We are happy to report that 2 young adult thieves from the District of Columbia were arrested in the Village early Wednesday morning (August 8). As a direct result of the relatively high number of thefts from unlocked vehicles so far this year, we requested the assistance of County Police resources. Ms. Jackie Parker, our Public Safety Coordinator, did a solid job analyzing our crime data, and we provided that analysis to both Village and county officers so that they could focus precisely where and when thieves were likely to strike again.
On Monday, August 6, the county officers joined us here in the Village and they deployed based on the provided analysis. Early Wednesday at about 2am, on their second night in the Village, county officers spotted 2 young males wearing backpacks and riding bicycles on Village streets (Oliver/Grafton/Kirkside). Officers watched as the pair stole a bicycle from a front porch on Grafton Street very near Wisconsin Avenue. In the suspects' backpacks, officers found large bolt cutters, wire cutters and pliers. Officers also found marijuana on the suspects' persons. County officers, with the support of Village Officer Willie Hearn, arrested the pair and charged them with Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Possession of Marijuana. The two 18 year-old suspects were identified and were taken to the county jail in Rockville. The stolen bicycle was recovered and will be returned to its owner after it is processed by evidence technicians.
We are grateful for the able assistance provided by the Montgomery County Police Department.