Three Men Charged With Stealing 30 Vehicles in Montgomery County

Three Men Charged With Stealing 30 Vehicles in Montgomery County

Police say summer crime spree also included thefts from more than 100 vehicles

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Montgomery County police said Tuesday that three Washington, D.C., men stole roughly 30 vehicles in the county this past summer and stole items from more than 100 vehicles.

According to a press release, Khristian Markeel Champ, 20, Alaunte Scott, 18 and Christopher Taylor, 19, all of Washington, stole the vehicles between May and August, a police press release said.

A fourth man was charged only with stealing from the vehicles.

Police said Champ was arrested Sept. 30 on a warrant charging him with auto theft and charges related to thefts from the vehicles. He was released from custody after posting a $7,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in county district court Oct. 31, according to state court records.

Police said a court summons was issued for Scott on Sept. 27 charging him with auto theft and theft from vehicle related crimes. He is scheduled to appear in county district court Oct. 29, according to state court records.

Taylor was arrested Oct. 1 on a warrant charging him with auto theft and charges related to thefts from vehicles. He was released from custody after posting a $7,500 bond. Taylor is scheduled to appear in county district court Nov. 4, according to state court records.

Police said they also arrested Duan Jones, 20, of Washington, for allegedly taking part in the thefts from the vehicles.

Jones was arrested Sept. 18 on a warrant charging him with theft-from-vehicle related crimes. He was released from custody after posting a $2,500 bond.

Jones is scheduled to appear in county district court Oct. 22, according to state court records.

Attorney information was not available for any of the men.

Montgomery County police said they worked with detectives from the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department to find multiple vehicles in D.C. that had been reported stolen in Montgomery County. Investigators, according to the press release, determined that the four men worked together to commit the series of thefts.

It was not clear which areas of the county the vehicles were stolen from, but police said the Second and Fourth District investigation units were involved, which includes Bethesda and Wheaton respectively. Police could not be reached for further comment Tuesday.

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

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