From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced three recent robbery arrests in cases in the Borderstan area. Two of the arrests were in the U Street NW corridor in Police Service Area (PSA 305) and one was in PSA 307 just north of Logan Circle.
On March 12 a female victim had her iPhone snatched from her around noon in the 1200 block of R Street NW. The suspect fled but was apprehended and arrested by police nearby. On March 16, police arrested a juvenile suspect for a robbery that occurred at 9th and U Streets NW on March 10.
Finally, on March 18, a victim was robbed inside of Italian Pizza Kitchen at 1110 U Street NW. The juvenile suspect fled, but was arrested by Metro Transit Police a short distance away on U Street NW.
Overall, there have been 61 robberies in Borderstan in 2012 (through March 18) up from 58 in this period in 2011. This is a much smaller increase than the citywide jump of about 31%. Gun robberies have been a problem both in Borderstan and citywide — increasing from 9 through March 18, 2011 to 17 so far this year in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. Citywide, gun robberies have jumped about 71% from 2011 numbers.
Examining trends within Borderstan is complicated somewhat by the changes in police district and service area boundaries that occurred January 1 (New Police Service Areas Take Effect January 1). The starkest changes, however, are in the two PSAs (305 and 307) that changed very little. The portion of PSA 305 within Borderstan remained essentially the same and PSA 307 only changed slightly in size. Their robberies trends, at least based on the first months of 2012, have changed rather dramatically. PSA 305 has recorded 12 robberies in 2012, down from 34 through March 18 in 2011, while PSA 307 has had 23 robberies so far in 2012, up from eight in this time period in 2011.
Recent coverage from The Washington Post points to increased efforts by police to target robberies citywide, including increasing uniformed and plainclothes patrols. MPD is also offering rewards of up to $10,000 for information leading to robbery arrests. Anyone with information on a robbery case is encouraged to call 202-727-9099.
MPD announced last week that a lengthy investigation led to 16 arrests, mostly for felony trafficking in stolen property. Twelve businesses in DC were searched as a result of the effort to crack down on fencing operations, and over 500 stolen phones and other electronic devices were recovered. None of the businesses involved are in the Borderstan area. Anyone who believes their electronic device may have been among those recovered can email email@example.com with a description of the product and information (e.g. a serial number) that establishes your ownership.