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Police seek prowler before he hits again

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U.S. marshals are looking for a man they believe to be a habitual burglar, and they are asking the public to help find him before he strikes again.

Thirty-six-year-old Kevin Bethea is wanted by D.C. police on a warrant for a burglary last year, and he is wanted by U.S. marshals in Washington for failing to appear in court to answer charges in another burglary.

Authorities said Bethea is also being investigated in connection with other burglaries. Matt Burke, supervisory inspector for the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, is asking for information that can lead to an arrest.

"There have been many studies that indicate a relatively small number of repeat offenders commit the majority of crimes. We would like to pick up Bethea quickly to reduce the potential for additional burglaries," Burke said.

Bethea is described as 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds.

He has lived in Adelphi, Hyattsville and Northeast Washington. Investigators believe he is still in the area but may move frequently. Anyone with information should contact the task force at 301-489-1717.

Since 2008, The Washington Examiner's "Most Wanted" feature has led directly to the capture or surrender of 50 murderers, armed robbers, kidnappers, sex offenders and drug dealers.

At least nine of the fugitives were wanted for a killing or had previously been convicted of a homicide.

The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, run by the U.S. Marshals Service, is composed of 30 federal, state and local agencies from Baltimore to Norfolk.

The unit has captured more than 35,000 fugitives since its creation in 2004.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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