DC Council member Cheh’s SUV stolen as car theft is on the rise

An SUV belonging to Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh was stolen Thursday as she ran an errand, the D.C. lawmaker said.

Cheh tweeted that she had stopped by a bakery in her neighborhood “for what I thought would just be a moment, and my car was stolen.”

She said nobody was harmed and that D.C. police were searching for her vehicle.

Video broadcast by NBC Washington showed what appeared to be a man getting into the driver’s seat of Cheh’s unoccupied Subaru Outback, as it was reported to be unlocked and running, before driving off.

Cheh said her phone, which had been inside her Subaru, was later found by a “kind gentleman.”

D.C. police statistics show 3,137 reports of motor vehicle theft this year, as of Friday — 49% more than this time in 2019.

Matt Small

Matt joined WTOP News at the start of 2020, after contributing to Washington’s top news outlet as an Associated Press journalist for nearly 18 years.

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