Police searching for well-dressed female suspect in burglary at Bethesda office building

- Montgomery County police are looking for a woman who broke into a doctor’s office in Bethesda. Surveillance video of the burglary was released and it has people talking mainly because of how she is dressed.

The crime took place on Jan. 25 just after closing time at around 6:39 p.m. inside the Center for Ocular Reconstruction, which is located in an office building on Rugby Lane.

In the surveillance video, the female suspect is seen arriving at the office on the second floor in an elevator. She is well dressed in a fancy coat, hat and scarf, but her face completely exposed. She appears calm as she makes her way inside the rooms of the office, spending about 20 minutes in total rooting around and eventually finding the business’ petty cash and making off with it.

People who work in the building are baffled why this woman would target an ocular prosthetics office looking for cash. Noah Trager has office space on the same floor and said the doctors are certain she is not one of their patients.

The burglar took off her gloves as she began to touch things around the office. Detectives were able to lift one fingerprint good enough for analysis and they are waiting on the results.

Trager believes she walked in off the street at precisely the right time before the elevator shut down for the night because a lawyer’s office on the floor above was still open.

“Unfortunately no one in our building recognized her,” he said. “I’m just glad we locked up all the doors to our offices.”

Photos of the suspect has been posted throughout the building, so she will be recognized if she comes back.

Rugby Avenue is a quiet street on the edge of downtown Bethesda. This building is ironically neighboring the brand new Second District police station. Montgomery County officials cut the ribbon on it just three days before this crime took place.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the burglary is asked to call Montgomery County police at 240-773-6700 or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). A cash reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and/or indictment in the case.

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