Burglaries Continue To Rise In Montgomery County | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Burglaries Continue To Rise In Montgomery County

Play associated audio

Burglaries have risen around 10 percent this year, an increase similar to those of previous years.

Montgomery County police chief Thomas Manger says burglaries are far less common across the river in Fairfax County, a jurisdiction very similar to Montgomery County. Manger says a major reason for the difference is sentences for burglary are much longer and heftier in Virginia than in Maryland.

"We make a compelling case, and we take it to Annapolis every year," says Manger. "And the response we get is if you're talking about more people going to jail and staying in prison longer, that comes at a cost. We don't have the money."

Manger cited one case where they believe a man, who was charged with 20 burglaries, was also responsible for around 30 more, received just an 18-month sentence after his conviction. Manger says he has no doubt the man will rob more homes and businesses when he's released.

Bethesda has become a popular target for burglars in recent months according to police, who say residents there need to do a better job of locking doors and windows when they are away at work during the day.

NPR

Desperate To Speak: How Emily Blunt Found Her Voice

The actress stars in the new film Into The Woods, in theaters Thursday. On screen she's a natural. But as a kid, she had a stutter so severe she could hardly say her own name.
NPR

A History Lesson On The Philippines, Stuffed In A Christmas Chicken

Rellenong manok is a deboned chicken filled with a jumble of ingredients. If it seems hard to pin down how this dish got all its fillings, it's because of the complexity of the Philippines' culture.
NPR

GOP Sens. Rubio, Paul Square Off Over Cuba Policy Shift

Rubio, appearing on ABC's This Week, lashed out at Paul, who has expressed support for opening trade with the island nation after a decades-long embargo.
NPR

Obama Calls North Korean Hack 'Cybervandalism'

On CNN's State of the Union, the president expanded on earlier remarks he made criticizing a decision by Sony Pictures to pull distribution of The Interview.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.