Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Chevy Chase Village $10K bike thieves caught on camera (Video/photos) - Bethesda crime update #DC

Three bicycle thieves were caught in the act Sunday in Chevy Chase Village, and police are seeking your help to find them. The three men rode up on bicycles to a home in the 5400 block of Grove Street at 4:15 PM on Sunday, May 3. They entered the open garage of a home, and two of them rode away on $10,000 worth of high-end bikes.

One sped off on a blue and silver Trek 5000 road bike valued at $5,000, according to Chevy Chase Village Police. A second alleged thief zipped away on a black and white "Specialized Tarmac" road bike, also valued at $5,000. The third took one of the suspects' abandoned bikes, as there were apparently no other bikes left to steal from the garage, and made a getaway.

The homeowner's security camera captured video of the thieves in action.

Chevy Chase Village Police have released these photos of the bikes the alleged thieves left behind - thieves apparently oblivious to both the camera and the recent technological advance known as fingerprinting:

Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and indictment of the thieves.  Call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Callers may remain anonymous.

Here's a roundup of all crimes reported across Bethesda on May 3, according to crime data:

Stolen car. 7600 block Woodmont Avenue at 1:17 PM.

Vehicle burglary. Cordell-St. Elmo Parking Garage 40.

Theft. 4700 block Maple Avenue.

Theft from vehicle. 4800 block Bethesda Avenue at 9:49 AM.

Stolen bikes (2). 5400 block Grove Street at 4:15 PM (Chevy Chase Village).

Theft. 5400 block Wisconsin Avenue.

Vehicle burglary. 4600 block Overbrook Road (Brookdale).

Vehicle burglary. 4600 block Overbrook Road.

Vehicle burglary. 4900 block Crescent Street at 8:56 AM (Crestview).

Theft. 5800 block Nicholson Lane (Pike District).

Photos courtesy Chevy Chase Village Police


Anonymous said...

I would call that an upgrade.

Anonymous said...

Holy crap, what an awesome problem to have. I wish I were rich enough to afford $10K in bikes and not care enough about them to leave the garage door open. Not trying to victim blame at all - I honestly just wish that problem upon myself.

Anonymous said...

And don't the top two look like twins? It's hard to say for sure from the pic quality, but they certainly look pretty darn similar. And not in a "all people of X race look the same to me because I'm Y race" sorta way.

Anonymous said...

We had bicycles stolen right off of our front porch. Brazen, right in the middle of the day in downtown Bethesda. So annoying!!!!

Anonymous said...

What kind of idiot has $10k in bikes? And what bigger idiot leaves the door open with $10k of bikes in the garage?

Steve D. said...

"Anonymous said...
What kind of idiot has $10k in bikes? And what bigger idiot leaves the door open with $10k of bikes in the garage?

5:38 PM"

What kind of idiot would live in neighborhood whee you had to worry that your neighbor might steal your bicycle out of your garage?

Anonymous said...

I guess they will now have to ride the Purple Line to get around.

Betsy said...

Ha. Sad we have to worry about that kind of thing, but yeah, not smart to leave the garage door open. :)

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