by Borderstan.com December 6, 2012 at 7:01 am 1,403 0

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported a stabbing at 1600 Rhode Island Avenue NW around 10:20 pm on Wednesday, December 5. According to a tweet from the department’s Twitter account, the victim was an adult male with a stab in the side; he was conscious and breathing. Police are looking for a man with a thin building who was wearing a tan shirt and riding a bicycle.

From DC Police Alerts: “STABBING_2220HOURS_1600 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW_LOF A W/M TAN SHIRT, THIN BUILD ON A BIKE DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20120611734. Sent on: 12/05 22:39.”

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by Borderstan.com December 5, 2012 at 9:00 am 1,269 0

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Christmas in Borderstan: Be careful when scheduling home deliveries. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Matt Rhoades. Email him at [email protected]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which can only mean… stolen packages. Take notice, Borderstanis, especially if you expect new arrivals from the suburbs and rural America. Here is an ugly little fact about the holiday season when you live downtown: packages get stolen a lot this time of year.

Thieves literally make the rounds — watching for delivery trucks — and looking for untended boxes on front steps, underneath stairs and inside unlocked doors to building entrances.

A Logan Circle neighbor emailed me yesterday to say she saw a van driving slowly down a residential street — and thought nothing of it until what happened next. One of the passengers jumped out, ran up to a box sitting on a front step, grabbed it and got back in the van. Yes, she did call 911.

Always require someone to sign and take possession of your deliveries. A box sitting on a front step or inside an unlocked entryway is a tempting thing for thieves — especially in December. No doorman? No one will be home? Ship it to your office or pick it up.

Here’s my personal tale of woe.

A few weeks ago I bought a suit. I liked it so much that I wanted the same suit in a different color. “No problem,” said the (wonderful, BTW) saleswoman. “We will ship it to you.” Never in a million years did it occur to me that it would be shipped without requiring a signature by the recipient. So, I did not ask about it.

I learned the hard way last week that no signature was required for the delivery of my suit. I came home and saw the top of a large box (see photos above) sticking above the window line in the front door of our building. It’s the location of our mailboxes and it is unlocked; the security door is inside the entryway. The culprits had opened the boxes — taking both the coat and pants — but were kind enough to leave the boxes and packing slip.

Who was responsible? I contacted the shipper who told me the clothing manufacturer had not required a signature. “Not us,” in other words. I contacted the clothing manufacturer that shipped my suit and was told that their contract with the retail store did not require signatures on deliveries. So, “not them,” either.

Last stop was the retailer. After explaining the situation, I was given two options: They would reship a suit to me or I could get my money back. By this point, I just wanted my money back. BTW, I explained (rather pointedly), that you cannot ship an item, especially a large one, to a downtown location without requiring a signer — especially at Christmastime!

I’ll get the suit at the store, thank you.

This post originally ran on December 22, 2011. However, with the recent spike in neighborhood crime, Borderstan would like to remind you to be cautious when ordering holiday gifts online.

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by Borderstan.com November 21, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,351 0

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

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Police are looking for a suspect in the robbery of the TD Bank branch at 7th and I Streets NW on Saturday. (Courtesy Metropolitan Police Department)

The Metropolitan Police Department is searching for a suspect who robbed a TD Bank location at 7th and I Streets NW on Saturday, November 17. The suspect entered the bank just after 1 pm and gave a note to the teller demanding money.

The suspect fled the scene with an undetermined amount of cash. He is described as a black male 40- to 50-years old with a dark complexion and dark hair. He is 5’9″ to 5’11” and weighs about 160 pounds. Police released three photos from surveillance footage in the bank.

This is the second TD Bank branch to be robbed in the Borderstan area in recent months. The TD Bank on Connecticut Avenue NW just north of Dupont Circle was robbed on October 5 (TD Bank Robbery North of Dupont Circle on Connecticut), although the suspect descriptions in the two cases do not match (FBI Releases Wanted Poster in Friday’s Bank Robbery).

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call MPD at 202-727-9099 or text information to 50411. A reward of up to $10,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.

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by Borderstan.com October 25, 2012 at 10:41 am 3,041 1 Comment

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported this morning, October 25, that a robbery with a knife occurred at 10:05 am at 11th and M Streets NW. On October 13, there was also a robbery with a knife at 10th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW, and on October 7 there was a robbery with a gun at 11th and N Streets NW.

From the DC Police Alert:

“ROBBERY KNIFE_1005_11TH AND M STREET NW_LOF: B/M, TALL, THIN BUILD, WEARING A GRAY SWEAT SHIRT, BLUE JEANS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20120539230. Sent on: 10/25 10:08.”

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by Borderstan.com June 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm 1,150 0

Crime news from the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) made arrests in two separate cases in the Third District Tuesday evening, June 26. A victim was stabbed in the 1800 block of 7th Street NW at about 8:45 pm. MPD made three arrests in the case. No information on the arrestees was immediately available. The victim’s injuries were described as minor.

MPD also arrested a suspect earlier in the evening in a robbery case. According to a post on the MPD’s Third District listserv, a woman was walking near 15th and R Streets NW at about 7 pm when a man on a bicycle grabbed her bag.

After a brief struggle, the man fled the scene with the victim’s bag. The Third District Crime Suppression Team searched the area for the suspect and found him hiding in an alley in the 1400 block of 11th Street NW. He was identified by the victim and arrested for robbery (force and violence).

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