photo Joshua Richards

Suspect Arrested for Commercial Burglaries (Photo)

photo Joshua Richards

Joshua Richards
Photo | Gaithersburg Police Department

Gaithersburg police have charged 26-year-old Joshua Richards with two counts of second degree burglary and theft less than $1,000.

On April 28 at 3:57 a.m., police from both Gaithersburg and Montgomery County responded to Negola’s Ark Veterinary Hospital located at 9401 Fields Road for the report of a commercial burglar alarm. According to police, an unknown suspect had entered the business through a sliding door and ransacked the office but removed no property. On April 30 at 2:17 a.m., police responded to Negola’s Ark Veterinary Hospital for the report of another commercial burglar alarm. Upon arriving, officers discovered the front door open and observed an unknown male fleeing on foot to the rear of the building. According to police, a man, later identified as Richards, was located within the wooded area behind Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse and placed under arrest.

During the investigation, police said Richards was identified as a suspect for both commercial burglaries. Richards is also believed to be involved in other commercial burglaries within Montgomery County and two other burglaries within the city of Gaithersburg. Detectives from both police departments continue to investigate those incidents.

Richards is currently being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center without bond.

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