Props to the Cops – Burglary Arrests in Adams Morgan

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Ed. Note: There had been a string of recent burglaries in Adams Morgan/Lanier Heights recently.

From MPD:

“At approximately 12:45 today [Monday], members of the Third District responded to the 1900 block of Calvert Street NW in reference to a reported burglary. A witness provided the officers a lookout for 2 subjects that were seen exiting a residence. After canvassing the area, 2 subjects were located and detained pending investigation. During this time, a second call was received for another burglary in the 1800 block of Calvert Street NW. Through the investigation it was determined that the subjects stopped were in possession of property that had been stolen from the second location. 2 Adult males were placed under arrest for Burglary in the Second Degree.

Third District detectives are working on this case to determine if these subjects are responsible for any of the recent burglaries that have been committed in the PSA 303 area. This arrest would not have been possible without the assistance of the alert witness and the quick response of the officers.”

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  • It was a rough night in Adams Morgan. This morning on Kalorama (right by the Harris Teeter) there were at least 6 cars with smashed windows. All the owners were out at the same time, dressed for work, on their phones with 911. It appeared to me that the vandals targeted nicer cars.

  • The guy that broke into my place (very close to here) was alone inside the building (we have cameras), but oh boy I’d be happy if one of these was the guy!

  • Props also to the witness for calling 911 and giving a description of the suspects.

  • wahoo!

  • This is great news. I too hope they are the ones responsible for the other break-ins in the neighborhood and that the cops are able to connect and close some of the cases. If nothing else, I hope it deters other burglaries.

  • One of these guys also most likely broke into my building on Biltmore Street a half hour or so before going to Calvert. Same MO (banged up the doorknobs with a screwdriver to try and knock them off) but he wasn’t able to get into any of our units (praise be). So anyone reading this who may have been part of similar incidents in and around Kalorama Triangle, even if just one suspect, please contact the police to follow up. Props to the cops for being so nice and prompt.

    • Can you describe specifically about the door knobs? My deadbolts were broken open through the key holes and the lock manipulated somehow. Is that what you mean? We have been in touch with our detective many times… so no issue there.

      • Our front door was not deadbolted, so the (very old) lock was busted open (not broken, just forced open) using a crowbar. The suspect then used a screwdriver (the point) to try and hit each unit’s doorknob off, which the police said could have exposed the lock mechanism in a way that would have allowed him to easily open the door. Fortunately, the suspect wasn’t able to get the doorknobs off, although he did damage them (dented and scratched by the screwdriver). We added a deadbolt to our front door post-break in.

        • We had two deadbolts, for what its worth. And we were inside a condo building. We just bought an alarm system… in hopes that they would at least leave more quickly.

  • Crime is quickly rising to the top of voting issues.

  • Great news for the neighborhood.

  • Props to the witness and the cops, not to be a Debbie Downer but I wouldn’t hold my breath on any action resulting from this. We were broken into earlier last year in a row house and the cops came and gave us the lip service as well as dusted for finger prints but didn’t do me the courtesy of leaving me a working line to contact them on. They gave me one desk phone number for the both of them, which they didn’t respond to. I also found out that the police reporting systems don’t communicate with one another so they aren’t able to easily identify trends in crime.

    In addition, burglary penalties are such a slap on the wrist that rather than work for their money these suspects make their careers on taking other people’s shit. Obviously I’m bitter as they walked away with thousands of dollars of my belongings but I am incredibly disappointed by police burglary efforts. I don’t expect them to catch every perp but I expect you to have the tools to conduct actual police work and give people a vehicle to share tips with you. I found several links on CL which could have been folks attempting to resell my stolen property but by the time someone decided to contact me the links have expired. My takeaway in all this is that home security doesn’t end with locking your doors and if you want to protect your home, unfortunately you have to do it yourself. And buy insurance!

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