Thefts from Auto, Total Crime Down: Neighborhood Watch Update

by Jon Bender
Neighborhood Watch Director, PSA 202; Commissioner, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E 

PSA 202 Map

Thefts from auto continue to plague Police Service Area (PSA) 202, which includes Tenleytown, Friendship Heights and American University Park, with 21 incidents between February 25 and March 19. However, as shown in this year over year comparison, thefts from auto are down by about a third from the same period last year. Total crime dropped by nearly 16 percent.

Unfortunately, two violent crimes occurred in this period, up from zero in the same period in 2013. On February 25, at about 2:22 pm, a patron at Chipotle, 4301 Wisconsin Ave NW, confronted a rowdy group of juveniles who punched him several times, hit him in the head with a plastic “wet floor” sign, and then fled. The victim followed the assailants in his car and flagged down an Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer, who arrested two suspects. According to the MPD, the victim had “multiple lacerations, bleeding from the nose, injury to his right eye, lacerations to his lips, scratch on left face, and swelling on his forehead.” He was treated at the scene.

On March 13, an individual allegedly punched a Wilson High School student waiting at a bus stop on the 4500 block of 40th Street, knocking him to the ground, and stole his backpack. A second suspect reportedly threatened a witness who seemed ready to intervene, allegedly telling him that “he would be next.” The police arrested one suspect and sought a warrant to arrest his accomplice.

While not strictly a crime, a vehicle struck a child during this same period, which is a police matter and one that merits our attention. From MPD Lieutenant Alan Hill:

“A driver was traveling on Fessenden Street and attempting to make the left onto Wisconsin Avenue when he struck a juvenile apparently in the company of an adult. The juvenile was transported to children’s hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in the crosswalk.”

Caution around crosswalks is vital, whether as a driver or pedestrian. I, and probably most of you, routinely witness drivers ignore the requirement to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. We need to model the right behavior around crosswalks – and be wary of the many drivers who do not.

Crime data for PSA 202 for the period February 25, 2014 to March 19, 2014, compiled by Les Wexler:

