Four Gaithersburg residents will have a day in court after police say they went on a one-day crime spree, breaking into homes and stealing items out of about ten cars.
At 7:05 a.m. June 1, police officers from both Gaithersburg and Montgomery County responded to the 200 block of Hutton Street for the report of a residential burglary. The burglars took TVs and other electronics from the home. That same day at 10:02 p.m., an attempted residential burglary was reported in the 200 block of Rolling Road when a homeowner reported that someone opened the front door to a home there but was confronted by a dog and fled in a vehicle.
Also that day, reports were made for theft from about ten vehicles in the community.
During the investigation, 18-year-old Brandon Lee Anderson of Hutton Street, 20-year-old Alexander Cesar Cruz of Gaither Street, 21-year-old Ebrima Marong Jawara of Anna Court and a juvenile male of Anna Court were identified by police as being involved in the crimes. Some of the stolen items were found by police at pawn shops and tracked to the four charged, according to Gaithersburg City Police Officer Dan Lane, who said that witnesses also helped in the investigation.
On June 27, warrants were issued and police arrested the four on June 28. After the arrest, police recovered property belonging to the victims of the residential burglaries and others, Lane said.
Anderson and Jawara were issued 24 charges including first-degree burglary, theft and rogue and vagabond. Anderson was released July 2 on a $25,000 bond and Cruz was released on $20,000 bond June 28.
Cruz was initially held at the Montgomery County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond; he was released July 1. He faces 23 charges including theft, burglary, rogue and vagabond and conspiracy charges.
The juvenile was released into his parents’ custody.
Staff writer St. John Barned-Smith contributed to this report.