Thieves Strike Cars at Pentagon City Mall Parking Lot

by ARLnow.com August 1, 2012 at 10:55 am 8,507 38 Comments

Thieves struck at least 10 vehicles — including two police cars — at the Pentagon City mall parking lot yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.

Detectives are investigating 10 reports of car break-ins at the mall parking garage yesterday, including five reports of larcenies from auto (items stolen from inside the car) and five reports of attempted larcenies.

Police believe the incidents took place between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Two of the victim vehicles belonged to law enforcement agencies, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. Sternbeck wasn’t able to confirm which agencies were involved, except to say that the vehicles did not belong to Arlington County. ARLnow.com hears that at least one of the vehicles was an undercover Fairfax County police car.

Sternbeck said that mall-goers can help protect themselves from theft by making sure to lock their vehicles and by keeping valuables like iPods, GPS units and cash hidden in a locked glove box or trunk. Shoppers are also asked to report suspicious activity in such parking garages to police or mall security.

  • internet tourettes

    Any word if they stole firearms from the law enforcement vehicles?

    • Jack Tors

      I wish these thugs would keep this activity in PGC.

  • Another reason why Metro > driving in the DC area.

    • Sure

      Yeah, because there haven’t been any robberies or people stealing smart phones right out of people’s hands on the metro.

    • bert

      what a waste of a comment

    • HP2000

      Except that the thieves probably got to the mall using Metro.

      • Dan

        Not yet….they would have to be time traveling from the future…..

        • Loaction

          Dan you must be confused, there’s a metro stop connected to the Pentagon City Mall, either that or you like making the worst jokes.

      • DERPHERP

        Happens in Springfield all the time at the mall and Home Depot shopping center. Thieves come from other areas and steal cars. Happened to me a few years ago, the police said it’s extremely common and there is little to no chance the kids will be caught, or punished.

  • nunya


  • Elmer

    May be time to put some police “bait cars” in mall parking lots?

    • Jack Tors

      Naaa…some scum lawyer would claim entrapment.

  • josh

    where ever metro goes crime is sure to follow

    • Andy

      And Columbia Pike

    • Malls are popular targets for break-ins, with or without public transportation.

  • Charles

    RULE OF THUMB: Never leave anything, ANYTHING, visible in a car. Not even a few pennies, not even used tissues. When you walk away from your car, always leave it as empty as the day it was new.

    • Everyone with kids


      • Ballston

        The smartest thieves know that someone gross enough to leave used tissues in their car is someone who must have lots of valuables.

        • Smart Thief

          There you go putting our secrets out there…

  • hoarder

    I leave my care full of useless junk stacked up to the roof and unlocked. No one has ever taken anything.

    • bob

      They have. You just never noticed.

      • drax

        Post of the day.

        • YTK

          LOL. Psst, hoarder, you want that bag of garbage returned? It’s getting a bit stinky here…..

          • hoarder

            No thanks. That’s why I left it in my unlocked car. A gift for you.

          • Richard Cranium

            Uh, do you need those 73 hangars and bag of 5,342 assorted-color twistie-ties back? I sort of “borrowed” those.

  • Willy

    The Mall obviously needs to work on security. Between this incident and recent ones at Ballston Mall, it will keep on discouraging Arlingtonians from visiting there. Between security and the poor choice of stores, its a reason why we tend to go out to Tysons.

    • WeiQiang

      Read the Arl crime reports. The Fashion Centre [“800 block of Army Navy Drive] is a staple for car break-ins. I’m counfounded why the management hasn’t figured out how to put a dent in this.

      • Lee-n-Glebe

        Youd think that either (a) PC Managment could hire another security guard or two, or (b) Arl Co could reassign one of their Seguay-riding parking zealots to the PC mall parking garage. If not permanently, then randomly, for a few days at a time. Amazing how a known security / police presence can turn a vibrant (!!) fishing hole into a “stay-away” zone.

    • C’mon Buddy

      Because crime never happens at Tysons. Just ask the baby girl who’s grandmother threw her off a walking bridge to her death.

      Poor choice of stores is a reasonable beef. Crime? Not at all.

      • Bill H.

        While that is a crime, that’s a bit different. A one time action of a crazy person is not the same as a consistent pattern of similar (and planned) events.

    • CrystalMikey

      Don’t worry, the Metro is coming.

    • Secure

      They have security there, unfortunately their cars got broken into as well!

  • YTK

    Two cop cars broken into? Is nothing sacred???
    The trolley will certainly put a stop to this — I mean, all the money Arlington will sink into the Trolley will MORE than pay for crime prevention…………………….

  • Juanita

    Pentagon City has always had monthly robbery and sexual assaults. This case where cars can be broken into during the middle of the day to include two police cars just proves that the police are not around. They are not around because they are collecting money handing out speeding tickets to homeowners, exhorting homeowners as they don’t want to go to jail for not paying a ticket, subsequently losing their job and/or house. The Arlington County police ride rough but don’t do their job despite the hyped phony awards they get.

    • justsomeguy

      Yeah Juanita knows everything. For your information I see the police in that mall garage all the time. The kids/criminals are in and out of a car in less than a minute. So its just about being in the right place at the right time. Also the citizens need to protect themselves, I’m willing to bet that most of the left victims left some type of valuables in view and that’s why their car got broken into. And as far as police not doing there job, I think most people that read this blog would beg to differ, Arlington has the lowest crime rate in the DC Metro area and that says alot for the way Arlington County Police handle their business.

  • Stitch_Jones

    If Arlington Cops would GET OUT of their cars and walk a damned beat…a lot of this would cool down. Although at the mall it is the mall’s security problem.

    Ever seen an ACPD cop on foot anywhere other than in Clarendon on a Friday or Saturday? Anyone?

    Lots of dollars and little policing. And yet with the viloent crime rate in Arlington falling, they want a bigger budget…

  • August_5th_victim

    I did not know about the recent crime spree taking place at pentagon city mall until I did research after my Truck was broken into on Sunday. Here are some facts for the discussion: ~1:30 in the afternoon, I was away from my vehicle for <35mins … came back to to vehicle and could tell someone had been in it. Found passenger side door lock punched out and Jimmy'd. A 1-1000 odds that this time I had left my wallet hidden out of sight in the center console due to wearing athletic attire. Wallet stolen! ~45mins later my credit cards were attempting to be used in Temple Hill Maryland, not far from Suitland Metro. The following day my wallet was found 4miles away in Washington Highlands.


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