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Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Pleads Guilty to Submitting Fraudulent Travel Vouchers Worth $150K

Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Pleads Guilty to Submitting Fraudulent Travel Vouchers Worth $150K

Defrauded Army While Serving As Attorney on Active Duty  

        Greenbelt, Maryland - Kenneth J. Morilak, age 43, of Germantown, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to submitting false claims to the government in connection with vouchers submitted for his official government travel.

Arrests Made in Germantown Walmart Purse-Snatching

Arrests Made in Germantown Walmart Purse-Snatching

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 5th/6th District Investigative Section have made three arrests from a purse-snatching that occurred in Germantown. 

On November 15, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the 55-year-old female victim was shopping at the Germantown Walmart, located at 20910 Frederick Road.  The victim was pushing a shopping cart in the store when two males approached and stole her purse from the cart.  The suspects fled from the scene and then used one of the stolen credit cards at a restaurant near Lake Forest Mall in Gaithersburg. 

Detectives obtained and publicized (December 8 press release) several suspect photos from a surveillance camera. The follow-up investigation subsequently identified an adult and two juveniles as suspects.

Purse Snatching in Germantown Walmart

Purse Snatching in Germantown Walmart

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 5th/6th District Investigative Section are investigating a purse-snatching that occurred on November 15 in Germantown.  They now have surveillance photographs of the suspects to release.

At approximately 7:00 p.m., the 55-year-old female victim was shopping at the Germantown Walmart, located at 20910 Frederick Road.  The victim was pushing a shopping cart in the store when two males approached and stole her purse from the cart.  The suspects fled from the scene and then used one of the stolen credit cards at a restaurant near Lake Forest Mall in Gaithersburg. 

The first suspect is described as a black male, with a dark complexion, in his late teens, with short black hair.  He was last seen wearing a gray jacket and a black knit cap.

Suspect Sought in Germantown Felony Theft

Suspect Sought in Germantown Felony Theft

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 5th/6th District Investigative Section are investigating a felony theft that occurred on December 3 in Germantown.  They now have surveillance photographs of the suspect to release.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim went into the Kindercare Learning Center located at 13230 Clopper Mill Road.  When she returned to her vehicle, she observed that her purse was missing from it.  The suspect proceeded to use one of the stolen credit cards at a grocery store shortly after the theft.

The suspect is described as a black male with a medium build, 25 to 33 years old, with a light goatee.  The suspect was last seen wearing a gray hooded-sweatshirt, dark trousers, and a black knit cap. 
       

Police Make Arrest in 1981 Rape

Police Make Arrest in 1981 Rape

Gaithersburg (AP)- Montgomery County Police say a California man has been arrested in a 1981 rape after a DNA match.

Fifty-four-year-old Joseph Nickens of Los Angeles was arrested Nov. 3 in Los Angeles. He is charged with rape and burglary and was returned to Maryland on Monday, where he is being held without bond.

Police say on April 20, 1981, a man broke into a woman's apartment in Gaithersburg and raped her at knifepoint.

This year, detectives reopened the case and submitted evidence from the crime for a forensic examination. A DNA profile was obtained and a match was made.

Gaithersburg Police Arrest 11 in Online Sex Sting

Suspects are from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The Gazette.net reports that Gaithersburg Police have arrested 11 men from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., for attempting to solicit sex from minors on the Internet.

The arrests resulted from a five-day undercover operation in which officers with the Gaithersburg Police Department posted a profile online and arranged meetings with the 11 men via phone or text messages, according to police. The online operation, Gaithersburg's first, lasted from Nov. 15 to 19 and included the Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office, Maryland State Police and the FBI.

“Shop with a Cop” Initiative Returns for Second Holiday Season

For the second year, Montgomery County Police are able to offer the holiday safety initiative, “Shop with a Cop.”  It begins the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26, and runs through Thursday, December 23.  It was developed to help increase the safety of shoppers, pedestrians, and drivers in the county during this active holiday season.

            Officers in all six of the Montgomery County police districts will be detailed to shopping areas in their districts to provide high visibility, extra security, and to provide reminders about driving and pedestrian safety--especially in parking lots.  Officers will be distributing approximately 5000 bright green reflective and recyclable shopping bags with a driver and pedestrian safety message printed on them.  In some locations these bags will also be distributed by shop owners.