Two 15-year-old boys from Bethesda were arrested for allegedly stealing a running vehicle near Walter Johnson High School a few weeks ago:
A vehicle theft occurred in the 10000 block of Sinnott Drive in Bethesda on Thursday, 1/17 at approximately 11:00 a.m. The victim left vehicle running; suspects took it and were arrested.
Arrested: Male, age 15, from Bethesda; male, age 15, from Bethesda
Also in this week’s latest Bethesda Police District crime summary, someone was arrested for allegedly “inappropriately touching himself” in front of people in Friendship Heights:
A sex offense occurred in the 4600 block of North Park Avenue in Chevy Chase on Wednesday, 1/16 at approximately 12:45 p.m. The suspect was inappropriately touching himself in view of others.
The rest of the Jan. 14 to Jan. 22 crime summary after the jump.
A resident at the Grosvenor recently found their car missing some very important parts.
Police say they received a call for a car up on cinder blocks on Wednesday afternoon in the 10400 block of Grosvenor Place.
The owner of the vehicle had already made a police report for stolen tires and rims. A tow truck took the car to a local repair shop.
Police are investigating when the tire theft took place, but New Year’s Day is known as one of the most busy holidays for car thieves. In 2011, more car thefts took place on New Year’s Day nationwide than any holiday other than Halloween. New Year’s Eve ranked fifth on the list.
About half a dozen Arlington residents had their tires stolen and cars placed on cinder blocks late last year.
That’s according to Chevy Chase Village police chief John Fitzgerald, who tonight at the Village’s monthly Board of Managers meeting will propose a police bait car to easily catch those who boost items from cars and deter others from plying their trade in the Village.
“We need a new strategy, and bait car technology will improve our chance of success,” Fitzgerald wrote in a memo to the Board.
The car, which would be donated and is already being held by Montgomery County Police, would include sound and video surveillance equipment, a GPS to track items a thief might take out of the car and a system that would immobilize the car before a thief could drive it across the Washington, D.C. line.
Fitzgerald will ask for $3,800 from this year’s budget to equip and operate the car. Auto insurance company GEICO has pledged $4,000 to sponsor the program and Fitzgerald said he’s kept the cost of the proposal minimal by partnering with MCPD.
The Board set aside $25,000 in this fiscal year’s budget for Crime Fighting Technology.
So far this year, there have been 68 reported thefts from cars in the Village, a 0.4-square-mile residential neighborhood of about 2,000.
That number has already surpassed last year’s total of 67, which itself was an increase of the 2002 to 2007 yearly average of 25 thefts. Local law enforcement officials have long said Chevy Chase is a target for car thieves because of its well known wealth and proximity to D.C.
Fitzgerald wrote the real hope with the bait car is deterrence.
“We know that thieves talk to each other, so the word on the street of bait car-related arrests will serve as a general deterrent to other would-be thieves,” Fitzgerald wrote. “There is no doubt that the thieves who ply their trade in the Village do so in surrounding communities in DC and Maryland; the intelligence we collect by arresting individuals here is extremely valuable to the police agencies in the area.
“We want to reduce the number of theft crimes in the Village and to reduce the number of thieves who come to the Village. We don’t want criminals to spend time here at all; bad things — things other than thefts — might happen when bad people spend time in our community.”
The Board meets tonight (Monday) at Chevy Chase Village Hall (5906 Connecticut Ave.). The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. and the police presentation is slated for 7:50 p.m.
Chevy Chase residents in four locations reported their unlocked cars were entered overnight and items were stolen, according to a crime alert from the Town of Chevy Chase.
Residents in the 7000 block of Maple Avenue, the 7500 block of Maple Avenue, the 4100 block of Leland Street and the 4200 block of Rosemary Street reported the incidents to Montgomery County Police.
Sunglasses and a GPS system were reported stolen in one incident and a book bag was stolen in another, according to the alert.
The reports are similar to a string of thefts from unlocked cars that occurred in Chevy Chase a few weeks ago.
There was a rash of vehicle thefts earlier this month in Chevy Chase, and all apparently involved unlocked cars:
Multiple thefts from vehicles occurred during several overnight time periods between Tuesday, 9/11 and Friday, 9/14 in the Rock Creek Forest neighborhood off of East West Highway in Chevy Chase. Unlocked vehicles parked in residential areas were entered. A wallet, GPS units, sunglasses, and other loose items left inside were taken.
Two thefts from vehicles occurred overnight from Thursday, 9/13 to Friday, 9/14 in this [E1] Chevy Chase beat. Unforced entry was gained into two vehicles, one on Norwood Drive and one on Drummond Avenue. Loose change was taken.
The rest of the Sept. 10-Sept. 18 crime summary after the jump.
A series of commercial burglaries occurred two weeks ago in North Bethesda, where a construction company, private federal contractor and shoe store all fell victim to property thefts.
At the Forrester Construction Company, 11426 Rockville Pike overnight from the evening of Tuesday, 8/28 to the morning of Wednesday, 8/29. Unknown entry; property was taken.
At Cygnus, 5640 Nicholson Lane sometime overnight from the evening of Tuesday, 8/28 to the morning of Wednesday, 8/29. Unknown entry; property was taken.
At White Flint Shoe Repair, 11301 Rockville Pike overnight from Wednesday, 8/29 to Thursday, 8/30. Forced entry; property taken.
The rest of the most recently available MCPD Bethesda crime summary after the jump.