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Montgomery County police are warning residents in the Olney area about a young man exposing himself and thieves stealing mail from mailboxes.

On July 6, a man in his late teens or early 20s exposed himself twice in the area near MacDuff Avenue, Prince David Drive and Prince Edward Drive, police said.

He is described as about 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds, with a stocky build and medium-length black curly hair. He was wearing a shirt with green and blue stripes and blue Bermuda-style shorts, and had a dog with him, possibly a Shih Tzu.

The man may be under the influence of drugs or mentally unstable, police said, warning residents not to approach him or take any action if they see him. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Detective Jim Vitaletti at 240-773-5530.

The mail theft “cases are widespread and extremely hard to prevent,” wrote Lt. Marc Yamada in an email to community organizations. “We have made several arrests but we expect these crimes to continue as there is a never-ending supply of new suspects ready to step in for those that get arrested.”

He said the Fourth District Petty Crimes Unit, the Montgomery County Fraud Unit and U.S. postal inspectors are working on this issue.

“We again ask our communities to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity/persons/or vehicles to the police immediately,” Yamada wrote.

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