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Crime Report: Taxis Stolen

by ARLnow.com — January 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm 1,690 21 Comments

Yellow taxi cab in Pentagon CityHard-driven, high-mileage taxicabs might not seem like a very attractive target for car thieves, but in the past week three have been stolen from the same block of Columbia Pike.

Arlington County auto crimes detectives are “actively engaged in” an investigation into the thefts, said ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck, who couldn’t recall any other taxi thefts in Arlington in the past year. The cabs all had D.C. tags and ranged in model year from 1998 to 2004.

From the stolen vehicle portion of this week’s crime report:

01/23/13, DC 01232H, 2004 Ford Crown Victoria (Taxi), White/Yellow, 5500 block of S. Columbia Pike
01/23/13, DC H95014, 2002 Ford Crown Victoria (Taxi), Blue, 5500 block of S. Columbia Pike
01/28/13, DC H87744, 1998 Ford Crown Victoria (Taxi), Blue and Gray, 5500 block of S. Columbia Pike

Also in this week’s crime report, a woman was grabbed from behind while walking home from the Ballston Metro station. Her purse was stolen but she was otherwise physically uninjured.

ROBBERY, 01/24/13, 4400 block of N. 4th Street. At 11:53 pm on January 23, as a female victim was walking home from the Ballston Metro station alone, she was approached from behind by a male subject who placed his hand over her face and grabbed her purse. The subject fled the scene on foot and was not located. He is described as a black male, approximately 5’7” tall and 160 lbs. He was wearing a black wool coat, dark jeans, knit hat, light colored scarf and dark gloves at the time of the incident.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

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ROBBERY, 01/27/13, 700 block of N. Glebe Road. At 2:43 pm on January 27, two subjects entered a store together and attempted to steal merchandise by placing items in a bag. The two subjects were confronted by loss prevention while trying to leave the store with the stolen merchandise. The female subject struck a loss prevention employee and attempted to flee by foot. Sarah Karam, 22, of Arlington, VA was arrested and charged with robbery. She is being held without bond. Fahad Algour, 27, of Falls Church, VA was arrested and charged with grand larceny and is being held on a $2,000 secure bond.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 01/26/13, 1200 block of S. Courthouse Road. At 8:10 pm on January 26, a suspect and victim got into a verbal altercation outside of an apartment. The argument escalated into a physical fight, and the suspect stabbed the victim. The victim was transported to George Washington Hospital for treatment of his stab wounds. The victim’s injuries were non life-threatening. Derek Warren Straughn, 57, of Arlington, VA was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. He is currently being held without bond.

BURGLARY, 01/23/13, 800 block of N. Abingdon Street. Between 12:45 and 1:15 pm on January 23, an unknown subject(s) entered a locked residence and stole various items to include electronics and cash. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 01/24/13, 700 block of S. Adams Street. Between 11:30 am and 1:50 pm on January 24, an unknown subject(s) entered a locked residence. It is unknown at this time if anything was stolen. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 01/26/13, 600 block of N. Abingdon Street. Between 10 am and 11:37 pm on January 25, an unknown subject(s) broke into a residence. The subject(s) forced entry by prying open a basement door. The entire house was rummaged through and several items were stolen from the residence. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 01/27/13, 2200 block of S. Pollard Street. Between 9 am on January 25 and 9:02 pm on January 27, an unknown subject(s) broke into a residence. The subject(s) gained entry into the home by smashing a sliding glass door. The unknown subject(s) stole a gun belonging to the victim. Nothing else appeared to be stolen. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 01/28/13, 1500 block of N. Wilson Boulevard. Between 5 pm on January 18 and 10:55 am on January 28, an unknown subject(s) broke into a commercial building. The suspect(s) used a tool to force entry into a room within the building and stole eight laptops. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 01/28/13, 2500 block of N. Wilson Boulevard. Between 6:30 pm on January 25 and 11:19 am on January 28, an unknown subject(s) broke into a commercial building. The subject(s) forced entry into an office using a tool. Two laptops were stolen. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 01/28/13, 3900 block of N. 5th Street. At 11:20 am on January 28, two suspects were seen breaking into a residence by a neighbor. Both subjects were taken into custody following a foot pursuit. Stolen items, including electronics and jewelry, were found on the subjects and returned to the owners. Ladell Powell, 20, of no fixed address, and Anthony Bryant Jr., 19, of Beaumont, VA, were arrested and charged with burglary.

