I live on the 600 block of Farragut Street, NW. The house at 639 has been abandoned all year. Quick background: A fractious couple lived there with 2 kids. They began major excavations of the basement last year. The project was abandoned when they wouldn't pay the contractor. The debris -- including a metal I-bar, broken concrete, and lumber -- has been strewn across the backyard since. The backyard, BTW, hasn't had its grass cut all year. I have REPEATEDLY called the City about this and no one ever returns my calls.
The owner was busted in January 2009 by the the FBI/ATF for selling drugs. The house has been abandoned ever since.
Tonight, I heard banging in the house's basement. When I looked outside, people who were NOT the owners had the door off its hinges and had hauled the furnace out of the basement and into the front yard. I called 911. Although the police were quick to respond, they Let Them Go. I watched them drive off with the furnace in the back of a MD truck. I have repeatedly called the 4th District station and no one is answering their phone line.
I believe a bank seized the property long ago but I don't know how to find out who actually owns the title and is responsible for the house/yard upkeep.
Can anyone on this blog help? My neighbors and I are sick and tired of this eyesore and apparently, anyone who still has a key to the front door now has free reign to take valuables out of it.