Thefts from Auto Drop Sharply; Burglaries Persist

PSA 202 Map

Thefts from automobiles in the Tenleytown area continued to decline this month, down 63 percent from last month and dropping 73 percent over the same 30 day period last year. MPD Lieutenant Alan Hill, speaking at the June Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E meeting, attributed the reduction in vehicle break-ins, in part, to the recent arrest of an adult and two juveniles; all three are repeat offenders. He once again reminded residents to lock their cars and remove any valuable items to help deter thieves.

Unfortunately, as MPD alerted residents last Monday, a pattern of burglaries persists in Police Service Area 202 (Tenleytown, AU Park, Friendship Heights). Lt. Hill reported there were eight burglaries in the past 30 days, up from five for the same period in 2013.

The perpetrators target homes during weekdays when occupants are anticipated to be at work, entering residences through rear doors or rear basement windows. According to Lt. Hill, no alarms were activated in any of the burglaries. The thieves stole predominantly jewelry from the homes, while they took high-end apparel, jeans, purses, and shoes from the two commercial businesses they targeted.

In response to the burglaries, MPD has moved plain clothes officers into the area and strengthened patrols of alleyways.

The MPD alert provided a lookout for “a black male about 6 feet in height possibly in his late teens.” Lt. Hill also informed ANC-3E that a white Dodge Magnum had been seen driving in neighborhood alleys as recently as June 12.

If residents observe anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, they are encouraged to call 9-1-1 immediately.