Burglars hit The Fishing School in D.C.
When burglars hit The Fishing School in Deanwood at about 4 a.m. Tuesday they needed a way to haul their tools and cart away a flat screen television, computers and a safe. They took a taxi.
Actually three taxis, stolen earlier Tuesday, said Sixth District police who responded to an alarm and caught the suspected burglars in the act of stealing electronics from the non-profit afterschool program in the 4700 block of Meade Street in Northeast.
A canine team captured two men on an upper floor. Another man was caught running out the back door and a juvenile was picked up across the street, police reports show.
Sixth District Police Commander Robert Contee said the suspects drove the cabs to the scene after the taxis allegedly were stolen in the 1300 block of Kenilworth Avenue Northeast.
The Fishing School offers tutoring and arts programs as part of its work with about 300 middle-school and elementary school neighborhood children each year.
The Fishing School opened on Wylie Street in Northeast 20 years ago and expanded to its second site in Deanwood in a building that was renovated in 2009 as part of an Extreme Makeover Home Edition that aired in February. The new building was "extensively damaged" during the break-in, police reports show.
"We are very saddened this happened. This is the type of thing we are working to overcome," said Erin Gore, director of development at the school, which takes its name from the adage "give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him to fish and he will feed himself for a lifetime."
Charged with burglary in the case, police said, are Darius Smith, 20, and James Partridge, 19, both of the 4500 block of Quarles Street Northeast. Also charged, police said, are Rayshawn Reed, 18, of the 4700 block of Meade Street Northeast, and a 15-year-old boy.
This item has been updated since it was first published.
Mary Pat Flaherty
| November 23, 2010; 5:47 PM ET
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