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by ARLnow.com | June 4, 2014 at 9:00 am | 1,433 views | No Comments

View of Washington D.C. and monuments at night, as seen from an arriving flight (Flickr pool photo by Wolfkann)

Arlington Tied for Lowest Unemployment in Va. — Though it once held the title by itself, Arlington is now tied for the lowest jobless rate in Virginia. Arlington and the city of Falls Church both had a jobless rate of 3.2 percent in April. [InsideNova]

Police Release Photos of Burglary Suspect — The Arlington County Police Department has released surveillance photos of a suspect accused of stealing a laptop computer from an office in Ballston. [Arlington County]

CNBC Broadcasts from Crystal City — CNBC broadcast a live shot from Crystal City yesterday morning. The network’s real estate reporter, Diana Olick, profiled the new $50 million Crystal Tech Fund, its collaborative workspace and founder Paul Singh. [CNBC]

Arlington Was Home to the Original Twitter — Arlington residents had access to Twitter as early as the 1950s. Well, perhaps not all residents — mostly Henry Clay Elementary School students. Twitter was the name of the Clarendon-based school’s newspaper, copies of which are now available for review at Arlington Central Library. [Preservation Arlington]

Rockville Gets Its Own Remy — Local comedian-rapper Remy now has some regional competition for his Arlington Rap. An artist going by the name “Rockville Slim” has created a “Rockville Rap.” [Washington City Paper]

Flickr pool photo by Wolfkann

$23 Million Arlington Mansion Featured on MTV Burglarized

by Ethan Rothstein | April 1, 2014 at 9:30 am | 7,182 views | No Comments

Early Monday morning, Rodney P. Hunt’s home was broken into.

This normally would not be considered a noteworthy event outside of Hunt’s family and friends — burglaries happen every day in Arlington and every minute around the country.

Hunt’s house, however, was third-priciest home in the D.C. area as of May 2012. Located on Chain Bridge Road near the border with McLean, the 23,000 square foot home has an indoor basketball court, two-lane bowling alley, 15-car garage and sits on a cliff over the Potomac River. It was featured in 2010 on MTV Teen Cribs with Hunt’s son, Bradley.

Hunt is the former president and CEO of RS Information Systems, which he said he sold for $1.2 billion. He woke up to the sound of shattered glass at 4:45 a.m. — several windows in his entryway were broken — and went downstairs to find a man in his foyer and a woman he recognized sitting in the passenger seat of a black Nissan Altima in his gated driveway.

“It was pretty scary,” Hunt said as he, a police officer, a detective and an ARLnow.com reporter walked through his Mediterranean-style mansion. “I ran after the guy thinking I was a police officer. I wish I had called Arlington police when it happened.”

Hunt would call the police just after noon on Monday. The woman in the car, he said, was an assistant he saw the day before. Her name is Stacy, but she went by “Princess,” and she had asked him for a paycheck two days early — a request he refused to grant. He wasn’t sure what, if anything, was stolen, but said it looked like the burglars got away with some crystal ware.

Wearing a red “Ride or Die” T-shirt, he took ARLnow.com on an impromtu tour of his expansive home — to the basketball court he built for his son, Bradley (who also raps as Kid Named Breezy); the bowling alley he built and named after his father who once bowled a perfect game; the special garage-within-a-garage where he keeps the Nissan Maxima his wife bought him before she was killed by a drunk driver in 1993.

He says the house has fireplaces that were once owned by John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill.

After it was featured on MTV, the house has gained notoriety for less positive reasons. It was scheduled to be sold at auction in September 2012 when the Washington Post reported Hunt owed Bank of America almost $10 million, but it was taken off the auction block after Hunt convinced the bank he could pay. It was back on the foreclosure market in early 2013, according to Washington Exec, but Hunt is still listed as the property’s owner, according to Arlington County’s property database.

Despite the coverage the home has received, Hunt said it’s the first time it has been broken into since he bought the property in 2003. Asked whether he was more surprised that the house was broken into, or whether it’s the first time it had been broken into, Hunt said it was an easy question.

“That it was broken into at all,” he said, launching into a description of the estate’s extensive security features.

The property has two gates, an elaborate security and alarm system — which Hunt said he forgot to turn on after returning late from watching basketball at a sports bar Sunday night — and has a steep hill entrance to the property.

“That’s just crazy,” he said of the boldness of the break-in.

