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Official Colombia residence burgled

The ambassador of Colombia was awakened early Monday by a burglary at her official residence in a Dupont Circle mansion.

Two people were later arrested and charged in the incident, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, which protects foreign diplomatic missions in the United States.

The break-in occurred about 5 a.m. as Ambassador Carolina Barco was asleep in the residence, a historic structure dating to 1904.

She spotted an intruder and called 911. A Secret Service spokesman said the suspects were arrested near the residence about 6 a.m.

A laptop computer, apparently taken from the residence, was recovered.

The suspects were described by the Secret Service as a 52-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman.

There were no indications of any connection to terrorism or of any political motivations in the incident.

-- Martin Weil

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 9, 2010; 8:13 AM ET
Categories:  Martin Weil , The District  
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