PSA: 202
CCN: 14026658
RPT DATE: 02/25/2014 14:27
OFFENSE: Assault W/Dangerous Weapon
METHOD: Adw — Other Dangerous Weapon
BLOCK: 4300 – 4326 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Restaurant
START DT: 02/25/2014 14:27
END DT: 02/25/2014 14:27
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14027414
RPT DATE: 02/27/2014 07:01
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4000 – 4199 BLOCK OF YUMA STREET NW
LOCATION: Highway/Road/Alley/Street
START DT: 02/26/2014 07:30
END DT: 02/27/2014 06:30
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14027434
RPT DATE: 02/27/2014 07:43
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4600 – 4699 BLOCK OF ELLICOTT STREET NW
LOCATION: Highway/Road/Alley/Street
START DT: 02/26/2014 07:43
END DT: 02/27/2014 07:43
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14027442
RPT DATE: 02/27/2014 07:33
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4500 – 4599 BLOCK OF DAVENPORT STREET NW
LOCATION: Victim’s Vehicle
START DT: 02/26/2014 20:33
END DT: 02/27/2014 07:00
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14027448
RPT DATE: 02/27/2014 07:40
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4400 – 4499 BLOCK OF BURLINGTON PLACE NW
LOCATION: Highway/Road/Alley/Street
START DT: 02/27/2014 07:40
END DT: 02/27/2014 07:40
———————————————————-
PSA: 202
CCN: 14027460
RPT DATE: 02/27/2014 09:10
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4400 – 4499 BLOCK OF BURLINGTON PLACE NW
LOCATION: Highway/Road/Alley/Street
START DT: 02/27/2014 09:10
END DT: 02/27/2014 09:10
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14027599
RPT DATE: 02/27/2014 15:10
OFFENSE: Burglary
METHOD: Second Degree Burglary (Armed Or Otherwise)
BLOCK: 5100 – 5199 BLOCK OF BELT ROAD NW
LOCATION: Residence/Home
START DT: 02/27/2014 13:28
END DT: 02/27/2014 13:29
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14027710
RPT DATE: 02/27/2014 17:27
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2nd Degree
BLOCK: 5300 – 5399 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Sidewalk
START DT: 02/27/2014 10:45
END DT: 02/27/2014 15:10
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14027976
RPT DATE: 02/28/2014 08:47
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4000 – 4099 BLOCK OF WARREN STREET NW
LOCATION: Victim’s Vehicle
START DT: 02/28/2014 08:47
END DT: 02/28/2014 08:47
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14027996
RPT DATE: 02/28/2014 09:30
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2nd Degree
BLOCK: 3800 – 3899 BLOCK OF VAN NESS STREET NW
LOCATION: Single-Family Dwelling
START DT: 02/28/2014 09:15
END DT: 02/28/2014 09:30
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14028151
RPT DATE: 02/28/2014 15:15
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2 (Theft F/Building)
BLOCK: 4100 – 4151 BLOCK OF BRANDYWINE STREET NW
LOCATION: Commercial/Office Building
START DT: 02/28/2014 15:15
END DT: 02/28/2014 15:15
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14028585
RPT DATE: 03/01/2014 11:29
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft from Auto 2
BLOCK: 4500 – 4599 BLOCK OF BURLINGTON PLACE NW
LOCATION: Highway/Road/Alley/Street
START DT: 02/28/2014 18:00
END DT: 03/01/2014 09:30
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14029336
RPT DATE: 03/02/2014 18:27
OFFENSE: Burglary
METHOD: Second Degree Burglary (Armed or Otherwise)
BLOCK: 4400 – 4420 BLOCK OF 47TH STREET NW
LOCATION: Residence/Home
START DT: 02/28/2014 10:30
END DT: 03/02/2014 18:27
———————————————————-
PSA: 202
CCN: 14029776
RPT DATE: 03/04/2014 10:00
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK:
LOCATION: Victim’s Vehicle
START DT: 02/27/2014 13:00
END DT: 02/27/2014 15:30
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14029792
RPT DATE: 03/04/2014 12:00
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2 (Theft F/Building)
BLOCK: 5300 – 5399 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Shopping Mall
START DT: 03/04/2014 11:00
END DT: 03/04/2014 11:16
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14029870
RPT DATE: 03/04/2014 15:57
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2nd Degree
BLOCK: 5300 – 5399 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Department/Discount Store
START DT: 03/04/2014 12:50
END DT: 03/04/2014 12:55
———————————————————-
PSA: 202
CCN: 14030767
RPT DATE: 03/06/2014 11:17
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2nd Degree
BLOCK: 4530 – 4599 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Restaurant
START DT: 03/05/2014 06:55
END DT: 03/05/2014 07:15
—————————————————————————————-
PSA: 202
CCN: 14031899
RPT DATE: 03/08/2014 09:45
OFFENSE: Motor Vehicle Theft
METHOD: Unauthorized Use Of Vehicle
BLOCK: 4400 – 4499 BLOCK OF WINDOM PLACE NW
LOCATION: Victim’s Vehicle
START DT: 03/07/2014 20:00
END DT: 03/08/2014 09:00
———————————————————-
PSA: 202
CCN: 14032532
