Door ajar but no burglary at ex-IMF head's DC home

An alarm company concerned about an open door called police to the Georgetown home of former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Thursday, but a law enforcement official said there were no signs of a burglary.

District of Columbia police spokesman Anthony Clay said officers were dispatched to the home just before 8 a.m. and that police dogs were requested for a search, per police protocol, after a door was found ajar. Officers left less than two hours after arriving.

Another law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information, said nothing was missing and nothing appeared out of place at the home.

A message left with Strauss-Kahn's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

Strauss-Kahn quit his post as IMF chief on May 18 after he was accused of sexually attacking a New York hotel maid. He has denied the charges and is living under house arrest in Manhattan pending his legal case.

Neighbor Michele Camden, 55, said she had seen a moving truck outside the Strauss-Kahn house Wednesday and speculated that someone like a mover may have left a door ajar. She said she had never seen Strauss-Kahn at the house and that people in Georgetown tended to respect the privacy of even famous neighbors.

"He's not going to hobnob with someone like us," she said.

The house is located across the street from a park and within short walking distance of the bustling shops and restaurants of the upscale neighborhood.

Camden said neighbors might be prone to some "underhanded comments" about each other, but mostly, "We just leave people alone."


Desmond Butler contributed to this story.