County Police Charge Five Men in Theft From Chevy Chase Gucci Store
Up to $30,000 worth of merchandise was stolen in July
Montgomery County police officials have charged five suspects with the theft of items valued up to $30,000 that were stolen from the Gucci store inside Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase in late July.
Police are still looking for two other individuals that assaulted two Gucci employees during the heist at 5555 Wisconsin Ave.
Officer Rick Goodale, a police spokesperson, said Tuesday it is likely police would charge additional suspects with robbery if they are arrested.
Under Maryland law, what separates theft from robbery is the use of force or displaying a weapon during the crime, Goodale said.
On Tuesday, detectives from the 2nd District investigative unit charged Devonte Jermaine Brooks, 23, of 1000 block of 13th Street, Washington, D.C.; Dion M. Dean, 27, of the 5200 block of Newton Street, Bladensburg; Justin Lamar Taylor, 26, of the 7200 block of Flag Harbor Drive in District Heights; Trashawn Anthony Trammel, 24, of an unconfirmed address; and Samuel Cordell Whitmire Jr., 23, of the 5400 block of North Morgan Street in Alexandria, Virginia, with crimes associated with the theft.
According to police, officers responded to the Gucci store for a report of a robbery that had just occurred at approximately 11:34 a.m. July 31.
Two people had assaulted the Gucci employees while five additional suspects entered the store and began stealing merchandise from display cases.
The suspects took “pretty much whatever they could grab” at the time of the robbery and then got out of the store, Goodale said. “Purses, belts, socks and other clothing items from the Gucci brand were among the items stolen. They were only in there for maybe about a minute.”
The suspects were seen leaving the area in two passenger vehicles headed southbound on Wisconsin Avenue entering D.C.
The investigation remains open. Anyone with information can call the 2nd District police station at 240-773-6400.