Dwelling Where Lawyer Was Killed Is Robbed
Rowhouse Was Empty Since August Slaying

By Allison Klein and Paul Schwartzman
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, November 9, 2006

The Northwest Washington rowhouse where prominent lawyer Robert Wone was slain over the summer was burglarized last week, D.C. police said yesterday.

Among the stolen items were two flat-screen televisions, two videocassette recorders, two DVD players and other electronics worth about $7,700, police said.

Police have made no arrests in the break-in, but Cmdr. Larry McCoy said they have "some strong leads." He provided no details.

The items were stolen between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2 from the kitchen, basement and upstairs areas of the unoccupied home, according to a police report. Police found no signs of forced entry at the townhouse in the 1500 block of Swann Street, on the edge of Dupont Circle.

McCoy said the break-in does not appear to be related to Wone's homicide, which is still unsolved.

Wone, 32, was stabbed in the chest late Aug. 2 while visiting friends at the home. Police said the weapon came from the townhouse -- the residence of Joe Price, his domestic partner, Victor Zaborsky, and Dylan Ward, all of whom were in the house at the time. Wone, of Oakton, had told his wife that he was working late that night and staying overnight at the house.

According to authorities, one of the residents told police that an intruder came through the back door and killed Wone -- a theory that detectives have publicly questioned. Investigators also have asserted that the crime scene was cleaned before police arrived.

Investigators have convened a grand jury and enlisted the help of the FBI in hopes of solving the homicide. They kept control of the $1.2 million house for more than three weeks after the killing, removing flooring, pieces of walls, a chunk of staircase, the washing machine and sink traps in a search for blood and other evidence.

No one is living in the house. Ward discovered the burglary when he stopped to pick up mail.

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