Friday, June 26, 2009

Police Report: June 25

3800 block of 30th Street: At about 5:20 pm officers responded for a father/son domestic dispute. Their investigation revealed that the son had earlier told his father that he had been accepted into college and apparently did not get the response he wanted. The son became violent and because of similar past behavior the father tried to leave the house until the son calmed down. As the father tried to drive away the son jumped onto the hood of his car and smashed in the windshield. The son was arrested and charged with domestic assault and destruction of property and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Monthly joint task force operation: Between the hours of 6 pm and 2 am officers from the Mount Rainier Police, Maryland-National Capital Park Police, and the Hyattsville City Police conducted a joint high visibility saturation patrol operation concentrating on various hot spot locations across the three jurisdictions. The focus of this month’s operation was on vehicular traffic flow in and around these hot spots. Ten (10) officers participated in the operation and the results are listed below:

Vehicles Stopped: 18
Vehicles Searched: 1
State Citations: 6
Equipment Repair Orders: 4
Written Warnings: 2
Arrests: 2
Criminal Summons: 0
Vehicle Impounds: 0
Field Interviews: 22

Heat and Humidity Awareness and Safety Tips

Heat and humidity are in the forecast for the upcoming days in Prince George’s County and the men and women of your Fire/EMS Department want you to stay informed and take precautions to stay safe and healthy. Temperatures in the nineties, combined with high humidity may create a dangerous situation for children, the elderly, and those who suffer from chronic heart or lung conditions. The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures will hit the nineties on Thursday and last throughout the weekend. Your best protection is to stay well hydrated. Sweat, or water, allows heat to evaporate from your skin’s surface. If you become dehydrated, it is more difficult for your body to maintain an acceptable temperature. The best thing to drink is water. Gatorade or other sports drinks are also good. Avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. Limit heavy exertion when high levels of heat and humidity are present. High humidity levels make it more difficult for your body to dissipate heat.

At Work
• Avoid the heat
• Reduce activity
• Drink plenty of water

Outdoors
• Wear light colored clothing
• Drink plenty of water
• Take frequent rest breaks in the air conditioning or shade

At Home
• Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly
• Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment
• Eat smaller meals, more often
• Take cool baths
• Make sure pets have access to water and shade

Source: Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Police Report: June 24

3600 block of Perry Street: At about 10:10 pm officers responded for the report of a residential burglary. Their investigation revealed that the homeowner left for work at about 8 am returning to find the home in disarray. Sometime while the homeowner was away, person(s) unknown entered the home through an open kitchen window and stole several items of personal property. The officers were able to identify and recover latent fingerprint evidence which is being sent to RAFIS for analysis.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Police Report: June 23-24

Tuesday June 23rd:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 7:45 am officers on patrol observed a subject consuming an alcoholic beverage in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 6:50 pm officers took a theft report at Party Time Liquors. Their investigation revealed that two individuals entered the store, one of whom stayed by the counter attempting to distract the store employees while the other took two bottles of liquor from a display rack. When the employee told the individuals to leave the store they fled on foot taking the goods with them without paying. No direction of travel was observed and it is unknown whether they may have made good their escape in a waiting vehicle. A check of the area for the three proved negative.

Suspect #1: Black male, 17-20 years of age, 5’6” tall, about 150 lbs, wearing a red/black shirt and blue jeans.

Suspect #2: Black male, 17-20 years of age, 5’8” Tall, about 140 lbs, wearing a brown hat, black shirt, blue jeans, and short dreads.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 8:35 pm officers on patrol observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the intersection impeding traffic while the driver was talking to a pedestrian. The officers stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver. She did not have a driver’s license in her possession and the officers detected a moderate odor an alcoholic beverage on her breath. She was checked through MVA/NCIC and found to have a suspended Maryland license due to a recent arrest for DUI. A field sobriety test was administered but the results were inconclusive. She was issued several traffic citations and her vehicle was impounded.

Wednesday June 24th (early morning):

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): At about 2:25 am officers responded for a commercial armed robbery. When the officers arrived they learned that three individuals with shirts covering their faces came into the store armed with handguns. They demanded money from the store clerk and as he was complying with their demand one of them hit the clerk in the back of the head with a handgun. Once they had the money from the register the three fled out of the store in an undetermined direction. A Hyattsville City Police K-9 responded to the scene and tracked the suspects to the 4600 block of 22nd Street where the dog lost the track. Detectives from the PGPD robbery squad responded to gather evidence and assume a follow-up investigation. The store clerk who was struck with the handgun was taken to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was treated for his non-life threatening head wound.

Suspect # 1: Dark skin black male with a braided hair style, approximately 5'8" tall, 180 lbs wearing black jean shorts, white tank-style t-shirt, brown gloves and a purple shirt around his face, armed with a black handgun.

Suspect # 2: Brown skin black male, approximately 5'9" tall, 190 lbs, wearing a white tank-style t-shirt, blue jean shorts and a white t-shirt wrapped around his face.

Suspect # 3: Black male, wearing a red shirt with a checkered line, blue jean shorts folded up at the knee and a white t-shirt wrapped around his face.

All three individuals are also suspects in another 7-11 store robbery in Hyattsville City that occurred just prior to this one.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Police Report: June 22-23

Monday June 22nd:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 7:30 am officers took a report of a motor vehicle theft. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime during the overnight hours person(s) unknown stole his gold 2000 Dodge van with Maryland tags 31291M7. A check of the area for witnesses and/or evidence proved negative.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 8:25 am officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim/owner of a white 1996 Chrysler Concorde told the officers that sometime during the overnight hours person(s) unknown damaged the car’s driver side door. No evidence was found that would indicate those responsible were able to get into the car and nothing was discovered missing. No additional evidence or witnesses were found.