Crime Report: Nintendo Stolen

by ARLnow.com | March 7, 2014 at 11:00 am | 2,752 views | No Comments

A Nintendo gaming system was stolen from a home in the Douglas Park neighborhood on Saturday.

According to this week’s Arlington County crime report, the suspect seemingly made a clean getaway.

BURGLARY, 140301049, 3500 block of S. 15th Street.  Between 11 am and 7 pm on March 1, an unknown suspect(s) entered a victim’s residence and stole a Nintendo gaming system.  There is no suspect(s) description.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

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Would-be Burglar Uses Locksmith to Break in to Home

by Ethan Rothstein | January 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm | 2,224 views | No Comments

A deadbolt lockA locksmith helped an alleged burglar break into an Arlington Heights home early last Friday, according the Arlington County Police Department.

The suspect called a locksmith to open the house on the 3300 block of 5th Street S. After the locksmith allowed him to gain entry, the suspect rummaged through drawers to look for working keys and identification, said police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

“That set off an internal alarm for the locksmith, who said he was going to contact ACPD if the suspect didn’t show proof he lived at the residence,” Sternbeck told ARLnow.com. ”That’s when the suspect fled on foot.”

The suspect did not take anything from the house, and the house’s occupants — who were not home at the time — were notified and the locks were changed, Sternbeck said. Sternbeck added that it was the first time since he’s been at the police department that he’d heard of a burglar calling a locksmith in an attempt to break into a house.

Crime Report: Burglaries Galore

by Katie Pyzyk | November 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm | 2,528 views | No Comments

This week’s Arlington County crime report contains a number of burglaries.

Police managed to arrest three suspects during one of the burglaries, which took place in an apartment complex community room. From the crime report:

BURGLARY, 2900 block of S. Glebe Road. On November 17 at 12:50am, a witness reported three individuals breaking into a community room. The three subjects were apprehended inside the community room in possession of marijuana, burglarious tools, and a stolen credit card. The subjects were all charged with Burglary, Possession of Burglarious Tools, Credit Card Theft, Credit Card Fraud, and Possession of Marijuana. The subjects were identified as Edwin Hercules-Torres, 21, of Alexandria, VA, Soami Salmeron, 22, of Alexandria, VA, and Jose Depena-Echevarria, 19, of Alexandria, VA.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

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Crime Report: Jewelry Stolen

by ARLnow.com | August 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm | 1,456 views | No Comments

Someone broke into an apartment in the Long Branch Creek neighborhood over the weekend and stole a “variety of expensive jewelry.”

From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

BURGLARY, 08/24/13, 2600 block of S. Veitch Street. Between 7:45 pm on August 23 and 11:45 pm on August 24, a female victim noticed the screen of the window had been cut and her apartment had been broken into. A variety of expensive jewelry was stolen. There is no suspect(s) description.

Last Thursday, a man was punched in the face and had his cell phone stolen in the area of St. Thomas More Cathedral School.

ROBBERY, 08/22/13, 100 block of N. Thomas Street. At 3:25 pm on August 22, a victim was punched in the face and had his cell phone taken. The suspect fled the scene on foot and is described as a black male in his 20’s, approximately 5’7” tall and 160 lbs. He had a neck tattoo as well as arm sleeve tattoos. He as wearing an army fatigue shirt, jeans and grey new balance sneakers.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

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Video: Crystal City Sports Pub Break-In

by ARLnow.com | August 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm | 2,016 views | No Comments

Arlington County police are looking for two suspects who broke into Crystal City Sports Pub (529 23rd Street S.) and stole cash from an ATM.

The incident happened around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 19. The masked burglars smashed a glass door, then entered the restaurant and pried open the ATM machine, stealing “a large amount of money.” They left in a black sedan (below).

The Arlington County Police Department released surveillance video (above) of the break-in today in an effort to get the public’s help in identifying the suspect. From the ACPD press release:

The Arlington County Police Department’s Burglary/Larceny Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two ATM burglary suspects.

The two subjects entered the Crystal City Sports Pub, located in the 500 block of S. 23rd Street, at 4:09 a.m. on May 19, 2013. Wearing hooded jackets, dark pants, and black masks, the subjects broke through the glass patio door, gaining access to the pub. Once in the restaurant the two subjects went to the ATM machine and used a crow bar to pry the ATM open. The two subjects were able to steal a large amount of money from the ATM before fleeing the scene. Directly following the incident, a black sedan with chrome trim along windows fled the scene.

Subjects one and two were wearing dark, hooded jackets, dark pants, and black masks to cover their faces. The two subjects have not yet been identified.

If anyone has information on the identities and/or whereabouts of these individuals, please contact Detective Paul Marseilles of the Arlington County Police Department’s Burglary/Larceny Unit at 703.228.4327 or at pmarseilles@arlingtonva.us. To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

Photos and video courtesy ACPD

Getaway vehicle in Crystal City Sports Pub burglary (courtesy ACPD) Getaway vehicle in Crystal City Sports Pub burglary (courtesy ACPD)

ACPD Releases Theft Stats for 2013

by ARLnow.com | August 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm | 1,196 views | No Comments

Theft statistics from Jan-July 2013 (via ACPD)The Arlington County Police Department has released new data in an effort to help residents protect themselves from theft.

The department created an infographic with statistics about two common types of theft — residential burglaries and larcenies from auto — for the first seven months of 2013.

Armed with knowledge like the most common day and time for break-ins, and the most commonly stolen items, police say residents can make smarter choices — for instance, making sure GPS units and laptops aren’t left in plain sight for thieves to find.

An average of 14 homes are burglarized in Arlington each month, with an average stolen item value of $854. An average of 68 vehicles are broken-into each month, with an average of $286 worth of items stolen.

“We’re informing the residents of Arlington County of some of the trends we’re seeing in the first half of 2013 calendar year,” ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said of the graphic. “We’re deploying resources based on this information.”

Break-Ins at Dunkin’ Donuts

by ARLnow.com | August 1, 2013 at 11:00 am | 2,527 views | No Comments

Break-in at Dunkin' Donuts in Courthouse Break-in at Dunkin' Donuts in Courthouse

Two Arlington Dunkin’ Donuts stores were broken into overnight.

The Courthouse and Cherrydale Dunkin’ Donuts locations, on the 2200 block of Wilson Blvd and the 3500 block of Lee Highway, were closed this morning while police investigated the crime.

According to Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck, two suspects forced entry to the restaurants via the front door, then broke into the cash register and took cash. The store safe was tampered with, but was not opened, Sternbeck said.

Police are currently reviewing surveillance footage as part of the investigation.

Hat tip to Bill Everingham

Crime Report: Wine and Purses Stolen

by ARLnow.com | July 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm | 1,698 views | No Comments

Someone stole numerous Coach purses and bottles of wine from a storage unit in the Rosslyn area earlier this month, according to police.

From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

BURGLARY, 07/28/13, 1000 block of N. Arlington Boulevard. Between July 9 and July 28 at 10 am, an unknown subject(s) broke into a storage unit and stole 2 cases of wine and eleven Coach purses. There is no suspect(s) description.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Police Need Help Locating Charity Jar Burglar

by Katie Pyzyk | June 27, 2013 at 9:55 am | 1,310 views | No Comments

Police have released photos of a man accused of carrying out a burglary at a local food mart with the hope that the public can help them find the suspect.

Surveillance cameras caught the suspect breaking into the Dominion Hills Food Mart (6035 N. Wilson Blvd) around 1:15 a.m. on June 14. The suspect apparently used rocks to break the glass out of the front door to get inside the store. Once inside, he allegedly took merchandise including Newport cigarettes and cash from a collection jar intended for charity.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male with a stocky build and black curly hair. He was wearing a dark blue “Old Navy 94” hooded sweatshirt at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective James Stone of the Arlington County Police Department’s Burglary/Larceny Unit at 703-228-4245 or Jstone@arlingtonva.us. To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

Crime Report: Laptop Thefts

by ARLnow.com | April 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm | 1,573 views | No Comments

A thief or thieves stole laptop computers in three separate burglaries this week, according to this week’s Arlington County crime report.

BURGLARY, 04/11/13, 4600 block of S. 34th Street. Between 7:30 pm and 8 pm on April 11, a victim went on a walk in his neighborhood. When he returned home, it was discovered that a laptop had been stolen from the kitchen. There were no signs of forced entry and there is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 04/13/13, 700 block of S. Ode Street. Between 3 and 8:30 pm on April 13, an unknown subject(s) entered a residence and stole a 13” Macbook Pro. There is no suspect(s) description.

