August 7, 2012
Regarding the Aug. 5 front-page article " As D.C. changes, police try to adapt ": The M Street corridor, connecting Nationals Park, Waterfront Metro, Arena Stage and residential Southwest Waterfront, is a busy thoroughfare by day but can be unsafe at night. About 9:30 p.m. last Thursday, my wife and I were walking west on the south side of M Street as a No. 74 bus stopped to discharge a passenger. Out of the shadows came a young man, who quickly removed a bicycle from the rack on the front of the bus. The bicycle's owner jumped off of the bus, shouted at the thief and wrested the bicycle from his grasp.
August 3, 2012 |
D.C. police believe that the same man snatched an iPhone and a camera from two people and tried to grab a cellphone from somebody else in incidents about an hour apart — two within six minutes — Thursday afternoon in Northwest. Authorities said the victim whose camera was ripped out of his hand chased the thief, who jumped into the passenger seat of an older-model pickup. The victim grabbed the rear folding door as the driver sped off and was "dragged a short distance. " Capt.
July 28, 2012 |
A purse was stolen in Prince George's County last week by a thief who reached into a car at a service station and grabbed it, and four similar incidents occurred the next day, police said. They said the first incident occurred about 6 p.m. Wednesday as the driver was returning to her car after pumping gasoline in the 5300 block of Sheriff Road in the Landover area. The Thursday incidents occurred at three service stations and a food store in the Landover, Oxon Hill and Capitol Heights areas, police said.
June 6, 2012 |
Regular readers will know this: I have a small but intensively cultivated plot at the Glover Park Community Garden in Northwest Washington. Working alongside 150 other gardeners has its dynamic adventures. The benefits outweigh the hassles, by long measure. The garden is so large that it has its own internal character. One gardener told me once that I was at the hub of the place, he in a quieter spot. "This is Times Square," he said, gesturing to my plot. "I'm in Queens. " Little things like that make you laugh and value all the work that goes into the enterprise.
May 23, 2012 |
People who ride around the region on red Capital Bikeshare bikes are often smiling folks who are taking part in an urban social experiment in transportation. So when a man on a Bikeshare cycle punched a pedestrian and snatched her iPhone during daylight hours on a busy Capitol Hill street, it left onlookers shocked. It happened about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when the victim was in the 700 block of East Capitol Street SE, talking on her phone. A man rode up, hit her in the face and pedaled away with the device — all without hitting the brakes.
April 26, 2012 |
" The Great Cake Mystery " by Alexander McCall Smith. Ages 7 and up. $6.99 Lots and lots of adult readers know Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. We could call this book the No. 1 Girls' Detective Agency. Smith's mystery-solving main character for adults, Precious Ramotswe, is still a girl in this book. The story takes place in the African country of Botswana (pronounced Baht-SWAN-nuh), and young Precious must solve her very first case. There's a thief in her school, a thief who is stealing cakes and other desserts from other children's school lunches.
April 18, 2012 |
The growing popularity of smartphones , tablets and other electronics has led to an overall increase in their theft on Metro's buses and trains in the past few years, but sometimes the riders strike back. That's what Daniel L. Wenger did. The 50-year-old left his job as a program analyst at the Pentagon about noon Friday and boarded a Blue Line train going toward Franconia . He was heading home and then to his job as an auxiliary police officer in Fairfax County . Wenger settled into a window seat in the middle of the rail car and placed his iPad on his lap to scan news headlines . That's when a man reached from behind him and swiped the tablet, he said.
March 25, 2012 |
"The Thief" is the first novel by 30-something Japanese wunderkind Fuminori Nakamura to be translated into English. Nakamura's knees surely must be buckling already under the weight of the awards conferred upon him, including Japan's shiniest literary trophy, the Oe Prize. But be forewarned: Though elegant, "The Thief" is less a crime novel than a meditation on crime. Plot, that guiltiest of literary pleasures, is in short supply here. Instead, there's a lot of reflection on the meta-meaning of theft and of a shadow life lived outside convention.
March 3, 2012 |
A thief grabbed someone's iPad in a Metro train Tuesday night and ran out the train's door. On Capitol Hill earlier the same day, armed robbers took both an iPhone and an iPad. Police said they made arrests in both cases, which came at a time of heightened concern about robberies in general and about thefts of small, expensive electronic devices in particular. In the first incident, which occurred about 8 p.m. at the Rhode Island Avenue station on the Red Line, police said the thief was stopped amid commotion at the station by a member of the Guardian Angels, a civilian anticrime group.
February 1, 2012 |
James H. Freis, Jr. was appointed in 2007 as director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an agency that establishes and implements regulatory policies, and analyzes financial transactions, to help detect and deter money laundering, terrorist financing and other financial crimes. He previously served as deputy assistant general counsel for enforcement and intelligence at the Treasury Department, worked as senior counsel in the legal service of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland and at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.