Archived Crime Alerts

Monday, April 8, 2019

6 Bicycles Stolen Since March 1 
Thieves are entering unlocked garages looking for bikes

Since March 1, 2019, thieves have stolen 6 bicycles from Village residents.  All of the bikes were either in unlocked or wide open garages, or on porches.

This is the time of year when bicycle theft increases.  You can help us prevent this crime by doing a few important and simple things:

  • Keep all bicycles in a secure location.  Keep them inside and out of sight.  If you store bikes in your garage, lock the garage day and night—even when you are home.  An unlocked garage is a prime target of these thieves, and they’ve entered garages virtually unnoticed even when residents have been at home.  If you cannot store your bicycles inside, then lock them to an immovable object.
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  • Write down the serial number from every bicycle.  Without a serial number, we cannot identify your bicycle, we likely will not be able to arrest a suspected thief found on your bike, and police will not be able to return your bicycle to you if/when it is found.  To make it easy for you, the Village Police Department will register your bicycle for you for free.  We will record the serial number and description of your bike and apply a sticker to the frame.  
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  • If your bike is stolen, please report it to us right away.
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  • Leave your exterior lights on all night long, and call the Village Police Department whenever you see or hear anyone that arouses your suspicions.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Man Charged via Civil Citation for Possession of Marijuana
Alert resident witnessed man smoking in park at Oliver & Cedar 

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019 shortly before 10:00 p.m., a resident called the Village Communications Center to report two people sitting on a bench in the park at Oliver Street and Cedar Parkway apparently sharing a marijuana cigarette. Officer Patterson arrived within minutes and spotted two teenagers walking away and he greeted them and asked if he could speak with them.  As soon as Officer Patterson neared the pair, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana in the air around them.   

Officer Hearn arrived to assist Officer Patterson.  The officers identified the pair as a 16 year-old boy and a 16 year-old girl, both from Washington, DC.   The boy admitted to possessing marijuana and paraphernalia, he produced the items and handed them to the officers.  The young man was charged with possession of marijuana, a civil offense, via citation, and his parents were contacted.  The boy was detained only long enough to issue the citation, and he was released on the spot.  The marijuana and paraphernalia were seized as evidence.

The Village Police Department appreciates the call from the alert resident.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Beware of a Phony ‘PEPCO’ Telephone Scam

Fraudulent callers threaten to shut off your electricity unless you pay them

There is no shortage of thieves or the methods that they use to try to separate us from our money.  This scam presents a new variation on an old theme.

Within the last week, three Village residents reported that they received a call from a person claiming to be with PEPCO who tells them that their electricity will be shut off due to arrearages unless the resident pays a sum of money to PEPCO right away.  The thief then provides an ‘800’ phone number to the resident and directs the resident to call that number and pay ‘PEPCO’ over the phone.  The wily thieves have created an authentic-sounding answering system so that, if a would-be victim were to call the 800 number, it will sound as if they have actually reached PEPCO’s automated phone tree.

If you get a call like this, simply hang up.  It is not PEPCO.  Trust your gut on this. If you miss a payment to PEPCO, they know where you live; they’ll bill you again.  Do not fall for this scam.  PEPCO is also aware of this scam.

These are a very old confidence games—but they continue to work.  Don’t be tricked by these thieves.  Residents should keep the following in mind whenever the phone rings:

  1. You do not have to answer your phone.  If you have caller ID, look at it, and if you don’t recognize the caller, ignore the phone.

  2. Never!!! Repeat: never (as in never, ever) give any personal information to anyone who calls you.  Bad things will happen.  Don't do it.  Period.  Ignore the call.

  3. If you happen to answer the phone and the person on the other end asks for money or information, hang up. Do not be courteous; just hang up.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Nearby Brookville Pharmacy Robbed at Gunpoint
This is part of a trend of pharmacy robberies seeking narcotics

On Monday, March 25, 2019 shortly after 7:00 p.m. (closing time), as an employee was about to lock the back door at the Brookville Pharmacy in Martin’s Additions, two men entered the back door from the parking lot, brandished a gun and demanded that the clerk give them narcotics medications.  The narcotics were locked away and inaccessible to the clerk, so the robbers stole cash from the register, struck the clerk, and fled the store.  They were last seen getting into a black car with tinted windows.  Although the suspects had partially covered their faces, they were described by the victim as either Hispanic or black males.

Thieves have targeted pharmacies across the metropolitan area seeking opioid drugs for resale on the street.  The Montgomery County Police Department’s Robbery Section is investigating this crime.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Bicycle Taken from Screened Porch over the Weekend

Sometime between Friday evening (March 22, 2019) and Sunday morning (March 24, 2019), someone entered a screened porch of a home on Grafton Street between Kirkside Drive and Wisconsin Avenue.  The thief apparently entered the locked porch by pushing the screen inward in order to reach through and turn the latch on the screen door.  The thief took an adult bicycle that was likely visible from the street.  Two kids’ bikes were also on the porch, but they were not taken.

