Caught Off Guard: Parents Targeted at Day Care

Parents rushing to pick up their children from day care centers are being targeted by a thief.

Police in Montgomery County, Md., said they're investigating four incidents of theft from vehicles parked outside of two day-care centers in Germantown.

The thefts involved electronics, credit cards or cash. Police said the items were stolen from cars that were left unlocked when parents ran inside.

The incidents happened from Dec. 3 through Feb. 24 between 6 p.m. and 6:50 p.m.

A police release said on Dec. 3, Dec. 6 and Feb. 24 there were three thefts at the Kindercare Daycare center at 13230 Clopper Mill Road in Germantown. 

The Dec. 3 event involved a credit card theft, which resulted in purchases from a Germantown Shoppers Food Warehouse, a Giant food store and a 7-Eleven. Detectives recovered surveillance photographs of the suspect in the Shoppers Food Warehouse.

The Dec. 6 theft occurred at the Kid’s Town Learning Center at 18815 Waring Station Road. A purse was taken from an unlocked vehicle and purchases were made at the same Germantown Shoppers Food Warehouse, a Rite Aid store located at 622 Quince Orchard Boulevard in Gaithersburg and a Sunoco gas station. Detectives obtained photographs of the suspect in the Rite Aide store.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximate age 25-35 years, last seen wearing a black skull cap, gray zip sweatshirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Montgomery County detectives.

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