D.C. police today cordoned off the 1700 block of Corcoran Street NW thinking they had a bead on the burglar(s) terrorizing via roof and skylights the residents of Dupont Circle and adjacent neighborhoods. But he got away. According to longtime local activist Rob Halligan, who’s been keeping careful track of the M.O. and organized a pow-wow with police on this issue, a police captain told him: “We were chasing a suspect…and we lost him.”

Police have intensified their involvement and are now using helicopters to try and stop the spree. One zeroed in earlier this week on theft at the Duplex Diner at 18th and Florida, says Halligan. A suspect was arrested inside and had reportedly gained entry through the roof, but Halligan said “the police are pretty sure he’s not the guy.”