Thursday, May 31, 2012

OLD GEORGETOWN ROAD SAFEWAY GARAGE ENTRANCE TO REOPEN JUNE 9

Another Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row Exclusive!!!

Attention Safeway shoppers:

The Old Georgetown Road store's garage entrance is getting a makeover, and will reopen June 9.  Until then, you can use the main Bethesda Place garage entry on Woodmont Avenue.

Or, just go to the other Safeway at Bradley Boulevard and Arlington Road until the 9th.

WOODMONT AVENUE CLOSURE POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST

Another Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row Exclusive!!!

Back in March, developers PN Hoffman and Stonebridge Carras had scheduled the closure of Woodmont Avenue, south of Bethesda Avenue, for mid-June.

Yesterday, it was announced that Woodmont will likely remain open to traffic until an unspecified date in early August.  This is mildly good news for patrons of shops and restaurants at Bethesda Row, as the closure is expected to only further snarl traffic in the area.  It could be good timing, if they hold off the closure until students return to college in August.  That would reduce at least a small amount of the high summer traffic volume.

What's the closure all about?  Well, in addition to The Darcy condos being constructed on former Lot 31, The Flats is going to be built across Woodmont on former Lot 31-A.

With over 160 apartments, The Flats - well - ain't gonna be flat enough to fit the current layout.  And excavation needs to be done for the massive, 940-space public parking garage that will be under there, too.  So Woodmont Avenue is going to slightly shift from its historic course, and the famous Barnes and Noble intersection is not going to be the same anymore, either.  Take pictures of it now, while it's still there, folks!

These delays come in bunches with this project, so I will be shocked, shocked if there is another postponement in August.

Happy driving.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

TAPPING PARTY TONIGHT: NEWCASTLE SUMMER ALE AT UNION JACK'S BETHESDA!

Just what the doctor ordered for this heat and humidity:  a frosty mug of Newcastle Summer Ale!

Tonight at 6 PM at Union Jack's Bethesda, they're tapping just that.  Order one, and you'll get to keep the glass!  And in that glass, you will be able to put refills for only $2.

Representatives from Newcastle will be there to give out FREE samples, swag and prizes.

If you think this beer pairs well with summer foods, so does Union Jack's.  That's why, starting in June, they'll be offering a Newcastle Summer Menu.  Order any item off of it, and you'll get a frosty pint of Newcastle for only $3.

Union Jack's Bethesda, 4915 St. Elmo Avenue. 301-6-JACK-61.

WATCH OUT FOR THAT [*OUCH!*] CAPITAL CRESCENT TRAIL DETOUR IN DOWNTOWN BETHESDA!

Drivers have been suffering since Lot 31 closed for construction of The Darcy 6 weeks ago.

Now it's cyclists' turn.
Unless your name is Amanda Bynes or Super Dave Osborne,
SWERVE RIGHT at this CCT detour! (Photo: BTS)

Bethesda Transportation Solutions is warning Capital Crescent Trail users entering the downtown area from the west (by Ourisman Honda) of this temporary, 2 month detour.

If you're a regular on the trail, you've already noticed this.

The detour is not really designed with cyclists in mind, as you can tell from the sharp turn.  So slow down, or you could crash head-on into a fellow biker or pedestrian around the bend.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

2 MORE THEFTS IN GREEN ACRES AREA OF BETHESDA

Two additional thefts have been reported in the Green Acres area of Bethesda, the community hit most often during a month-long burglary-theft rampage.


Thursday, May 24:

Theft. 5000 block of Jamestown Road.


Saturday, May 26:

Theft. 5300 block of Western Avenue.

Still no word from police as to whether or not the person charged in less than half of the crimes remains in custody, or has been released.

It is not the thefts that are necessarily unusual, but the frequency and number within the same geographic area that qualify this as a crime wave.

GO OFF THE BEATEN PATH AT FRANCESCA'S COLLECTIONS AT BETHESDA ROW AND SAVE 20-40%

Ladies, Francesca's Collections at Bethesda Row knows just how you feel:  OK, so you went to the beach this weekend and missed all of the Memorial Day sales.

I have great news for you - the sale on this Off the Beaten Path tank top is still on until May 30:

Use store code "PATH" to get the discount.

Plus, save 40% on these sale items!

Francesca's Collections, 4844 Bethesda Avenue #14.  301-652-1084.

Monday, May 28, 2012

BETHESDA BURGLARY-THEFT SPREE CONTINUES

The question isn't really, "Whodunnit?" so much as "Whodoinnit?!"

