- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Police know someone stole two cars from an Arlington County home, but they still aren’t quite sure who won the beer-pong game that the burglars appear to have left behind.

In this case, ping-pong balls, plastic cups, and a table sticky with beer — usually fixtures at fraternity houses or outdoor barbecues — are evidence that could help Arlington police solve the break-in and car theft.

Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said officers were called to the home in the 5500 block of 7th Street South in the Forest Glen area when a woman watching the home for the vacationing owners entered the residence and found it “in disarray with empty beer bottles, empty cans, tables set up with ping-pong balls everywhere,” Mr. Sternbeck said.

The incident was first reported by ARLnow.com.


Mr. Sternbeck said there were no signs of forced entry, but the table and beer-pong setup tipped the woman off that someone had been in the house.

“She investigated a little bit further, looked in the garage and noticed both cars were gone,” Mr. Sternbeck said.

There was no sign of forced entry into the garage, Mr. Sternbeck said, and neither of the sedans had been found by Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Sternbeck said police were following a couple leads given to police by the family, which included anyone with access to the house or “anyone they believed would do this.”

He said the police don’t think it was the homeowners’ beer.

The homeowners do have children who are recent high school graduates, Mr. Sternbeck said, adding that “typically you’re not going to find a 50-year-old couple doing something of this nature.”

“It just goes to show that crimes of all nature are going to occur, even though Arlington is a safe community,” Mr. Sternbeck said.

He said Arlington police arrested teenagers last month on charges related to drinking.

In late June, seven recent graduates of Wakefield High School were arrested for drinking on the roof of the school.