Montgomery County Police Department reported a number of criminal incidents in Germantown from March 24 through April 13.
Police reported two incidents where victims were attempting to sell items on social media apps were robbed of those items in the 13500 block of Duhart Road in Germantown. The incidents were a little more than one week apart. Police crime analysts said the incidents may be related.
The first incident occurred on Wednesday, March 27, when an adult male was attempting to sell smartphones via the LetGo app. The victim met the suspect in the area of Kingsview Middle School at 9:55 am, but the transaction somehow got moved to Duhart Road which is adjacent to the school. The suspect showed the victim a handgun and said, “Give me the phone.” The suspect took the phone that was for sale and the victim’s phone and fled the area on foot. The suspect in this incident was described as a black male, age unknown, according to police. The second incident happened eight days later at roughly the same time in the same general location. On Thursday, April 4 at 10:12 am an adult male victim was robbed of a cell phone while attempting to sell it through the OfferUp app. In this case, there were two males suspects, and one suspect produced a knife and stole the phone. Police report that the phone was later recovered after it was discarded off a path in the area.
Police remind residents that MCPD has created two Safe Exchange Zones are in the parking lot of the 5th District Police Station which are under video surveillance. The two designated parking spaces are marked with a Safe Exchange Zone sign. The spaces are in the front lot of the police station located at 20000 Aircraft Drive in Germantown. The Safe Exchange Zones are not actively monitored by police, but the area is under video surveillance so that if something illegal did occur there would be a video of the crime. Individuals can always meet in the lobby of the 5th District Station house to complete a transaction.
Montgomery County Police say that all six police district have, a Safe Exchange Zone for such transactions. MCPD has the following recommendations for anyone taking part in a transaction as a result of a Criagslist.com, OfferUp.com, Ebay.com, or Letgo.com type ad website.
- Always meet a buyer or seller in a public place that is well lit and populated.
- Tell a friend or family member where you are going and if possible bring a friend with you.
- Inform the buyer or seller that you will not be alone.
- Trust your instincts if a transaction sounds too good to be true it may be a scam.
- Do not invite strangers into your home.
- Never give out personal or financial information.
- Counterfeit cashiers’ checks and money orders are a possibility. If possible conduct transactions involving money orders, cashiers’ checks, or checks at the respective banks.
Montgomery County Police reported an attempted strong-arm robbery on Saturday, April 13 in the 20000 block of Century Boulevard. According to police, a juvenile male victim was walking back to his hotel room at one of the hotels on Century Boulevard at about 9:36 pm when he was approached by four Black males of unknown ages who were riding bicycles. The victim attempted to flee but was pushed to the ground and lost his phone. It is believed that the suspects took the phone.
Police reported two residential burglaries in the 20200 block of Halethorpe Lane in Germantown between Tuesday, April 9 and Saturday, April 13. The first took place between 3:00 pm on April 9 and 5:00 pm April 10. No signs of forced entry, a door was reported to have been left unlocked; property was taken.
The second took place at approximately 11:51 pm on Saturday night, April 13. Police say that in this case a witness described a Black male approximately 30-years-old had forced entry in a residence, but nothing was taken.
MCPD arrested two people in connection with another attempted residential burglary which occurred in the 12400 block of Great Park Circle in Germantown at about 8:36 pm on Thursday, April 11. Arrested were an unidentified 17-year-old juvenile male and 22-year-old Shavonne Duplantier of Germantown.
Police reported a residential garage burglary occurred in the 11600 block of Morning Star Drive in Germantown during the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 9. No signs of forced entry; property was taken. The victim described the suspect as a White male between 20 and 29 years old.
MCPD reports that five more residential burglaries took place in Germantown area; two burglaries occurred in the 21100 block of Archstone Way. The first happened between approximately 5:30 pm on Tuesday, March 26 and 1:30 pm on Wednesday, March 27. No signs of forced entry; property was taken. The second occurred between approximately 6:00 pm on Friday, March 29 and 8:10 am on Saturday, March 30. Police say that in this case the residence was broken into and property was taken.
Another residential burglary occurred in the 19900 block of Sweetgum Circle between approximately 2:22 pm and 3:00 pm on Wednesday, March 27. No signs of forced entry; property was taken.
A fourth residential burglary occurred in the 22800 block of Broadway Avenue in Clarksburg between approximately 5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 26 and 9:00 am on Wednesday, March 27. No signs of forced entry; property was taken.
The fifth residential burglary occurred in the 26000 block of Brigadier Place in Damascus between approximately 10:45 am and 1:45 am on Friday, March 29. Forced entry; property was taken.
MCPD reported a number of thefts from vehicles during the reporting period:
A theft from vehicle occurred in the 20900 block of Frederick Road at approximately 11:00 am on Saturday, March 23. No force; property was taken.
A theft from vehicle occurred in the 12900 block of Wheatridge Terrace in Germantown between approximately 8:30 pm on Monday, April 1 and 6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 2. No force; property was taken.
Two thefts from vehicles occurred between approximately 12:00 am on Wednesday, April 3 and 7:25 am on Thursday, April 4. One theft occurred in the 20300 block of Mill Pond Terrace, and one theft occurred in the 20300 block of Cedarhurst Way. No force; property was taken.
Two thefts from vehicles occurred between Saturday, April 6 and Monday, April 8. One theft occurred in the 23000 block of Turtle Rock Terrace and one theft occurred in the 12700 block of Found Stone Road. No force; property was taken. A witness said the suspect seen at the Found Stone Road theft was a Black male in his early 20s.
A theft from vehicle occurred in the 19900 block of Cedarbluff Drive between approximately 10:00 pm on April 9 and 8:30 am on Wednesday, April 10. The vehicles were forced open, and vehicle parts were taken.
Four thefts from vehicles occurred between Sunday, April 7 and Saturday, April 13. Affected streets included Sweetgum Circle, Shamrock Glen Circle, Bent Willow Circle, and Flag Harbor Drive. Force was reported in two events; money and property were taken.
Two thefts from vehicles occurred in the 14600 block of Clopper Road between approximately 2:00 pm on Friday, April 12 and 6:30 am on Saturday, April 13. The vehicles were forced open, and 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 April 26.
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