Man Tests Doors of Rockville Homes in String of Attempted Break-Ins

Man Tests Doors of Rockville Homes in String of Attempted Break-Ins

Police release surveillance video in hopes of identifying the would-be burglar

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A surveillance camera captured a man trying to break into a Rockville home in July.

Montgomery County Police Department

Montgomery County police are searching for a man they suspect of trying to break into homes in Rockville in July.

Authorities Friday released home video surveillance footage of the man, who is shown wearing dark gloves and a light-colored shirt, shorts and hat, as he tests a home’s doorknobs. The man walks away when he finds the doors are locked (although, at one point, he pauses to wrestle with an uncooperative storm door latch).

All three burglary attempts happened in the early morning across two days in mid-July:

  • On July 15 at about 1:39 a.m., there was an attempted break-in at a home in the 400 block of Nature Lane;
  • On July 16 at about 2:45 a.m., there was an attempted burglary at a home in the 400 block of Nature Lane;
  • On July 16 at about 3 a.m., there was an attempted break-in at a home in the 100 block of Jay Drive.

The Rockville City Police Department is investigating the first two attempts, while Montgomery County police are handling the third case.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call Montgomery County detectives at 240-773-6084 or the Rockville City Police Department at 240-314-8938. Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest. The Crime Solvers number is 1-866-411-TIPS.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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