Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh
Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh Credit: Darrow Montgomery

Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh left her car running while she dashed inside Bread Furst on Connecticut Avenue NW this afternoon. While she was in the bakery, someone jumped into her Subaru and drove off.

A video of the theft, first tweeted by NBC reporter Mark Segraves, shows a person get out of the passenger side of what appears to be a Mercedes-Benz and take off with the Cheh-mobile.

Cheh says police found her phone, which she believes the thief tossed from the vehicle.

“I’m quite sure they’ll find the car, too, tho am surprised anyone would want my 2015 Subaru,” she writes to LL in a text message.

LL pointed out to her that Subarus are pretty reliable vehicles. And four-wheel drive is useful this time of year.

Cheh says she is uninjured and “this way I can get more steps in.”

“These things can happen in an instant, they are crimes of opportunity, so I urge everyone to stay alert and take precautions—like double checking that your car is locked, never leaving it running, and using anti-theft devices,” Cheh tweeted this afternoon.

Cheh’s is the third Council or Council-adjacent vehicle taken in recent memory. At-Large Councilmember Robert White‘s wife’s Infiniti was stolen in 2017. He offered to help the suspected thief find a lawyer and get into a career training program. And in 2018, someone stole Ana Harvey‘s Mercedes from a gas station. Harvey is dating Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and is the former director of the Department of Small and Local Business Development.

Police are still looking for Cheh’s blue Subaru.