Thursday, September 03, 2015

IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

Apparently this scam has hit Mount Rainier in the past couple days. Please remember, the IRS will never – that’s never – call you and demand payment over the phone.

IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

IRS YouTube Video: 
Tax Scams: English | ASL

IR-2013-84, Oct. 31, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

“This scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every state in the country.  We want to educate taxpayers so they can help protect themselves.  Rest assured, we do not and will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor request a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer,” says IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel. “If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.” Werfel noted that the first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue is likely to occur via mail

Other characteristics of this scam include:

·         Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.

·         Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number.

·         Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.

·         Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.

·         Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.

·         After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

·         If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue.

·         If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.

·         You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.  This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. Recipients should not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message. Instead, forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov.

More information on how to report phishing scams involving the IRS is available on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.

 

 

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Police Report: August 23-29

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

August 29th:

3700 block of 35th Street: Domestic – 2:15am. The resident told officers that at about 8:30pm the previous evening he was assaulted by a woman who did not live there and wanted her removed from the home. Both parties were advised of their options with the District Court Commissioner and no further police action was taken or warranted. At 2:15am this morning officers returned to the residence and served an interim protective order on the woman. She was escorted from the property without incident.

3100 block of Arundel Road: Tampering – 10:50am. The owner of a 2005 Honda told officers that she took her vehicle to a mechanic because she discovered the gas cap missing and was having trouble driving it. The mechanic advised her that the fuel lines had been cut. 

3700 block of Bunker Hill Road: Stolen vehicle – 11:10am. The reporting person told officers that he parked his boss’s work truck one of his employees parked the work truck at about 10pm on the 28th. When he came out to the truck this morning he discovered it had been stolen.

3600 block of Bunker Hill Road: Warrant service – 11:35am. Officers conducting a field interview of a man learned that he had an open arrest warrant issued by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3600 block of Oak Lane: Theft from auto – 12:20pm. The owner of a 2009 Toyota told officers that he came out to his vehicle and discovered that someone had broken the right rear window and stole a gray back pack from inside.

August 28th:

2300 block of Varnum Street: Disorderly – 1:30am. Officers walked into the store and were confronted by a man yelling obscenities. They requested that he calm down but he continued his behavior causing several patrons to leave the store. He was escorted out of the store and continued his loud and obscene behavior. He was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic - 8:50am. Officers stopped a 1997 Oldsmobile that did not have a rear tag displayed. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was unregistered and uninsured. The driver was issued the necessary traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

3400 block of Newton Street: Stolen/recovered vehicle – 9:20am. The owner of a 2013 Honda was contacted by DC police and informed that her vehicle had been involved in a shooting and a hit and run collision. The vehicle was impounded for evidence and was heavily damaged. The owner was not aware that her vehicle had been stolen. MRPD officers completed a stolen vehicle report and the owner was put in contact with DC detectives handling the case.

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: MIR – 8:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a stolen bicycle. Once on the scene they encountered two individuals who both claimed ownership of the bike and alleged they could individually document that they owned it. Since neither party had the documentation in hand officers took custody of the bike until ownership can be established.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Assault – 10:55pm. Officers responded for the report of an assault that just occurred. A witness to the assault identified the two individuals who committed the crime and officers took them into custody. Further investigation revealed that the assault took place on park property. Park Police responded and took over the investigation.

4600 block of 29th Street: Domestic – 9:50pm. The victim told officers that she and her husband got into an argument over his drinking habits. She said he comes home drunk and verbally abuses her. This evening he became violent and threw hot oil all over the kitchen. Officers transported the woman to the commissioner’s office where she obtained an order of Protection. Officers served the order and the man was removed from residence. A lethality assessment was completed and the woman did not meet the criteria for further assistance.

August 27th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Recovered stolen vehicle – 9:50am. Officers were notified by DC police that their officers recovered a 2003 Infinity G35 stolen from the BP station on Eastern Avenue on July 19th. DC officers located the stolen vehicle in the 5000 block of Shepherd Parkway. The vehicle was impounded by the DC officers for safekeeping and notified the owner of the recovery.

