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Two Victims Robbed on the Same Street Attempting to Sell Items on Social Media

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.