The new Costco in Northeast D.C. has become a popular destination for folks looking for a bargain. But it has also become a magnet for another type of bargain-hunter: thieves.
D.C. police say that the past few months have seen an uptick in thefts from cars parked in the warehouse store's parking lot, seven in August alone and four in July. Thieves are said to be smashing windows and taking valuables, and they're pretty quick—one victim was in the store for only 30 minutes.
Police from the Fifth District are working with Costco security to stem the tide of thievery, and they are urging drivers and shoppers not to leave valuables in their cars.