State Lawmaker Gets His Stolen Car Back, a Little Worse for the Wear

    Del. David Moon (D-Montgomery)

    Del. David Moon’s stolen car is back in his driveway.

    That may or may not be good news.

    Whoever had the car during the nearly three weeks it was missing from his Takoma Park home did a number on it.

    In a Facebook post on Monday, Moon (D-Montgomery) wrote, “The car reeks of weed. The speakers don’t work. (And) they took a knife to my seats and steering wheel.”

    And the “check engine” light is now on.

    Moon told Maryland Matters that Montgomery County Police located the vehicle on Friday night in Silver Spring. Juveniles were apprehended as part of its recovery, he said.

    The theft of the lawmaker’s vehicle, a 2009 Nissan Versa with about 90,000 miles, generated considerable media attention because of his immediate reaction to the theft.
    As Maryland Matters first reported on Oct. 30, Moon was awake watching TV around 2 a.m. when he heard someone start the car’s engine. He ran outside, grabbed the nearest object he could find — a broom, as it happened — ran into the road and swatted the vehicle as the thief sped away. Video of the incident was captured by his Ring doorbell camera.
    Washington, D.C., TV stations were soon ringing said doorbell, and the story was picked up by news outlets around the country.
    In addition, the Patriot Picket, a pro-gun-ownership group, used the occasion to troll the lawmaker on Facebook, calling him “a big lefty Democrat who thinks that you shouldn’t own guns. Silly liberal, what if these guys decided to break into your house at 2 a.m. instead of just taking your Nissan, do you think that you would have stood a chance with just that broomstick?”

    Ever since the theft, the good-natured Moon has made copious use of the broom emoji on social media.

    On Monday, he posted a photo of himself with the recovered vehicle. It now sports a “Warren for President” bumper sticker. Moon said he used the change of his car’s status to go public with his presidential preference.

    For years now, I’ve been following Elizabeth Warren’s efforts to sweep away historic inequality & systemic corruption in politics,” he wrote on Facebook. “There’s no better time than now to bring her creative problem-solving approach to unite America around the common good.”

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    Bruce DePuyt
    Bruce DePuyt spent nearly three decades on local television, including 14 years as executive producer and host of News Talk on NewsChannel 8 in the Washington, D.C., area. He has served as reporter, anchor and producer/host of 21 This Week in Montgomery County and as reporter/anchor at NBC affiliate WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, VA. He's a regular contributor to WTOP (103.5 FM) and frequently moderates community and political events.