8. No force; property was taken

A theft from vehicle occurred in the 14800 block of Clopper Road between approximately 11:00 pm on Saturday, Jan. 5 and approximately 12:00 pm on Sunday, Jan. 6. Force; cash and property were taken.

Two thefts from vehicles occurred during this reporting period. One theft occurred in the 11600 block of Drumcastle Terrace and one theft occurred in the 11700 block of Rosearbor Court. No force; property was taken.

MCPD reminds residents that additional incidents may have occurred and the reports had not yet been received at the time of publication, on February 7.


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