Archived Crime Alerts

Friday, April 9, 2021

Several Unlocked Cars Entered
Overnight April 5-6

Car stolen from Virginia is recovered
on Grafton Street

At 1:43 a.m. on Tuesday April 6, Officers Fones and Jenkins were dispatched to the westernmost block of Grafton Street to investigate a suspicious situation.  A resident had called to report that he was awakened by loud banging followed immediately by the sound of a car alarm blaring.  The resident looked out of his bedroom window and saw that his car’s lights were flashing indicating that his car alarm was the one he had heard.

Officer Fones arrived on the scene at 1:45 a.m. and Officer Jenkins arrived moments later. Both officers began to canvass the neighborhood on foot. Village officers eventually discovered that three cars on the block had been entered, but the owners reported that nothing was taken from any of them. During the canvass, Officer Jenkins found a man who appeared to be sleeping in the passenger seat of a car parked in the immediate area. The officers woke the man up and detained him. The officers positively identified the man, and a computer check revealed that he was not wanted by the police and the car that he occupied was not stolen. County officers arrived to assist in the investigation.

Upon questioning, the man denied being involved in any criminal activity, and he said he had been hitchhiking and was picked up by a man who had been driving the car; he claimed that the driver’s identity and whereabouts were unknown to him. Village officers noted that the car did not belong to the man who had been sleeping in it, so they contacted Virginia authorities and requested that they find the car’s owner to determine if it had been stolen.

Virginia authorities were not able to provide further information about the car in a timely manner, and without sufficient evidence to prove the man was responsible for any crime, the officers had no choice but to allow the man to leave. A cab picked the man up and drove him away.

After the officers left the scene, the Fairfax County Police called the Village Communications Center and told our dispatcher that the car was indeed stolen from Fairfax County. The owner of the car reported the car stolen on April 3, but Fairfax County had somehow failed to enter the car into the national criminal justice database. Fairfax County Police apologized and provided our officers with the car owner’s information. Village officers contacted the owner of the car and returned the car to him.

 With the identity of the suspect supplied by our officers, Montgomery County and Fairfax County investigators will be following up to place appropriate charges

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Monday, March 22, 2021



Suspicious Man Tries Door Handles of Home on Grove Street


Man appears to be the same person who has done this before

At about 7:50 p.m. on Sunday March 21, a resident of a home in the 5400 block of Grove Street was startled to see a man standing on the patio behind her home.  The resident smartly made sure her back door was locked and then spoke to the man without opening the door while a family member called the police.

The suspicious man, a middle-aged Black male wearing a black jacket and pants, a COVID mask and a black cap, told the resident that he was looking for a church that helped homeless people.  When the resident told the man that her home wasn’t a church, he apologized and quickly left on foot.  Village Officer Hearn arrived in two minutes and began searching for the man throughout the area but was unable to locate him.

When the resident later reviewed her security camera recordings, she saw that the man had walked onto the front porch, unsuccessfully tried to open the locked front door, and then wiped the door handle down with what appeared to be a napkin or a tissue in an apparent effort to remove any fingerprints.

When police reviewed the video, the man appeared to be the same person who had burglarized a home on Montgomery Street on February 15, and attempted to enter another home on Grove Street on February 27.

View the video of the Montgomery Street suspect at the below link (the man first appears at 19 seconds into the video): 

https://youtu.be/dTFL0eFr_-E

The two still images toward the end of this message were taken from the Montgomery Street video.

Village Police are actively looking for this man.  Village residents are asked to contact the Village Police Department if they see someone who resembles the suspect.  Village officers will respond and investigate.









Wednesday, March 10, 2021



Burglary Suspect Spotted in the 5600 Block of Grove at 10:20 a.m. Today


Suspect entered back yard and and left via the alley behind the house

Village Police are currently looking for the suspect.  All residents are asked to keep a sharp eye out for the suspect and to call Village Police immediately if they see someone resembling the man.  The the below message from March 1 to view video and still images of the suspect.

Monday, March 1, 2021



VIDEO: Attempted Home Burglary in the 5400 Block of Grove Street


Suspect appears to be the same man responsible for a burglary on February 15

   On Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 8:36 p.m., a man walked onto the front porch of a home in the 5400 block of Grove Street.  A security light popped on which appeared to startle the man and he turned away momentarily.  A few seconds later, the man quietly opened the storm door and appeared to try to enter the home, but the main door was locked.  The man then walked around the side of the home before leaving the area.  The suspect did not enter the home.
 
   The homeowner discovered the prowler when he reviewed the recordings from his security system, and he notified Village Police right away.  View the video of the Grove Street suspect at the below YouTube link:  

https://youtu.be/Mt7-Xg-Wzrs

The man captured in the video on Grove Street appears to be the same man who broke into a home on February 15 in the 5500 block of Montgomery Street.  View the video of the Montgomery Street suspect at the below link (the man first appears at 19 seconds into the video):  

https://youtu.be/dTFL0eFr_-E

   The two still images toward the end of this message were taken from the Montgomery Street video.
 
   The suspect is described as a middle-aged Black male with eyeglasses and a dark blue or black winter jacket with a hood, carrying a black backpack.  Village Police are working with Montgomery County Police and Metropolitan Police detectives to identify the man. 
 
   Village residents are asked to contact the Village Police Department if they see someone who resembles the suspect.  Village officers will respond and investigate.
 
   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.







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.




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.