Thieves targeting vehicle parking permits in Southwest DC

WASHINGTON — Parking is at a premium in the District, and nowhere is it tougher to find a legal parking space than in the city’s smallest quadrant: Southwest.

One Southwest D.C. neighborhood has been hit by a rash of car break-ins where thieves targeted the vehicle’s parking permit.

In some cases, the parking permit was all that was taken.

The string of recent thefts began April 23 near 4th and P streets southwest, when an out-of-town visitor saw that the driver’s side window of her Toyota Prius had been shattered.

Missing from the car was the D.C. Visitor Parking Pass.

The District Department of Transportation issues visitor passes that allow guests of D.C. residents to park beyond the two-hour limit in neighborhoods restricted to residential parking.

On May 6, another car in the 1200 block of Half Street Southwest had a window shattered and a parking permit stolen.

Two more incidents followed the next day with shattered windows and stolen parking permits.

The most recent incident made public by police happened Tuesday in the 300 block of P Street Southwest. The driver’s side window of a Nissan ATS was smashed and one parking permit was stolen.

Police are investigating the break-ins and thefts.

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