Archived Crime Alerts

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Remove Garage Door Openers from Your Cars
Thieves used garage door openers to enter garages in 2 recent events

On Sunday morning (January 6), Montgomery County officers responded to a call just north of the Village in Martin’s Additions. The victim reported that he found his car rummaged through and his overhead garage door was wide open. The victim had left his car parked in the driveway. Apparently, a thief entered the victim’s car, rooted around, and then used the victim’s garage door opener to access the interior of the garage. A total of 4 residents in the area (Martin’s Additions, Section 3) also reported that their vehicles had been entered; thieves smashed windows to steal visible items inside two of the cars. All told, several items were stolen including 3 bicycles. Security video from a resident in Section 3 showed two thieves entering the victim’s car at about 3:30 a.m. Click on the below link to see the video.

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Shortly after 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, a resident in the 5500 block of Grove Street heard his garage door opening. When he looked out the window, he saw two men entering his garage and then fleeing toward Cedar Parkway—one riding the resident’s stolen bicycle, and the other on foot. The resident called the Village Communications Center, and Officers Ryan Patterson and Willie Hearn responded immediately and arrived in two minutes. The officers searched the area for the suspects without success.

Investigation revealed that the thieves entered one of the resident’s vehicles which was parked outside, found a garage door opener within the car, and used it to raise the garage door and enter the garage. Officers Patterson and Hearn found that three additional vehicles on that same block had been entered and rummaged through.

Village police are in regular contact with Montgomery County and DC Police; those agencies report that they are dealing with a high number of thefts from auto.

The Village Police Department strongly recommends that residents remove their garage door remote control openers from their cars overnight to prevent thieves from using the openers to enter their garage. Thankfully, the thieves have not yet entered the interior of the homes after entering the garages, but this is a possibility. Please bring your garage door openers inside your home, and lock the door from the garage into your home.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Worker’s Car Stolen on E. Lenox Street During the Day
Owner left the key inside the 

unlocked car

On Thursday, January 03, 2019 at about 3:30 p.m., a contractor who was working at a home in the 100 block of E. Lenox Street called police to report that his car was stolen within the past hour. The man said that he had left the key inside his red 2008 Cadillac CTS, and when he returned to the driveway, he discovered that his car was gone.

While officers were on the scene of the stolen auto, they were approached by two landscapers who had been working at a residence directly across the street from the stolen auto. The landscapers reported that unknown persons had taken a smart phone and two lunch boxes from their unlocked work truck.

About 30 minutes later, three roofers in the unit block of E. Lenox Street called to report that unknown persons had apparently entered their unlocked work truck and stolen each of their cell phones.

Village officers placed the stolen vehicle information in the national crime database, and gave the information directly to the county police and DC police.

None of the victims reported seeing any suspects. The investigation is continuing.

January 3, 2019

Investigation of Area-Wide (DC/MD) Daytime Thefts from Work Trucks Progresses

Village Police Need Your Help to Spot the Suspects

Recently, several contractors in the Village experienced thefts from their work trucks during daytime hours.  Some of those thefts involved broken truck windows.  Investigation revealed that the County Police and Metropolitan (DC) Police were seeing the same pattern.  All three police agencies have been working hard to share information to identify suspects and make some arrests.

A DC police officer was able to obtain an image of the suspects (see below) from a surveillance camera in the area of one of the crimes in DC.  The photo, combined with other information from DC, provides valuable information.  The suspects apparently posed as construction workers with yellow reflective jackets and a hard hat as they broke into work trucks.

Please keep a lookout for anyone wearing similar construction clothing/gear and call the Village Police immediately.  Officers will respond immediately and investigate.

2 men dressed in yellow reflective vests posing as workers to break into work trucks