Pattern of Burglaries, Thefts from Auto Continue
Police Service Area (PSA) 202, which includes Friendship Heights, AU Park, and Tenleytown, has experienced a “slow but steady” pattern of burglaries, according to MPD Lieutenant Alan Hill, who provided a public safety update at the May 8 Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E meeting. In response, Commander Michael Reese of the Second District has allocated additional resources to the area and the police department is interviewing persons of interest who have a history of similar crimes. At present there are no suspects in the three burglaries that took place in the 30-day reporting period.
While the overall number of thefts from auto declined during the past 30 days, there were 27 incidents in PSA 202 – a number that Lt. Hill acknowledged was still too high. MPD arrested a juvenile the previous week in connection to vehicle break-ins in the area after he was found in possession of stolen items. The individual has a history of targeting Tenleytown and surrounding neighborhoods.
Another suspect in recent thefts from auto, an adult male who resides in the 4th police district, currently has an open warrant against him, Lt. Hill informed the ANC. His pattern is to transport into the neighborhood and deploy well-trained youth who can quickly target vehicles and know how to respond to law enforcement if stopped.
According to Lt. Hill, nationally and across the District police are encountering increasing numbers of juvenile offenders and female juveniles in particular. In late April, in two separate incidents, groups of young women were involved in robberies in PSA 202. The suspects, who have been apprehended, knocked their victims to the ground and stole personal belongings.
Residents are reminded to secure their homes and vehicles and not to leave valuable items in their cars.
May is Police Month. Help the Citizens Advisory Council for the Second District give thanks to the men and women of the police department by making a financial donation or volunteering your time for the May 21 police luncheon. CAC-2D will be serving more than 300 officers and staff throughout the day. Read more here or email event organizer Samantha Nolan at NolanTutor@yahoo.com.