Between what U Street Cafe is tweeting and MPD’s Third District daily crime report (scroll down to the fourth to last entry), we can cobble together some information about what happened Sunday morning. U Street Cafe was robbed before they opened, according to MPD a little after 5 am. They identify the method as “2,” classifying it as a 2nd Degree Burglary, meaning the burglar was not in contact with the victim. I’m not sure what this means but I hope everyone at U Street Cafe is doing well and that MPD can catch the burglar.

UPDATE: Not surprisingly, Sommer Mathis from TBD was able to the leg-work reporting on this. A suspect or suspects entered through the back entrance and stole $200 from the cash register. They may have had a key, as there was no evidence of forced entry. Nothing else was taken.

Though I have to take exception on her characterization of the 1300 block of U Street as “no stranger to crime” based on one other robbery 2 years ago.

Uncle Brutha's hot sauce

Uncle Brutha's hot sauce

I might have a had little freak out when I saw, in my inbox, an email from UNCLE BRUTHA himself. If you read my blog, you know I’m a huge fan of his hot sauces. I have like four in my pantry stocked up for emergency no-hot sauce situations.

Well, he needs your help! After delivering some hot sauces to Next Door, his car was burglarized, and his briefcase, with some very important papers, was stolen. In his words, “I would really appreciate getting it back. While I can’t offer a monetary reward for its return there’s certainly some Uncle Brutha’s hot sauce in it for anyone who happens to find it. (I hope that doesn’t seem corny but that really is the best I can offer right now. )”

So please, keep an eye out for any briefcases you might see around U street (he says there were no credit cards or money in the briefcase, so it might have been dumped once the vandal realized this) and send him an email (  if you find anything.

He also told me very soon, local Giant stores will start carrying his sauces, as well. Help Uncle Brutha out!