Car thefts at D.C. Home Depot on the rise

The parking lot at The Home Depot in Northeaset is the site of a rash of car thefts. (Photo: Suzanne Kennedy/ABC7)

A Northeast Washington shopping center parking lot is experiencing a rash of daytime auto thefts.

Police sources say vehicles are being stolen outside The Home Depot at 901 Rhode Island Ave. NE.

“I had my cart and I wheeled it everywhere thinking 'Am I crazy? I know I parked it there!!" But it was gone,” said theft victim Sonja Sweek.

On several days, as many as four or five vehicles have been stolen.

Most recently, a Capitol Hill retiree had her minivan stolen when she went into the store at 4 p.m on Saturday.

"It was just very surprising," one victim tells ABC7. "I was very frustrated and of course angry."

D.C. police have increased patrols at the Northeast shopping center. But some are still fuming at what they call police inaction.

“It’s just ridiculous,” said merchant Tyreese Russel. “You're at work and as soon as you get off of work your car is stolen. Police is up here, but they're really not doing nothing because cars is getting stolen.”