A month-long string of burglary break-ins and thefts in west Bethesda - centered around the Green Acres neighborhood - was still underway as of last Friday.

Police have arrested a Bethesda juvenile, who has been charged in several of the earliest crimes.  After being released, he attempted another burglary, and was arrested again.

However, the crimes continued long after the second arrest.  Police have not said publicly if the suspect is still in custody during the rest of the spree, or if he is back on the streets again.  It is also unclear if more than one individual is responsible.

Friday, another breaking-and-entering burglary occurred on Wiscasset Road in Mohican Hills/Glen Echo Heights.

That is not far from Green Acres.

In addition, several thefts occurred within Green Acres, as well as in nearby locations such as Westbard Avenue, River Road, Willard Avenue.

Update your rap sheets:


Friday, May 4:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5400 block of Westbard Avenue.

Theft from vehicle.  4800 block of Newport Avenue.



Sunday, May 6:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  4900 block of Greenway Road.



Monday, May 7:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  4900 block of Little Falls Drive.

Theft from vehicle.  5000 block of Smallwood Drive.

Theft.  5300 block of Westbard Avenue.

Theft from vehicle.  4600 block of N. Park Avenue.
(This is about 2 blocks from the Green Acres neighborhood).



Tuesday, May 8:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5200 block of Westport Road.



Wednesday, May 9:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  4900 block of Little Falls Drive.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5000 block of Keokuk Street.

Theft.  5100 block of Allan Terrace.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5300 block of Baltimore Ave.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  7000 block of Wilson Lane.



Thursday, May 10:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5000 block of Brookdale Road.



Friday, May 11:

Car stolen. 6400 block of Elmwood Road, Kenwood.
[Now reported as theft from vehicle by MCPD]

Car stolen. 5400 block of Wisconsin Avenue.

Theft.  Westwood Shopping Center, 5300 Westbard Avenue.

Theft.  4400 block of S. Park Avenue.



Saturday, May 12:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5300 block of Willard Avenue.

Theft.  5300 Westbard Avenue.



Sunday, May 13:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  6500 block of Wilson Lane.



Monday, May 14:

Theft.  4400 block of Willard Avenue.



Friday, May 18:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5200 block of Ventnor Road.

Breaking and entering, burglary. 4300 block of Chestnut Street.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  8000 block of Newdale Road.



Sunday, May 20:

Breaking and entering, burglary. 5300 block of Yorktown Road.

Breaking and entering, burglary. 5300 block of Yorktown Road.


Tuesday, May 22:

Theft from vehicle. 5400 block of Westbard Avenue.

Theft from vehicle. 4800 block of Newport Avenue.


Thursday, May 24:

Theft.  4400 block of Willard Avenue.



Friday, May 25:

Breaking and entering, burglary. 6200 block of Wiscasset Road.

Theft from vehicle.  5000 block of Newport Avenue.

Theft. 6900 block of River Road.

Data:  CrimeSpot

Sunday, May 27, 2012

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN BETHESDA: THE BEST OF THE BEST!

Spending Memorial Day Weekend in Bethesda?

Mussel Bar, American Tap Room and The Parva are three places to get the most out of the weekend!

Why not start today and Memorial Day at Mussel Bar?  Couldn't get away to the beach this weekend?  Everyone's favorite Ocean City and Delaware summer drink is coming to you, at Bethesda Row!

Check out this Orange Crush - or better yet, order one at Mussel Bar!

Burger lovers - converge on American Tap Room for their burgers and beers Memorial Day special!

The Parva keeps rewriting the rules of Bethesda nightlife.  Two separate floors of music and dancing - and their famous Colombian Mojitos! - tonight!

HAPPY WEEKEND!

BETHESDA CENTRAL FARM MARKET MEMORIAL DAY SPECIALS

Pick up foods for your Memorial Day celebrations today at the Bethesda Central Farm Market, 9-1 at Bethesda ES.

Stop by the info tent to receive your FREE FLAG!

Buy 4 packs of Walnut Hills Farm ground beef for your grilled burgers, and get a 5th pack FREE!

The berries arrive today:  Blueberries, sweet cherries, red raspberries.

First local baby zucchini, squash, snap peas and broccoli.

Buy 4 packs of Meatcrafters sausage, and get a FREE Meatcrafters hat - while they last!

Plus, a Boordy Vineyards wine tasting.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

FREE WINE AND FOOD TASTING TODAY IN BETHESDA

Stop by Balducci's in the Wildwood Shopping Center today between noon and 5 PM for a FREE wine and food tasting!

