Four suspects have been arrested in connection with what police believe is a string of at least eight burglaries since April in the Bloomingdale and Edgewood neighborhoods of Washington.
The burglaries all happened during overnight hours between April 21 and July 31. Four of them happened along one block on Adams Street in Northwest. Police say residents were likely asleep when the burglaries happened or woke up to find the suspect in their homes.
"Some of the people woke up," MPD Cmdr. Andrew Solberg said. "Clearly it was a very frightening thing that we don't see very often."
On Wednesday, police arrested 21-year-old Jonathan Robinson of Southeast and charged him with first-degree burglary in connection with five of the break-ins.
Authorities subsequently detained three other people in connection with the string of crimes. They include Donte Polk, a 24-year-old Northeast resident, 20-year-old Steven Warren of Northwest and a fourth, unnamed minor.
One of the victims on Adams Street was Robert Vinson Brannum, a former neighborhood commissioner who called the crimes committed by the 21-year-old suspect "brazen and bold."
"It is not a comfortable feeling to have to go through to know that someone was rifling through your home while you were home," he said.
Brannum got a flat-screen television back from authorities Thursday. More televisions, laptops and other items were found in the basement of the suspect's Southeast Washington home.
Authorities believe that more homes may have been burglarized and are asking any more potential victims to come forward.