- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 18, 2006

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Fast-acting thieves with powerful weapons have police in the District and Prince George’s County sharing notes and searching for clues in more than a dozen robberies and carjackings in the past few days.

The earliest of the incidents occurred about 1:40 a.m. Saturday, when two men robbed a suspect in Northwest and took his white Mazda 626, authorities said.

Sometime Sunday, a black Jeep Liberty was stolen in Northeast. Several victims then reported seeing a black sport utility vehicle during other robberies and carjackings Monday.

“They seem to be working as a team,” Lt. Mike Pavlik said. “Over a short period of time to have that many robberies and carjackings is unusual in this area.”

D.C. police arrested a juvenile early yesterday near the National Zoo in connection with a carjacking that had occurred shortly before in Northeast, near where the other robberies were reported. Authorities were trying to determine if the youth played any part in the carjackings and robberies.

Police also said they arrested a man yesterday in a Chevrolet Blazer that was among the vehicles stolen Monday. They were not sure if the man was involved in the crime spree.

Authorities think they are dealing with at least four assailants, who pulled off robbery after robbery in the middle of the day on busy streets.

Some of the victims have reported seeing an automatic weapon that at least one victim described as a machine gun.

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