Date: 5/5/19 1:25 pm
From: Bryan MacKay <mackay...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: car break-ins Violette's and Pennyfield Lock parking lots
On Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2:12:53 PM UTC-4, Andy Martin wrote:
> Just a heads up if you bird in these areas. This morning some fellow birders and I set up a one way walk from Pennyfield to Violette's. Vehicles left in both parking lots had a smashed window and personal property taken upon our return.
> Mont Co policeman who responded to Violette's break-in implied it was fairly rare for there, while the MNPPC Officer responding to Pennyfield incident was not surprised and seemed to imply that someone (part of a known gang) is often casing the lot.
> Andy Martin
> Gaithersburg

May 1 a similar smash and grab at the National Arboretum, at the capitol columns. The NA is surrounded by a fence, for heaven's sake! A credit card was used within 20 minutes of the break-in. Don't leave valuables visible.

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