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This evening around 530pm two undercover officers from the Fourth District Vice Unit were working as part of an ongoing effort to address Robberies and Theft from Auto’s in the Fourth District. The officers were in the area of the 800 block of Rock Creek Church Road. The officers were observing a group of about eight to ten young males who they determined were looking to engage in criminal activity. The Under Cover Officers watched the suspects as they kept walking in the area of a park vehicle in the 800 block of Rock Creek Church Road. Three of the suspects approached the car. Two of the subjects began to forcible try and get the vehicle open. The officers alerted other units in the area that the suspects were attempting to break into a vehicle. Within seconds the suspects got the vehicle doors open and the third suspect reached into the car and removed an object from the vehicle.
The subjects then all spilt up and went into opposite directions. The undercover officers radioed for the members of the Vice Unit to stop the subjects. The Vice Officers located the subject who had gone into the car walking down Georgia Avenue. When he saw the officers he took off running. The Officers gave chase and after a brief foot chase he was apprehended. The suspect was found to be in possession of a stolen I-Phone from inside the vehicle. The other suspects were also located and stopped as well. The undercover officers were able to positively identify the three suspects and all three were placed under arrest for Theft from Auto and Unlawful Entry into a vehicle. This group was well known to the Vice Unit for breaking into cars.