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Detectives Seek Assistance to Identify High-End Shoplifting Suspect


Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Financial Crimes Section are asking the public for help to identify the suspect for a shoplifting incident that occurred on Thursday, July 30, at approximately 8:00 p.m. at the Saks Fifth Avenue Store located at 5555 Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase.

The preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 7:50 p.m. on July 30, a suspect entered the Saks store and began walking through the store. The suspect, who was dressed as a female but may be a man, was carrying a very large and long, over-the-shoulder, striped-carry-all bag made out of a soft fabric. The suspect was observed removing a Chanel dress valued at approximately $2,000 from a rack and putting it in the large bag.

The suspect was stopped by a store security officer as the suspect was about to leave the store. As the security officer was attempting to prevent the suspect from leaving, the suspect sprayed the guard in the eyes with pepper spray.

The suspect was last seen running southbound onto Wisconsin Avenue towards the Friendship Heights Metro station.

The suspect is described as a black man or woman, in his/her 20’s, 6’ tall, weighing 160 to 190 pounds. His/her long black hair was worn in thin braids and pulled back. The suspect was wearing a black and white checked very short mini-dress with long sleeves and a wide belt at the waist. The shoes worn by the suspect were flat sandals.

Anyone who has information about this incident and the identity and/or whereabouts of the suspect involved is asked to call the Financial Crimes Division at 240-773-6330 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

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Last edited: 1/15/2007