Police searching for suspect in connection with Christmas Day burglary in Northwest D.C.
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
The search is on for a Christmas Day Grinch.
Early on Christmas morning, a brazen burglar with expensive taste first used a large rock to shatter the glass, then kicked in the door at a popular clothing store in Northwest D.C.
Once inside, surveillance cameras captured the suspect rifling through racks and grabbing shirts, jeans and anything else he can get his hands on.
"It's pretty shocking because usually around this end of U Street, you usually don't have too much crime or even like robbery or anything, so it's kind of shocking to see that happening on Christmas Day," said Charles Baronette, as he was walking past the store.
The crime happened around 4:45 a.m. at Bonobos in the 1900 block of 8th Street, NW, in the middle of the up-and-coming business community in Shaw. The upscale men's clothing store has only been open a year and a half. Shoppers in the area are calling it a crime of opportunity.
"I also think it's pretty sad because a lot of people live around here, so I think the more businesses come into the area the safer it will be," Rachel Rose said.
The store was back open Friday with customers coming in making Christmas returns, with a piece of plywood covering the front door and the broken glass.
D.C. police are now working to identify a person of interest and the car seen driving away after the burglary.
"I think that's the benefit of having surveillance on the outside of your store, Rose said. "Hopefully, you can catch somebody like that."
Police are offering a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. If you recognize the suspect, call police at 202-727-9099 or text your tip to the department’s tip line 50411.