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Hunting for a Top Ten criminal

William Bradford Bishop, Jr., wanted for the brutal murders of his wife, mother, and three sons in Maryland nearly four decades ago, has been named to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading directly to the arrest of Bishop, a highly intelligent former U.S. Department of State employee who investigators believe may be hiding in plain sight.

 

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Hiding in Plain Sight?

Although William Bradford Bishop, Jr. traveled extensively overseas through his job with the U.S. Department of State and spoke several foreign languages, investigators believe he may have assumed a new identity and be hiding in plain sight in the United States.

Even an experienced traveler might find it difficult to maintain a new identity in a foreign country, said Steve Vogt, special agent in charge of our Baltimore Division. “If you’re a U.S. citizen it’s usually easier to hide in this country,” he explained. “Americans overseas tend to stand out.”

“The reality is, he could be anywhere,” Vogt added. “But we don’t want people to assume that he’s out of the country and overlook the fact that he might be living in their community. People might see someone who looks like him and think, ‘It couldn’t be him.’ Well, it could be him,” Vogt said. “That’s why we need the public’s help.”

Vogt doesn’t dismiss the possibility that Bishop died years ago, but currently there is no proof either way. “If he’s dead, so be it,” Vogt said, “but until we know for certain, we will not stop searching for him.”

 

On March 1, 1976, Bishop used a hammer to bludgeon his family, including his three boys, ages 5, 10, and 14. Investigators believe he then drove to North Carolina with the bodies in the family station wagon, buried them in a shallow grave and set them on fire. The last confirmed sighting of Bishop was one day after the murders at a sporting goods store in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where he bought a pair of sneakers.

“Nothing has changed since March 2, 1976 when Bishop was last seen except the passage of time,” said Steve Vogt, special agent in charge of our Baltimore Division. Vogt has teamed with local Maryland law enforcement officials to apprehend Bishop, a man described by investigators as a “family annihilator.”

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Arrest in MoCo's 12th murder of the year

PolicelightsDetectives from the Major Crimes Division have been investigating a stabbing that occurred in the early morning hours of July 4. The victim has succumbed to his wounds and investigators have charged a subject with first degree murder.

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Guns and drugs seized in Briggs Chaney bust

The Montgomery County Police – Drug Investigative Unit has charged Robert Crocker, age 41, and Sandra Crocker, age 38, of the 1600 block of Briggs Chaney Road, with drug trafficking and firearm offenses.  During a search warrant executed at the home where the Crockers reside, detectives seized approximately 27 pounds of marijuana and 10 guns.

In early May, the Drug Investigative Unit began to investigate the possibility of illegal activity occurring at the residence after receiving numerous community complaints about drug trafficking occurring at that residence.  During their investigation, the Drug Investigative Unit, with the assistance of the Firearms Investigation Unit, executed a Circuit Court Search Warrant at the residence.  Investigators located approximately 27 pounds of marijuana, 10 guns, and approximately $3,000 inside of the home.  Several children, to include a ten-year-old, live inside of the home and had easy access to the loaded and unsecured guns.  Sandra and Robert Crocker were arrested at their home after the search of the home was complete.

Detectives obtained additional search warrants for two of the Crockers’ bank accounts and have seized approximately $11,800 associated with drug trafficking from those accounts.

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Detectives investigate vandalism

Detectives from the 2nd District are investigating multiple incidents of vandalism to businesses and cars that have occurred in the 11700 block of Parklawn Drive in Rockville.  Today, investigators are releasing video and photographs of a suspect andare asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

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Police seek help in finding theft suspect

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Financial Crimes Section have been investigating a mail theft and check fraud incident that occurred in August 2013.

On August 9, 2013, officers responded to the 20200 block of Darlington Drive in Gaithersburg for a report of check fraud.  Investigation revealed that the victim had written two checks to the Maryland Prepaid College Fund in the amount of over $80,000.  The checks were placed in the victim’s mailbox from which they were stolen.  The victim was later notified that the checks had not reached the college fund company.

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