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  • Writer's pictureTiffani Johnson

MPD Investigates Robberies Associated with In-Person Transactions and Delivery Trucks

MPD has recently been investigating robberies in connection with in-person transactions using online applications, such as Craigslist and Offer Up, and delivery trucks in the District of Columbia. Many cases include suspects demanding/looking for Apple and PlayStation products, or offering to sell these products at a lower price through an online application, then when the victim arrives, a pre-staged robbery occurs.

MPD strongly encourages the public to make use of the Safe Exchange Zones throughout the city to combat the these robberies. These designated areas serve as a safe place for residents and visitors to exchange and complete transactions of online purchases.

The Safe Exchange Zone designated locations are:

• First District Station: 101 M Street, Southwest

• Second District Station: 3320 Idaho Avenue, Northwest

• Third District Station: 1620 V Street, Northwest

• Fourth District Station: 6001 Georgia Avenue, Northwest

• Fifth District Station: 1805 Bladensburg Road, Northeast

• Sixth District Station: 5002 Hayes Street, Northeast

• Seventh District Station: 2455 Alabama Avenue, Southeast

• Special Operations Division’s Harbor Patrol: 550 Water Street, Southwest

Additionally, there have been a number of reported cases of Carjackings involving delivery trucks in the District of Columbia. MPD wants to remind the public of the below tips to assist in preventing auto thefts:

• Park in a safe spot

• Lock your car

• Keep track of your keys

• Use anti-theft devices

• Never leave your engine running

• Stay alert

Anyone who has knowledge of any robbery incidents in the District should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.

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