Gaithersburg, MD – A suspect has been identified and charged for a strong-armed robbery at an Ace Hardware store in Gaithersburg.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police- 3rd District Investigative Section have arrested and charged 41-year-old Terry Claude Tompkins of Temple Hills, MD for the Saturday, July 30, 2022, strong-armed robbery of an employee of the Ace Hardware store in the 800 block of Wayne Avenue.
At approximately 4 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to the above location for a shoplifting in progress.
“The investigation by detectives determined that the suspect entered the hardware store and began stealing multiple electrical cable and wire items. When the store employee confronted the suspect, the suspect then assaulted the employee and took the employee’s cell phone,” police said. “Through the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify Terry Claude Tompkins as the suspect.”
On Tuesday, August 16, Tompkins was involved in another incident in Prince Georges County where he was subsequently arrested. 3rd District Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Tompkins, charging him with strong armed robbery, theft and assault for the incident at the Ace Hardware store.
Tompkins is currently being held at the Prince George’s County Detention Facility pending service of the arrest warrant.