STOLEN VEHICLES

01/23/13, VA XFD-2666, 2003 Chevrolet Econoline, White, 1100 block of S. Wakefield Street
01/25/13, IL K197616, 2006 Honda Civic, Grey, 300 block of N. Madison Street
01/27/13, VA WXL3037, 2001 Toyota Camry, Silver, 900 block of S. Wakefield Street
01/28/13, VA XEV4370, 2011 Ford E-250 Econoline Van, White, 4200 block of S. Four Mile Run Drive
01/28/13, VA XDB1830, 2001 Ford CVC, Silver, 1200 block of S. Courthouse Road
01/28/13, VA 727157, 2008 Suzuki GXR 600 (Motorcycle), Black, 1200 block of S. Courthouse Road
01/28/13, VA KHA3185, 2001 Ford E150 Van, White, 4100 block of S. Columbia Pike

  • Teyo

    Three taxis in one day from the same spot? Did the thief come prepared with a trailer truck?

  • nom de guerre

    The taxi thefts would never have happened if there was a streetcar on the Pike.

    • Buckingham Beauty

      Or if they were manual transmission…

      • fedworker

        +1

  • CW

    Ford phased out the Crown Vic. I wonder if the market for parts is now tightening, making taxis an attractive target for chop shops. Just a guess.

  • MissKittenCat

    I wonder if someone is going to try to steal a streetcar.

    • WeiQiang

      … or they are using the parts to BUILD a streetcar.

  • Libs

    Would someone try to steal a double-decker, articulated hydrogen propelled bus running as BRT (styled after the Las Vegas system)?

  • arlingtony

    Seriously, people. Are the streetcar jokes still funny?

    • electricbill

      Were they ever?

    • Cletus Van Damme

      See, that’s the problem. The streetcar jokes were NEVER funny.

      • drax

        Streetcar-automatic-flip flops-frozen yogurt.

  • Jackson

    South Columbia Pike? Where is that supposed to be?

    • Douglas Parker

      Good catch. I’ve never heard of South Columbia Pike. I wonder if they could possibly, and this is a stretch, mean the east bound lanes, since they are technically more southern than the west bound lanes? Maybe south OF Columbia Pike. Ehhh whatever, who knows….

  • Cletus Van Damme

    One small problem. In the stolen vehicles section, a 2003 Chevrolet “Econoline” is listed. Chevrolet never made an “Econline”. Ford Motor Company is the manufacturer of the Econoline. Hopefully the listing of the license plate will help when keeping an eye out for said vehicle.

  • drax

    Now they’re using Brofile Cam™ to shoot pics of stolen goods.

  • YTK

    5500 block of Columbia Pike is near Col Pike and South Jefferson Street- that place has been a high crime area for years now.

    • Serrano Resident

      OUCH!!!

  • SHLady

    In next week’s crime report: unsuspecting Arlington residents abducted by men in taxi cabs.

  • Neighbor

    Why were cabs with DC plates parked in Arlington? Don’t cars that are garaged in Arlington need to have VA plates? I’m always doubly confused when I see a cab that has license plates from two states on it. What gives?

  • The Geeko

    I smell an insurance scam, the District of Columbia enacted new regulations starting January 1st…….The new regulation: (1) prohibits any vehicle more than five years old or with more than 300,000 miles from being put in service as a taxicab in the District; (2) establishes a five-year schedule for removal for older vehicles; (3) clarifies that “salvaged” vehicles may no longer be put in service as a taxicab in the District; and (4) effective January 1, 2018, requires any vehicle more than seven years old or with more than 400,000 miles be taken out of service as a taxicab in the District. None of the allegedly stolen cabs satisify the regulations.

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