Props to the Cops and Alert Neighbors – Burglary Suspect Arrested

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From MPD:

“On Monday, December 16, 2013, at approximately 1120 hours, a neighbor witnessed two suspects looking into windows in the 900 Farragut Street, Northwest. The suspects entered a resident by forcing the front window. The neighbor called the police when they observed the suspect going through the window. Fourth District Officers arrived on the scene, and captured was a black male 18 year of age, with property belonging to the home. A second suspect fled and was captured; after a brief foot chase. This arrest occurred because neighbors were looking out for neighbors. As this investigation continues, the Fourth District remains committed to reducing crime and violence in our communities. Anyone with information about this crime or any other is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099 or 1-888-919-CRIME (1-888-919-2746).”

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  • Thanks to my neighbors keeping an eye out for people. That is what is going to keep improving our neighborhood, when you see something, call the police!

  • This was my house. If it weren’t for my neighbors it would have been a lot worse. As a note for other residents in the area, these kids were casing the house. I have a big, scary dog and they waited until a day when my girlfriend brought him out – and broke in immediately after she left.

    Another lesson learned – trim your bushes and hedges back so your front windows are visible from the street. First thing the cop noticed…once someone is on my porch, there’s no way to see what’s going on. I like them sorta tall to create a private feel on the front porch, but will be trimming them back this weekend…again, lucky my neighbors noticed it and were proactive about calling the cops. Many, many thanks to them!

    • Sorry this happened to you. I live near you and had a very similar incident occur a couple months ago by a kid who generally matches the description in the story. If you wouldn’t mind, would you email ([email protected]) me? My neighbors saw him climbing out of the window and called the cops, but he was gone by the time the cops arrived. However, we have a physical description, and though its a long shot that its the same kid, it would be helpful if I could trade notes with you.

  • Glad to have neighbors looking out for each other. But again, residents have to do the jobs of the cops. When will police officers actually make an arrest from one of the assaults or break ins? Where are our elected officials at? Everyone knows who the criminals are in the neighborhood. Why aren’t they under surveillance? Extra measures need to be instituted in the trouble spots.

    • You sound unreasonable, this was a neighbor looking out for a neighbor
      the cops did their job here. showed up in a timely mannor (it seems like) and made the arrests. even after one seemed to get away for a breif period of time

      ” Everyone knows who the criminals are in the neighborhood. Why aren’t they under surveillance?”

      everyone in every neighborhood should be treated like a high level terrorist with constant survelance

      • The same crimes keep happening in the same area many time involving the same people. It’s generally always a reactive response from police – never proactive. I know it’s a difficult job, but at some point, if you know an area is a hot spot for crime, wouldn’t you perhaps be more proactive? Try something new? Maybe the police don’t have the resources or man power to do full-on investigations. All I know is that crime is a major problem in this city and our elected officials seem to like to sweep it under the rug. As a tax payer, I expect better.

  • That is why I wellcome cameras in every block. Some people talk about privacy. Criminals want privacy so they can break in to your home and they hate cameras.

    • gotryit

      From my experience, criminals in DC are generally too dumb to understand cameras. They just look right into them before / while / after committing a crime.

      • I think it’s more of a complete lack of self-respect / self-esteem that leads one to not care whether or not their faces are on camera.

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