Spring is the time of year when bicycle thefts tend to spike.  The Village Police Department recommends storing bicycles inside a locked garage or shed whenever possible.  If storing a bike inside is not practical, we urge residents to lock their bicycles to a secure object to prevent easy theft.

If your bicycle is stolen, please report it to us right away.  And please register your bicycle with the Village Police Department; or at a minimum, record the serial number of all of your bicycles and keep those numbers in a safe place.  Without a serial number, we cannot identify your bicycle, we likely will not be able to arrest a suspected thief found on your bike, and police will not be able to return your bicycle to you if/when it is recovered.

And as always, please leave your exterior lights on all night long, and call the Village Police Department whenever you see or hear anyone that arouses your suspicions—especially at night.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Five Unlocked Cars Entered on Hesketh and Grafton
Village officer discovered the thefts while on patrol

At 4:15 a.m. today (Monday, March 11, 2019), Officer Ryan Patterson was on patrol on Hesketh Street between Magnolia Parkway and Cedar Parkway when he spotted a purse sitting on top of a car’s trunk lid. Immediately suspecting that the purse might have been discarded by thieves, Officer Willie Hearn joined Officer Patterson, and the two officers began to walk through the neighborhood inspecting cars for signs of tampering.

In all, the officers located five cars that appeared to have been entered: four cars on that same block of Hesketh and one car on Grafton Street between Cedar and Kirkside. Investigation revealed that all of the cars had been unlocked. Nothing was taken from three of the cars; loose change was taken from one, and the empty purse was taken from another.

Residents are urged to lock their car doors every time they park their car regardless of the hour, and to remove all valuables from sight. We need your help to make it harder for thieves to get into your cars. For the benefit of you and your neighbors, please lock it up!

Thursday, March 9, 2019

Bicycle Stolen from Unlocked Garage Overnight 
Occurred on Hesketh between Magnolia and Cedar

On Wednesday morning (March 6, 2019), a resident of the unit block of Hesketh Street noticed that his garage doors were wide open; they were closed but unlocked the previous evening when he had gone to bed.

Upon inspection, the resident noticed that his mountain bike was missing from inside the garage.  The resident hadn’t heard or seen anything suspicious overnight.  Village officers canvassed the neighborhood, and none of the neighbors had seen or heard anything, either.

Residents are reminded to lock all exterior doors and windows, and to remove garage door openers from their cars when the vehicles are not parked inside the garage.  Residents are also encouraged to leave front and rear porch lights on all night long, and to consider adding exterior security cameras to their alarm systems.

Friday, March 1, 2019

UPDATED: 3 Unlocked Cars Entered in the Village Overnight
2 cars stolen and several cars entered just north of Chevy Chase Village

Village Incidents

Shortly after 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, a resident of the 3800 block of Bradley Lane called the Village Communications Center and reported that her unlocked car had been entered overnight.  The car had been parked in her driveway, and she reported that $500 cash and her credit cards had been stolen from the car.

Village officers responded to the area and canvassed the neighborhood.  Officer Eli Perper found two unlocked cars parked in the driveway of a home in the same block of Bradley that appeared to have been entered.  Officer Perper alerted the residents, and they inventoried the contents of their cars.  Nothing had been stolen.

A short time later, a resident of the unit block of Grafton Street called to report that her unlocked car had been entered; the vehicle’s registration card was the only item reported missing.

Section 3 and Rollingwood Incidents

At 10:00 a.m., after Village officers had left the area of Bradley Lane, a resident of the 3800 block of Bradley lane on the Section 3 (north) side, flagged down a Montgomery County officer to report that their 2013 white Audi A4 had been taken overnight.  At about the same time, a resident from the 3400 block of Rolling Court in Rollingwood reported that their 2014 brown Lexus LE460 car was missing.  It appears that both cars were left unlocked with the keys inside.  County Police informed us that several cars were entered by the thieves in the area around each of the stolen cars. 

On Wednesday evening, county police in Silver Spring saw a speeding car and ran the tag; it was the stolen Audi from Bradley Lane.  Officers arrested an adult male and an adult female and charged them with the theft.  The male has been arrested for thefts several times in DC and in Maryland.