4000 block 34th Street: Stolen vehicle – 11am. The owner of a 2000 Acura TL told officers that at about 4am this morning he picked up a female passenger who he had not met previously in the area of 23rd Avenue and Ager Road. The owner told the woman that he needed to make a purchase at the Alife Store, drove there, parked outside and went in to make the purchase. When he came out about five minutes later he saw the woman driving away with his car.

3400 block of Shepherd Street: Shots fired – 8:10pm.  Witnesses told officers that a white 4-door sedan, possibly a Kia or Hyundai, occupied by at least three black males was seen parked in the area of Shepherd and 37th Streets. The occupants were said to be playing music loud enough to be heard a block away. Witnesses said that the vehicle suddenly began to drive up Shepherd Street towards Cedar Lane and as it did one of the occupants stuck began firing shots into the air. According to the witnesses the vehicle went up Cedar Lane and made a left turn on Tilden Road. The vehicle was last seen making a right turn on 34th Street. PGPD officers also received calls in reference to the shots from complainants in Brentwood. PGPD detectives responded and located six shell casings in the area and are conducting a follow-up investigation.

August 26th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Fraud – 10:15am. A woman reported that she was the victim of a check scam. A man sent her a cashier’s check that was to be deposited into her account and disbursed to a third party to obtain housing and food. She received a cashier’s check for $2,489. She deposited the check into her account and withdrew the money for the third party. She later tried to obtain money from her account but learned the cashier’s check was fraudulent and her account was overdrawn.

2700 block of Upshur Street: Property damage – 10:45am. The resident told officers that she returned to her apartment and discovered her door open and the lock damaged. Nothing was reported stolen from inside the residence.

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Violation of a peace order – 11:20pm. At about 9:45pm officers responded to serve a peace order on a man that was obtained by his roommate (victim). The man left the residence at that time. At about 11:20pm officers returned to the residence and discovered that the man had violated the order by destroying the victim’s personal property. The man threatened and harassed the victim in front of the officers. He was arrested for violating the peace order and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

August 25th:

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 11:20am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in public.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 3:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: M/V collision – 3:40pm. The driver of a tractor trailer failed to control his speed and rear ended a 2002 Toyota Tacoma that was stopped in traffic. The driver of the tractor trailer was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 9pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

August 24th:

Eastern Avenue and Varnum Street: Warrant service - 4am. Officers stopped a man known to them to have two open arrest warrants, one for theft and one for disorderly conduct. He was arrested on the warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

August 23rd:

4100 block of 31st Street: MIR – 11am. Officers served a protective order on a woman whose mother obtained the order removing her from the residence.

3100 block of Arundel Road: Stolen vehicle – 1pm. The owner of a 2010 Mercedes told officers that she came out to her vehicle this afternoon and discovered it had been stolen. No evidence/witnesses could be identified.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft from auto – 2:50pm. The victim told officers that when she got back in her vehicle after pumping gas she discovered that her purse was missing. The victim did not see anyone enter her vehicle. Officers were unable to review the CCTV camera at the time of the report.

3300 block of Chillum Road: EPS – 9:45pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person following a woman and who was possibly under the influence of CDS. Officers located the man and learned that he followed a women to her residence, entered her apartment and asked for water. When he left the woman’s apartment he was detained by security personnel. When the officers questioned him he was unable to answer simple questions and they subsequently learned that he has a history of mental illness. He was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for an emergency psychiatric evaluation.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Police Report: August 16-22

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

August 22nd:

3200 block of Chillum Road: Criminal citation – 7:05am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 11:25am. Officers stopped a 2001 Saturn for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the tags affixed to the vehicle were suspended, had been switched from another vehicle, and the vehicle itself was unregistered. The driver was issued several citations and the vehicle was impounded.

August 21st:

3400 block of Shepherd Street: Burglary – 2:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a residential alarm. When they arrived they discovered the front door kicked open but no one inside. The homeowner came home in response to the alarm and told officer that the only thing stolen was a 55” Samsung TV.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 4pm. A man came into the police station to surrender on an open arrest warrant. Officers confirmed that he was wanted for theft over $1,000 through Prince George’s County. He was arrested and delivered tom the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

Rhode Island Ave and 36th Street: Warrant service – 4:35pm. Officers were made aware of the existence of an open warrant for a juvenile previously involved in numerous crimes in the City. The current warrant charged the juvenile as an adult for possession of a handgun and trespassing. The juvenile was located as he tried to board a Ride-on Bus. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 9:15pm. An officer patrolling with a vehicle equipped with an automated license plate reader received an alert that 2006 Honda Odyssey had its registration suspended. The vehicle was stopped and further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a driver’s license; and had an open warrant issued out of Prince Georges County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license and DUI. He was arrested, issued the appropriate traffic citations and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.

