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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.

MCPD reported that a Germantown man was arrested in connection with a commercial robbery at Bethesda market. Police said Oliver Wilson, 18, of Germantown, assaulted an employee and took merchandise from the Gateway Market at 3 Bethesta Metro Place at approximately 11:43 am on Monday, March 4.

Police reported two residential burglaries: One residential burglary was reported to have occurred in the 11200 block of Sibley Terrace in Germantown between approximately 5:00 pm on Friday, March 1 and 2:27 pm on Monday, March 11. No signs of forced entry; property was taken.

The second took place in the 23200 block of Bent Arrow Drive in Clarksburg between approximately 5:22 pm and 8:52 pm on Friday, March 8. No signs of forced entry, a door was reported to have been left unlocked; property was taken.

Police say a commercial burglary occurred at the Laurita Construction site located at 21701 Ridge Road in Damascus between approximately 3:30 pm on Tuesday, March 12 and 6:00 am on Wednesday, March 13. Forced entry; property was taken.

MCPD reported a number of thefts from vehicles in the UpCounty area. MCPD urges all residents to take a role in preventing this type of crime by removing valuables from vehicles and locking all doors.

Police arrested a 16-year-old Germantown teen, in connection with a theft from vehicle which occurred in the 11500 block of Middlebrook Road at approximately 8:24 pm on Thursday, March 14. No force; money and property were taken.

Police report that two thefts from vehicles occurred in the 10000 block of Lewis Drive in Damascus between approximately 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 9 and 10:00 am on Sunday, March 10. Force; property was taken.

Four thefts from vehicles occurred between Monday, March 11 and Sunday, March 16. Affected streets included Island View Circle, Leatherbark Way, and Rushworth Terrace in Germantown. No force; money and property were taken.

An attempted theft from vehicle occurred in the 18400 block of Crownsgate Circle in Germantown in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 14.

MCPD reminds residents that additional incidents may have occurred and the reports had not yet been received at the time of publication on March 29.

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