Montgomery County Police are looking for two men they think went on a public storage robbery spree, hitting locations in the Silver Spring neighborhood of White Oak and in Laurel.
Police said the suspects pretended to be customers when they entered Public Storage at 10717 Hillwood Drive on Wednesday, Aug. 19. When an employee began to collect storage rental info for the men, one of the suspects ran behind the counter, pulled out a knife and demanded money before pulling the phone cord from the wall, police report.
The men ended up with money from the business and some of the worker's belongings, including a wallet, before tying the man's hands and feet and leaving. The employee was able to untie the bonds and call the police, who arrived just before 5 p.m. that day.
Police think the same men may have been behind the armed robbery of a Public Storage location in Laurel the same day, a crime that is being investigated by Prince George's County Police.
Now, police are releasing surveillance video of one of the suspects trying to use the victim's credit card at an ATM in hopes of identifying the men.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about these armed robberies or the suspects involved to call the Robbery Section at 240-773-5100. Anonymous callers contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this felony crime.