D.C. Chief's Vehicle Snatched


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onerifle
June 21, 2005, 01:33 AM
I thought this was too funny...insert your own wisecrack... :evil: :rolleyes:

D.C. Chief's Vehicle Snatched
'Cars Are Getting Stolen Every Day,' Ramsey Says

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/20/AR2005062001003_pf.html

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 21, 2005; B08


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."

D.C. police officials said Ramsey's black unmarked car was stolen between Friday night and Sunday morning from a street in Southwest Washington. It had been left there Friday by a member of the force's motor pool so Ramsey would have it when he returned from a one-week trip to a counter-terrorism conference in Scotland.

Ramsey arrived home early Sunday. When he awoke to go to church later that morning, he couldn't find the black Crown Victoria, and he and his wife went to church in her personal car, he said.

The chief said initially he thought there was simply a misunderstanding about where the motor pool officer had left the car. But yesterday morning, after another fruitless search for the vehicle, he concluded that it had been stolen.

Police officials said they do not believe the thieves knew they were taking the police chief's car. No weapons were left in the Crown Victoria, but it was equipped with a police radio. Its trunk contained a large duffle bag filled with some of the chief's riot gear, police said.

Union officials said the chief should be investigated for leaving the gear unattended because officers would be disciplined in a similar situation, a claim that the chief denied.

"It's embarrassing," said Sgt. Gregory I. Greene, chairman of the D.C. police labor committee for Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1. "The chief is responsible for his own equipment."

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."

A few hours after Ramsey reported the theft, investigators passed out fliers to commanders and other supervisors that described the missing Crown Victoria, which has District tags AL-6072. Although police do not distribute fliers for most stolen cars, investigators said they routinely do so when departmental vehicles are pinched.

Ramsey and other police officials said the theft of the car is not indicative of crime trends, which show auto theft dropping substantially in the city.

Through mid-June, police recorded 2,759 auto thefts, down 29 percent from the 3,880 tallied during the same period last year. In all of last year, 8,136 cars were stolen in the District -- a decrease of almost 15 percent from the 9,549 car thefts recorded in 2003, according to FBI statistics.

Ramsey is not the area's only top law enforcement official to have a car stolen in recent years. The van of Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey was stolen from in front of his house in 2002.

The county's auto theft rate has almost doubled in the past five years, with 18,485 cars reported stolen in 2004.

Staff researcher Bobbye Pratt contributed to this report.

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boofus
June 21, 2005, 02:09 AM
But if only the police and military have handguns crime will go down! They've been saying that for 29 years.

foghornl
June 21, 2005, 10:58 AM
Not to wish this on anyone., but think how ironic it would be had the Chief actually been 'car-jacked' at gunpoint. . .

MikeK
June 21, 2005, 06:02 PM
With the unsolved murder rate in DC at over 85% I'm sure this one will be solved in no time. There's a great DC government story almost every day, but this one is one of the best!

Standing Wolf
June 21, 2005, 07:10 PM
It had been left there Friday by a member of the force's motor pool so Ramsey would have it when he returned from a one-week trip to a counter-terrorism conference in Scotland.

When the cat's away...

BenW
June 21, 2005, 07:12 PM
What, no Lojack??? :p

Leatherneck
June 22, 2005, 09:57 AM
"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." Besides, the taxpayers gave me another one within hours.It had been left there Friday by a member of the force's motor pool so Ramsey would have it when he returned from a one-week trip to a counter-terrorism conference in Scotland. Uh Huh. Counter-terrorism. Scotland. Right, chief. :rolleyes:

TC

Pilgrim
June 22, 2005, 03:22 PM
With the unsolved murder rate in DC at over 85% I'm sure this one will be solved in no time. There's a great DC government story almost every day, but this one is one of the best!

That's a really high unsolved murder rate. Do you have a source for that statistic?

Pilgrim

Hawkmoon
June 22, 2005, 03:35 PM
A few hours after Ramsey reported the theft, investigators passed out fliers to commanders and other supervisors that described the missing Crown Victoria, which has District tags AL-6072. Although police do not distribute fliers for most stolen cars, investigators said they routinely do so when departmental vehicles are pinched.
Hmmmm ...

If there is a routine to be followed when departmental vehicles are stolen, does that not imply that the stealing of departmental vehicles is more or less routine? I mean, a department would not establish a "routine" for a type of event that never occurs ... would they?

Bubbles
June 22, 2005, 04:24 PM
That's a really high unsolved murder rate. Do you have a source for that statistic?

This is the only info I could find: Comparative Crime Rates (http://www.narpac.org/SJCOMPS.HTM)

IIRC a "solved" crime doesn't necessarily mean a "prosecuted" crime. The cops may know, or have a good idea, who did it, but there's not enough evidence to prosecute.

El Tejon
June 22, 2005, 04:49 PM
I'm going to cite for a 317 pointing out police stupidity. :D

peacefuljeffrey
June 22, 2005, 04:58 PM
Police officials said they do not believe the thieves knew they were taking the police chief's car. No weapons were left in the Crown Victoria, but it was equipped with a police radio. Its trunk contained a large duffle bag filled with some of the chief's riot gear, police said.

Union officials said the chief should be investigated for leaving the gear unattended because officers would be disciplined in a similar situation, a claim that the chief denied.


Oh, okay, the chief doesn't want to be disciplined for losing his car and his gear to thieves, so he makes a statement that officers are also not disciplined when they allow this to happen? And that's the way things ought to be?? :uhoh: :mad:

And, um, how much you wanna bet that the motorpool jerkoff left the keys in it. I mean, how else was the chief supposed to be able to get into and drive a car that was being dropped off for him?!

-Jeffrey

38SnubFan
June 24, 2005, 02:01 AM
Considering someone I know is a retired DC Metro officer, I laughed by butt off! When I found this out the other morning, I immediately sent a text message from my cell phone to him. He also laughed like heck!

-38SnubFan

nico
June 24, 2005, 02:14 AM
Serves him right.

Cesiumsponge
June 24, 2005, 02:17 AM
I thought it was funny when Seattle's police chief had his service gun stolen from his parked car. This guy did one better and took the whole darn car.

The chief gets caught doing things out of protocol and doesn't want to get spanked for it now. :p

peacefuljeffrey
June 24, 2005, 02:28 AM
The story said that the motorpool guy was leaving the car for the chief to use later.

So I really want to know, did he leave the keys in it, as I suspect?

I mean, to leave a car for someone without the keys doesn't do him much good. (Er, that is, unless the chief comes from a background where hotwiring the car comes as second nature. But then, I may be confusing him with the crackhead mayor...)

-Jeffrey

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