BURGLARY, 04/16/13, 3000 block of N. Harrison Street. Between 7:45 am and 6:15 pm on April 16, an unknown suspect(s) entered a residence and stole a Dell laptop and US passport. There is no suspect(s) description.

The rest of this week’s crime report, after the jump.

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Police Seek Colonial Village Burglary Suspect

by ARLnow.com | April 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm | 1,043 views | 22 Comments

Colonial Village burglary suspect (photo courtesy ACPD) Colonial Village burglary suspect (photo courtesy ACPD)

A thief stole eight laptop computers from the Colonial Village Apartments last month, and police are hoping that the public can help catch him.

Police released surveillance photos of the suspect this afternoon. According to a press release, the suspect stole the laptops from the clubhouse, located near the Courthouse Metro station, on two separate occasions.

The Arlington County Police Department’s Burglary Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a burglary suspect captured on a surveillance camera.

On separate occasions, once on March 23rd and again on March 25th, the subject entered the clubhouse of the Colonial Village Apartments and stole laptop computers. A total of eight laptops were stolen from the clubhouse, which is located in the 2100 block of N. 18th Street. The suspect remains at-large.

The subject is described as a black male, slender and tall. The subject walks with a slight limp. During both incidents, he was wearing a black jacket with blue jeans, black boots and a red bandana covering his face. He is known to carry a dark colored Northface backpack.

If anyone has information on the identity and/or whereabouts of this individual, please contact Detective James Stone of the Arlington County Police Department’s Burglary/Larceny Unit at 703.228.4245 or at Jstone@arlingtonva.us. To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

Crime Report: Thief Comes Clean to Victim

by ARLnow.com | March 14, 2013 at 10:55 am | 2,287 views | 15 Comments

A woman was recently arrested for breaking and entering, according to police, after she admitted to her victim that she broke into his home and stole his stuff.

From this week’s Arlington County crime report:

BURGLARY, 03/02/13, 4400 block of S. 31st Street. Between 3 pm on March 1 and 2 am on March 2, a subject entered a residence and stole various items. Several days later the suspect admitted to the victim that she had broken into his home and taken several of his belongings. The items that the suspect stole were found in the trunk of her vehicle. Kimberly Marie Vest, 28, of Woodbridge, VA was arrested and charged with breaking and entering. She is being held on a $2,500 unsecured bond.

The rest of the crime report, after the jump.

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Video: Realtor Accused of Stealing Homeowner’s Clothes

by ARLnow.com | March 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm | 50 Comments

(Updated at 10:20 p.m.) A 60-year-old male real estate agent has been accused of stealing women’s clothing from a house that’s for sale in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Va. The alleged incident was caught on the homeowner’s video surveillance system.

Stephen Brumme, of Silver Spring, Md., was arrested and charged with burglary and possession of burglarious tools after a homeowner on the 4100 block of 11th Street N. approached police with the video. The homeowner — we’ll call him William (not his real name) — spoke exclusively to ARLnow.com last month on the condition of anonymity.

According to William, the incident took place on Saturday, Feb. 9, while he and his wife were out of town, participating at an out-of-state athletic competition.

Stephen Brumme (photo courtesy ACPD)Brumme entered the house legally and signed in as a real estate agent, in advance of a client showing up to tour the home, but is seen on a surveillance camera going through what William said is his wife’s clothing, in a bedroom closet and a dresser. According to William, Brumme pocketed three of his wife’s shirts before the client showed up and Brumme is seen leaving the bedroom to answer the door.

William said he and his wife were “creeped out” by the video when they watched it.

“Our reaction was a feeling of being violated by a creep who wanted to go through our things,” he said. “I like to think that people are good, but often times they’re not.”

The video was recorded using a Dropcam, a camera that transmits and records video online via Wi-fi. William said the camera was in plain sight in the bedroom. He said the video also assisted him after he found a razor blade in his garbage disposal following some showings by other real estate agents.

Brumme was released on bail following his arrest. Police say his real estate license was “immediately suspended.” Cops are now asking other home sellers to come forward if they believe they might have been burglarized.

“His behavior leads us to believe there are additional victims,” said Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. “He went straight to the closet and the drawers. He knew exactly what he was looking for.”

Amy homeowner who believes they might also have been a burglary victim is encouraged to contact ACPD at (703) 558-2222, or Det. Timothy Parsons at (703) 228-4172 or tparsons@arlingtonva.us.

Video and mugshot courtesy ACPD. Note: Sound might not be synced with video.

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