August 20th:

3100 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Shoplifting – 12am. The store clerk told officers that a black male (NFD) came into the store and stole approximately $15 worth of food items.

2400 block of Queens Chapel Road: Recovered property – 12:05am. Officers stopped two individuals who were carrying a large Sony flat screen TV. Both individuals appeared nervous when the officers stopped them. The female involved said that the TV belonged to her and she was moving it out of her aunt’s house and taking it to a friend’s house. She refused to give either the aunt’s address or her friend’s address. The officers offered the woman a ride to her aunt’s house so that they could verify the woman’s story but she refused. She told the officers that that could take the TV because it was not that big of a deal. The TV was placed into property at the Mount Rainer Police Departments secure property storage room.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Warrant service – 5am. Officers stopped a 2012 Ford for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through PG Sheriffs. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded.

One Municipal Place: Disorderly – 8:35am. Officers approached a man to issue him a criminal citation for drinking in public. As they approached him he fled on foot and was apprehended in the alley behind City Hall. He then began yelling obscenities at the officers and refused to calm down. He was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and drinking in public and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4200 block of 31st Street: Burglary – 10:20am. The resident told officers that she heard a loud bang downstairs and when she went to investigate she discovered her laptop missing and the area was in disarray. She also saw that the basement door had been kicked in. Just prior to receiving the call officers were notified that a complainant saw two black males in the area looking into parked vehicles. Officers canvassed the area and located the two males who were identified as juveniles with whom the officers have had numerous previous contact. The burglary victim told the officers that she had seen both juveniles before and after the break in at her residence. PGPD burglary detectives were notified and the investigation is continuing.

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: CDS possession – 11:10am. Officers responded for the report of an individual drinking and using CDS in the park area. When they arrived they identified the individual and observed him drinking in public. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of two packages of the synthetic marijuana known as Bizzarro. He was arrested, charged with drinking in public and possession of CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2700 block of Upshur Street: Fraud – 2:10pm. The victim told officers that she tried to purchase a vehicle from an Internet dealer in Canada. She wired a total of $2,000 to an individual who allegedly represented the Canadian dealer. After the money was transferred she could no longer contact the representative and learned that the dealer did not exist.

3200 block of Bunker Hill Road: Criminal citation – 3:50pm. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

One Municipal Place: EPS – 8:50pm. Officers responded to assist a Metro bus driver with a disorderly subject on a bus. The officers located the individual under the seats in the rear of bus. Officers attempted to communicate with him but he refused and when the officers tried to remove him from the bus he became extremely combative and locked his arms under the seat. After a struggle and repeated commands, officers deployed a Taser to avoid further confrontation and to avoid injury to the subject or officers. He was taken into custody and found to be in possession of an open 6 gram package of Ice Dragon, a synthetic CDS. EMS personnel transported him to Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment.

August 19th:

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft – 7:35am. The foreman in charge of renovating an abandoned house told officers that sometime overnight someone pried open the front door and stole all the electrical wiring his crew installed yesterday. Officers processed the windows and front door for prints with negative results. 

3100 block of Taylor Street: Vehicle impound – 11:35am. After extensive efforts to locate the driver/owner of a 2006 Chrysler officers impounded the vehicle for blocking a private driveway.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Burglary – 9:30pm. The resident told officers that she returned home to find her living room lock was cut and her bedroom door was open. She said that nothing appeared to have been stolen. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

4000 block of Cedar Lane: Criminal citation – 10pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle. While the officers were issuing the citation another individual was arrested for disorderly conduct when he became confrontational with the officers. That individual was charged and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4400 block of 29th Street: Property damage – 11:30pm. The property owner told officers that she arrived home and noticed that the Forsythia bush at the end of her driveway had been cut. Multiple branches were cut around the bush and were lying in the grass and on the sidewalk. Over half of the bush was cut down and it is unknown if it will survive. The owner said that a neighbor had approached her recently and complained about the size of the bush stating it did not meet City Code. Officers will work with Code Enforcement to see if civil or criminal charges are warranted against the neighbor.

