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Van — possibly FedEx truck — carjacked in Pr. George’s

A FedEx truck was carjacked from an apartment complex on Southern Avenue near the D.C.-Prince George’s border Tuesday morning, then abandoned in a neighborhood a short distance away, authorities said.

The truck still had packages inside when police found it, and investigators planned to work with FedEx officials to determine what -- if anything — was taken, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a Prince George’s County police spokesman.

No one was hurt in the incident, Copeland said.

The incident began about 11 a.m., when police were called for a carjacking in an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Southern Avenue — an area near the D.C. border and the Southern Avenue Metro station, Copeland said.

He said two gunmen approached a FedEx driver and demanded his company truck. The driver did as he was told, Copeland said, and the carjackers drove off in the FedEx truck.

Copeland said that investigators found the truck about 30 minutes later, abandoned near the intersection of Bellbrook Street and Bellbrook Court.

“From a cursory look, it appears that the contents were in the vehicle,” Copeland said.

Steve Barber, a FedEx spokesman, said that on Tuesday afternoon he, too, was unsure if anything had been taken or damaged. He said FedEx would work directly with customers whose packages and deliveries might be affected.

“That’s one of the reasons why we have the tracking numbers,” Barber said. “We can contact them. We can reach them.”

Copeland said police were still processing the van but would eventually turn it and its contents back over to FedEx. He disputed an earlier report from D.C. police that two guns were found inside.

Cpl. Maria McKinney, a police spokeswoman, said investigators are still probing why the carjackers targeted the FedEx driver.
"That's still under investigation as to the motive behind it," she said.

The two carjackers remain at large, Copeland said.

This item has been updated.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.
Peter Hermann covers crime for The Washington Post.

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