Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Three suspects removed an ATM from a bank wall with the help of a backhoe, then fled the scene, leaving the ATM, and the cash, behind.
Three masked robbers early Tuesday attempted to use a backhoe to steal an ATM from the wall of a Bank of America in Potomac, police said. Security personnel watched the attempted caper on surveillance cameras but the suspects fled before police arrived. At around 2 a.m., three alleged robbers—wearing gloves and masks—attempted to use construction equipment to remove the ATM from the Bank of America at 10217 Falls Rd., Potomac (at the intersection of Falls and River roads), according to a news release from the Montgomery County Police Department. Little did the robbers know that they were being watched remotely on surveillance cameras by bank security personnel. When police arrived at the scene, the suspects already had fled, leaving behind…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Four men threatened a male victim with a handgun near a mall stairwell on Feb. 21, according to a police spokeswoman.
An armed robbery at the Westfield Montgomery Mall Feb. 21 may have been drug-related, according to Mongomery County police. Four men threatened another man with a handgun near a mall stairwell, according to police spokeswoman Angela Cruz. The robbery, which happened around 7:30 p.m., did not happen inside a store, Cruz said. The men stole property from the victim, according to a recent crime summary.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A roundup of our top crime headlines from the month of February.
A sex offense at a Bethesda spa, an emergency room patient who threatened to shoot a police officer at Suburban Hospital, and a Walt Whitman High School student charged after allegedly robbing another student in a school bathroom. These are a few of the top Bethesda crime headlines from the month of February. Get caught up on this month's crime news:
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Get caught up on some of the biggest downcounty crime stories Patch reported in 2012.
From high-profile trials that commanded the national spotlight to crime trends affecting Bethesda and Potomac neighborhoods, Patch brought you all the need-to-know local crime news of 2012. Get caught up on top crime headlines here. Lululemon Killer Norwood: ‘I Am Truly Sorry’ Brittany Norwood, convicted of killing her co-worker Jayna Murray at Bethesda’s Lululemon store in 2011, was sentenced to life without parole in January. Crime Leaves Bethesda Communities on Edge A string of burglaries and street robberies along Western Avenue early this year left many south Bethesda and Chevy Chase residents fearful. Some residents said they organized "walking parties" to and from the Friendship Heights Metro. Man Arrested, Held Without Bond for …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Five suspects wore ski masks as they attacked one of the victims, according to police.
Two attempted robberies in downtown Bethesda during the weekend of Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 are likely related, according to a Montgomery County police recent crime summary. In each case, a group of men assaulted and attempted to rob a male victim during nighttime or early morning hours, Montgomery County Police second district commander Capt. David Falcinelli told Patch this month. In one case, the assailants were wearing ski masks, according to the summary. Neither of the victims reported the incident to police, Falcinelli said. The first incident occurred around 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, Falcinelli said. An employee of a business on Bethesda Lane had just finished his night shift and was walking to the Metro along Woodmont Avenue when three …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Burglars may be "casing" neighborhoods, according to police.
Montgomery County police are warning Bethesda residents about a spike in daytime burglaries in neighborhoods near River Road and Massachusetts Avenue, Montgomery County Police Capt. David Falcinelli wrote in a crime update released Wednesday. Police have noted eight of the burglaries since September, according to the update. Falcinelli said burglars are targeting jewelry and electronics, and entering homes between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. In one incident, Falcinelli said, burglars triggered an alarm very shortly after the homeowners left, indicating they may have been "casing" the neighborhood. Police are stepping up daytime patrols with uniformed and covert officers, Falcinelli said. Burglars are also targeting homes in nearby Potomac, Patch…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The opportunity for robberies, burglaries and thefts from vehicles increase during the holidays, police say.
As holidays approach, Montgomery County police warn residents to be extra vigilant for robberies, burglaries and thefts from vehicles. According to a police statement, the opportunity for these incidents increase during the holidays. In addition to the police department’s yearly “Shop with a Cop” campaign, Montgomery County police have released the following safety tips: When shopping: When out walking: At home:
Monday, October 15, 2012
Second District Commander provides September year-to-date crime statistics in latest update.
Residential burglaries are down 40 percent and robberies are up 9 percent from last year in the Montgomery County police second district. The new crime statistics, which compare numbers from September 2012 with numbers from September 2011, were provided by Second District Commander Capt. David Falcinelli in a recent crime update. Robbery cases are a "priority" for investigators, Falcinelli wrote. The district includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and portions of Rockville and Kensington. According to the update, residential burglaries are down 40 percent, commercial burglaries are down 32 percent, thefts from autos are down 9 percent and stolen cars are down 41 percent. "Robberies are still up by 9 percent, but these cases continue to be a …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Police are investigating whether a juvenile arrested in a Sept. 29 assault in the Capital Crescent Trail tunnel is linked to a similar assault July 20.
Two of the three recent attacks in the Capital Crescent Trail tunnel may be linked, according to Montgomery County police, and investigators have made two arrests in a July 6 tunnel assault thought to be unrelated. On Oct. 4, county police arrested a juvenile male in a Sept. 29 assault and attempted robbery in the tunnel during which a boy was approached by a group of teens and punched in the head and face, Patch reported. Police say that case may be linked to a July 20 tunnel robbery during which a victim was assaulted by a group of four teens and punched in the face, according to Capt. David Falcinelli, commander of county police’s second district. "We believe the Sept. 29 and the July 20 incidents are linked in some manner and we're …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Incident happened Jan. 19 in parking lot of Westbard Avenue apartment complex.
A man was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Park Bethesda apartment complex Jan. 19, according to Montgomery County Police and a Park Bethesda property manager. Montgomery County police said the man, 32, was robbed in a parking lot in the 5300 block of Westbard Avenue around 9 p.m. The assailant stole electronics and personal items, according to Sgt. Jennifer McNeal, a Montgomery County Police spokeswoman. The property manager, Jean Garfinkle, confirmed "an incident in the parking lot last week," but referred other questions to police. Police aren't sure whether or not the incident is linked to a string of armed robberies along Western Avenue in recent months, McNeal said. It's not clear whether the man who was robbed is a Park …