Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Police Report: July 20-21

Monday July 20th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 10:30 am officers responded for the report of a missing person. The missing person mother told the officers that her 40 year old son had not returned home since she last saw him around 9 pm on July 14th. She said that her son suffers from schizophrenia and has not taken his medication. She also said that he has gone missing in the past but never for this long. His information was entered into the NCIC missing persons database and a lookout was distributed to surrounding law enforcement agencies.

2700 block of Upshur Street: At about 12:40 pm officers responded for the report of a stolen auto. The victim/owner told the officers that he parked his 2001 Chevrolet, DC tags CM6410, in the 2700 block of Upshur Street the evening of July 19th and when he returned for it he discovered that it had been stolen. There was no record of the vehicle being impounded or repossessed. The surrounding area was checked for evidence/witnesses with negative results.

One Municipal Place: At about 8:15 pm power shift officers were patrolling the area when they observed an individual consuming an alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

Russell Avenue and Taylor Street: At about 10:25 pm power shift officers observed a vehicle driving with an equipment violation. The officers stopped the vehicle and discovered that the driver was driving on a suspended license. He was issued the appropriate Maryland traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

Tuesday July 21st (early morning):

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 2 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. During the stop the driver was found to have an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failure to appear on a traffic charge. They also learned that his driver’s license was suspended. He was arrested on the open warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle he was driving was turned over to a passenger at the driver’s request.

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 2 am officers were patrolling the U-Haul lot across from the 7-11 when they came upon three suspicious individuals loitering on the property. The officers stopped the three for a field interview during which each of them gave different reasons for being there and for how they got there. At one point during the interview the officers noticed one of the individuals attempt to conceal an object on the ground next to him. The officers retrieved the object and discovered it to be a small toy handgun. The gun was seized and the individuals were detained for further questioning. The officers learned that the three were all DC residents and had come to the area in a white Chevy Lumina that they had parked in the 4500 block of Russell Avenue. At this point the officers’ training and experience led them to suspect that the three were observing the 7-11 store as a prelude to a possible robbery attempt when the officers intervened. NCIC checks revealed that none of the three was currently wanted, however one had a prior record for armed robbery. PGPD robbery detectives and Hyattsville City Police detectives were notified and all three were transported to PGPD CID for questioning about their possible involvement in a spate of 7-11 robberies that have occurred in the County.

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