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Update: Arrests Made in Germantown Burglaries

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Detectives from the 5th/6th District Investigative Section are continuing to investigate a series of burglaries and other crimes in several Germantown neighborhoods.

Detectives have now arrested and charged four suspects in this series of burglaries:

  • Marcus Antonio Lee, age 20, of no fixed address
  • Demarco James Burke, age 20, of no fixed address
  • Travis Devon Forbes, age 18, of the 18100 block of Copps Hill Pl., Gaithersburg
  • a juvenile male, age 17, from Washington DC
During the investigation of these burglaries, detectives developed Lee as a suspect.  On June 15, Burke was arrested in Washington DC as a passenger in a vehicle that had been stolen during one of the burglaries.  The driver of the stolen vehicle fled but was later confirmed to be Lee, and a warrant was obtained for him.

On June 20, at approximately 1:55 a.m., Gaithersburg City officers responded to a burglary that just occurred in the unit block of Hidden Field Drive in Gaithersburg.  The residence was burglarized, and the resident's vehicle was stolen.  At approximately 2:55 a.m., 5th District officers located the stolen vehicle at the 7-Eleven store, 18701 Liberty Mill Road.  Forbes and the juvenile male were arrested inside the vehicle.

Further investigation revealed that Lee had been with Forbes and the juvenile but had fled the area before police arrived.  Detectives had knowledge that Lee was staying at a residence in the 18400 block of Stone Hollow Drive in Germantown.  Today, at approximately 1:30 p.m., detectives executed a search warrant at that residence and located and arrested Lee.

Lee and Forbes are charged with burglary and theft-related charges to include auto theft.  Both are currently being held on a $25,000 bond.  Burke is currently being held in DC jail with a detainer filed for the pending charges that he is facing in Montgomery County.   The juvenile male is charged with one of the burglaries and is detained at Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center.  Mugshots are not available at this time.

At this time, the investigation is still ongoing.  Anyone with information about these suspects or these incidents is asked to contact the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237.

Following these arrests, Commander Luther Reynolds stated that, "This [the burglaries] was a troubling trend which has affected a large portion of our community, and I am pleased we have made numerous arrests.  These suspects are responsible for causing significant fear, danger, and property loss in a short period of time which had a profoundly negative affect on others.  I have spoken to some of our victims, and this is very troubling to me and my community.  I am thankful no innocent parties were injured during this reckless spree of criminal activity and that we were able to coordinate efforts that ended this today.

We have a great team of investigators, officers, and community members who worked tirelessly to identify the perpetrators and safely end these events.  We look forward to actively working with the prosecution team on the next phase of this case to ensure a fair and accurate representation of these cases as they progress in the judicial system."

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Release ID: 12-121
Media Contact: mcpnews 
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