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Maryland trio arrested in alleged diesel fuel theft scheme

Three Maryland men were arrested on theft charges after being accused of stealing $35,000 in diesel fuel over the last two months. Police say that the men bought fuel at various gas stations with Panera Bread gift cards that were encoded with stolen credit card information. One of the merchants from whom they purchased received a disputed purchase complaint.

High schooler charged for attempted pizza delivery robberies

A 17-year-old high school student from Montgomery Village, Maryland, was arrested last week and charged with armed robbery in connection with several robberies involving pizza delivery drivers. Officials at Watkins Mill High School said the boy is a senior there and played varsity football last fall. He now faces two counts of attempted armed robbery and could face several more charges pending the outcome of other investigations.

Bethesda women report unwelcome hugs from strange man

An unknown man has been hugging strangers on the streets of Bethesda, Maryland. Three women have reported the attacks near a high school and at Metro stations. In one case, the subject also intentionally pinched the victim's breasts, according to a report she filed with police. Law enforcement personnel have emphasized the unwanted nature of the sexual advances. The subject fled when the victims yelled for help after the possible sexual assaults. Law enforcement has released a description of the suspect. He did not speak to the women or attempt to take any of their belongings. The victims describe him as Caucasian or Asian. His age could range from 18 to 22, and his height could be between 5'6" and 5'10" tall.

Montgomery County's 'teen court' program

Montgomery County was the first county in Maryland to begin a teen court program concerning teenagers accused of a variety of juvenile crimes such as theft or other property crimes, drug possession and underage drinking. It has now been 15 years since this program was implemented, and it involves having other teenagers serve on a jury when one of their peers is charged with an offense.

Suspected Maryland carjacker may have been mentally ill

Many individuals that find themselves on the wrong side of the law also suffer from mental illness. A Maryland man suspected of carjacking and theft may have taken the vehicle under the illusory premise that he was being pursued by assailants. The man's attorney asserts that his client "was in the throes of his psychotic attack."

Maryland man facing criminal counts for statute theft

We've previously written about the number of copper and metal thefts occurring across the Maryland area. Recently, a suspect that is alleged to have been involved in other copper thefts was accused of attempting to steal a bronze statue of a boy holding onto a kite.

Copper theft crimes increase in Maryland

Many people wouldn't think of someone steeling electrical cords or rain gutters when they think of theft. Authorities are saying these types of theft crimes are increasing in Maryland because the items often contain copper. The price of copper has been increasing, making any item with that metal in it a valuable asset.

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