Archived Crime Alerts

Monday, February 22, 2021

Daytime Burglary in 5500 Block of Montgomery Street

Suspect’s image captured on homeowner’s security camera

   On Friday, February 19, 2021, a resident of the 5500 block of Montgomery Street returned home after being away for several days.  Shortly after entering her home, the resident discovered a severely damaged interior door that led from the basement into the first floor of the home.  The resident called the Village Police immediately and was instructed to leave the home and wait outside for the officers.

   Officers Davor Hrnjak and Iraj Almas arrived and began by searching the perimeter and then the interior of the home.  Once the officers determined that the suspect(s) were gone, they began their investigation.  The resident’s husband accessed the recordings from their home security cameras, and it showed that the break-in occurred on Monday, February 15 at about 4:00 p.m.  

   Investigation revealed that the lone suspect entered by breaking through a basement-level French door, then broke through the locked interior door at the top of the basement stairs to gain access to the first floor of the home. The house was not ransacked, and the resident did not believe anything was stolen.  

   The video of the suspect shows that he is a Black male who appears to be middle-aged, wearing glasses and a dark blue or black winter jacket with a hood, carrying a black backpack.  Further investigation revealed that the suspect entered Montgomery Street from the Buffer Zone prior to entering the victim’s home, and the man left the area by walking into the Saks lot via the Buffer Zone.

   Village residents are asked to contact the Village Police Department if they see a man fitting the description or matching the photos below.  

   Residents are reminded to activate their burglar alarms, install security cameras, keep their homes locked and request a house check whenever they plan to leave their home for more than 24 hours.

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

A Message from Chief John Fitzgerald About Inauguration Security

Following the ugly violence at the Capitol on January 6, I understand that many residents are anxious about what might happen on Inauguration Day.  I think we all sense that, after watching Americans violently attack the seat of our democracy—and other Americans—we must not underestimate what some people might do based on their beliefs.

In order to provide you with some reassurance, I want to let you know what the Village Police Department has done and is doing to prepare for the upcoming week, and to suggest things that you might do to help keep yourself and our community safe.

Village Police Department leadership has been participating in national, regional and local conference calls beginning last week. Those calls will continue through Inauguration Day.  There is a robust communications network, and agencies will be sharing information in real time throughout the coming days.

Federal, state and county officials are monitoring internet chatter and are following up on leads.  Intelligence indicates there are threats focused on Washington, DC and on state capitals.  There are no specific threats to any other locations, but our federal partners have asked all law enforcement agencies to forward tips to them immediately.  

The Village Police Department is plugged into the larger law enforcement effort and will remain in frequent contact with other agencies as the week progresses.  The County Police will have several teams of officers on duty in DC and in Maryland along the DC line during the run-up to, and on, Inauguration Day.  There are specific plans in place, but those specifics are not for public release, of course.

The Village Police Department is working in coordination with the County Police to provide a full complement of officers locally.  We will have a full shift of Village officers working on Inauguration Day, and you might see County officers, as well.  Although violence coming into the Village is not likely, anything is certainly possible.  We will stay on top of the event as it unfolds, and we'll do our best to anticipate what might happen and to keep you informed as necessary. 

So, what can you do to keep yourself and your family safe, and to help us keep the community safe?  I suggest the following:


Friday, January 8, 2021

Car Windows Smashed in Daytime Hours in Nearby Friendship Heights
Residents are urged to remove all valuables from their cars

Montgomery County Police have reported several window-smash thefts from vehicles parked in the commercial areas—on streets and in parking garages—of Friendship Heights during the day.  Thieves have been attacking vehicles that have items in view that appear to be valuable.  Backpacks containing laptops, iPads and other personal belongings have been stolen.  The damage to the vehicles makes these types of thefts far more costly and inconvenient.

In addition to locking their vehicles every time they park, residents are urged to remove from their cars—or at least fully conceal—all items that may attract thieves.