August 18th:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Stolen vehicle (recovered) – 12:45am. Officers were informed that PGPD officers recovered a 2013 Hyundai Sonata that had been stolen from the 4300 block of Russell Avenue several hours earlier. The vehicle was located in the 3600 block of Allison Street in Landover. No arrests were made.

3300 block of Shepherd Street: Criminal citation - 4:15am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3700 block of 36th Street: Burglary – 11:20pm. The resident told officers that when she left home earlier in the day she left a downstairs bathroom window open. When she returned home she discovered several items of her personal property had been stolen from inside the house. Officers determined that the suspect(s) entered through the open window and stole the items.

August 17th:

4100 block of 34th Street: Warrant service – 12:45am. Officers responded for the report of shots fired in the area of the 4100 block of Cedar Lane Alley. While canvassing the area they stopped two individuals for a field interview. During the interview the officers recognized one of the individuals as the man for whom they obtained felony arrest warrants for 1st degree assault involving the use of a handgun back on August 1st. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 9am. The Parking Enforcement Officer impounded a 1996 Mercedes 320 that had expired registration and had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: MIR – 3:45pm. The victim told officers that she has been receiving calls from a man demanding that she wire him money. The man implied that she would come to harm if she refused. The victim followed his instructions and wired him $20 but canceled the transaction before it was completed. She later learned that the recipient was in El Salvador and he called back demanding $1,000. She refused to send additional funds and wanted the incident documented by police.

4100 block of 31st Street: MIR – 6:40pm. Officers served a temporary protective order obtained by a man requiring his twin brother to vacate the house. The order is valid until August 25th.

3300 block of Shepherd Street: Criminal citation (x2) – 9:15pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Stolen vehicle – 9:20pm. The owner of a 2013 Hyundai Sonata told officers that sometime between 2:15pm this afternoon and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

August 16th:

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 1:15am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for an open alcohol violation.

4500 block of 31st Street: Burglary – 10:40am. The resident told officers that she returned home, and while doing some yard work noticed that the side door was open and was damaged. Officers obtained some property with evidentiary value and submitted it for analysis.

Chillum Road and Queens Chapel Road: M/V collision – 3:30pm. Officers investigated the collision and determined that a 2009 Toyota crossed center lane while making a left turn and struck a 2015 Honda in the process. The driver of the Toyota was charged accordingly. The driver of the Honda was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

3700 block of 34th Street: Robbery – 7:05pm. The victim told officers that she was walking home from the grocery store when a black BMW occupied by four black males stopped next to her. The man in the front passenger seat got out wearing a ski-type mask, pointed a handgun at the victim and robbed her of her purse. The suspect got back onto the vehicle and it fled the area towards Eastern Avenue. The victim couldn’t describe the driver or back seat passenger, but said she might be able to identify the driver if she were to see him again. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to conduct a follow-up investigation. At about 11:55pm officers learned that a DC police officer, believing the purse to have been lost, returned the purse and some of its contents to her sister who lives in the 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue, NE. The Officer did not leave a business card or his name and did not say where the purse was found.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Police Report: August 9-15

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

August 15th:

One Municipal Place: Warrant service – 9:30am. Officers stopped a man for drinking from a bottle of Vodka. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a traffic offense. He was issued a criminal citation for the alcohol violation and arrested on the warrant. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2700 block of Allison Street: Vandalism to auto – 10:15pm. The owner of a 2005 Toyota told officers that he came out to his truck and discovered that someone has slashed all four tires. An unknown male was seen walking nearby, however, he could not be identified as a suspect.

August 14th:

4500 block of 34th Street: Traffic – 10:05am. Officers stopped a 2003 Chevy for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was expired. The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 2:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.

3300 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 4:30pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in public.

August 13th:

4100 block of Kaywood Place: Theft from auto – 3:10am. The owner of a 2008 Dodge Magnum told officers that he heard someone outside his residence tampering with a vehicle. When he looked out his window he saw a black male trying to break into his neighbor’s vehicle. The victim stated that he yelled at the suspect who immediately jumped into a waiting sedan (possibly a newer model black Honda) and fled. The victim went outside and discovered that his vehicle had been broken into but his neighbor’s vehicle was not damaged.

