Video of DC traffic cam vandal released

D.C. police cruisers are seen in this WTOP file photo. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — Police in D.C. have now released video of the man they say vandalized 11 traffic cameras in the District. They still need help identifying him.

It happened on Tuesday, Feb. 20 when D.C. police responded to several reports of broken traffic cameras in Northeast and Southeast D.C.

When officers arrived to see what the problem was, they noticed the cameras were damaged. Investigators have since determined the damage was due to vandalism.

A spokesman for D.C. police said investigators are still trying to determine the extent of the damage to the cameras. It appeared that the cameras were knocked down and tampered with, causing damage to the actual cameras and other components, including pulled wires.

Photo of the suspect and vehicle captured from nearby surveillance camera. (Courtesy D.C. Police)

Nearby surveillance cameras were able to capture a photo of a suspect and vehicle.

If you have any information about the incidents, or know who the person in the photo might be, you’re asked to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099.

Cameras were damaged in the following locations:

  • DC-295 Northeast, a tenth of a mile south of Eastern Avenue, both southbound and northbound.
  • 800 block of Ridge Road SE, northwest bound
  • 3900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, northwest bound
  • 3200 block of Fort Lincoln Drive NE, southbound
  • 600 block of Kenilworth Avenue NE, southbound
  • 2200 block of South Dakota Avenue NE, southeast bound
  • 1400 block of Kenilworth Avenue NE, southbound
  • 800 block of Eastern Avenue NE, eastbound
  • 1200 block of Eastern Avenue NE, southeast bound
  • Fort Lincoln Drive, north bound at 31st Place NE

You can see a map of where the cameras were damaged below:

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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