Camera Helps Nab Bike Thief

Over the past couple months, Georgetown has been the victim of a bike theft crime wave. Garages in particular have been a frequent target, as thieves break in (or just walk in if the door’s open) and wheel off with his loot.

Well MPD is confident that the perpetrator of many, if not all, of these crimes is now behind bars. And the sometimes controversial street cameras played a key in the collar.

GM learned via the excellent CAG Public Safety program the following: apparently safety cameras operated by MPD captured the image of a man walking down the sidewalk pushing two bikes. Thinking this was suspicious given the recent thefts, MPD captured a still of the individual and printed it out. The photo was circulated around and a parole officer recognized the individual as one of her charges. An arrest warrant was duly issued.

Turns out he was arrested the day earlier by Fairfax County. If and when they decide to release him, he’ll be transferred to MPD.

Since his arrest, apparently bike thefts, which were a near daily event this summer, dropped significantly. So hopefully bikes and their owners can now sleep a little more soundly.

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3 responses to “Camera Helps Nab Bike Thief

  1. Nice photo reference to the film 😉

  2. Topher

    I knew some film snob would get the reference! Congrats to both of us!

  3. Gee, how about a name? Or the photo?

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