- The Washington Times - Monday, December 27, 2010

Two youths arrested in connection with a burglary in Upper Northwest Washington last week are wanted for a string of similar crimes in Montgomery County, police said Monday.

The youths, one of whom was a ward of the District’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) and the other who was pending commitment to the agency, were among four people arrested after a burglary in the affluent Spring Valley neighborhood early on Dec. 20.

Montgomery County police said Rico Carr, 21, and Andre Dicks, 19, also were wanted for burglaries and a car theft in Chevy Chase, along with two other young men who were not involved in last week’s burglary in the District.

Police said that at about 2:18 a.m. on Oct. 13, officers responded to a house in the Farmington section of Chevy Chase for a burglary report. Officers determined that shortly after the burglary, the four men used stolen credit cards at a McDonald’s in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Northwest D.C.

Police think the same people were responsible for another burglary just over two weeks later. On Oct. 28 at about 4:54 a.m., Montgomery County officers responded to West Lenox Street in Chevy Chase for a burglary report. In that case, the victim’s car was stolen. The vehicle was located the next day in the 2600 block of 12th Street in Southeast D.C.

Montgomery County Police released surveillance photos on Nov. 22 of the four suspects using the stolen credit card at the Tenleytown McDonald’s restaurant, and based on the photos, D.C. detectives recognized one of the youths and confirmed his identity. Police were then able to identify the other three juveniles.

Montgomery County police sought a warrant on Dec. 10 for Carr, of the 600 block of Edgewood Street in Northeast D.C., charging him with first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, theft and conspiracy charges related to the burglaries. He was wanted in Montgomery County at the time of his arrest in the District on Dec. 20.

Police obtained a similar warrant a day after the arrest for Dicks, of the 3400 block of Stanton Road in Southeast D.C. Both men are in D.C. Jail awaiting extradition.

Montgomery County police say they have been investigating a rash of burglaries in the Chevy Chase area, near the border with the District, which has also experienced an uptick in residential burglaries in recent weeks.

“This appears to be a pattern that the line between D.C. and Maryland makes no difference to them,” said Cpl. Daniel Friz, a Montgomery County police spokesman.

Montgomery County police on Dec. 10 also sought an arrest warrant for Joshua Gabriel Geter, 19, of the 1700 block of 29th Street in Southeast D.C. Geter, who faces the same array of burglary, theft and conspiracy charges as Carr and Dicks, was arrested by police in the District on Nov. 6 on an unrelated burglary charge in the District.

That arrest came after he was found guilty earlier this year in the District on still another burglary charge and a charge of receiving stolen property.

Detectives have similarly obtained an arrest warrant for Donte Markiel Jones, 23, of the 2500 block of 12th Place in Southeast D.C., but he remains at large.

Police ask anyone with information about his whereabouts to call Detective Marc Frazier of the 2nd District Investigative Section at 301/657-0146 or the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301/279-8000. They said the investigation is ongoing and more charges may be forthcoming.

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