A suspect was captured on home surveillance video entering a vehicle at a Chevy Chase home on or just before New Year's Eve, and police are hoping a citizen can help identify the suspect.
The video was posted on YouTube by Montgomery County police on Jan. 9.
In the home surveillance video, the suspect looks up in the direction of the camera, but doesn't seem to see it, and continues entering the vehicle.
This incident is one of two thefts (or attempted thefts) from vehicles in Chevy Chase "believed to have been committed by the same suspect," police reported.
Both of the thefts took place in the Village Park Place/Village Park Drive neighborhood, police added:
- Between 11 p.m., Dec. 30, and 11 a.m., Dec. 31, a suspect entered a vehicle in the driveway of a home in the 3700 block of Village Park Drive. The suspect didn't take anything from the vehicle, but disturbed the contents of it. The owner of the vehicle did not remember if the vehicle's doors were locked at the time of the attempted theft, police reported.
- At about 2 a.m. on Dec. 31, a suspect entered three unlocked vehicles in the driveway of a home in the 8600 block of Village Park Place. The suspect didn't take anything from two of the vehicles, but took an electronic device from the third vehicle, police reported.
The home surveillance video posted by the county police department is of one of these incidents. The address or block of the property featured in the video is not specified on the police website.
Police ask anyone with information about these incidents to contact the 2nd District Investigative Section at 301-657-0112. To remain anonymous, call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County, toll-free, at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online.
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An increasing number of thefts from vehicles has been reported in Bethesda and Chevy Chase, according to a recent Montgomery County police crime summary, Bethesda Patch recently reported.
In Chevy Chase Village, just a few miles south of Village Park Place, police recently purchased thermal vision scopes to help detect suspicious persons at night, Chevy Chase Patch reported in December 2011. That same police department also set up a bait car to catch would-be thieves targeting vehicles, Chevy Chase Patch reported last October.
Last summer, the Chevy Chase Village Police Department reported on its website that "[while] crime in the Village continues to trend down as compared to 2011, the 2nd District (greater Bethesda) of the Montgomery County Police has recently experienced a significant jump in thefts from [vehicles] during the nighttime hours," Chevy Chase Patch reported in August.
Approximately four of five vehicles targeted by thieves in Chevy Chase Village are unlocked, the Chevy Chase Village's police website continued.