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Police hunt for homicide suspect, arrest burglars


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Published on: Thursday, January 24, 2013

By Donna Broadway

ROCKVILLE - Authorities arrested two Washington teenagers, ages 15 and 16, in association with a string of burglaries in Montgomery County. Both burglaries occurred between 10:45-1:15 p.m. on Jan. 8. Police categorize the second burglary as an attempted robbery.

Police Still Looking for

Homicide Suspect

A suspect has not been found in connection to a December homicide in Gaithersburg. On Jan. 14, police released a composite sketch of the suspect.

Detectives ask anyone who may recognize the subject to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and/or indictment.

Suspect arrested in Jan. 15 assault    

An arrest was made in the Jan. 15 assault and robbery of an elderly woman that occurred at the Safeway located at 13814 Outlet Drive off of Briggs Chaney Road.  Police have identified the suspect as Ricky Antonio Jefferson, 45, of Silver Spring.

Jefferson was transported to the Central Processing Unit and charged with robbery, second degree assault and theft of less than $100.

Armed Robbery in

Gaithersburg

Detectives are investigating an armed robbery of a business on Jan. 17 in Gaithersburg.

Witnesses state that two male suspects, one black male, one Hispanic male, opened the front door of the restaurant and discharged a fire extinguisher. One suspect, who concealed his face, entered the business and grabbed the cash register, which contained an undisclosed amount of cash, before the two men fled on foot.

No one was injured during the incident.

Detectives ask anyone with information about this crime or the suspects involved to contact the robbery section at 240-773-5100, or the non-emergency line at 301-279-8000. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided leading to an arrest and/or indictment.

Tips to avoid robbery/burglary

Thefts and burglaries are among the top crimes in Montgomery County, here are a few tips to avoid becoming a victim.

•    Car thefts are among the top thefts in Montgomery County and many vehicles are left unlocked. Lock your car even if you are pumping gas, it is easy for a thief to come in the opposite side and take valuables. Remove keys from ignition.

•    Make sure all doors are locked, including patio and garage doors. Many thieves gain entry this way.

•    Be careful who you allow in your home or who you disclose valuables to.

•    Avoid placing valuables in view. Place radios, GPS, iPods, cell phones, wallets, pocketbooks, etc away from view.

•    If you feel you are being followed, find a safe place until the danger passes or contact the police with any legitimate suspicions.

•    Be alert. Hold off on text messages, phone calls, music, or any other potential distractions until you are safely at your destination.

•    Lone travelers may be targets. If possible, wait until daylight or  buddy up when running errands.

•    The illusion that someone is home will deter would be robbers. If possible, leave a light and music playing.

•    When you are in public, avoid standing out. Unless it’s a special occasion, don’t wear your nicest clothes or most valuable jewelry.

•    Avoid looking nervous or lost. If you are lost, walk with confidence and find a well lit place to get help.

•    Don’t talk to strangers. Sometimes criminals are casing for victims and use kindness to gain trust. If you don’t want to seem rude, say you’re in a rush and keep moving.

•    Call the police or a friend if you feel you are in danger.

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