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Mayor and Police Chief Announce Ways to Curb Robbery

Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Robberies have not increased, but MPD is working to solve robberies that have occurred in the city.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier are reminding residents about how they can help the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) curb robberies in the District.

The District has not experienced an increase in robberies, however the MPD is working to solve the robberies that have occurred throughout the city and has implemented preventive crime fighting strategies in each District.

Residents are key to the MPD’s efforts to prevent and solve these crimes of opportunity. The MPD is reminding residents, or anyone else who may know of a robbery that occurred in the District, that the MPD offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for any armed robbery or a robbery that results in serious bodily injury by calling 1-888-919-CRIM[E] or (202) 727-9099.

 “Offering rewards is only one of many ways we are continuously combating robbery and other crimes in our city,” said Mayor Adrian Fenty. “We strongly urge residents to remain vigilant.”

“We are keeping the lines of communication open with our communities,” said Chief Lanier. “This is just another way that we are encouraging residents to speak up and stay involved. Any information provided is important.  It could be the key to solving a case.”

The MPD is also working with Crime Solvers.  Through the DC Crime Solver’s program, individuals who provide information that leads to an arrest and indictment in a robbery or other serious crime may receive a reward of up to $1,000 by calling 1-800-673-2777.