Barracks Row/East Capitol Businesses Hit by Burglaries and Vandalism Last Saturday Morning

Tortuga’s glass door had not been repaired as of Tuesday night.

A suspect in one of the Barracks Row incidents was captured by a surveillance camera and can be seen in the photos.

The second photo shows another suspect in one of the East Capitol incidents.

Barracks Row/East Capitol Businesses Hit by Burglaries & Vandalism Early Last Saturday Morning

by Larry Janezich

Tortuga Caribbean Bar and Grill and Fed-Ex were broken into and burgled in the early hours of last Saturday morning.  And the glass door to U-Break It We Fix It was broken but apparently nothing was taken.  The restaurant and U-Break It are on Barracks Row and Fed-Ex is on D Street, near the intersection with 8th Street.  In the same time frame, two businesses on East Capitol Street were burgled.  Police think they all may involve the same person and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect.

Yesterday, MPD released photos from surveillance cameras of suspects.  According to an MPD press release:

“On Saturday, May 25, 2019, between approximately 1:00 am and 3:14 am, in the 500 block of 8th Street, Southeast, the suspect forcibly entered an establishment at the listed location.  Once inside, the suspect took property then fled the scene….

On Saturday, May 25, 2019, at approximately 3:28 am, in the 700 block of D Street, Southeast, the suspect forcibly entered an establishment at the listed location.  Once inside, the suspect took property then fled the scene….

On Saturday, May 25, 2019, at approximately 4:08 am, in the 300 block of East Capitol Street, Northeast, two suspects forcibly entered an establishment at the listed location. The suspects took property then fled the scene….

Between Friday, May 24, 2019, at approximately 7:00 pm and Saturday, May 25, 2019, at approximately 10:30 am, in the 700 block of East Capitol Street, Northeast, the suspect forcibly entered an establishment at the listed location.  Once inside, the suspect took U.S. currency then fled the scene….”

The incident follows the window smashing of four Barracks Row businesses in the early morning hours of April 29, by an individual who was apprehended by police.  In one press report witnesses said that police believe mental illness was an issue in that case.

Here’s a link to the MPD press release on Saturday morning’s happenings:  http://bit.ly/2W42miu

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of these incidents should take no action, but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.

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2 responses to “Barracks Row/East Capitol Businesses Hit by Burglaries and Vandalism Last Saturday Morning

  1. Grubbs Pharmacy on East Capitol also had its front door smashed in. As well, there has also been a jump in assaults, cell-phone snatchings, and muggings on Capitol Hill, especially in broad daylight, in the past few weeks. Anyone have some actual MPD1D numbers?

  2. For example, a notice from MPD!D last night:
    The First District is currently investigating a robbery that occurred this evening at approximately 8:30 pm. The victim reports that while sitting inside an establishment in the 200 block of Pennsylvania Ave SE, two adult male suspects approached at which time one took his laptop and cell phone. An additional victim also had a cell phone taken by one of the suspects. The suspects was last seen heading southbound in the 200 block of 3rd St SE.

    The suspects are described as:

    S-1: Black Male, 18-20 years of age, grey shirt with short hair.

    S-2: Black Male, 18-20 years of age, black hoodie with white writing, black pants

    Should you have any information about the incident, investigators can be contacted at the First District Detectives Office (202) 299-2025, or the Metropolitan Police Department’s Command Incident Center at (202) 727-9099.