The commander of MPD’s 2nd Police District issued another alert yesterday warning of an uptick–again–in street robberies of iPhones.
Commander Matthew Klein said there were at least six reported incidents over the past weekend in which the victim had the iPhone snatched from his or her hand while talking on the phone.
“In two of those cases over the weekend, the suspect first engaged the victims in conversation by asking if they could look up directions on their phones, then snatched the iPhones and ran off,” Klein said.
Klein also warned that it is not a good idea to leave an iPhone or other expensive “Smart Phone” lying on a restuarnat table, particularly outdoors. In addition, it is dangerous to talk on a cell phone while alone at night in an area where there are few other people around.
These types of cell phones appeal to criminals because they can be easily reprogrammed, or erased, and sold for quick cash. Klein issued similar warnings in Jauary and May. MPD’s 2nd District includes Police Service Area (PSA) 208, which serves the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhoods.
The following report for November 18 is from the MPD Second District Yahoo! Groups listserv. You can sign up for emails on this listserv. Following are crimes for PSA 208; East Borderstan (east of 15th Street NW) is part of PSA 208.
PSA 208 Summary Crime Report
- Assault occurred in the 1200 block of Connecticut Ave. NW on 11/15/2008 between 2:25-2:30 am. Citizen reports he was assaulted following a verbal altercation. CASE CLOSED with the arrest of an Asian male, 26 years of age.
- Burglary occurred in the 1700 block of R St. NW between 11/15/2008 6 pm-11/17/2008 6:45 am. Citizen reports the premises entered with force and cash was stolen from the office.
- Theft occurred in the 2000 block of L St. NW on 11/15/2008, 10 am-2 pm. Citizen reports cell phones were stolen from the store by unknown suspect.
- Theft occurred in the 1500 block of K St. NW on 11/17/2008 between 3-3:10pm. Citizen reports that a wallet, cash and credir cards were stolen from an office when left unattended.
- Attempted Theft occurred in the 2100 block of M St. NW on 11/17/2008 at 5:38 am. Citizen reports the suspect, a black male, 5’7, 150 lbs. went behind the counter of the store and attempted to steal cash. Suspect fled without property when the clerk returned.
The Second District of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department has a new Acting Commander: Matthew Klein. West Borderstan (west of 15th Street) is part of the Second District, in PSA 208. Here is the info on Klein from the Second District’s Web page:
Inspector Matthew Klein joined the Metropolitan Police Department in June 1989 and quickly rose through the ranks, achieving the rank of sergeant in 1993, lieutenant in 1994 and captain in 1997. In 2004, Klein was promoted to Inspector and placed in charge of the Internal Affairs Division. In that position, Inspector Klein oversaw all internal investigations for the department, to include serious uses of force, misconduct and corruption, and the agency’s compliance with the Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Throughout his career, Inspector Klein has served in a variety of assignments, including the Seventh District as a patrol officer, the Second District as a sergeant, the Seventh District as a lieutenant, and the Fourth District as a captain. In 1999, Klein was transferred to the Special Operations Division where he served as the commanding officer of the Emergency Response Team.
On Sunday, October 26, 2008, Klein was moved to the Second District as the acting commander.
Inspector Klein holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.