There has been a rash of package thefts in the area, hitting several building in the North Dupont-U Street area. According to a reader who contacted Borderstan, the following buildings have been recently targeted by who they believe is the same man, based on video camera recordings: the Balfour (2000 16th Street NW), Haddon (1926-1930 New Hampshire Avenue NW), The Albermarle (1830 17th Street NW) and the Brittany (2001 16th Street NW).
Borderstan ran a story in December about package thefts — Christmas-holiday season is prime time for package thefts. However, the current thief making the rounds is targeting buildings with secure entrances — and is gaining entrance by posing as a contractor or representative from Pepco.
This first round of package thefts occurred during the Christmas season, but the thief is back, according to the reader who contacted Borderstan: “At the Balfour where I live, the guy has taken dozens of parcels worth thousands of dollars.”
The thefts have been reported to the DC Police along with video footage of the purported thief. A spokesperson for the DC Police said that anyone with information about the package thief, should contact the DC Police Command Information Center at 202-727-9099.
The reader told Borderstan, “He hangs by a building entrance waiting for someone to let him in, often claiming to be a contractor or even with Pepco. Far too many people just let him in, and he grabs the packages and leaves. If people see him, they should call 911.”