House is burned, but burglary prevented

A house in a southeast Washington area where break-ins have been on the rise was the site of another sort of misfortune a few days ago when it was heavily damaged by fire. But, police said, they kept that problem from being compounded by burglary.

The fire broke out Nov. 16 in the 4000 block of First Street SE, a neighborhood near the District’s southern tip where police Lt. Mustafa Haamid said there has been “an abnormal increase in burglaries.”

More crime and safety news

Three shot in Southeast D.C.

At least one is seriously injured, although all victims are conscious and breathing, police say.

Two Loudoun deputies injured pursuing theft suspect

One deputy has hand slammed in suspect’s vehicle door; another is dragged 60 feet.

Police identify D.C. officer found dead in apartment

No signs of trauma or foul play in case.

Read more

On Nov. 17, police said, an area resident reported a burglary going on at the house that had burned. Knowing the location of the fire, Lt. Haamid said, the officers got there in time to find two men “burglarizing the premises.”

A refrigerator, stove, silverware and copper pipes had been removed, Lt. Haamid said. It was all in the back of the burglars’ pickup truck, he said in an e-mail message.

The two, he said, “were arrested and charged accordingly.”

Read what others are saying