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Conviction for man involved in Northwest D.C. burglaries

- The Washington Times - Friday, May 27, 2011

A 21-year-old D.C. man has been convicted of burglarizing a home and attempting to burglarize another home on the same day, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District said Friday.

Rico Carr, 21, was convicted Monday and faces sentencing on July 28. The jury was unable to reach a verdict against a second defendant in the case, and his case remains pending.

A third defendant, Dawhan Archible, 17, of the District, who had participated in the burglaries with Carr, pleaded guilty to the crimes earlier in May, just before the men were to go on trial. He will be sentenced on July 27.

The crimes for which Carr was convicted came amid a spike in burglaries that plagued Upper Northwest neighborhoods late last year.

Authorities say Carr, Archible, and three others attempted a nighttime burglary on Dec. 20 on Corey Place NW and were unsuccessful. The men then entered a residence in the 3800 block of 47th Street NW through an unlocked door at about 2:30 a.m.

They stole cellphones, a laptop, an iPod, and other items from the house while the people inside — including a baby — slept. When one resident woke up at the sound of footsteps, the burglars ran.

Carr was arrested within minutes on 47th Street NW, wearing multiple coats, gloves, and a face mask, and some of the stolen property was found on the ground nearby. Archible was stopped about an hour later and about five blocks away with some of the stolen property and a face mask.

The Washington Times reported that at the time of the burglaries Carr was awaiting commitment to the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

Montgomery County police told The Times that Carr and another man involved in the burglary and attempted burglary in Northwest also were wanted in connection with burglaries and a car theft in Chevy Chase.

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