2021 | Police & Fire

Man charged with 19 commercial burglaries in downtown Bethesda

Police say one business was hit eight times, another twice in one day

Montgomery County police have charged a Washington, D.C., man with committing 19 commercial burglaries in downtown Bethesda, mostly in the last few months.

Police made an arrest after investigating a rash of local break-ins. One business was hit eight times. Another was hit twice in one day.

Patrick Stanley Nichols, 56, of the 3900 block of Connecticut Avenue, is accused of 18 burglaries between Jan. 4 and March 24.

Police said in a press release on Monday that Nichols also committed a burglary at a commercial office building in Bethesda in February 2020.

Police said they started investigating a series of commercial burglaries in downtown Bethesda in January, in which someone forced their way into each business and stole property.

Officer Rick Goodale, a police spokesman, told Bethesda Beat on Monday that police obtained three warrants for Nichols’ arrest – one charging him with 11 counts of burglary, another charging him with seven and a third charging him with the February 2020 burglary.

Locations where burglaries occurred included:

  • A business in the 7700 block of Old Georgetown Road, eight times between Jan. 4 and 21.
  • A business in the 4300 block of East West Highway on March 5, 7 and 9.
  • A separate business in the 4300 block of East West Highway on March 12, 13 and 16
  • A business in the 7900 block of Norfolk Avenue on March 17
  • A business on the 4900 block of St. Elmo Avenue on March 20.
  • A business in the 7300 block of Wisconsin Avenue, twice on March 24
  • An office building in the 6700 block of Rockledge Drive on Feb. 22, 2020.

Nichols was arrested on a warrant March 25, police said. He is due in court April 23, according to court records.

Attorney information was not listed on Monday.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com