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Former D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans‘ Subaru was stolen yesterday after he left it running outside his Georgetown home, he confirms in a brief interview with City Paper. Fox5 was the first to report the theft.
Evans had just returned from a trip to his house in Florida and needed to defrost the white Subaru Crosstrek that he shares with one of his daughters. He says he started the vehicle, went back across the street to his house, turned around, and watched as someone drove off with it.
Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh‘s Subaru was stolen in December after she too left it running and unattended. She had dashed into a bakery on Connecticut Avenue NW and the thieves quickly made off with her car while she was inside. At the time, Cheh framed the unfortunate blunder as an opportunity to get more exercise. It’s unclear whether Evans shares Cheh’s optimism.
Vehicle thefts in D.C. have increased this year by about 50 percent over the same time last year. In fact, the Metropolitan Police Department launched a special task force to combat the spike in carjackings. A flyer accompanying the task force launch says at the top, in big bold letters: “If You Leave Your Car On, I Could Be Gone.”
The first instruction on MPD’s flier is “Never leave your engine running.” The second is “Lock your car.”
Evans has a spotted history with cars and parking in D.C. This is a man for whom parking violations were so prevalent that LL’s predecessor created an entire Instagram account to document them (though Evans might argue that councilmembers can park with impunity as long as they’re on official business). And in 2019, Evans and his old Chrysler Sebring were involved in at least two collisions.
Tom Sherwood contributed reporting.