August 12th:

4100 block of Cedar Lane: Criminal citation (x3) – 3:15am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public. The also issued a second man criminal citations for drinking in public and disorderly conduct.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 2:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 4:30pm. Officers impounded a 1995 Geo Prizm that had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.

August 11th:

3200 block of Chillum Road: Vehicle impound – 7:25am. Officers impounded a 2005 Chevy Monte Carlo for displaying registration plates that expired in December of 2014.

2700 block of Webster Street: Vehicle impound – 8:10am. Officers impounded a 2013 Hyundai for displaying tags issued to another vehicle.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 2:45pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4000 block of 29th Street: Burglary – 5:30pm. The residents told officers that they received a call from a neighbor letting them know that the back door to their house was open. They did not notify police at the time. When they returned home from work they discovered several items of their personal property had been stolen. They also said that the rear door was unlocked and possibly left open when they left this morning.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Burglary – 6:45pm. The resident told officers that when she returned home this evening she discovered that the metal cable door lock to her living room was broken and her bedroom door was open. There was no damage to the front door to the apartment. She said that nothing appeared to be missing from the apartment and that she is having problems with the leasing office and is currently in litigation with the property owner over the conditions of the apartment.

August 10th:

3700 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 11:30am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage in public.

4000 block of 32nd Street: Lost property – 5pm. A woman reported that she left her residence and walked to Joe’s Movement Emporium. She remembers having her cell phone in her possession just prior to leaving her house but was unable to locate it when she got to Joe’s. She said that at one point she was able to track her cell phone and it was located somewhere in the Silver Spring area.

2500 block of Arundel Road: Burglary – 10pm. The resident told officers that she was in her bedroom watching TV when she heard footsteps inside her apartment. Since she was expecting her boyfriend she called his name when her bedroom door began to open. The person was not her boyfriend and he immediately fled the apartment through the front door. The officers’ investigation revealed that the suspect broke into the apartment by pushing in the kitchen window. The resident was unable to provide a description of the suspect.

2800 block of Shepherd Street: Returned missing person – 10am. Officers received a report from a woman who reported her son missing back on June 4th. She said that he returned home on the 8th but she failed to report the fact to the police. The juvenile’s information was removed from NCIC missing persons files.

3400 block of Newton Street: Burglary (supplement) – 7:20pm. The victim told officers that she discovered the items stolen from her residence on August 8th were posted for sale on Instagram by Reddz Trading Company located in Bethesda, Maryland. She contacted the store and they advised her to contact the police. The information was forwarded to PGPD burglary detectives who are following up on the case.

August 9th:

3500 block of Newton Street: Stolen vehicle – 12:30am. The owner of a 2001 Nissan Maxima told officers that sometime between 8:30pm and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 6:45pm. Officers investigating a suspicious person learned that he had an open arrest warrant through the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a felony theft charge. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Police Report: August 2-8

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

August 8th:

3400 block of Newton Street: Burglary – 5:55pm. Officers received a call from management that an apartment had been broken into and the door was off the hinges. When they arrived the officers checked the apartment and found that it had not been ransacked. When the resident returned home she checked the apartment and discovered that numerous items of her personal property had been stolen. She said that she suspects that a former boyfriend nay be responsible for the crime.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto – The owner of a 2011 Mercury reported that sometime between 7pm and 10pm someone entered his vehicle and stole a guitar. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing else reported missing.

August 7th:

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Commercial burglary – 4:50am. Officers responded to Party Time Liquors for an alarm off. When they arrived they discovered a store front window broken and a liquor bottle on the ground. No entry could be made through the window. A store manager arrived and let the officers inside. While inside they observed a broken cash register monitor and a medium sized rock behind the counter. Officers reviewed the video surveillance data and identified the suspect as the same man who broke into a house in the 3600 block of Perry Street at about 2pm yesterday; and was transported to Providence Hospital for emergency medical treatment. Officers are in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant charging him with destruction of property and commercial burglary. At about 8:35am officers received a call for a man trespassing in an abandoned house on Rhode Island Avenue. They discovered it was the same man who broke into Party Time Liquors earlier in the day and a vacant house on Perry Street yesterday. Again, he was intoxicated and in need of immediate medical attention and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. A third warrant charging him with burglary was obtained and will be served when he is released from the hospital.

