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Police Investigate Germantown Mass Theft
DEPARTMENT OF POLICE
MEDIA SERVICES DIVISION
2350 RESEARCH BOULEVARD ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND 20850-3294
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
August 26, 2011
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Media Services Division, 240-773-5030
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 5th District Investigative Section continue to investigate a mass theft incident that occurred at a 7-Eleven store in Germantown.
It was on Saturday, August 13, at approximately 1:47 a.m., that 5th District officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 13001 Wisteria Drive for a commercial alarm. The preliminary investigation revealed that 25 subjects simultaneously entered the 7-Eleven and stole items, including snack and drinks, from the store. The subjects remained in the store for approximately one minute and then exited the store as a group. Several of the subjects had covered their faces with various items of clothing.
Following this incident, the surveillance video depicting the event was posted on You Tube to solicit public assistance in identifying the suspects. Additionally, 5th District Commander Luther Reynolds assigned several detectives, as well as a school resource officer, to investigate this theft.
Today, Commander Reynolds announced that, in conjunction with the community, school officials, and department personnel, detectives were able to positively identify 18 participants in this incident. Of the participants identified, 14 are juveniles and 3 are adults. One individual will not be charged as it was determined that they had inadvertently entered the store while the theft was occurring. State’s Attorney John McCarthy outlined the charges with which the identified participants will be charged including theft under $1000, conspiracy to commit theft under $1000, and disorderly conduct. Councilmember Craig Rice also addressed the community.
Investigation is still ongoing as to the identities of the additional individuals involved in this incident.
For more information, please contact the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Communications Director Seth Zucker at 240-777-7345 or the office of Councilmember Craig Rice at 240-777-7955.