Police Investigating Thefts from and Damage to Parking Meters in Bethesda and Silver Spring

Officers from the Montgomery County Police 2nd District are investigating a series of thefts from parking meters which occurred between Sunday, March 28 and Thursday, April 1, in both Bethesda and Silver Spring. A total of 69 parking meters were damaged and coins stolen from them.

The preliminary investigation revealed that meters were being struck with some sort of heavy object which broke through the outer casing of the meter and allowed coin cans to be removed. The cost to repair or replace a damaged meter is between $200 and $300.

The thefts are believed to have all occurred overnight; between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. in Silver Spring and between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. in Bethesda. The dates the incidents were discovered and their locations include:

3/30 County Lot 3 at 8206 Fenton Street, Silver Spring 12 meters

3/30 street meters on Pearl Street, Bethesda 3 meters

3/31 County Lot 10 at 4600 Leland Street, Bethesda 13 meters

3/31 County Lot 24 at 4601 Leland Street, Bethesda 16 meters

3/31 street meters on Wilson Lane, Bethesda 2 meters

3/31 street meters on Cordell Avenue, Bethesda 5 meters

4/1 street meters on Norfolk Avenue, Bethesda 5 meters

4/1 street meters on Rugby Avenue, Bethesda 3 meters

4/1 street meters on Del Ray avenue, Bethesda 5 meters

4/1 street meters on King Street, Silver Spring 2 meters

4/1 street meters on Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring 2 meters

4/1 street meters on Philadelphia Ave., Silver Spring 1 meter

At this time there is no suspect description, but individuals using county parking lots and on- street meters are asked to be on the lookout for any suspicious persons and/or activity near parking meters. Also, anyone who comes in contact with a person with unexplained large amounts of coins is also asked to contact police.

Calls should be made to the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 or the 2nd District station at 301-652-9200.

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