Topic Tag: Burglary
Here’s a photo of the missing bike. It’s the one on top of the pile with turquoise handlebars. Here are some more details about the incident:
Unfortunately, my house at 14th and Belmont (lower Columbia Heights) was robbed on 10/21 at about 11:15am and the burglars made off with two of my bikes (as well as several laptops from my housemates).
After the police took off, I headed up to the Columbia Heights metro trying to see if I could find it. Sure enough, I came across some high school kids who had my commuter bike (a Giant Rapid Pro from 2011).
I managed to unseat the guy riding it and scare them off at 14th and Columbia, just a few blocks south of the Columbia Heights shopping center. I’m pretty sure that these guys live at the housing projects between 13th and 14th on Harvard because they were hanging out in the parking there lot for several minutes (police took about 15 minutes to respond). Thankfully, I now have the Giant back.
Unfortunately, my road bike is still missing. This was a custom lugged steel frame that I made myself. It’s unique in that the frame is grey and doesn’t have any logos, graphics etc. The handlebars are a distinctive turquoise color. It has a Reynolds fork, Shimano Ultegra components, and Bontrager tires. I built it as a project with my dad several years ago when I was in high school, so it has huge sentimental value to me. Here’s that link to the photo again.
Any tips about where to post to recover a lost bike would be much appreciated – I’ve already heard of about 5 new forums just through talking to folks about this.
Summary: My grey road bike with turquoise handlebars was stolen from my house and may be located in Columbia heights area, specifically on Harvard or Columbia Street between 13th and 14th.
This morning I was accosted by a man outside my apartment building in Adams Morgan trying to force his way in, claiming to be a maintenance worker. I’m sure he is who he said he was, but I refused to let him in the building because I didn’t understand why he wouldn’t have a key fob or a code to get in if he was indeed employed to do maintenance on the building.
He tried to push me out of the way, questioned my authority, put his foot in the door and refused to take it out of the way, and then proceeded to verbally assault me, calling me a “cunt” and a “stupid bitch”. I closed the door on him and left him outside the building without letting him in because I had to go to work.
I am posting this here not for the sympathy or the kudos, but just to let you know that, no matter who you are, IT’S OK to stand your ground against creepy people.
Sure, I was probably putting myself in a lot of danger, but to me the risk of what he could possibly do to the building and/or the many single young women that live in my building was greater.
Please, for the love of god: DO NOT let people you don’t know into any locked building. They are locked out for a reason.
On the afternoon of Thursday, 9/25 two guys broke into our home through our front window. Our neighbor saw them walking up our front steps and loitering on our porch. She called me, I remotely turned on our alarm system, and she called the police. They had about 4 minutes in the house during the phone call and me figuring out how to turn on our alarm. Once the alarm triggered, they left.
In those few minutes they took three iPads, an expensive watch, a baby monitor, and some money.
They entered through a cracked and locked front window. The lock is a plastic latch which they broke.
My neighbor videoed them and I was able to extract a close up of their faces from the video – police have both. http://htattonharris.weebly.com/
If you see these two, contact police.
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