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DC police see increase in 'Bump and Run' carjackings

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D.C. police report a series of unusual carjackings that have drivers on edge. Police say the jackers use the same method to steal people's cars.

D.C. police are calling them “bump and run” carjackings. It's when a suspect rear ends a victim's car. When the victim gets out to check the damage, one of the suspects takes off in the victim's car with the striking car following behind.

It's happened at least three times since August 28 in the Southeast and Northeast sections of the district. The latest incident occurred Thursday morning at 8:05am at the intersection of Hartford Street and Alabama Avenue, SE. D.C. police recovered the 2004 Jaguar Friday at 233 57th Street, NE near Blaine Street and Clay Place, NE.

Police say unsuspecting drivers who stopped at a red light or stop sign were suddenly bumped from behind and eventually carjacked.

Police say a woman in one case was shoved by the suspect trying to steal her car. No one else has been injured. The brazen carjackers don't seem to have weapons but police are concerned their criminal acts could get worse and urge drivers to take precautions.

If you get bumped, police say sit in your car, lock the door and let them know you will call the police and can exchange information. If they're legitimate, they'll stay around for the police.

Police say the carjackers haven't always been successful. In one attempt on Fort Davis Drive and Massachusetts Avenue, SE the victim didn't get out of her car and told the suspect she was calling police so the carjackers sped away.

Police believe the same suspects are behind all four incidents. The suspect descriptions are vague. Police say be aware.

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