Enjoy free samples of domestic and imported wines, and foods that pair with them, just in time to shop for your Memorial Day dining or entertaining plans.

Should you decide to make a purchase, you can get 25% off when you buy any 12 wine bottles, today only.

Go indoors for some ice cold AC, and enjoy the best of what Balducci's has to offer this afternoon.  Plenty of free surface parking available!

Balducci's, 10323 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda.
301-564-3100

FRESHFARM BETHESDA MARKET

Today's Bethesda FRESHFARM Market will be held from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Norfolk Avenue, by Veterans Park.

Chef Domenico Cornacchia of Assaggi at Bethesda Row will return for a cooking demonstration at 10:30 AM.

FRESHFARM is recommending the fresh, sugar snap peas at today's market, and the Strawberry Lemonade from Garden Path Farm.

Friday, May 25, 2012

ARREST, BIZARRE TWISTS IN BETHESDA BURGLARY RAMPAGE FAIL TO RESOLVE QUESTIONS

GREEN ACRES BURGLARIES 
CONTINUED LONG AFTER 
SUSPECT WAS TWICE-ARRESTED

KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN RELEASED; 
UNDETERRED BY CHARGES, 
CONTINUED BURGLARY SPREE

IS HE NOW IN CUSTODY, OR 
RELEASED INTO THE 
BETHESDA COMMUNITY?

A bizarre turn of events regarding the three-week Bethesda burglary rampage in the last 24 hours:  

The story, which I broke here on this blog May 11, and have covered extensively and exclusively since, finally was acknowledged by police and the mainstream media yesterday.

A lone 14-year-old Bethesda resident, police announced suddenly Thursday, had been arrested and charged with four burglaries, two attempted burglaries, and one theft (of a bicycle).    In fact, he was arrested twice, first on May 9, and then - unbelievably - again the next day, when he immediately allegedly restarted his burglary spree!

More on that issue later.

The bottom line is that the statement issued, and ensuing media coverage, suggest that the burglaries listed were the only ones that occurred in Green Acres this month.  And that the crimes have ended.

But the same SpotCrime data I used to uncover the unpublicized burglaries (now vindicated as accurate) prove that this is not the case at all.

While the mention that police used the teen's stolen iPad as a homing device to nab him caught the fancy of some, more urgent questions in the Green Acres and larger Bethesda community remain unanswered at this hour.

First, and most importantly, is the suspect at large again in the community?

Police are aware - as well as court authorities - that the suspect had resumed his alleged breaking-and-entering rampage the day after he was arrested.  As odd, yet commonplace, as it was for him to be released in the first place, the second arrest should not have permitted release.

But police did not reveal if the suspect is in custody.

Is he or is he not?

And is he the only burglar, for that matter?

These questions are critical, because the following burglaries occurred in the Green Acres area long after the suspect's re-arrest:


Saturday, May 12:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5300 block of Willard Avenue.

Friday, May 18:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5200 block of Ventnor Road.

Sunday, May 20:

Breaking and entering, burglary. 5300 block of Yorktown Road.

Breaking and entering, burglary. 5300 block of Yorktown Road.

So while everyone is saying, "case closed" for those initial burglaries, the many others remain uncommented on by police.

Also, I am not sure why the community was never informed that the burglaries were happening, and about the important detail that the suspect was entering via basement windows.  Homeowners could have perhaps taken steps to secure such windows, had they known of that fact.

In addition, the suspect allegedly stole at least one bicycle and one iPad.  There were a number of thefts in and near Green Acres during that same period.

In fact, two more just occurred on Tuesday, May 22:

Theft from vehicle. 5400 block of Westbard Avenue.

Theft from vehicle. 4800 block of Newport Avenue.

Obviously, the police did a good job of catching the suspect.  But the list of burglaries (see below for full list) go way beyond the six referenced in the arrest announcement.  Perhaps more charges are forthcoming.  Or is there a second suspect at-large?  Or is the arrested suspect free and carrying out additional crimes?

As I said, there are so many questions at this point that I do not believe the community is ready to say, "case closed."

Finally, I'm proud to say that this blog was able to play a role in alerting the community about the burglaries while they were happening.  Authorities and media with far more reach and power than myself did not at the time.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you will continue to stop by this blog to find out not only what's going on in Bethesda, but  also - true to the masthead above - "exclusive investigative reports you won't find anywhere else."

