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Police Looking For Third Suspect In Bizarre ‘Moorish Nation’ Break-In

By Aaron Kraut

Tuesday - 6/4/2013, 2:49pm  ET

Photo of the third suspect in the 'Moorish Nation' break-in at a vacant Bethesda mansion, via MCP Photo of the third suspect in the 'Moorish Nation' break-in at a vacant Bethesda mansion, via MCP Photo of the third suspect in the 'Moorish Nation' break-in at a vacant Bethesda mansion, via MCP

Montgomery County Police are looking for a third suspect in the bizarre break-in at an empty Bethesda mansion earlier this year. Today, police released photos of the unidentified man apparently taking photos of himself inside the home.

Police have already charged Lamont Butler, 29, of Waldorf and his girlfriend, Sakita Shanik Holly, 34, with first-degree burglary. Police say they arrived to the home, in the 7000 block of Natelli Woods Lane, on Jan. 5 for the call of a burglary in progress and arrested Butler and Holly.

Butler claimed the vacant property belonged to “his people and his tribe,” and that he was a Moorish American National who owned the mansion based on a 1787 peace treaty and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Butler and Holly have a trial date scheduled for Sept. 17.

Now, police say they have obtained photographs of a third suspect involved in the burglary taken from inside the home. Officer Rebecca Innocenti, a police spokesperson, said investigators won’t say where the photos were obtained or how they were taken, but the man appears to be taking the photos with his own camera phone, smiling for the photo in the progress.

Investigators are asking anyone who can identify this suspect to please call the Vice and Intelligence Unit at 240-773-5958.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here.  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this felony

Photos via MCP