On January 17, 2017, at approximately 2:54 a.m. deputies responded to a report of suspicious persons on Kings Crest Drive. Three subjects wearing all black clothes and white masks were seen breaking into vehicles by the reporting party.
Several patrol units responded and began to canvas the area on foot. Three subjects matching the descriptions provided were seen together on Brenwick Court. When the subjects saw law enforcement the three immediately started to run. Deputy G.P. Gabrielli commanded “Police! Stop!,” however the three subjects continued to flee. Deputy Gabrielli and Deputy W.C. Betush gave chase and apprehended one of the fleeing subjects who was detained, searched and identified as a juvenile. The search recovered a MK Clutch purse, a five-inch knife with a sheath, marijuana and several credit cards and receipts that did not belong to the 14-year-old male. The male confessed to deputies that he had entered unlocked vehicles and identified two other juveniles who were involved in the larcenies.
Sergeant G.A. Haney and Deputy R.T. Philippsen encountered a subject running south along Kings Crest Drive. A foot pursuit began and commands were given to “Stop!” The subject did not comply but dropped a backpack in a wooded area behind Potomac Hills Road. The backpack contents included multiple knives, a pellet gun, smoking devices, and a “Citizen” brand watch.
As Sergeant D.R. Colona and Sergeant J.D. Floirendo began to search a path near Cliff Circle, they saw a dark silhouette approaching. Once the subject was within ten feet, they ordered him to the ground. He complied and was identified as one of the juveniles who was named earlier by the 14-year-old.
Multiple charges were filed with Juvenile Court Services including Credit Card Theft, Entering or Setting in Motion a Vehicle, Obstructing Justice, Petit Larceny, Possession of Concealed Weapons, Tampering with Vehicles and Possession of Marijuana.
The third juvenile involved in the larcenies is still being sought and the investigation continues.