Brazen Burglaries Irk M Street Retailers


There have always been burglaries — it’s the big, bad city, after all. But it’s the increasingly brazen nature of the acts that are frustrating and worrying some business owners. Here’s a short rundown of a few recent Georgetown incidents, as an example. D.C. police investigating the cases said they believe it’s the same group of persons committing these crimes.

IKE BEHAR

On Nov. 10, a burglar entered the Ike Behar clothing store at the corner of 29th & M Street NW through a side door that was supposedly shatter-proof. The suspect left blood on the door. He took sweaters and the accessories valued around $8,000. Co-owner Alan Behar, while upset about the crime and property damage, did tell Mayor Muriel Bowser that the police response was swift. “I probably should have told her a few more things about crime in general,” he added. “We’re losing the battle.”

The following is the police notice for this crime.

Suspect Sought in a Burglary Two Offense: 2900 Block of M Street, Northwest

(Washington, DC) – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in a Burglary Two offense that occurred on Thursday, November 10, 2022 in the 2900 block of M Street, Northwest.

At approximately 5:00 am, the suspect forcibly gained entry into an establishment at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect took property then fled the scene.

The suspect was captured by surveillance cameras and can be seen in this video: https://youtu.be/nJ4ikh1GnEw

AMINA RUBINACCI

It went down on Oct. 19 at 4:28 a.m. for Amina Rubinacci, an Italian clothing store for women — several doors away from Ike Behar — at 2822 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Said store manager AnnMaria Baldine: “He broke the glass with a brick and then kicked in an opening to enter in and out of. The burglar entered and exited the boutique with their arms full of product — three times. The thief was not wearing a mask or gloves. All caught on camera.” Baldine believes the suspect knew what to go after, adding that he was wearing $800 Prada sneakers. The educated consumer, so to speak, got away with $40,000 worth of merchandise.

The following is the police notice for this crime.

Suspect Sought in a Burglary Two Offense: 2800 Block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest

(Washington, DC) – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in a Burglary Two of an Establishment offense that occurred on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, in the 2800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest.

At approximately 4:25 am, the suspect forcibly gained entry into an establishment at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect took property then fled the scene.

The suspect was captured by a surveillance camera and can be seen in the photos below and in this video: https://youtu.be/giV3Brp8WYA

RAG & BONE

Earlier in October, the Rag & Bone woman’s store at 3061 M St. NW got the brick-through-glass treatment.

The following is the police notice for this crime.

Suspect Sought in a Burglary Two of an Establishment Offense: 3000 Block of M Street, Northwest

(Washington, DC) – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in a Burglary Two of an Establishment offense that occurred on Saturday, October 1, 2022 in the 3000 block of M Street, Northwest.

At approximately 3:55 am, the suspect forcibly gained entry into an establishment at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect took property then fled the scene.

The suspect was captured by surveillance cameras and can be seen in the video below:

https://youtu.be/D7iE–Nz-sM

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