RPT DATE: 03/09/2014 13:26
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 1 (Theft F/Building)
BLOCK: 4700 – 4799 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Office Room
START DT: 03/07/2014 19:26
END DT: 03/09/2014 11:00
———————————————————-
PSA: 202
CCN: 14033008
RPT DATE: 03/10/2014 15:05
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 4100 – 4119 BLOCK OF RIVER ROAD NW
LOCATION: Highway/Road/Alley/Street
START DT: 03/10/2014 15:00
END DT: 03/10/2014 15:00
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14033078
RPT DATE: 03/10/2014 16:14
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2nd Degree
BLOCK: 5300 – 5399 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Customer Area
START DT: 03/10/2014 16:14
END DT: 03/10/2014 16:14
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14033084
RPT DATE: 03/10/2014 16:30
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2 (Theft F/Building)
BLOCK: 3700 – 3799 BLOCK OF WINDOM PLACE NW
LOCATION: Residence/Home
START DT: 03/09/2014 16:00
END DT: 03/10/2014 16:15
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14033133
RPT DATE: 03/10/2014 18:14
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 5400 – 5499 BLOCK OF WESTERN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Parking Lot/Garage
START DT: 03/10/2014 16:04
END DT: 03/10/2014 16:10
———————————————————-
PSA: 202
CCN: 14033134
RPT DATE: 03/10/2014 18:51
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK: 5400 – 5499 BLOCK OF WESTERN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Parking Lot/Garage
START DT: 03/10/2014 16:06
END DT: 03/10/2014 16:10
———————————————————-
PSA: 202
CCN: 14033712
RPT DATE: 03/11/2014 20:00
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2nd Degree
BLOCK: 4400 – 4530 BLOCK OF 40TH STREET NW
LOCATION: Department/Discount Store
START DT: 03/11/2014 15:00
END DT: 03/11/2014 15:30
———————————————————-
PSA: 202
CCN: 14033960
RPT DATE: 03/12/2014 12:00
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft from Auto 2
BLOCK: 4600 – 4699 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Highway/Road/Alley/Street
START DT: 03/12/2014 11:00
END DT: 03/12/2014 11:03
———————————————————-
PSA: 202
CCN: 14034285
RPT DATE: 03/13/2014 00:20
OFFENSE: Burglary
METHOD: Second Degree Burglary (Armed Or Otherwise)
BLOCK: 4400 – 4499 BLOCK OF JENIFER STREET NW
LOCATION: Parking Lot/Garage
START DT: 03/12/2014 20:30
END DT: 03/12/2014 20:45
———————————————————-
PSA: 202
CCN: 14034430
RPT DATE: 03/13/2014 10:03
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2 (Theft F/Building)
BLOCK: 5100 – 5199 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Department/Discount Store
START DT: 03/13/2014 10:03
END DT: 03/13/2014 10:03
———————————————————-
PSA: 202
CCN: 14034468
RPT DATE: 03/13/2014 11:35
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 2 (Theft F/Building)
BLOCK: 5300 – 5399 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Department/Discount Store
START DT: 03/13/2014 11:35
END DT: 03/13/2014 11:35
———————————————————-
PSA: 202
CCN: 14035126
RPT DATE: 03/14/2014 17:21
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Theft 1 (Theft F/Building)
BLOCK: 4300 – 4399 BLOCK OF MILITARY ROAD NW
LOCATION: Residence/Home
START DT: 02/09/2014 16:21
END DT: 03/14/2014 16:21
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14035156
RPT DATE: 03/14/2014 17:00
OFFENSE: Robbery
METHOD: Robbery — Force & Violence
BLOCK: 4500 – 4531 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Bus Stop
START DT: 03/14/2014 17:00
END DT: 03/14/2014 17:00
———————————————————-
PSA: 202
CCN: 14400734
RPT DATE: 03/14/2014 07:15
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 1
BLOCK: 4200 – 4229 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Parking Lot/Garage
START DT: 03/13/2014 10:30
END DT: 03/13/2014 13:30
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14036933
RPT DATE: 03/18/2014 19:01
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 2
BLOCK:
LOCATION: Victim’s Vehicle
START DT: 03/18/2014 12:50
END DT: 03/18/2014 13:50
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14037103
RPT DATE: 03/18/2014 18:42
OFFENSE: Burglary
METHOD: Second Degree Burglary (Armed Or Otherwise)
BLOCK: 4210 – 4299 BLOCK OF ALBEMARLE STREET NW
LOCATION: Residence/Home
START DT: 03/14/2014 14:00
END DT: 03/16/2014 19:00
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14037248
RPT DATE: 03/19/2014 01:06
OFFENSE: Theft F/Auto
METHOD: Theft From Auto 1
BLOCK: 4000 – 4099 BLOCK OF CHESAPEAKE STREET NW
LOCATION: Public
START DT: 03/18/2014 21:06
END DT: 03/19/2014 00:06
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PSA: 202
CCN: 14037658
RPT DATE: 03/19/2014 18:43
OFFENSE: Theft/Other
METHOD: Shoplifting
BLOCK: 5300 – 5399 BLOCK OF WISCONSIN AVENUE NW
LOCATION: Department/Discount Store
START DT: 03/19/2014 17:40
END DT: 03/19/2014 18:43

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