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Metro says thefts in the Washington-area transit system doubled in the first three months of the year compared to the same period last year.
Since Metro started searching bags in December 2010, nobody has been arrested, a request for public records finds.
D.C. police Chief Cathy Lanier raised a few eyebrows last week when she suggested to a congressional panel that Metro doesn't have enough officers to handle its ridership.
The Metro Transit police chief says his officers have responded to an increasing number of calls this year for suspicious packages or persons or bomb threats.