On August 13 at 1:47 a.m., 25 subjects simultaneously entered the 7-Eleven on Wisteria Dr. in Germantown and stole items, including snacks and drinks. The subjects remained in the store for approximately one minute before exiting as a group. Several of the subjects had covered their faces with various items of clothing.
Following this incident, the surveillance video depicting the event was posted on You Tube to solicit public assistance in identifying the suspects. Additionally, 5th District Commander Luther Reynolds assigned several detectives, as well as a school resource officer, to investigate this theft.
In conjunction with the community, school officials and department personnel, detectives were able to positively identify 18 participants in this incident. Of those identified, 14 are juveniles and three are adults. One individual was not charged because it was determined that they had inadvertently entered the store while the theft was occurring. State’s Attorney John McCarthy stated the identified participants will be charged including theft under $1,000, conspiracy to commit theft under $1,000, and disorderly conduct.
The identities of the additional individuals involved in the incident are still being investigated.
Commenting on the mass theft, County Executive Ike Leggett said, “This incident which occurred in the early morning hours clearly illustrates why my proposed overnight curfew for juveniles under 18 years of age could enhance public safety throughout the County.”
Within days of the announcement of the arrests, Leggett sent to the County Council a number of amendments “to clarify the intent of the bill and the manner in which it would be implemented.” The Executive said the amendments were based on testimony provided at the public hearing and feedback he had received from the State’s Attorney and other County residents.
Among the amendments proposed are:
- designating a civil citation
- removing requirement for parental penalty
- clarifying the definition of an “emergency” and
- expanding the list of affirmative defenses
Read the entire list of amendments. Or go to the Proposed Youth Curfew website found on the County’s homepage at www.montgomerycountymd.gov for other information and comments.
CATEGORIES: Public Safety
POSTED AT: Thursday, September 08, 2011 | 5:00:00 AM