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Two Separate Vehicle Thefts End in Crashes


Montgomery County Police Department reported a number of criminal incidents in Germantown from March 3 through March 16.

Police reported two separate incidents in which a vehicle, one a car and the other a motorcycle, were stolen from Germantown residences that ended in crashes during the first two weeks of March.

The first was car which was stolen from the 11200 block of Cool Breeze Place in Germantown in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 6. Police say the owner had left a 2007 Scion tC unattended and running at 1:20 am and five minutes later the vehicle was stolen. After the theft was reported to police, a patrol officer spotted the vehicle. The officer observed two male occupants in the vehicle in the area of Middlebrook Road and Scenery Drive, a few blocks from where the vehicle had been stolen. When police attempted to make a traffic stop the suspects took off in the Scion but ended up driving off the road and striking a tree near Gateshead Circle.

MCPD said the suspects bailed out of the Scion and ran from police. While K9 units were called in to search the area, the suspects remain at large. The vehicle was taken into evidence and police are still looking for two unknown race males in their 20s, according to police.

The second stolen vehicle was a motorcycle which was stolen from the 12100 block of Pikeview Terrace in Germantown sometime between 8:00 pm Sunday, March 10 and 7:00 am Monday, March 11. The motorcycle, a white and red 2018 Ducati, was found submerged in Seneca Creek under the westbound lanes of Darnestown Road/MD-28 after passersby reported seeing the motorcycle in the creek.

Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service Swift Water rescuers were called in an attempt to locate the operator of the submerged motorcycle, according to MCFRS senior spokesman Pete Piringer, but no rider was located.