Montgomery County Police say they are “concerned” about an increase in local carjackings in recent months.
So far in January, there have been nine carjackings in the county, and authorities have charged the suspects responsible for six of those offenses, according to MCPD’s Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti.
Officers continue to investigate and make additional arrests.
MyMCM spoke with Sgt. Innocenti to learn more about these crimes and steps residents can take to minimize their risk of victimization.
Here’s a list of the recent arrests made in the carjackings, according to an MCPD press release:
- A 19-year-old male of Washington, D.C., and a 21-year-old male of an unconfirmed address, arrested for an armed carjacking they committed in Silver Spring on Jan. 11.
- A 19-year-old male of Oxon Hill, Maryland, was arrested for a carjacking he committed in Chevy Chase on Jan. 14.
- A 14-year-old male and a 15-year-old female of Washington, D.C., were arrested for two carjackings they committed in Chevy Chase on Jan. 21 and 22 (2 cases).
- Two 16-year-old males of Washington, D.C., and Temple Hills, Maryland, were arrested for an attempted carjacking and a carjacking they committed in Germantown on Jan. 26 (2 cases).
Here’s some advice for residents from law enforcement:
- Do not leave your vehicle running and unattended.
- Lock your vehicle and keep your vehicle keys with you at all times.
- Never leave a spare key or valet key in your vehicle.
- If your vehicle has a “push-button” ignition system, make sure that the vehicle is turned off and locked before you leave it unattended.
- Use a vehicle locator device.
- If someone demands your vehicle keys, let them take your vehicle. Do not risk serious injury.
Anyone with information about any of the suspects involved with these carjackings in Montgomery County is urged to call Major Crimes detectives at 240-773-5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the homicide suspect(s). Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online or via the P3 Tips app.
MCP Concerned About Recent Carjackings; Officers Continue to Make Arrests: In Jan, to date, there have been 9 carjackings in Montgomery County, & MCP officers & detectives have charged the suspects responsible for 6 of these offenses: https://t.co/y3Jf5ZeWZp
— Montgomery County Department of Police (@mcpnews) January 28, 2021