Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Police Report: January 19

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 2:30 am officers responded for the report of a suspicious tow attempting to tow a vehicle. The reporting person told the officers that she was awakened by the sound of a car alarm. She looked out on the parking lot and saw a tow truck in the process of towing a Jeep Cherokee that belonged to a friend. She was able to convince the driver of the tow truck not to tow the vehicle by paying the driver a $50 “drop” fee. After getting her vehicle released she notified police of the incident. The officers contacted the owner of the tow company, Drive Towing, who told them that the person described by the reporting person as the driver of the tow truck did not match the description of any of his employees. This information led the officers to believe that the tow truck and its driver were imposters and residents should be on the lookout for any tow truck labeled as Drive Towing and report it to police by calling our Communication center at 301-985-6565/6566.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 8:50 am officers responded for the report of a vandalism to/theft from auto. The victim/owner told the officers that when he returned to his vehicle early this morning he discovered damage to his driver’s side door and his left front headlight missing. A canvass of the area for witnesses and/or evidence proved negative.

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 5:15 pm officers on patrol observed an individual drinking from an open container of alcohol. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way without further incident.

Arundel Road @ 31st Street: At about 5:35 pm officers on patrol observed a vehicle displaying a State of Georgia temporary registration plate that appeared to be fraudulent. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle whereupon the officers noticed that the driver was known to them as a person involved previously in the local drug trade. Investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended; an MSP pickup order was in effect and the Georgia temporary tag was not valid. The owner of the vehicle (passenger) gave the officers consent to search the vehicle and the officers found no weapons or drugs inside. The driver was issued four state traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

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