Takoma Park Police are investigating a shed burglary and attempted shed burglary that occurred over the weekend, according to emailed community advisories:
Shed Burglary: Takoma Park Police responded to a shed burglary in the 800 block of Larch Avenue at approximately 12:18 p.m. on January 1. The victim noticed that the door to his shed was open at approximately 10:30 a.m. on January 1. Unknown suspect(s) stole property from the victim’s unlocked shed at an unknown date/time. A Trek 7.3 FX-07 Hybrid bicycle was stolen. A serial number was provided and the bicycle was entered into the stolen vehicle database of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Case #230000059
Attempted Shed Burglary: At approximately 6:40 a.m. on January 2, Takoma Park Police responded to the 500 block of Belford Place for an attempted shed burglary. During the overnight period, unknown suspect(s) attempted to pry open the locks on the victim’s shed but were unsuccessful. There was no theft of property. Case #230000134
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Takoma Park Police at (301) 270-1100.
“Many homeowners do not lock their sheds because they feel there’s not anything valuable inside,” police spokesperson Cathy Plevy said. “Other times they think that because a shed is located within a fenced area, it’s secure. The fact is an unsecured shed can attract thieves no matter where it’s located. Even worse, tools inside could be used to break into your home.”
Police offer the following tips for securing sheds: