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Bikes Stolen from Rosslyn Apartment Complex

by ARLnow.com | November 12, 2010 at 9:47 am | 1,264 views | 26 Comments

Yesterday we reported that Arlington police are warning residents about bike thefts. Now we’re hearing that nearly 30 bikes were stolen from a bike rack inside a locked apartment building garage in Rosslyn last weekend.

Building management for the Rosslyn Heights complex at 1860 North Scott Street confirmed the thefts, but could not confirm the number of bikes that were stolen. A resident who contacted ARLnow.com said about 30 bikes, all locked either to each other or to the bike rack, were stolen.

The resident, Ben M., said this was the latest in a series of break-ins in the area since the end of September.

He said he’s surprised by how little has been done to prevent the thefts.

Update at 1:30 p.m. — A police source says the number of bikes stolen from the complex may be significantly lower that 30.

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  • PurpleFlipFlops

    Oh, Rosslyn Heights, I was missing you from the weekly crime report. See you next Wednesday!

  • bob

    Rosslyn Heights: Ghetto.

  • Valerie

    Bike was also stolen from Belvedere

    • Frenchy B

      Poor Mr. Belvedere! Who in God’s name would victimize a noble British butler like that?

      • PikeHoo

        +1 for old school resurrection

  • NorthAdams

    that isn’t Rosslyn (seriously). it should be WeRo. Or NoCo.

    • http://www.peoplepoweredarlington.com Barry

      WeRo? Agreed that it shouldn’t be considered part of Rosslyn.

  • Joe

    How exactly was someone able to take the time to remove 30 bikes like that? Where exactly are the police?

    • bob

      Police? Come on — you’re joking. They don’t even know about this yet…

    • Deb

      If they know what they’re doing, it does not take long. Especially when some of the bikes are only chained to each other.

    • david

      3 days after moving into Station Square I had my bike stolen. They also got about 10-15 others. When they’re locked up in a big bike cage it’s easy pickings once you get inside.

      • PurpleFlipFlops

        Isn’t station square one of those new condo buildings in Clarendon?

        • david

          Yep.

          • PurpleFlipFlops

            Let me guess. It’s one of those private/public garages. But nothing stops someone from entering the residents parking area?

            I’d be pissed if I dropped 500k for a condo only to have my parking area open to the public.

          • david

            Exactly right. I never had problems with my car but we had a ton of problems with stolen bikes.

          • PurpleFlipFlops

            Is there a residents only parking section or is it all mixed parking? I’ve seen both in Arlington in newer construction.

            If its separated — public and private, has the condo board ever discussed putting in a separate garage door inside the garage which only residents could access?

          • david

            It’s mixed on the first and second levels. The third level is all resident parking. Given that there is a shared common exit, it would be extremely difficult, and costly, to retrofit and segregate the garage. They’ve talked about adding cameras and additional security measures but I have since sold my place and moved out so I’m not sure if they ever actually implemented anything.

  • PikeHoo

    I see lots of expensive bikes (in DC and Arlington) ridden by riders who you wouldn’t peg for being able to drop $800 on rent let alone a bike. It’s bad of me, but I always assume the rider either a) stole it or b) knowingly bought it stolen.

  • McGruff

    ACPD is too busy handing out traffic tickets for Walter Tejada’s “save an illegal alien” fund, they dont have time to worry about the local guttersnipe working the bike cages.

    • KalashniKEV

      Truth. I posted it in the other thread, but ACPD is busier trying to find a way NOT to enforce the law than they are enforcing it. (just kidding, we all know they aren’t busy at all!)

      It’s nice that Arligton is generally safe enough to operate in this passive, reactive, do-nothing mode… until you become a victim.

      • McGruff

        The only thing ACPD does in Clarendon is park in handicap spaces and shake down restaurants for free meals. Oh yeah, and hand out traffic tickets…

    • CrystalCity’er

      10 points for finding a way to bring up the illegal immigrant issue in a totally unrelated post.

      • Doug

        A small comment and all of a sudden “it’s in the wrong place.” The truth hurts I guess.

  • RosslynHeightsformerResident

    I lived in Rosslyn heights when I moved here about 6 years ago. This is no surprise, although the situation is unfortunate for residents. The property managers are totally unresponsive, don’t take care of residents, and tons of things fall through cracks. I wouldn’t exactly call it a “GHETTO” only because it has more ‘lipstick’ and amenities than the g-h-e-t-t-o. Although the pool is like an oversized bathtub and the “club room” is tiny. But not a ghetto. Besides, it’s full of hot young single professional women that make ton$ and want the perception of luxury. Scratch the surface and these are just corporate dorms poorly managed and way way overpriced.

    • bob

      Take a look at recent crime reports. Rapes, mugging, multiple burglaries, car thefts, and bike thefts.

      Plus it is surrounded by poor people.

      It’s not the ghetto — is is surrounded by the ghetto.

  • Me

    Our bikes were stolen from the Meridian at Courthouse. Atleast the ACPD pretended to care. The managment at the Courthouse Meridian didn’t even care and didn’t fix the bike cage for 2 days. Bikes are easily stolen because builidngs won’t supply enough racks, so even if you have a u-lock, if its attached to a chain link fence it makes no difference than a cable lock.

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