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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.