Props to the Cops but Seriously, You Gotta Stop Leaving Your I-Phone or any other Electronics in your Car

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From MPD:

This evening around 530pm two undercover officers from the Fourth District Vice Unit were working as part of an ongoing effort to address Robberies and Theft from Auto’s in the Fourth District. The officers were in the area of the 800 block of Rock Creek Church Road. The officers were observing a group of about eight to ten young males who they determined were looking to engage in criminal activity. The Under Cover Officers watched the suspects as they kept walking in the area of a park vehicle in the 800 block of Rock Creek Church Road. Three of the suspects approached the car. Two of the subjects began to forcible try and get the vehicle open. The officers alerted other units in the area that the suspects were attempting to break into a vehicle. Within seconds the suspects got the vehicle doors open and the third suspect reached into the car and removed an object from the vehicle.

The subjects then all spilt up and went into opposite directions. The undercover officers radioed for the members of the Vice Unit to stop the subjects. The Vice Officers located the subject who had gone into the car walking down Georgia Avenue. When he saw the officers he took off running. The Officers gave chase and after a brief foot chase he was apprehended. The suspect was found to be in possession of a stolen I-Phone from inside the vehicle. The other suspects were also located and stopped as well. The undercover officers were able to positively identify the three suspects and all three were placed under arrest for Theft from Auto and Unlawful Entry into a vehicle. This group was well known to the Vice Unit for breaking into cars.

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  • “This group was well known to the Vice Unit for breaking into cars.” translates to: They will be back on the street doing the same thing in no time….

  • “Well known to the vice unit for breaking into cars”

    Why are they well known? Because as is typical in DC these repeat offenders are simply released, time and time again, many times without even the proverbial slap on the wrist of a few months probation.

    Hey, why not right? It isn’t a bad gig. Sure you get caught ~20% of the time, but the tens of thousands of dollars of stolen loot you get away with the other 80% of the time is well worth the occasional 3 hours in jail you get.

  • Props to the cops on this. But the pessimist in me bets this person has been busted before and is probably back on the street already. I’d love to hear a followup.

  • I wonder if they are juveniles. The law are SO TOUGH on them….

  • Could it be that the car and the iPhone were left there to bait the thiefs? Not an uncommon tactic, and if the undercover police were watching and saw this, higher likelihood this wasn’t just chance.

    • Who cares if the car and phone were bait. The punks broke the law and broke into the car. Lock em up.

    • are you suggesting the thieves were the victims of entrapment?

    • As I was reading this, I was thinking, this sounds kind of like “Bait Car”! (Love that show…) While it could be a bait phone, honestly, I don’t think the police need to try that hard to find criminal behavior in DC.

  • Just recently Vincent said the City won’t tolerate crime. Please now, we’ve already had like 10 homicides this year. Violent crimes are way up. At least Council passed a new juvenile crime bill, we’ll see if it has any impact at all. I am not going to hold my breath.

    • Since we had only 108 murders last year (the lowest murder rate in almost 50 years) then that would be an average of 9 per month. If your “10 murders” number is accurate we’re well below that figure seven weeks into 2012.

      But don’t let that stop your rant.

      (Note, though, I absolutely support the cops nailing these thieves.)

  • Until we vote Mendelsohn, Graham, Barry, etc. off the City Council, there will never be any meaningful legislation that deals with juvenile crime. They view the criminals as “poor misguided youth” who, if only given a chance, will be reformed by DYRS.

  • saf

    Oh look, they arrested those kids again. Now, how about some real penalties this time, including getting them OUT of the subsidized house they are in?

    • Perhaps if you know them so well, including their living situation, you should report their criminal activity to the owner of the subsidized housing or the Public Housing Authority? There are laws and regulations that allow tenants to be terminated from programs due to criminal activity.

      Maybe, if you try hard enough, you could get their whole family evicted! Awesome! Or maybe you should contain your snarky statement to the fact that our criminal justice system needs to seriously deal with recidivism.

      • saf

        This kids have been a problem in my immediate neighborhood for several years now. The cops know who they are and what they do, yet seem unable to keep them off the street. They are a constant problem for anyone who lives, or even walks, east of the metro station.

        Something needs to be done. I’ve called 911, I’ve talked with the police directly, and I know I am not the only one.

  • Aren’t iDevices ubiquitous enough now that we can get the brand names right? I-Phone? Similar to a Walk-Man or Ford-Car?

  • I share everyone’s frustration with the revolving door in the criminal justice system for these assholes, but I wonder what the solution is. How long should non-violent offenders like these be locked up for? How much are we willing to spend building new prisons to give these people lengthy sentences?

    Unfortunately, I think we have deep, societal issues which preclude any easy answers to these problems.

    • I don’t like locking folks like this up because it costs me (us) money. If we can’t bring the chain gangs back, then a better punishment is GPS tracking. Put an ankle braclet on them and charge their families for the privlige. These kids are the way they are because of slack parenting. Might as well involve them in the punishment and force them to pay for the surveillance.

      That way we can track them 24/7, they have to give up their privacy and we can easily cross check each and every single robbery/crime in the District with their GPS locations.

      • But what difference would that make? It wouldn’t help prevent crimes, just solve them. And assuming you could find enough other evidence to get a conviction, since the bracelet alone won’t do it, then you still need to do something with them post-conviction.

        I do like Ben’s suggestion (and yours, I guess, with the chain gang) of putting them to work. maybe not pothole fixing, which (I think) actually requires some skill, but graffiti scrubbing might be a nice job.

        Obviously we need to find a way discipline these people. I just question the efficacy of sticking more people in jail. In the US, we lock up a huge percentage of our people, and we still have sky-high crime rates. I wish I had some answers.

      • By the way, here’s the story of a case where a guy in DC wearing a GPS bracelet actually committed two homicides while wearing it. Unbelievable.

    • A few Saturdays and Sundays filling potholes would make them think twice and improve our roads.

      • I like this idea: why don’t they do anything like this? Do we expect there to be bad work or something — or do we think there are other more qualified people out there who want to do this? (ahem)

        • Allison

          My guess is the operations cost of keeping them (and others) safe and in custody while doing the work exceeds the perceived benefits. It’s one thing to assign mandatory community service hours (which may or may not ever actually get done) but it’s another to have to pay numerous officers to watch over them while they do work. There might also be some weird 8th amendment stuff involved…

          • You’re absolutely right. As a former employee within DYRS’s New Beginnings facility the general guideline is 2:1 guard (YDR) to juvenile (resident) ratio with additional YDRs covering entrances and exits of a facility when the youths are taken off site. The extreme cost of overtime restricts youth from leaving the facility beyond trips to court or hospital.

  • Just shoot all ten of them. Especially if they are well known criminals.

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