As we await further details from police, here is the complete list of crimes related to the burglary spree:


Friday, May 4:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5400 block of Westbard Avenue.

Theft from vehicle.  4800 block of Newport Avenue.



Sunday, May 6:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  4900 block of Greenway Road.



Monday, May 7:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  4900 block of Little Falls Drive.

Theft from vehicle.  5000 block of Smallwood Drive.

Theft.  5300 block of Westbard Avenue.

Theft from vehicle.  4600 block of N. Park Avenue.
(This is about 2 blocks from the Green Acres neighborhood).



Tuesday, May 8:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5200 block of Westport Road.



Wednesday, May 9:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  4900 block of Little Falls Drive.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5000 block of Keokuk Street.

Theft.  5100 block of Allan Terrace.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5300 block of Baltimore Ave.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  7000 block of Wilson Lane.



Thursday, May 10:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5000 block of Brookdale Road.



Friday, May 11:

Car stolen. 6400 block of Elmwood Road, Kenwood.
[Now reported as theft from vehicle by MCPD]

Car stolen. 5400 block of Wisconsin Avenue.

Theft.  Westwood Shopping Center, 5300 Westbard Avenue.

Theft.  4400 block of S. Park Avenue.



Saturday, May 12:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5300 block of Willard Avenue.

Theft.  5300 Westbard Avenue.



Sunday, May 13:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  6500 block of Wilson Lane.



Monday, May 14:

Theft.  4400 block of Willard Avenue.



Friday, May 18:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5200 block of Ventnor Road.

Breaking and entering, burglary. 4300 block of Chestnut Street.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  8000 block of Newdale Road.



Sunday, May 20:

Breaking and entering, burglary. 5300 block of Yorktown Road.

Breaking and entering, burglary. 5300 block of Yorktown Road.


Tuesday, May 22:

Theft from vehicle. 5400 block of Westbard Avenue.

Theft from vehicle. 4800 block of Newport Avenue.

BETHESDA PUBLIC POOL OPENS SATURDAY

For those in Bethesda who either don't have a membership to "the club," or a rooftop pool atop your building - and with temperatures in the 90s forecast for the weekend - you'll be glad to know the Bethesda public pool on Little Falls Parkway opens Saturday.

The pool will be open from noon until 6 on weekends intitially.

Starting June 11, it will be then be open on weekdays, and close every night at 8:00 PM.

Call for information regarding swimming lessons.

Hint:  if you live in downtown Bethesda, it's an easy walk on the Capital Crescent Trail.

Bethesda Pool, 6300 Little Falls Parkway.  301-652-1598.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

VALET PARKING NOW AVAILABLE AT BETHESDA ROW

Federal Realty has come up with a great idea to reduce at least some of the parking frustration at Bethesda Row.

Now that we are entering the peak season for outdoor dining, the closure of Lots 31 and 31A are really having an impact on parking.

For that reason, Valet Parking is now available all week, from 5-11 PM, in front of Cosi at 7251 Woodmont Avenue.

This is especially useful for date nights when you have a reservation, and there's just no readily-available place to park.

Happy summer!

LUCY SUMMER SALE - SAVE 20%

Lucy on Bethesda Lane is having a summer sale.  Save 20% on your total purchase when you buy $100 or more of merchandise.  Sale applies both in the store at Bethesda Row and online.

Lucy, 7122 Bethesda Lane.  301-656-3106.

BULG-ING BULGOGI BURGER - ONE WEEK ONLY AT KRAZE BURGERS BETHESDA ROW!

Kraze Burgers at Bethesda Row is concluding its celebration of National Burger Month with its final limited-time-only burger...

The Bulgogi Burger!

This burger pays homage to the Korean roots of the Kraze Burger franchise, and to a Korean dish that pre-dates the modern hamburger by many centuries.  That would be bulgogi, of course.

The Bulgogi Burger is actually authentic to bulgogi in several ways:

First, it is bulg-ing with thinly-sliced, rib-eye steak marinated in a sweet sesame-soy sauce.  Bulgogi sauce often has sesame and soy flavors.  And it is made from thin-sliced, marinated meat.

Second, the burger contains lettuce and onion, both of which you might find in a bulgogi recipe, as well.

Kraze finishes the Bulgogi Burger with American appointments like American cheese, tomato, pickles and mayonnaise.

All of this is served up on their fresh-baked original bun.  Which, I can tell you from personal experience, comes out looking like a bun you'd see in a food magazine photo.  It's that good.

