Man charged in string of down­town of­fice bur­glar­ies

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - BY MARTIN WEIL martin.weil@wash­post.com

In and around the man-made canyon formed by the of­fice build­ings on L Street NW in down­town Wash­ing­ton, a bur­glar has been at work since the be­gin­ning of the year, D.C. po­lice said.

Some­one, po­lice said, has been en­ter­ing of­fice build­ings, then go­ing into in­di­vid­ual of­fices, tak­ing things and flee­ing.

On Fri­day, the po­lice said, Phillip An­drew Lo­max, 57, of South­east Wash­ing­ton, was ar­rested on a war­rant and charged with sec­ond-de­gree bur­glary in con­nec­tion with a bur­glary last week­end in the 1900 block of L Street.

Af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing, the po­lice said, they charged him in 21 sim­i­lar bur­glar­ies.

Most were on week­ends since April, and most were clus­tered within two or three blocks of L Street.

In all, po­lice said Satur­day, Lo­max was charged in nine L Street bur­glar­ies, six of them in the 1900 block.

Charges also in­cluded four bur­glar­ies on M Street, just north of L Street, po­lice said, and four around the cor­ner from L.

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