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Police Warn of Rash of Break-Ins in Silver Spring, Burtonsville

The following information was supplied by the Montgomery County Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Camera equipment, cash, food and more have been disappearing from Silver Spring homes as residents report nine home burglaries in nine days, Montgomery County Police said. 

Police believe the incidents, all occurring between Monday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 27, to be related and are warning residents to be alert. 

One victim saw the suspects drive away in a 4-door dark-colored sedan with tinted windows and black rims, police said. The same description was given for a car that a neighbor saw driving away from the scene of another burglary. 

Police believe the same three males are behind all of the crimes. 

Most of the burglaries are clustered in neighborhoods south of the Capital Beltway, between Flower Avenue and the Northwest Branch. The latest break-in on Nov. 27 was further west, on Lyttonsville Road. 

The following information was released:

Date

Time

Location

Entry

Stolen

Mon, Nov. 19

5:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lauer Terrace

 

 Broke a side glass door

Camera, Computer equipment

Tues, Nov. 20

9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

200 block of E Melbourne Ave

 Broke a basement glass door

Nothing taken

 

Tues, Nov. 20

9 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

200 block of E Melbourne Ave

Broke a rear glass door

 

Cash, food

 

Tues, Nov. 20

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

9200 block of Mintwood St.

Pushed open side window in an attempt to enter

Attempt

 

Mon, Nov. 26

Around 1:41 p.m.

9500 block of Saybrooke Ave

Unknown

Unknown

Mon, Nov. 26

Around 1 p.m.

9300 block of Weaver St

Unknown

Unknown

Mon, Nov. 26

Unknown

9200 block of Daleview Court

Unknown

Unknown

Mon, Nov. 26

8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

9500 block of Evergreen St.

Unknown

Unknown

Tues, Nov. 27

12:32 a.m. to 1 a.m.

1900 block of Lyttonsville Rd.

Set off fire alarm and tried to pry front door

Attempt

Police are urging residents to be mindful of the recent burglaries. Residents are asked to call the police immediately if suspicious activity is observed. 

A rash of town home burglaries has also been reported in Burtonsville, all in a two-day span. 

  • Wednesday, Nov. 21 between 5 p.m. and 7:29 p.m.: A home alarm sounded in the 15100 block of Red Cedar Drive and patrol officers responded, finding the front door kicked in, according to police. Police said the burglar ripped the alarm panel off of the alarm and ransacked the bedrooms, although it is unknown if anything was taken.
  • Thursday, Nov. 22 between 3:15 p.m. and 9:34 p.m.: The rear sliding glass door was broken on a home in the 3800 block of Angelton Court, police report. The suspect is believed to have unhooked phone lines and took jewelry using a pillow case that was also stolen, police said.
  • Thursday, Nov. 22 between 3:15 p.m. and 9:34 p.m.: A second home in the 3800 block of Angelton Court was entered the same way, police said. Jewelry and cash were stolen, according to police.

 

The above is a selection of crimes reported in Montgomery County Police's 3rd District, which includes greater Silver Spring and Burtonsville. 

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