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Police Ask for Public's Help To Identify Burglary Suspects; Suspects Entered Home Using Garage Door Opener While Homeowner Slept

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- 3rd District Investigative Section continue to investigate a burglary that occurred at a residence in the 1600 block of White Oak Vista Drive in White Oak on April 5.  Investigators have obtained video surveillance of a male and female suspect and are asking for the public's help to identify these suspects.

On April 5, officers responded to a residence in the 1600 block of White Oak Vista Drive in White Oak for a burglary that had occurred in the early morning hours.  Preliminary investigation revealed that the homeowner had gone upstairs to bed at approximately 2:30 a.m. on April 5.  When he woke up later that day, he realized that his home had been burglarized while he was sleeping.  The suspects had entered the homeowner's unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway and located a garage door opener.  The suspects then opened the garage door using the opener, entered the garage, and made entry into the home through the garage access door.  The suspects stole items from the first floor of the home and stole items from the unlocked vehicle in the driveway.

Items stolen from the home included electronics and the victim's credit cards.  Investigators have determined that the stolen credit cards were used at stores in Kensington, Rockville, White Oak, and Laurel.  Video surveillance shows a male and female suspect using one of the stolen credit cards at a fast food restaurant.  Anyone with information about this burglary or the suspects involved is asked to contact the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of this suspect.  Call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

The Police Department reminds residents to lock vehicle doors and windows, and remove or hide from view items of value (to include garage door openers).  Also, it is important to secure and lock all garage access doors to the home.  As warmer weather arrives, people tend to leave windows open to get fresh air and also are more likely to be using items in a garage (bicycles, lawn equipment, etc.).  When people forget to lock windows and doors after use, these unsecured vehicles and homes become easy accessible.

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Release ID: 14-193
Media Contact: mcpnews 
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