D.C. Man Charged for 19 Commercial Burglaries in Bethesda, Police Say

Patrick Stanley Nichols, 56. Via Montgomery County Police.

Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) detectives charged a Washington, D.C. man with committing 19 commercial burglaries in downtown Bethesda, 18 of them occurring between January and March, a police press release said.

MCPD charged Patrick Stanley Nichols, 56, of Connecticut Avenue in Northwest D.C. for 18 commercial burglaries between Jan. 4 and March 24, police said, and one at an office building in Feb. 2020.

According to police, dates and locations of the burglaries include:

  • Feb. 22, 2020: Office building in the 6700 block of Rockledge Drive
  • Jan. 4-21, 2021: Eight burglaries at a business in the 7700 block of Old Georgetown Road
  • March 5, 7, 9: Business in the 4300 block of East West Highway
  • March 12-13, March 16: Different business in the 4300 block of East West Highway
  • March 17: Business in the 7900 block of Norfolk Avenue
  • March 20: Business in the 4900 block of St. Elmo Avenue
  • March 24: Two burglaries at a business in the 7300 block of Wisconsin Avenue

Detectives began investigating multiple downtown Bethesda-area commercial burglaries in January 2021 and identified Nichols as the suspect, police said. He was arrested March 25 and is being held on a $3,500 bond, according to MCPD.

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at mshahzad@mymcmedia.org or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.

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