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D.C. Council member’s house broken into in Brookland

District police are investigating a burglary at the home of a D.C. Council member that occurred last week in the Brookland neighborhood of Northeast Washington, according to authorities.

David Grosso (I-At Large) said two computers and a camera were taken by someone who put them in a suitcase and wheeled it out the front door. He said the person got in by prying open a kitchen window in back of the house.

D.C. police confirmed the Aug. 26 break-in and said no arrests have been made, though the investigation remains active. Grosso said this is the first time his house has been broken into in the more than 12 years he’s lived in the neighborhood.

The council member said the break-in occurred sometime between 2:15 p.m., when his neighbor had logged on to a computer using Grosso’s wireless account, and 3:15 p.m., when his dog walker arrived and found a door open. Grosso said that when he got home at 4:15 p.m., the back gate was open and a plant had been knocked over.

“Unfortunately, this is the tough part of urban living,” said Grosso, whose four-year term began in January. Grosso said detectives took fingerprints, and he got phones calls from D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Cmdr. Andrew Solberg, who runs the 5th district police station. He estimated the items stolen to be worth about $8,500.

“We live on a pretty quiet street,” Grosso said. “Most people go into work during the day. It looks like the people who did this target the area when nobody’s home.”

He said his Chesapeake Bay retriever, Frida, was in a crate in the basement. Gross said the dog is now allowed to roam the house when nobody is home.

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