- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 22, 2002

Glenn F. Ivey didn't realize that a campaign promise to combat auto theft would become personal after he was elected state's attorney of Prince George's County.
The county's new top prosecutor recently learned that his family's stolen Ford van had been recovered.
"My running joke is auto theft was a priority before my van was stolen. It's not a new priority," said Mr. Ivey, a Democrat whose anti-crime campaign specifically promised to crack down on vehicle theft.
The Iveys' white, 15-passenger van, a 1999 Ford E-350, was reported stolen to Cheverly police on Nov. 24. Mr. Ivey was elected state's attorney on Nov. 5 and was sworn in Dec. 2.
The family learned Wednesday that the van was taken to the Upper Marlboro impound lot of the county police after someone reported seeing it the day before at a Laurel apartment complex, said Capt. Andy Ellis, a county police spokesman.
The van had been at the Laurel complex for about a week before the report came in.
The Iveys had the van delivered to a Ford dealership in Laurel, where the steering column and the windshield are being repaired. Strollers and bicycles that had been left in the van were still there, but a $200 car seat was missing.
Reported auto thefts in Prince George's jumped to 13,670 in 2001, up 37 percent from 9,981 in 2000. The number is expected to top 15,000 for 2002, said W. Ray Presley, executive director of the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council.
More than 40 vehicles a day are stolen in Prince George's, representing almost half of those snatched in Maryland, said Mr. Presley, a retired Maryland State Police major who has run the council since its inception in 1994.
The Iveys had to replan birthday celebrations for two of their five sons because partygoers and the birthday boys had no transportation.
The family ordered pizza delivered to parties at home for one son, who turned 13 last month and another son who turned 10 on Friday.
Cheverly police, who logged the initial report of a stolen vehicle, are investigating the theft.
More than 80 percent of vehicles stolen in Cheverly are retrieved, Lt. Harry Robshaw said.
"Whether someone will be brought to justice, I can't say at this time," Lt. Robshaw said.

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