So hurry over to Kraze Burgers for lunch or dinner. This burger will only be on the menu for a week!

Kraze Burgers, 4733 Elm Street, Bethesda.  301-215-9068.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

BETHESDA SCOOTERS AND BOARDS OPENS ON NORFOLK AVENUE

SKATE OR DIE!

Another Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row Exclusive!!!

Adrenaline junkies have a new friend on Norfolk Avenue, across from Veterans Park.  Bethesda Scooters and Boards has opened in the old Lulu Florist space at 7710-A Norfolk Avenue.  What they're selling is just what you'd expect from the name: scooters and skateboards.

Bethesda Scooters and Boards has the potential to become a fixture in the community.

That's because they are selling wheels that are designed for the urban-suburban landscape.

Whether you live to shred on the halfpipe, or want a less expensive motorized vehicle to navigate the clogged streets of downtown Bethesda, Bethesda Scooters and Boards is the place to go.

When I stopped by Tuesday, they had a colorful assortment of scooters lined up outside.  As you can tell from the photo, they're sporty and stylish vehicles.

For the skaters, they have just gotten their first shipment in.  You can see some of it around the store in the photos.

They've got parts and decks for the serious skater to build his or her own board.

Here's a list of what they just got in:

50cc & 80cc Scooters and Modified Chopper Bikes By Chuck

Skateboarding:


Santa Cruz Goddess Cruiser Complete
Anti Hero Skateboards
Girl Skateboards
Powell Peralta Boards
Baker Skateboards
Real Skateboards


Independent Trucks


Spitfire High Performance Bearings
Bones Reds Precision Skate Bearings


Wheels:  Spitfire, Ricta, Bones

Bethesda Scooters and Boards is a great and welcome addition to the downtown Bethesda community.  Stop by soon and check it out!

MECHANICAL BULL RETURNS TO UNION JACK'S BETHESDA TONIGHT!!

The mechanical bull is on his way to Bethesda, to make his latest appearance at Union Jack's tonight!

Can you last 8 seconds on the bull?

That's Union Jack's standing challenge.

But whether you can do it or not, you'll still be getting $2 off craft beers, and 50 cent wings all night.

Don't forget your camera!

Bull rides are FREE and start at 9:00 PM tonight.

Union Jack's Bethesda, 4915 St. Elmo Avenue.  (301) 652-2561.

BETHESDA BURGLARS HIT SAME BLOCK TWICE SUNDAY

AUDACIOUS BREAKING-AND-ENTERING
RAMPAGE IN GREEN ACRES CONTINUES

Another Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row Exclusive!!!

According to SpotCrime, which obtains crime data from a Montgomery County Police feed, according to its CEO, the Bethesda Burglars struck twice on the same block Sunday.

The burglar(s) have returned to streets for a second time during this crime wave that began with a burglary on Westbard Avenue May 4.

But this is the first time they've pulled off two burglaries on the same street on the same date.  If all of the reports are accurate, the burglars are breaking in at will, apparently unafraid of being caught.

Sunday's break-ins were both in the 5300 block of Yorktown Road.  Not surprisingly, that's in the Green Acres neighborhood, where the majority of the burglaries have taken place.  You'd think that flooding Green Acres with undercover cops would bring this burglary rampage to an end fairly quickly.

It's difficult to speculate in any detail, when no details have been provided by the police department yet.  Maybe if we knew a simple fact like what time(s) of day the burglaries happen, it would shed more light on their m.o.

All there is to go on is the raw data from SpotCrime.

In any case, this would be the tenth burglary in Green Acres alone this month, if I'm counting correctly.

If these reports are accurate, the county really needs to take action on this.

Latest rap sheet:


Friday, May 4:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5400 block of Westbard Avenue.

Theft from vehicle.  4800 block of Newport Avenue.



Sunday, May 6:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  4900 block of Greenway Road.



Monday, May 7:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  4900 block of Little Falls Drive.

Theft from vehicle.  5000 block of Smallwood Drive.

Theft.  5300 block of Westbard Avenue.

Theft from vehicle.  4600 block of N. Park Avenue.
(This is about 2 blocks from the Green Acres neighborhood).



Tuesday, May 8:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5200 block of Westport Road.



Wednesday, May 9:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  4900 block of Little Falls Drive.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5000 block of Keokuk Street.

Theft.  5100 block of Allan Terrace.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5300 block of Baltimore Ave.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  7000 block of Wilson Lane.



Thursday, May 10:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5000 block of Brookdale Road.