Also on Wednesday evening, the stolen Lexus from Rolling Court was involved in a crash in DC.  The occupants ran from the scene.  DC police recovered the car and contacted Montgomery County Police.  The investigation is continuing. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

3 Unlocked Cars Entered in the Village Overnight
2 cars stolen and several cars entered just north of Chevy Chase Village

Village Incidents

Shortly after 8:00 a.m. today (Wednesday, February 27, 2019), a resident of the 3800 block of Bradley Lane called the Village Communications Center and reported that her unlocked car had been entered overnight.  The car had been parked in her driveway, and she reported that $500 cash and her credit cards had been stolen from the car.

Village officers responded to the area and canvassed the neighborhood.  Officer Eli Perper found two unlocked cars parked in the driveway of a home in the same block of Bradley that appeared to have been entered.  Officer Perper alerted the residents, and they inventoried the contents of their cars.  Nothing had been stolen.

A short time later, a resident of the unit block of Grafton Street called to report that her unlocked car had been entered; the vehicle’s registration card was the only item reported missing.

Section 3 and Rollingwood Incidents

At 10:00 a.m., after Village officers had left the area of Bradley Lane, a resident of the 3800 block of Bradley lane on the Section 3 (north) side, flagged down a Montgomery County officer to report that their 2013 white Audi A4 had been taken overnight.  At about the same time, a resident from the 3400 block of Rolling Court in Rollingwood reported that their 2014 brown Lexus LE460 car was missing.  It appears that both cars were left unlocked with the keys inside.  County Police informed us that several cars were entered by the thieves in the area around each of the stolen cars.  The Montgomery County Police are investigating those incidents.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Car Stolen from W. Newlands and Recovered Hours Later in DC
Key fob had been left inside the car

Shortly after 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 07, 2019, Village residents out for a walk spotted a small pile of mail and other papers discarded on the roadway in the unit block of Newlands Street (between the Newlands semi-circle and Brookville Road).  The residents took a closer look at the discarded items and found the name and address of a nearby resident on some of the documents.  The residents called the Village police. 

Thinking that the items might have been discarded by thieves, Officer Timmerman responded quickly to the call to collect the items, while Officer Chung responded directly to the address reflected on the documents.

Once at the address, Officer Chung made contact with the homeowner who immediately discovered that his 2013 Jaguar was missing from his driveway.  The man said that he had left the car’s key fob and his company’s iPad inside the stolen car.  Village officers entered the stolen auto’s information into the national crime database.

With the help of his company’s IT staff, the victim located his iPad in Washington, DC.  The victim contacted the DC police who located the stolen car.  The victim met with DC police and drove his car back to Chevy Chase Village where Village Officer Timmerman and a Montgomery County Auto Theft Detective processed the car for latent evidence.  Several items will be sent to the county crime lab for analysis.

The investigation is continuing.

Residents are reminded to remove all keys and key fobs from their cars, to lock their cars and remove all valuables, and to remove any garage door openers from their cars when they park.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Attempted Burglary on East Side
Front door kicked, door frame damaged, but thief did not enter

At 2:24 p.m. today (Tuesday, January 29, 2019), the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center dispatched a call for an alarm at a home in the 100 block of Primrose Street (between Brookville Road and Oxford Street).

Village Officer Joseph Chung arrived on the scene at 2:26 p.m. and immediately found that the front door was slightly ajar. On closer inspection, Officer Chung could see that the door handle and frame had been damaged. Officer Chung called for assistance. Additional Village and County officers quickly arrived and surrounded the house.

Officer Chung and the K9 team made entry into the home to make sure that it was safe. It had been snowing prior to the alarm, yet there were no wet footprints inside the foyer nor was there any other evidence of someone having entered the home. The officers searched the house; there was no one inside and it appeared to be undisturbed. When the homeowner arrived, she verified that nothing inside the house had been moved or taken. The person who damaged the door did not enter the home; perhaps the sound of the alarm caused him to leave. Officers conducted a neighborhood canvass and found no eyewitnesses.

In this event, the resident locked their home and set their alarm. Residents are encouraged to do so.

IMPORTANT:

Residents are urged to direct their alarm monitoring companies to call the Chevy Chase Village Police Department rather than the County Police Department. Due to the volume and serious nature of some of the calls that the County Police receive, alarm calls are low priority calls for them. If the County Police are busy, incoming alarm calls will be held in queue while higher priority calls are dispatched. Village officers may be available to respond, but if the call is being held by the County, our Village officers will not be aware of the call. To avoid this potential delay, residents should make sure that their alarm company is directed to call the Village at 301-654-7300 to get an immediate police response.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Worker's Stolen Car Recovered in Prince George's County
Owner had left key inside his 

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.

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

The car was located in Prince George’s County. After determining that the car had apparently been abandoned by unknown thieves, Montgomery County detectives impounded the car and will be processing it for evidence.

The investigation is continuing.

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.

Link: https://ring.com/share/6643299634992445270

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.

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