3700 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 7:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft – 12pm. The victim told officers that she came into the store to use the ATM. While using the ATM she left her cell phone and credit card on the counter behind her. When she finished with the ATM she discovered her phone had been stolen. There were several other people in the store at the time but no suspects were identified.

4500 block of 34th Street: Traffic – 8:55pm. Officers stopped a 2007 Cadillac for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. The vehicle was unregistered and had expired tags and no insurance. The driver was arrested and charged accordingly and the vehicle was impounded.

August 6th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:20am. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for possession of an open container of alcohol in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for loitering. He was in violation of a previously issued a loitering warning notice banning him from the area for 30days.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:15am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for loitering. He was in violation of a previously issued a loitering warning notice banning him from the area for 30days.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Disorderly conduct – 12:10pm. Officers stopped a man who was intoxicated, bothering passersby and in possession of an open container. This was the third time today that this subject was stopped by police for drinking and trespassing charges. When officers tried to issue him another criminal citation be began screaming profanity and causing a disturbance. He was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3800 block of 30th Street: Vehicle impound – 2:15pm. The Parking Enforcement Officer impounded a 2002 Ford Explorer that had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.

3600 block of Perry Street: Emergency petition – 1:55pm. Officers responded for the report of a man lying naked in the street. When they arrived they determined that he was under the influence of either alcohol or PCP. Witnesses stated that the man had just exited a vacant residence and fell to the ground where he was found. A search of the vacant residence revealed clothing and personal items belonging to him. He was transported by ambulance to Providence Hospital for an emergency medical treatment. Officers are in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant charging him with burglary.

4500 block of Russell Avenue: Warrant service – 7:20pm. Officers responded for the report of an unwanted guest. Further investigation revealed that the gust had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a disorderly conduct charge. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Runaway juvenile – 9pm. The mother of a teenaged girl told officers that her daughter ran away from home after an argument. The mother added that her daughter took some clothing items with her and mentioned that she has runaway several times before with her boyfriend who lives in DC. The complainant was instructed to contact the police when she returns home.

August 5th:

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 12:05am. Officers patrolling with an automated license plate reader received an alert on a vehicle with suspended registration. Officers stopped the vehicle and verified the ALPR information. They also learned that the driver did not have a license and had an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro. The vehicle was impounded.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Theft from auto – 7:40am. The owner of a 2005 Scion told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered the driver side door and rear hatch open. She also discovered that several dresses had been stolen from the vehicle. Officers could not determine how access was gained as there was no visible damage to any of the vehicles locking mechanisms.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 8:45am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

3500 block of 37th Street: Tampering – 10:35am. The owner of a 2002 GMC told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered damage to the driver’s side door lock and steering column. The vehicle was processed for latent prints with negative results.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation (x2) – 4pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4500 block of 34th Street: M/V collision – 4:20pm. The driver of a 2005 Isuzu told officers that as he was driving towards the intersection of 34th Street and Arundel Road when his vehicle was struck in the rear by an unknown vehicle that drove away without stopping and fled the area to avoid identification.

3300 block of Otis Street: 1st degree assault (supplement) – 10pm. Officers obtained a criminal arrest warrant for an individual who committed a 1st degree assault on a female on August 1st.

2700 block of Webster Street: Missing person – 11:55pm. The parents of a male teenager reported their son missing after a family altercation. The juvenile is believed to be in the area and has been spotted by family, however, he runs away when they approach. He is considered non- critical and has no medical/psychological conditions nor is he on any medications. A canvas of the area and a search under apartment buildings revealed negative results. The juvenile’s information was entered into the NCIC missing persons file. 

August 4th:

Chillum Road and Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 12:40am. Officers patrolling with a vehicle equipped with an automated license plate reader were alerted to a vehicle with suspended registration. The vehicle was stopped and the ALPR information verified. Upon further investigation it was learned that the driver only had a learners permit and was not accompanied by a licensed driver; and the vehicle had a pick-up order for the tags. The driver was charged accordingly, the tags were removed for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3100 block of Arundel Road: Stolen vehicle – 6:40am. The owner of a 2001 Dodge Caravan told officers that he parked and secured his vehicle on August 2nd at about 2:30pm. When he returned for the vehicle this morning he discovered it had been stolen.

