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Bank burglars strike again, cutting hole through wall of Georgetown M&T

At least one burglar working overnight Friday cut through a wall of a vacant building to get inside a bank in Georgetown, the third similar break-in to occur in Northwest Washington since May.

District police and the FBI were at the M&T Bank in the 1400 block of Wisconsin Ave., NW, throughout Friday morning processing the scene. Authorities said that as in the other break-ins in Woodley Park, the culprits targeted ATM machines but didn’t succeed in getting any cash.

District Police Officer Araz Alali, a department spokesman, said authorities were alerted to Friday’s break-in when a bank alarm sounded at 2:08 a.m.

The burglars were gone when police arrived, but a hole was there, police said.

While police would not say whether they believe the same people are responsible for the break-ins, they noted many similarities. The break-ins all occurred during the overnight hours at banks with walls abutting a building that is either vacant or under construction.

Special Agent Jacqueline Maguire, a spokeswoman with the FBI’s Washington field office, said holes were cut through the wall with a saw, but it’s unknown which type. In two of the cases, the FBI said surveillance photos captured one man wearing a white suit with a hood commonly used by construction workers and painters. It resembles a suit worn by responders at a hazardous materials spill.

The previous two break-ins occurred at the same Bank of America Branch in the 2600 block of Connecticut Ave., NW, on May 24 and Aug. 17. Surveillance photos show only one person each time.

Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI at 202-278-2000 or D.C. Police at 202-727-9099.

Peter Hermann covers crime for The Washington Post.

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