7 ON YOUR SIDE: Mayor Bowser fights back against smash and grabs in DC
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
You saw it first on ABC 7 News and now more fall out from our I-Team investigation into a rash of smash and grabs in Northwest D.C..
Thieves hit our bait car twice and so far two suspects have been arrested.
Now D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is joining the fight to put a stop to smash and grabs in the District.
The I-Team captured shocking video earlier this year of a bait car 7 On Your Side placed in Northwest D.C. which was hit not once but twice in 24 hours. It took just 15 minutes for thieves to shatter our window and steal our stuff.
Mayor Bowser walking down the street in the 4th District on Monday said "Ah... let's go here."
Bowser is tagging vehicles with pink warning citations... it's a neighborhood that's been a target for thieves.
Kimbrly Lockett who lives in the 4th District says “I think people should be grateful. Get the citation or get your car broken into."
The citations clearly warn residents if you leave your valuables in your vehicle... you're an easy target.
The good thing about these types of ticket are… there's no penalty attached to the citation.
Mayor Bowser in front of another vehicle says "I see something over there on the passenger side."
DC Police who don't use bait cars have used similar friendly warning tickets in the past too tag vehicles.
Bowser with a resident by her side both looking into a vehicle adds "Somebody might think that box is something brand new they can sell on the street."
The I-Team was able to identify two suspects who did smash our bait car windows and Police tracked them down. The two men are back in court next month to face charges. If convicted... they could be sentence up to 180 days in jail and $1,000 fine. Both are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.