Police Investigating String of Burglaries Around Gaithersburg, Rockville

Montgomery County police detectives are trying to catch a group of burglars who are breaking into homes in the Gaithersburg and Rockville areas, police said Monday.

Someone typically knocks on the front door to see if anyone is home, then the burglars force their way into the home from the rear, Detective Mike Kwarciany said.

About 30 homes have been burglarized dating back to the end of October or early November, he said. The most recent burglary was Thursday, he said.

Several groups already have been arrested, although police believe they were working independently, Kwarciany said.

One group had two or three members, one had a group of two, and in one, the burglar was working by himself, Kwarciany said.

Police believe one group remains. They are driving a 2014-2017 Nissan with dark tinted windows.

Juveniles made up one group. The last group is believed to be individuals in the early to mid-20s, he said.

The groups of burglars don’t seem to have a common motivation for breaking into the homes.

“One individual seemed to have gambling problem,” Kwarciany said. “The others just want the money. They don’t want to get jobs. It’s easier to go out and steal.”

Police believe several people are working in a last group.

In an email to residents, Officer Michael Prather asked them to call the police non-emergency number — 301-279-8000 — if there’s a knock at the door and no one is expected or the person is not known.

“Only if it’s safe to do so, we’re asking residents to get a physical description on the person at the door (race, height, weight, hair, tattoos, etc.),” Prather wrote.

If anyone sees the Nissan Sentra, police are requesting tag information and last direction of travel, he wrote.

He reminded residents to lock doors and windows; to secure garage doors; to use timers on lights, radios, and televisions; and to hold mail and newspaper subscriptions. He also suggested residents notify neighbors and have a caretaker stop by the house if it will be empty for extended periods of time.

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6 Responses to “Police Investigating String of Burglaries Around Gaithersburg, Rockville”

  1. On April 11, 2017 at 10:58 am responded with... #

    Please send.somebody.to help Germantown Seniors. We have no voice.Our.independent living communities are like a holding ground before the.mourge. We have no voice, just a pen to.write checks for rent,medicine and doctors.

    • On April 11, 2017 at 8:06 pm responded with... #

      I am so sorry you are going through this. Here is some information that may help you:

      Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program – Contact Us

      240-777-3369 PHONE

      E-MAIL: HHSLTCOmbudsman@montgomerycountymd.gov

  2. On April 12, 2017 at 1:35 pm responded with... #

    Article seems to be missing prior mentions of said Nissan Sentra. A description of the suspects would also help, though I have my suspicions for why this key piece of info was left out of this report.

    • On April 13, 2017 at 7:39 am responded with... #

      It mentioned the Nissan in reference to ONE group, not all And a description of the suspects is not really relevant if they have a wide range of physical characteristics, which may be the case.

      And of course you have suspicions since you also likely believe in “alternative facts”, think Breitbart is a legitimate journalistic news organization, and think Alex Jones and InfoWars put forth intelligent, factual, truthful, ideas.

  3. On April 17, 2017 at 10:47 am responded with... #

    I don’t, since I am not a teabagger. I just think it’s hilarious that the media goes out of its way to cover up any descriptions that may help the community nab the suspects if the perpetrators happen to be — like myself — minorities.

    • On April 19, 2017 at 8:41 am responded with... #

      I have no problem criticizing the media when they make screw ups. But right now you have not given ANY PROOF that the media is covering things up and no PROOF that the suspects still at large are members of a minority (or that the police know what ethinic/racial group they are members of.)

      Like it or not you are SOUNDING like a Breitbart viewer whether you actually ARE one or not.

      You are also making an unsubstantiated accusation that the media are intentionally trying to cover things up because of a “liberal bias”. Again those are Breitbart/Infowars/KellyAnne Conaway tactics. If you do not want to be painted with their foul brush, try not posting in their style.

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