Citywide car break-ins up this year, say D.C. Police

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Dan Ackerman and Jodie Macht are getting married in six days. On Sunday, they were happily running wedding errands and picking up wedding rings in the Friendship Heights area until they arrived at their parked car.

But something didn’t quite look right, they said.

Someone had punched a hole in a rear window large enough to fit an arm through, and opened the door.

“My first thought was, 'The rings are in my bag,' and I felt this huge sense of relief -- but then I looked over at Jodi and she was just horror-stricken," said Dan.

Jodi was horror stricken because while they still had the rings, her laptop was gone -- along with years’ and years’ worth of photos of trips, family, her long-gone pet dog – all in addition to critical information for their upcoming wedding.

“Names, number of people, addresses, gifts we received, thank you notes we sent out..." described Jodi. It will take some time now for the couple to catch up on the information they lost.

Their SUV was parked on Harrison Street, just steps away from Wisconsin Avenue in the city's 2nd district where we counted eight car break-ins just this past weekend.

D.C. Police just told ABC7 News the number of car break-ins citywide is up slightly when compared to this time last year at around 7,100 cars.

But in this particular case, this soon-to-be husband hopes his ends with the perfect wedding gift for his bride-to-be:

“The best wedding present I could get Jodi would be to get her laptop back."