Forum: Public Safety
Another day, another package stolen from my doorstep. This happened today 10/20 at 4:13pm. I already reported this to the police but maybe the attached video and photo will help someone identify him.
Here is the video:
Got a creepy video of a thin male stealing my bike. Knew what he was doing and spent 20 mins at the scene at 5am Friday morning checking out to see if he wanted it. Has glasses, a drawstring bag, nice windbreaker, and performed the theft in Logan.
Email me or reply if you know him.
Recommendation to all: Super Glue Tile Slims in a concealed place on your bike. You’ll be able to track it anytime. Lesson learned 🙁
After work I was walking home from the Metro in Shaw yesterday talking on my phone when a man was standing behind a car. He waved one hand and started talking at me so being the polite person I am, I took out my headphone’s and asked him to repeat what he said. He then responded with “I just wanted to say I’m sorry, I’m peeing” and then pointed his genitalia at me. This is an extremely open area surrounded by various public establishments with working facilities, so there is absolutely no way that this was accidental.
I’m a young female in my early 20’s, so I’m not quite sure what to do when a situation like this occurs. Even though I’ve lived in the District for nearly a decade, This is the second time in two weeks that I’ve encountered men who have deliberately put me in very uncomfortable situations, to put it mildly, and I worry about the frequency with which it now seems to happen. Do I call the police?
(This occurred at 9/27/2016 at 5:50pm on 8th Street NW between P St. and O St.)
Thanks for the input!!
No details. 7th street closed between F and G.
Looking to identify this package thief – caught on camera stealing packages 3 separate times from a condominium on 13th and Massachusetts. $500 reward for information leading to arrest. Accompanied by this girl.
I would like to share my recent encounter (or lack thereof) with the DCPD to see if others have experienced the same lack of response to a crime in progress.
On Friday, after having lunch with a friend in Dupont Circle, I decided to finish the workday at the Starbucks in said Circle. Upon entering the store, I spotted a single vacant table and immediately placed my backpack on the chair to reserve it while I ordered my drink. When I returned less than five minutes later my backpack was gone. I asked the adjacent table if they had seen who took the bag and they were able to tell me on which street the thief had fled. I followed their limited directions and was about to concede when I spotted a man wearing my distinctive backpack walking down New Hampshire Avenue. I didn’t approach the man – not so much out of fear – but because I didn’t want him to run and disappear with my property. I instead called 911 and thus, my disappointment began.
The dispatcher, though polite, sounded surprised when I told her that I was in hot pursuit. As I followed at an inconspicuous distance, I updated the her on the thief’s location every few seconds; she assured me that a unit was on the way. About 10 minutes into the call we reached 14th and P, where the man entered the bus bay heading South. There were no police anywhere in sight. The bus came, the man boarded, and against the dispatcher’s advice I followed him onto the bus. She told me that the call had been transferred to Metro PD and they would stop the bus and apprehend him.
Five minutes later we arrived at K St where the man disembarked and walked to another bus bay heading East. At some point during the 10 minutes we were stopped at this location the dispatcher told me that an officer was on the scene. The officer never arrived. The thief boarded a Circulator bus but this time I did not follow; I hailed a nearby taxi and asked it to follow the bus.
While in the taxi, the dispatcher told me that she was transferring me to her supervisor. I asked the supervisor to tell me the location of the dispatched unit, which she could not. She explained that because I had crossed district lines she had to transfer the call to another unit. She further explained that it was difficult for officers to locate me because I was moving. She advised that I flag down any officer that I happened across during my pursuit across the city.
About 7 minutes later the man exited the bus and I exited the taxi at 5th and Mass. I followed him for about 5 minutes to an apartment building at New Jersey Avenue, where he disappeared inside. If you’ve been counting, I had been on the call with 911 for approximately 37 minutes. The supervisor offered an officer to come to the scene and take a report. Thus ended the call. The officer never came.
Is it DCPD policy to ignore thefts, even when they’re in progress? Or is DCPD simply incompetent? The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if this is a ploy to build demand for police services. At the very least, I’ve learned that no one will speak up when they witness your property being stolen at a coffee shop. How sad.
Happy ending: I ended up getting my bag back because the thief saw me in front of the building, got scared, and sent his mother to return the bag to me.
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STOLEN!! DC friends keep an eye out for my scooter 🙁 It was stolen in Glover Park. It’s a red Genuine Buddy 2014 50cc with a red and black rear storage case.
$200 reward for information leading to its safe return! It’s not an expensive scooter, but it’s worth a lot to me.
License plate number is MR 6410 or MR 7434 (it had the old tags in the seat).
It also has a light grey cover that says PRIMA on it.
Please share this with friends in DC! Snap a picture or call the police if you see it.