August 3rd:

4600 block of 25th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:35am. The parking enforcement officer was discovered a vehicle displaying tags issued to another vehicle. The vehicle was cited accordingly, the tags were removed for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Perry Street: MIR – 11:15pm. A resident reported that he discovered a dead cat that appeared to have been recently buried about a foot deep in the tree box area in front of his residence. It appeared as if something, probably another animal dug up the cat prior to the resident discovering it. The complainant wanted the incident documented as he found it strange and may be related to a separate incident that occurred a few days earlier.

August 2nd:

3200 block of Chillum Road: Warrant service – 4:15am. Officers stopped a 2003 Acura for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license; and, he had an open arrest warrant out of Montgomery County for failing to appear in court. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro. The vehicle was impounded.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 5:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Police Report: July 26 - August 1

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

August 1st:

3700 block of 35th Street: Criminal citation – 12:55am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Attempt robbery – 1am. The victim told officers that he arrived home and parked his vehicle in the parking lot of his apartment building. As he was walking to his building he was approached by a man who brandished two large kitchen knives and demanded his cell phone. He refused and ran towards his apartment door. The suspect ran towards Chillum Road eventually making good his escape. The victim was not injured and no property was taken during the incident. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene, obtained a written statement and will continue the investigation.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Criminal citation – 4:25am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 4:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for loitering.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 6:05pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open alcoholic container in public.

3300 block of Otis Street: 1st degree assault – 10:55pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic argument involving a female victim and her boyfriend. The victim said that during the argument her boyfriend pushed her around and grabbed her by the arm. The victim said she did not want to press charges at the time and just wanted the boyfriend to leave. He left and she was advised of her options with a District Court Commissioner. About 40 minutes later the boyfriend returned with a handgun and threatened to kill the victim. He fled the area before officers arrived. The victim again declined to press charges and the officers strongly urged her to get a protective order. They offered her further assistance which she also declined. PGPD detectives responded to the scene to interview the victim and continue the investigation. MRPD officers will seek and arrest warrant for the boyfriend.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: 2nd degree assault – 11:05pm. The reporting person told officers that he saw three Hispanic males assault a black male juvenile by pulling him off his bicycle. The reporting person intervened and the three decided they had the wrong person and fled the area. Neither the reporting person nor the victim could identify the assailants and said they had not seen them in the area before the incident.

July 31st:

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft – 1:10pm. The reporting person came into the police station and told officers that his daughter went into the Alife Food Market and left his cell phone on the counter by mistake. When she realized her mistake she returned for the phone and discovered it had been stolen. The store is monitored by security cameras and officers will follow up to see if the theft was captured on video.

4000 block of 35th Street: Warrant service – 1:30pm. Officers on patrol stopped a man who they knew from previous experience had an open arrest warrant. The warrant was confirmed and he was taken into custody and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 9:20pm. The victim told officers that she mistakenly left her cell phone on a washing machine while doing laundry. When she realized her mistake and returned for the phone she discovered it had been stolen. The laundry area is monitored by security cameras and officers will follow up to see if the theft was captured on video.

July 30th:

3700 block of 36th Street: Theft – 9am. The victim told officers that he left his bicycle on his front porch on the 29th at about 8:30pm. When he returned for it this morning he discovered it had been stolen. He said that he had had another bike stolen about two weeks ago. One of the victim’s relatives reported that he had seen the previously stolen bike in a neighbor’s back yard. That bike was located and returned to the victim.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Hit and run collision – 11:10am. The victim told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning to discover damage to the right rear quarter panel. The damage appeared to have been caused by another vehicle that was white in color.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Pedestrian struck – 6:40pm. The driver of a 2002 Buick struck a juvenile who was attempting to cross the street. Witnesses told the officers that the Buick appeared to have been traveling at a high rate of speed. The juvenile was transported to Children’s Hospital by fire/rescue personnel for treatment of non- life threatening injuries. The driver of the striking vehicle was issued several traffic citations.  

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 8:20pm. Officers patrolling with an ALPR were alerted to a 2015 Chrysler with a suspended registration and a pick-up order for the tags. Officers stopped the vehicle and verified the ALPR’s information. The tags were seized for return to MVA, the vehicle was impounded and the driver was issued several traffic citations.

