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Bethesda, Chevy Chase Crime: Church Burglary, 2 Bank Robberies, 20 Thefts from Vehicles

Crimes in Bethesda and Chevy Chase included in the county police department's most recent crime summary (for Dec. 16 through 31).

Montgomery County Police Department badge. Courtesy of the Montgomery County Police Department.
Montgomery County Police Department badge. Courtesy of the Montgomery County Police Department.

The following information was supplied by the Montgomery County Police Department in its summary of major crimes occurring in the county between Dec. 16 and 31. The mention of an arrest or charge does not indicate a conviction. 

Assault:

  • A sexual assault occurred on Sunday, Dec. 29, at about 9:40 p.m at an address near Wisconsin Avenue and Chestnut Street in Bethesda. The suspect is known to the victim. 

Bank robberies:

  • A bank robbery occurred at M & T Bank (7920 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda) on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 4:30 p.m.
  • A bank robbery occurred at Wells Fargo (10305 Westlake Dr., Bethesda) on Friday, Dec. 20, just after 4 p.m. The suspects threatened the victims with a weapon and obtained property. 

Armed robberies:

  • An armed robbery occurred in the 6700 block of Kenwood Forest Lane in Bethesda on Monday, Dec. 30, at about 6:15 p.m. The suspects threatened the victim with a weapon and obtained property. 
  • An armed robbery occurred in the 7500 block of Spring Lake Drive in Bethesda on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 10:10 p.m. The suspects threatened the victims with a weapon and obtained property. 
  • An armed robbery occurred in the 7100 block of Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 2 p.m. The suspect threatened the victim with a weapon and obtained property.

Robbery:

  • A robbery occurred in the 7600 block of Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda on Saturday, Dec. 28, at about 11 p.m. The suspect threatened the victim with a weapon and obtained property. 

Commercial burglary:

  • A commercial burglary occurred at St Dunstan’s Episcopal Church (5450 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda) between the evening of Friday, Dec. 20, and the morning of Saturday, Dec. 21. There was a forced entry, and property was taken. 

Residential burglaries:

  • An attempted residential burglary occurred in the 7100 block of Fairfax Road in Bethesda between Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21 and 22. Attempted forced entry; nothing taken. 
  • A residential burglary occurred in the 3800 block of Village Park Drive in Chevy Chase between Thursday and Friday, Dec. 19 and 20. No forced entry; property taken. 
  • An attempted residential burglary occurred in the 5300 block of McKinley Street in Bethesda on 
  • Wednesday, 12/18 between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Attempted forced entry; property taken. 
  • An attempted residential burglary occurred in the 5300 block of McKinley Street in Bethesda on Wednesday, Dec. 18, between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Attempted forced entry; property taken. 
  • An attempted residential burglary occurred in the 9200 block of Vendome Drive in Bethesda on Friday, Dec. 20, at about 10:30 p.m. Attempted forced entry; nothing taken. 

Thefts from vehicles:

  • Nine thefts from vehicles occurred during the night between Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 18 and 19, on Rosemary Hills Drive and Colston Drive in Chevy Chase. Entry was forced in each incident, and GPS units and laptops were taken.
  • Three thefts from vehicles occurred during the night between Thursday and Friday, Dec. 26 and 27, on Kingswood Road, Aubinoe Farm Road and Dickens Avenue in Bethesda. The vehicles were forced open, and vehicle parts were taken.
  • Four thefts from vehicles on Haviland Drive and Blackwood Road in Bethesda occurred between Thursday and Friday, Dec. 19 and 20. The means of entry into the cars is unknown. Purses, cash and GPS units were taken. 
  • Four thefts from vehicles occurred during the night between Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 18 and 19, on Roosevelt Street, Rayburn Road, McKinley Street and Ewing Drive in Bethesda. Two of the vehicles were forced open, and it is unknown how the other two vehicles were entered.  
If you have questions about this post, email laura.thornton@patch.com.

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