Friday, May 11:

Car stolen. 6400 block of Elmwood Road, Kenwood.

Car stolen. 5400 block of Wisconsin Avenue.

Theft.  Westwood Shopping Center, 5300 Westbard Avenue.

Theft.  4400 block of S. Park Avenue.



Saturday, May 12:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5300 block of Willard Avenue.

Theft.  5300 Westbard Avenue.



Sunday, May 13:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  6500 block of Wilson Lane.



Monday, May 14:

Theft.  4400 block of Willard Avenue.



Friday, May 18:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5200 block of Ventnor Road.

Breaking and entering, burglary. 4300 block of Chestnut Street.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  8000 block of Newdale Road.



Sunday, May 20:

Breaking and entering, burglary. 5300 block of Yorktown Road.

Breaking and entering, burglary. 5300 block of Yorktown Road.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

BETHESDA BURGLARS BURGLE AGAIN!

It must be pretty exhausting being a burglar on a breaking-and-entering rampage since May 4.  So it's not surprising the Bethesda Burglars took a few days off.

But according to the newest data from SpotCrime, the well-rested criminals got back to work last Friday, May 18.

Three burglaries occurred that day in the Bethesda area.  The one we can reliably tag the Bethesda Burglars on was in their favorite stomping grounds of - guess where - Green Acres.

Specifically, in the 5200 block of Ventnor Road.

That same day, they or another set of burglars also struck in the 4300 block of Chestnut Street east of downtown Bethesda.

Then they went down Chestnut until it turned into the 8000 block of Newdale Road, and hit there, too.

Are the latter two crimes part of the Bethesda Burglars' rampage?  Hard to say.  It's not in their "preferred" geographical area of west Bethesda.  But it does fit their style of hitting more than one street, ones connected to each other, in the same night.  So, it's a match for M.O., but not geography.

Where will they strike next?  Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, update your rap sheets, everybody:


Friday, May 4:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5400 block of Westbard Avenue.

Theft from vehicle.  4800 block of Newport Avenue.



Sunday, May 6:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  4900 block of Greenway Road.



Monday, May 7:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  4900 block of Little Falls Drive.

Theft from vehicle.  5000 block of Smallwood Drive.

Theft.  5300 block of Westbard Avenue.

Theft from vehicle.  4600 block of N. Park Avenue.
(This is about 2 blocks from the Green Acres neighborhood).



Tuesday, May 8:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5200 block of Westport Road.



Wednesday, May 9:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  4900 block of Little Falls Drive.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5000 block of Keokuk Street.

Theft.  5100 block of Allan Terrace.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5300 block of Baltimore Ave.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  7000 block of Wilson Lane.



Thursday, May 10:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5000 block of Brookdale Road.



Friday, May 11:

Car stolen. 6400 block of Elmwood Road, Kenwood.

Car stolen. 5400 block of Wisconsin Avenue.

Theft.  Westwood Shopping Center, 5300 Westbard Avenue.

Theft.  4400 block of S. Park Avenue.



Saturday, May 12:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5300 block of Willard Avenue.

Theft.  5300 Westbard Avenue.



Sunday, May 13:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  6500 block of Wilson Lane.



Monday, May 14:

Theft.  4400 block of Willard Avenue.



Friday, May 18:

Breaking and entering, burglary.  5200 block of Ventnor Road.

Breaking and entering, burglary. 4300 block of Chestnut Street.

Breaking and entering, burglary.  8000 block of Newdale Road.

BETHESDA OUTDOOR MOVIES!

Summer is just around the corner.  In downtown Bethesda, that means - among other things - outdoor movies.

There are two annual outdoor movie festivals in Bethesda, one sponsored by the Bethesda Urban Partnership in "Old Town" Bethesda, and a second at Bethesda Row.

Mark your calendars - or tell Siri - for the evenings of July 24 through July 28 at 9:00 pm.  That's when Bethesda UP will host its outdoor movie spectacular at the corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues.

Here is the 2012 lineup of movies:

Tuesday, July 24:  Stand By Me 

Wednesday, July 25:  Vertigo

Thursday, July 26:  The Muppets (the recent one)

Friday, July 27:  Crazy Stupid Love

Saturday, July 28:  Hugo

Bring your own chair (BYOC).  You can also bring food from any one of the many restaurants nearby.  I would personally suggest hot dogs from Bold Bite, or lobster rolls from Freddy's Lobster.

Admission is FREE!

Which movie is the best?  It would have to be Vertigo with Jimmy Stewart, of course!