D.C. Chief’s Vehicle Snatched

Del Quentin Wilber, Washington Post, June 21

Wanted: Stolen car. Make and model: Ford Crown Victoria. Owner: D.C. police department.

Reported stolen by: Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey.

So goes the saga of car theft in the District, where even the police chief’s department-issued car can get swiped a block from his home.

“There is not a whole lot to add to it,” Ramsey said. “The car was taken, and there was nothing of real value in it. Cars are getting stolen every day.”

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D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), chairman of the council’s Judiciary Committee, said the theft of Ramsey’s unmarked car shows how serious the area’s auto theft problem has become.

“People are going to say, ‘If the chief’s car is stolen, how do I know that my car is safe?’ “ Mendelson said. “This just points to the fact that lots of cars are stolen in the city.”

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