Theft at D.C. mayor's home not in city stats
The June 3 theft of two bicycles from an open garage at Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's Crestwood home is not listed on the Metropolitan Police Department's crime statistics Web site.
The Web site, crimemap.dc.gov, allows anyone to see what crimes have been committed in their neighborhoods by typing in an address. The mayor's address comes up empty when looking at the past 30 days when the theft occurred.
Fenty and Attorney General Peter Nickles said they did not know why it was not listed. Fenty said he reported the crime right away. Mafara Hobson, the mayor's spokeswoman, did not respond to further inquiries.
Kris Baumann, chairman of the local Fraternal Order of Police, has long argued that the police department is not accurately recording crimes.
The absence of the theft at the mayor's home "calls into the question the accuracy of the crime reports we're giving to residents," Baumann said. "This is yet another example of why people do not have any confidence in this administration."
Fenty did not disclose the crime to the public until Monday when The Examiner reported it. According to The Examiner, the information about the theft was in a report marked "not for publication."
The same day, Fenty said he and his family took "full responsibility" for the theft, which appears to have been committed by three young people who rode off on bikes.
Baumann said the officer who was guarding the mayor's home is under investigation.
Hobson has said the officer "didn't do anything wrong" and was not disciplined.
-- Nikita Stewart
June 16, 2010; 4:31 PM ET
Categories: Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart
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