Crime Data Leads to Two Arrests
Crime data helps Chevy Chase Village and Montgomery County police target nighttime coverage, resulting in arrest of two DC men.
Two men under surveillance were arrested early Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Chevy Chase Village for stealing a bicycle from a front porch on Grafton Street near Wisconsin Avenue.
Officers from both the Chevy Chase Village Police Department and the Montgomery County Police Department were involved in the arrest.
"As a direct result of the relatively high number of thefts from unlocked vehicles so far this year, we requested the assistance of [Montgomery] County Police [Department] resources," according to a statement released by the Chevy Chase Village Police Department.
Village Public Safety Coordinator Jacqueline Parker "did a solid job analyzing our crime data, and we provided that analysis to both [Chevy Chase] Village and county officers so that they could focus precisely [on] where and when thieves were likely to strike again," the statement said.
County and village police officers met on Monday and Tuesday nights to patrol the areas most in need of police security (as determined by Parker's analysis).
At about 2 a.m. on Wednesday—the second night of the special watch—county police officers saw two young men wearing backpacks and riding bicycles on Chevy Chase Village streets: Oliver Street, Grafton Street and Kirkside Drive, according to the police statement. Police saw the men steal a bicycle, and arrested them.
Police found large bolt cutters, wire cutters and pliers in the suspects' backpacks. Marijuana was found on the suspects as well.
The suspects—who are both 18 and from Washington, DC—were charged with theft, possession of burglary tools and possession of marijuana, and were taken to the county jail in Rockville, police said.