Props to the Cops – Stolen Bike Arrests on U Street

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From MPD:

“1) On today’s date [Saturday], at approx. 17:08 hours, and adult male was observed by members of 3-D VICE staling an unattended bicycle from the 1000 block of U Street, NW. VICE stopped, arrested and charged the Defendant with “Theft-1.”

2) On today’s date [Saturday], at approximately 21:00 hours, 3-D VICE Sgt. Arthur Gregory intervened on a “Theft-1 Stolen Bike” in progress. Another adult male defendant was attempted to break a bicycle from a bike lock when Sgt. Gregory interrupted him. The Defendant attempted to flee on foot while armed with a crow-bar pipe, but after a brief foot pursuit, Sgt. Gregory apprehended the defendant without incident. The defendant was arrested and charged with “Theft-1 Bike”. Recovered was the crow-bar/pipe, the stolen bike and a damaged Kryptonite bike lock.

Prevention Tip of the Day: Never leave you Bicycle unattended, even for a second. This is all it take for an assailant to made away with your property. Always lock your bicycle when leaving it unattended. The best locking mechanism to prevent a bike theft is a heavy gauge U lock, although any lock is better than none.”

8 Comment

  • Props to the cops but who proof reads these statements?

    • Me do! What wrong? You do find mistake or what? My gud righting makes you know the happening.

    • You’re missing a comma.

    • OMG, I was going to say the same thing. Hats off to the officers who made these arrests, but I was almost too distracted by the appalling grammar to notice anything else! I can understand the occasional typo, and fine, cops write in stilted, unnatural cop-lingo. Many professions are guilty of that–lawyers speak legalese, doctors speak medicalese, Hill workers speak with the alphabet soup of government–but whoever wrote this for MPD was not “Smarter Than a Fifth Grader.”

    • who cares? I’d rather have the proof-reading time spent on patrol.

  • Yikes. MPD’s press releases often have errors, but this one has more than usual. The “Prevention Tip” portion is particularly bad — typos, subject-verb agreement problems, verb tense issues, etc. It’s also used “assailant” where it should have used “thief” (or some other word).
    My expectations for MPD press releases are pretty low, but this one falls short even of their usual standard.

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