This morning, we caught on video a man stealing outgoing mail out of our mailbox in Brightwood/Takoma DC. The guy was dressed in business casual attire, with some sort of access keycard hanging from his hip – didn’t look sketchy at all. The letters were medical bills that had been sent to our home’s former resident and were marked “return to sender,” and were partially hanging out of our box for the mail carrier to pick up on her run this afternoon. Several months ago, we had paid a bill by check and left it for the mail carrier in the same way, and the check was stolen and fraudulently endorsed and cashed. At the time, we didn’t know at when the check was stolen (i.e., out of our mailbox or at some other point after it was picked up by the mail carrier). We are filing a report with the DCPD, but wanted to warn Popville residents to never put cash, checks or anything else important in their outgoing mail.
There seems to be a few incidents in NoMa this week, so wanted to add another word of caution to the mix:
My husband was coming home on the metro around 10pm last night (Thursday night). Was crossing First St NE from Harris Teeter going towards North Capitol when he saw 6 teenagers, who he noticed tossing around a football on the opposite side of the sidewalk (Starbucks side), deliberately throw their football hard at the windshield of an oncoming Jeep. Ball rammed the windshield, Jeep slammed on its breaks, kids cracked up, and since the car was thankfully fine (thank god there was no traffic behind him – plus it was raining) it sped off.
Husband kept walking down M towards North Capitol, trying to keep his head down and ignore the teenagers, as they had crossed the street and were yelling at him, calling him names, trying to prod him into reacting. He ignored them and kept walking. Then they got quiet, he had a bad feeling about that, and sure enough the football whizzed just next to his head, taunting started back up. Unfortunately he didn’t have perhaps the most reasoned reaction to them throwing a football at his head, first trying to gouge the ball with his keys and then when that failed, taking it and continuing his walk home and throwing it on the roof of a nearby abandoned building since they were far enough away and he was close enough to home to outrun them. (yes, the safer choice would have been to continue ignoring them.)
That aside, keep your heads up. Grateful the jeep didn’t have traffic behind it, as that could have made things much worse, especially given that it was at night and in the rain. Also grateful their aim was terrible and they missed my husband’s head.
And if you live in the 2M building and can see a football on the roof of the empty Treasury building/former BDSM club, now you know why.
I’m writing to let the Popville community know of an assault that happened to me at approximately 6:45am this morning as I was getting into my car to head to work. A man was sitting on the sidewalk near my car mumbling incoherently. While unlocking my car door he approached me from behind and threw a rock at me, striking my elbow. He ran away quickly while I jumped into my car. Luckily the rock missed my head and I only have a swollen arm to deal with. He did not try to snatch my purse.
I filed a police report and they are on the hunt for him during their normal patrol of the neighborhood. He is a black male, approx 5’6″, 140 lbs, age 30-35. He was wearing a white t-shirt and dark pants. He ran down 2nd St NE towards McKinley Tech High School. I believe he probably ducked into the alley parallel to T St. or T St.
Hi PoPville – Please be on the lookout for my bike, stolen from outside the Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro station on Tuesday, July 19. It’s a light blue and silver Jamis Commuter 2 with a rear rack and a bell. I filed a report with Metro PD, but if anyone sees the bike tossed in an alley, etc., please give me a shout. Thanks!
My neighbor lives with her toddler grandson and others in the basement unit of a group home. Last night she called the fire department because her living room was flooded by a faulty heating system. When the firefighters left they said her landlord needed to fix the faulty system and address electrical issues in the unit. While I was talking to her she mentioned that loose bricks had also fallen from the ceiling and there was a tree (!!!) growing in her grandson’s room. She said that the unit has repeatedly flooded but the landlord has refused to address the problem. Today the maintenance company came but she said they did nothing to fix the faulty heating system–they just sucked up the water and cut out the wet carpet.
She said that she feels sick every time she walks into the unit and has been throwing up a lot. Sounds like mold.
I’m a landlord (with a C of O and an attorney-provided lease) and everything she describes seems like a major violation of DC tenants’ rights. She has repeatedly tried to get them to fix major problems with the unit and they ignore her or do something to cover the problem but don’t solve it and it reoccurs.
I suggested she call the DC tenant advocate and/or ask the city for an inspection and she called them and many others in the DC government, but all said they couldn’t help her because the unit wasn’t registered with them. But she and I agree that that doesn’t make sense because the trust that owns the house we think gets a major tax break from the city for making low-income housing available in Dupont Circle. My understanding is that even if a unit isn’t registered the city would still investigate violations–and would fine the owner for not registering the unit.
Any suggestions for advising her how to proceed? I’m happy to make calls for her, but she does not have the money to hire a lawyer or other advocate and she is unaware of her rights.
Has anyone ever listened to this? Wide range of DC topics – worth a perusal.
I am not sure if this is an appropriate use of the forums (if it is, feel free to remove it), but I saw an article today on CNN about the Richmond, CA crime fellowship program that the DC program was based on. Given the heated discussion about the D.C. Bill when it was announced, I thought others might be interested as well.