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Police Blotter for May 1

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe,Naomi Jagoda,The Blotter

Cartier jewelry store robbed

Montgomery County police are investigating the robbery of a up-scale jewelry store in Chevy Chase.

Police say the robbery happened just after 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cartier store at 5471 Wisconsin Ave. The investigation showed that multiple suspects broke a display case, removed items then fled.

Police officers arriving at the scene saw the suspects leaving in a vehicle. A short pursuit ensued, but ended at the D.C. line.

Motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run

A 68-year-old motorcyclist was killed Tuesday morning in a hit-and-run crash involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 near the Fairfax County Parkway.

The crash happened about 4:30 a.m. on a rain-slick highway. Virginia State Police say Timothy E. Halpin lost control of his 2001 BMW motorcycle while driving north in the left lane of I-95.

His motorcycle skidded onto the highway's left shoulder and Halpin slid off the bike into the path of a tractor trailer, which hit him. The truck driver did not stop after the collision, but he may not have realized he hit Halpin, police said.

Police were unable to get a description of the tractor-trailer, and are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 703-803-0026.

Landover woman charged with embezzling

A Landover woman has been indicted on charges of embezzling more than $453,000 from her employer and using the money to buy a house in West Africa, expensive electronics and jewelry.

A federal grand jury in Greenbelt indicted 40-year-old Mercy Coffie-Joseph for wire fraud, money laundering and identity theft.

Coffie-Joseph worked at Systems Assessment & Research Inc. and had the authority to make electronic payments on the firm's behalf.

-Scott McCabe

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