Burglary Suspect Apprehended: Police Leverage Violent Crime Information Center

Montgomery County Police announced Monday that the Violent Crime Information Center, a key departmental resource, played a crucial role in apprehending 27-year-old Mukhtar Ali Mohamed of Silver Spring.

Mohamed faces charges linked to two commercial burglaries that took place in Wheaton last November.

According to an MCPD press release, the investigation revealed that around 3:10 a.m. on November 17, 2023, Mohamed tried to break into the Montgomery County Liquor store in the 11400 block of Georgia Ave. in Wheaton. Following an unsuccessful attempt to shatter the front door’s glass with a rock, he departed the scene.

Shortly thereafter, at approximately 4:01 a.m., Mohamed forcibly entered the Cricket Wireless store in the 11300 block of Georgia Ave., stole merchandise, and fled.

Upon reviewing surveillance footage from the Montgomery County Liquor store, VCIC specialists observed Mohamed making contact with the glass door using his right hand before the break-in attempt. VCIC relayed the information to detectives, who successfully lifted latent prints from the glass door.

On January 26, detectives received confirmation that the latent prints matched Mohamed’s, leading to the issuance of an arrest warrant. The charges against him include theft, attempted second-degree burglary, and second-degree burglary.

Mohamed was served the arrest warrant at a detention facility in Washington, D.C., where he is presently detained on unrelated charges, MCPD said.

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