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  • JP

    No idea, but isn’t it odd that all but one of those cop cars is an SUV?

    • 7thStTechGuy

      The Explorer is the new Ford Police Interceptor, it provides more capability to the officers with more room, better communications equipment, room for aid bags and tactical gear as well as more survivability in crashes, which kill more officers than gunfire. Not to mention it’s all wheel drive, and super fast.

      • Chris

        How much commission you get per unit sold?


        • 7thStTechGuy

          Im on the Taurus…:-)

          I thought it was strange when I saw police departments driving Tahoes and Explorers so I started doing research…curiosity, its a B.

          • JP

            A quick googling indicates their fleet has a sedan version of that Ford Interceptor too, so still – why all the SUVs for a shoplifting?

            Googling also turned up this incredible MPD “fan” website – wow. Such amaze. http://www.dcmetropolicecollector.com/

            Curiosity a B indeed.

          • wdc

            This reminds me: I saw a Prius taxi the other day with the Police Interceptor label on the back. What’s that all about??

          • IJM

            Someone was trying to be funny. Lots of cabbies used to drive those old Crown Vic Police Interceptor cars, so I’m guessing that’s where the badge came from.

  • FridayGirl

    From the Third District police yahoo group this is the closest listing that seems to match:
    PSA 302
    CCN 17034098
    RPT DATE Feb 28, 2017 9:12:51 PM
    OFFENSE Theft
    METHOD Shoplifting
    BLOCK 3000 – 3099 BLOCK OF 14TH STREET NW
    LOCATION Drug Store/ Doctor’s Office/ Hospital
    START DT Feb 28, 2017 8:00:23 PM
    END DT Feb 28, 2017 8:03:41 PM

    • FridayGirl

      Also from the arrest report:
      Arrest Number 031707273
      Arrest Date Feb 28, 2017 8:30:05 PM
      Arrest Location 3031 14TH STREET NW
      WASHINGTON, DC 20009
      PSA 302
      Offender Last Name BUTLER
      Offender First Name NATASHA
      Gender F
      DOB Nov 27, 1978
      Offense Shoplifting
      Felony/Misdemeanor M
      Officer MAIO

    • 7thStTechGuy

      That’s a hell of a response for Shoplifting.

      • FridayGirl

        I agree. I’m wondering if perhaps they wanted her for something else and got her on shoplifting for now.

  • stacksp

    There is a popular brand of promethazine and codeine that can only be obtained at pharmacies and sells out quickly. If I had to guess, it may have been an armed robbery to take the stock of said product which is used to make purple drink or dirty sprite as its called on the streets and characterized by the double styrofoam cups.

    Plenty videos on youtube of armed robberies of pharmacies to get said product…That along with oxys and xanex tablets…

    • FridayGirl

      I thought of this as well, but I find it interesting that they wouldn’t have classified this as armed robbery or something (as opposed to shoplifting).

      • anont

        A more likely scenario (since we’re all speculating) is that the security guard at the CVS tried to intervene when the suspect was stealing a toothbrush or some other small non-drug item, and the suspect didn’t cooperate, thereby generating a large MPD response to assist the guard.

    • wdc

      That was my guess. That she stole something controlled and triggered a DEA response.

  • [rrrrr]

    I had just gotten off the metro, walking south, when they all started streaming past me. Figured I could come here to figure it out, but really, shoplifting?
    Also does anyone know why they have different sirens? Like is it just different models or do they use them as different signals?

    • soozles

      Just a guess, but I’m wondering if they have to mix up the sounds and pitches to get through to all the morons who walk/drive around with things in their ears and are otherwise completely deaf to the world.

  • SD

    I walked into the store behind two officers and the woman arrested. One of the officers was holding her by the arm, which I thought was a little strange. I went back to the pharmacy and the woman and the officers went to the front. While I was in the back, a woman started yelling from the front. The pharmacy staff called security. After a few minutes the woman started yelling “You’re hurting my arm.” The officer said “you are resisting arrest.” As I went to leave I took out my phone to see if this should be recorded, but it didn’t look like much was happening. The police had the woman’s arms behind her back, but it didn’t appear too forceful and she didn’t seem to be struggling. I walked by CVS a few minutes later and there were several police cars out front.

  • navyard

    Well, since we’re just guessing, I’ll throw one out there too. CVS has been getting hit up regularly by flash mobs. The flash mobs take place near a metro, so the thieves just jump the tracks and get away. My PSA Lt. just shrugged and said “there’s really nothing we can do”. So my guess is that so many citizens are complaining to CVS and CVS is complaining to the police that there is inadequate police response. so maybe this is the MPD’s way to show that they care and show some love to CVS. Just a guess.

    • lizcolleena

      Confused. Since when does a flash mob = thieves?

      • FridayGirl

        People have figured out that by overwhelming store clerks/guards they are able to take things and run with minimal interference. So it doesn’t necessary = thieves but it’s one tactic for shoplifters.

  • Andre

    If no one shows up, people complain about that. If people deem that too many units respond, they complain about that as well.

    • FridayGirl

      I don’t think anyone was complaining — I think people were just surprised and worried something more nefarious had happened.

    • CHGal

      I’ll complain that they’re completely blocking the cross-town route to the hospital center for a shoplifter.


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