July 29th:

3800 block of Windom Road: Recovered stolen auto – 7:45am. Officers from PGPD notified MRPD that they recovered a 2013 Ford Taurus that had been reported stolen from the 4300 block of Russell Avenue on the 27th. The vehicle was drivable but the tags had been stolen prior to the vehicle’s recovery. No keys were found with the vehicle and no arrests were made. The owner was notified of the recovery.

4200 block of 32nd Street: Theft – 3:20pm. The victim told officers that after a Verizon employee left her home after a July 8th service call she discovered her wallet and cash missing from her bedroom. The victim also said that several other people have keys to her home. Both the victim and the reporting officers spoke with Verizon security personnel to inform them of the theft.

July 28th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 9:10am. Officers stopped to investigate a 1997 Honda parked in a crosswalk. They spoke with the driver and he said that he had a tow service in route to pick up the vehicle. After about twenty minutes had passed and there were no signs of a tow service and the male subject was no longer on scene officers impounded the vehicle. 

3700 block of 37th Street: Stolen vehicle – 9:10am. The owner of a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle came into the police station to report that someone stole his bike from where it was parked sometime overnight.

3600 block of Perry Street: Fraud – 10:40am. Officers met with a woman who has her house up for rent. She said that someone she did not know listed the property for rent on Craigslist and was taking deposits. She said that she has contacted Craigslist to have the property removed.

3700 block of 36th Street: Property damage – 11:35am. The owner of a 2000 Chrysler told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered damage to the passenger side door lock.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 12:35pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

July 27th:

3800 block of 34th Street: Vehicle impound – 12:15pm. Officers impounded a 2010 Ford Fusion for displaying expired tags.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Property damage – 2:10pm. The owner of a 2015 Ford told officers that he came out to his vehicle this afternoon and discovered damage to the rear door on the driver’s side.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Domestic – 6:25pm. The female victim told officers that she was attempting to leave a man with whom she had lived with for the past three years. The man was attempting to prevent her leaving. Officers advised the man of the consequences should he continue his behavior and the woman was assisted with gathering personal items and removing them from the premises. She was advised to seek assistance of a court commissioner. A lethality assessment was performed and victim did not screen in.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Attempt sexual assault – 6:55pm. Officers responded for the report of an assault. When they arrived they learned that a man attempted to sexually assault the victim on the Park and Planning footpath behind her building. She was able to provide a description of her assailant. MRPD and PGPD officers searched the area and detained a man who fit the suspect’s description. Witnesses were able to positively identify him as the victim’s assailant. He was taken into custody and released to the custody of Park Police officers who took over the investigation. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her non- life threatening injuries.

July 26th:

4500 block of 31st Street: Vehicle impound – 4:15am. Officers stopped to investigate an illegally parked 2002 Chevy Trailblazer. They observed that the rear windows were open, the ignition had been tampered with and the tags were not valid. The registered owner was contacted and said that he had loaned the vehicle to a friend who could not be contacted. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3100 block of Upshur Street: Theft from auto – 10:15am. The owner of a 1996 Chevy Corsica told officers that sometime between 8pm yesterday and the time he called police someone entered his vehicle, rifled through the glove compartment and center console and stole a USB cord. The victim stated that the vehicle was unlocked. The vehicle was processed for latent prints, with two possible prints collected.

3200 block of Varnum Street: Theft from auto (supplement) – 5:30pm. The reporting officer following up on a theft from auto that occurred on July 15th was able obtain information that the victim’s stolen credit card had been used at the Mount Rainier Dollar and Food Mart located at 3847 34th Street. The officer obtained photographs of the suspect using the stolen card. The officer shared copies of the photographs to other members of MRPD who were able to positively identify him. The reporting officer was able to obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect and was shortly arrested. He waived his rights and gave a written statement admitting to using the stolen credit card but denied stealing it. He was charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Stolen vehicle – 12:40am. The owner of a 2013 Ford Taurus told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning to discover it had been stolen. The victim’s girlfriend told the officers that she dropped and lost her keys while walking between the vehicle and the apartment when the two got home about 7pm last night. She said that there was a spare key to the vehicle on her key ring.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.