Props to the Cops Vol. 3 – Burglar Arrested in Bloomingdale

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From MPD:

On Monday,, April 4, a little after 3 pm, 5D officers were dispatched to a burglar alarm in the 1900 block of 2nd ST., NW. As officers went to the rear, a man riding a bike and carrying a book bag fled from the rear of the house. Officers caught him hiding behind an air conditioner in a back yard in the 1900 block of 1st St., NW. The bike had been stolen from the home where the alarm had sounded, and items in the book bag (and the book bag itself) had been taken from the house on 2nd St. Entry had been made by smashing or kicking in a glass window in a basement level room.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the quick response and great work of our officers in catching a burglar in the Bloomingdale community. The man is 17 years old, and comes from the area near Minnesota Avenue and St St., SE.

I would also like to take the opportunity to remind residents that if they see or hear anyone or anything unusual in your neighborhood, particularly in the rear of houses and in alleys, that they should call 911 immediately so that we can come and check this out.

This is also a good coda to our discussion on security options since the alarm seemed to work well in this case.

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  • Gee – 17 years old. That is tragic. What can we do in this city to keep these kids out of trouble and on the right path? I know it starts with the parents, but so many of our crimes are committed by young people.

    • we could make sure that young people who commit crimes are punished (punishment could include counseling and education) and we could start that punishment as young as kids start committing crimes. Letting kids off for minor crimes makes them think they can get away with more major ones.

      Also, for the elementary school kids who act out (not in a criminal way–for that I’d call the police) in my neighborhood, I’m willing to email the principal with a description of the kids. She is great and really cares about their behavior in uniform, since it reflects on the school. Of course, the flip side is that she takes my emails seriously because I go to community meetings about the school, help them buy books for their library, etc. I don’t think it’s fair just to complain but not to help her try and make the school better.

    • The child should be sentenced with his/her parents at their side, while the parents get the same punishment.

      Goodness, my mother (who would have beat me senseless over this) raised seven kids on her own from ages 2 to 14 after my father died.

      Guess what? Not a one of us is a criminal.

  • this was at 3 pm. at 17 he should have been in school. we need to make schools safe, and more appealing to kids. we need to be able to teach and provide something for them that they find useful. this kid was way the hell out of his hood. why?

    • robbing people for bikes so he could make his way back to SE?

      But seriously, any time I happen to be off and wandering around the hood on a weekday I see so many kids out in the streets I always ask myself is it summer? spring break?

      When can we start prosecuting these miscreant kids?

    • You mean like having a rapper at the front of the classroom and blinged out textbooks? Give me a break. These losers come from broken households where the parent doesn’t give a s–t about their kids. You can reconfigure schools until you’re blue in the face, until we can figure out a way to get parents on board with providing their children with a good future there is no point. Until then, I say we make sure the schools are actually doing some teaching instead of playing community organizer and stand in parent.

      • so how do you accomplish those things?

      • Threaten to pull social services for the parent(s). No house will certainly get their attention and get them involved. Community service. Make them clean blood off the street. Pick up dog poop in the park. Wash buses, clean graffiti. They won’t be as eager to do crap if they have to clean it up. . .

  • Also interesting that he came all the way from SE to Bloomingdale to do a little theft. My assumption has generally been that when it has been these youth theives, they maybe go 5-10 blocks from their hood.

    • maybe it’s his grandparents hood. or he just moved. or he goes to school nearby. or his girlfriends hood. or his dads hood. there could be a thousand reasons.

  • novadancer

    this was my house and MPD in 5D rocks!!! and for the record it was a $$$ racing bike so my husband is very happy it was recovered.

    • i live on that block too. does your house back up to the alley or is it blocked off by another lot? Are there bars on the window that got busted in?

      • novadancer

        Our driveway is on the alley and no bars on the back windows. We just bought in December and fencing in the driveway has been on the to do list… it just moved ahead of the other items! The kid definitely wasn’t the smartest as he wasted a lot of time going thru all 4 levels.

  • My house also backs up to this alley — the cops recently caught two other kids trying to break into the house next door to the one mentioned above. Both teens. AND our bikes were stolen out of our mud room last summer. AND other neighbors have had trouble. Apparently our alley is a sweet spot for burglars.

    If you back up to this alley keep your eyes open and your windows barred/locked.

  • So the security system/alarm did get the cops there quickly, but the kid still searched 4 levels of the house, packed a bag and wrangled a bike out and almost rode away. Clearly the alarm didn’t actually deter him when it first went off. That’s not so reassuring.

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