Bicycle Officer Arrests Northeast Package Thief

Crime blotter: October 3rd


On Tuesday October 3rd, First District Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Officer Onojafe was riding his bicycle on the Unit block of Sixth Street NE when he observed a pedestrian carrying multiple packages. When the officer made eye contact with the man, the pedestrian turned quickly and walked in the opposite direction.

The Officer knew that there had been a rise in package theft locally, so he decided to investigate the suspicious behavior. Stopping the man to talk to him, he discovered that the packages that the man was carrying belonged to two different addresses on the 600 block of A Street NE, about one block from where Officer Onojafe first saw the man.

The officer questioned the man to determine if he knew the homeowners and was simply collecting the packages to keep them safe. The man admitted to having stolen the packages and was placed under arrest.

On the MPD First District list serv, First District Lieutenant James Black said “Package theft is a difficult crime to close if the thief is not caught in the act with the stolen goods, and Officer Onojafe did good service to his District today by being attentive to his duty and quick to observe.”

In Other News

At 12:49 p.m. Tuesday, a man was arrested on the 800 block of H Street NE on charges of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon.

At 7:32 a.m. Tuesday, a woman was arrested on the 100 block of M Street SW on charges of Threats to Do Bodily Harm.

Reporting Illegal Activity

Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities helps prevent crime. If a citizen sees suspicious activity, or any activity that seems out of the ordinary, immediately call 911.

When reporting suspicious activity, give an accurate description. Here are some things to include:

  • Brief description of the activity;
  • Date, time and location of the activity;
  • Physical identifiers of anyone you observed;
  • Descriptions of vehicles;
  • Information about where people involved in suspicious activities may have gone;
  • Your name and contact information.

“As we continue to work with our community in the prevention of crime, we ask that if you see something suspicious you contact us immediately,” says First District Commander Morgan C. Kane, MPA.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on October 4th, 2017 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.