Montgomery County police investigate theft of $6,700 bathtub

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Person of interest in theft in Bethesda, MD (PHOTO: Montgomery County Police Department)

BETHESDA, MD – The Montgomery County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in connection with a theft from the Union Hardware Store in Bethesda, MD.

The incident occurred on April 26, when officers from the 2nd district responded to reports of a theft at the Union Hardware store located at 7800 Wisconsin Avenue. A male suspect entered the store and wanted to purchase a $13,000 bathtub, on sale for $6,700. When the credit card he presented was declined, the suspect told the cashier that he would call the bank. He placed a call, and then handed his phone to the employee, telling them that the bank would instruct them on how to process the charge. After following those instructions, it seemed as though the purchase had been approved, complete with a receipt.

The suspect loaded the bathtub onto a U-Haul truck. Then, the suspect and another man drove off. Later, the store’s bank contacted Union Hardware to let them know that the credit card used to make the purchase was fraudulent.

The Montgomery County Police Department is asking that anyone who recognizes him to please call the 2nd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6710.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 240-773-TIPS (8477) or Text-A-Tip to: CRIMES (274637), text MCPD and your crime tip.  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

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