- The Washington Times - Monday, June 20, 2005

An unmarked police cruiser was stolen over the weekend — a cruiser belonging to Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey that was parked outside his house, no less.

D.C. police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said an officer dropped off the car, a 1999 black Ford Crown Victoria, near Chief Ramsey’s house Friday night. The chief was out of town at the time.

He said the vehicle was stolen sometime between then and Sunday morning, when Chief Ramsey was on his way to church and the car was gone.

Sgt. Gentile said the car contained clothing and some equipment, but no weapons.

As of last night, the car had not been recovered.

According to preliminary police statistics, 3,493 vehicles have been stolen so far in the District this year, 362 of them in the 1st District, where Chief Ramsey lives.

The police chief is not the only high-profile victim of car thieves in the District.

D.C. Fire Chief Adrian H. Thompson’s department-issued burgundy Crown Victoria was stolen in 2003. That car was recovered.

At about the same time, the vehicle of acting Battalion Chief Richard Fleming, the city’s lead arson investigator, was stolen.

Chief Fleming’s car was located in Southeast after the thieves destroyed it by setting it on fire.

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