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Takoma Park Police Adding Detail After Another Auto Theft

The most recent auto theft has residents concerned.

Since January 31 there have been elevent incidents at two gas stations on New Hampshire Avenue on the border of Takoma Park and Washington, D.C. There were eight theft from autos, three auto thefts and one commercial armed robbery. Takoma Park Police have charged four suspects involved in several of those incidents at both the Sunoco in the 6300 block of New Hampshire Avenue and the W Express on New Hampshire Avenue.

But a recent stolen auto from the Sunoco Gas Station in the 6300 block of
New Hampshire Avenue has renewed concern, according to Takoma Park Police Chief Ronald Ricucci.

"The police department has taken a strong approach to combating these types of incidents, such as conducting numerous plainclothes and uniformed officer details, media coverage, community advisory notifications, social network announcements, shared information with allied agencies who are experiencing the same types of incidents and have posted signs and flyers at the pumps to alert/remind citizens to lock their vehicles, remove keys and don't leave their items laying out on the seat in plain view for suspects to steal," Ricucci said in a statement.

As result of the latest auto theft, the department will initiate another plainclothes detail in the area to attempt to catch suspects committing the crimes, Ricucci said.

Todd Frazier May 07, 2012 at 12:56 AM
It's not just since January, last year there were dozens of thefts at these gas stations. These are brazen crimes that are taking place in broad daylight. Last year the police shot and killed a suspect during one of these robberies. I don't understand why cameras have still not been installed since there doesn't appear to be a way to stop this from happening.
Joe Thomas May 07, 2012 at 03:53 AM
You are wrong. The police shot and killed a guy after he robbed a bank and took a teller hostage. Big difference between that and a theft at a gas station.

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