Three Men Use Stolen Church Van to Rob CityCenterDC Store

Police say the men have robbed several other stores recently

Three men driving a stolen church van robbed piles of coats from a luxury store at CityCenterDC, police say.

Video shows a church van pull up to the Arc’teryx store on H Street NW just before 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Three men wearing dark jackets, hoods and beanies get out of the van and the video appears to show one of them throwing something at the entrance to break into the store.

After breaking inside, the suspects run out of the store with coats and stuff them into the van before taking off.

Police later found the church van, which belongs to Young's Memorial Church of Christ Holiness in Southeast D.C.

Gregory Armstrong, an assistant pastor at the church, said the church hasn't been able to use the van since police are processing it for evidence. The van was used to help elderly church members get around.

"Our prayers is that the person will have some remorse about what they have done," Armstrong said.

D.C. police believe the suspects have robbed at least seven businesses in D.C. and Maryland since Dec. 1, including an early-morning robbery at a jewelry store on F Street NW on Wednesday.

Surveillance video of that robbery showed a man in a dark van wearing a light-colored jacket with a hood.

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