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 10:10 am officers stopped a vehicle that was not displaying any registration plates. An MVA/NCIC check revealed that the vehicle was not reported stolen and not currently registered. The driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

2500 block of Allison Street: At about 7:30 pm officers took a report of a missing/runaway juvenile. The officers interviewed the juvenile’s parents and determined that the child ran away from home because he did not want to obey his parents’ house rules. The child was last seen at home on June 21st at about 10:30 pm. The juvenile’s information and description was entered into the NCIC missing persons database.

Tuesday June 23rd (early morning):

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): At about 12:30 am officers responded for a theft that had just occurred. Their investigation revealed that three individuals entered the store and stole approximately $18.00 worth of merchandise. All three then fled the store on foot in an unknown direction. The individuals were described as:
Suspect #1: Black male with dreadlocks, about 18-20 years of age wearing a white t-shirt.
Suspect #2: Black male, about 18-20 years of age wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.Suspect #3: No description given.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Police Report: June 19-21

Friday June 19th:

4000 block of 34th Street: At about 9:15am officers took a report of a stolen auto. The victim/owner told the officers that he parked and locked his burgundy colored 2004 Jeep Liberty (Maryland tag 545M727) by his residence on June 18th at about 9:30 pm. When he returned for his Jeep this morning he discovered that it had been stolen. This vehicle was later reported to be involved in several armed robberies in the District I area.

Saturday June 20th:

4200 block of 30th Street: At about 6:30am officers received a call for a stolen auto. The victims/owners told the officers that their 1998 Jeep Cherokee was parked and locked by their residence on June 19th at about 9:30 pm. When they returned this morning they discovered that their Jeep had been stolen.

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 8:00 am officers received a call to respond to the police station to take a robbery report. The victims (two) told the officers that at about 2 am this morning today they were walking in the 2300 block of Varnum Street when a black male armed with a silver revolver approached and pointed the gun at them. He then demanded their wallets and cell phones. They complied and the suspect fled on foot.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 5:45 pm officers observed a 1996 Oldsmobile commit a minor traffic violation. The officers stopped the vehicle and a further investigation revealed that it was unregistered and displaying tags issued to another vehicle. The driver was charged accordingly and the vehicle was impounded.

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 2 pm officers received a call for a theft. The reporting person told the officers that he left his wallet in another person’s car and was unable to contact the person to retrieve his wallet. He was advised of his options and a report was written.

3300 block of Perry Street: At about 11:40 pm officers observed an individual consuming an open alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

Chillum Road & Queenstown Drive: At about 11:55 pm power shift officers stopped a vehicle for minor traffic violations. The driver was found to have an open warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of marijuana. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Sunday June 21st:

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 8:05 am officers responded for the report of a theft from the 7-11 store. When the officers arrived they stopped an individual who matched the description of the thief. The individual was found to have an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving an uninsured vehicle. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. He settled the theft with 7-11 by paying for the items he allegedly stole and 7-11 declined to press charges on the misdemeanor theft.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 3:40 pm officers received a call for a vandalism to auto. The victims/owners told the officers that they parked and locked their vehicle at about 10 am in good condition. They returned to their vehicle at about 3:40 pm and discovered that the front passenger window had been smashed out. Nothing was discovered missing from inside the vehicle and no evidence was found that those responsible tried to steal the vehicle.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: At about 1:55 pm officers received a call for a vandalism to auto. The victim/owner told the officers that he parked and locked his vehicle at his residence on June 19th. When he returned to the vehicle this afternoon he discovered that the front passenger window had been smashed out. Nothing was discovered missing from inside the vehicle and no evidence was found that those responsible tried to steal the vehicle.

36th & Perry Streets: At about 4:20 pm power shift officers observed a vehicle commit a minor traffic violation. When the officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle the driver refused to stop. After a short pursuit the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed in the 3800 block of 38th Street. The driver then fled on foot but the officers were able to catch and arrest him a short distance away. Once he was in custody the officers discovered that he had an open arrest warrant for distribution of marijuana and did not have a driver’s license. He was arrested on the warrant and charged with numerous traffic violations. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville and the vehicle was impounded.

Warning Regarding Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough

The FDA and CDC are warning consumers not to eat any varieties of prepackaged Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough due to the risk of contamination with E.coli, a bacterium that causes food borne illness. The FDA advises that if consumers have any prepackaged, refrigerated Nestle Toll House cookie dough products in their home that they throw them away. Cooking the dough is not recommended because consumers might get the bacteria on their hands and on other cooking surfaces. Individuals who have recently eaten prepackaged, refrigerated Toll House cookie dough and have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately. Any such illnesses should be reported to state or local health authorities.

The FDA reminds consumers they should not eat any raw food products that are intended for cooking or baking before consumption. Consumers should use safe food-handling practices when preparing such products, including following package directions for cooking at proper temperatures; washing hands, surfaces, and utensils after contact with these types of products; avoiding cross contamination; and refrigerating products properly.

For further information: Consumers who have additional questions about these products should contact Nestle consumer services at 1-800-559-5025 and/or visit their Web site at
www.verybestbaking.com.

For a complete listing of the recalled products go to:
http://www.nestleusa.com/PubNews/PressReleaseLibraryDetails.aspx?id-133CC131-A79F-4E84-9C43-C9F99FE5BC99.

More information is available in the FDA News Release available on the FDA Web site at http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm167908.htm.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Police Report: June 18

One Municipal Place: At about 3:25 pm officers on patrol observed an individual consuming an alcoholic beverage in a public place. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue (traffic circle): At about 8:30 pm officers investigated a motor vehicle crash involving two cars. Their investigation determined revealed that the car traveling northbound on Rhode Island Avenue entered the circle and failed to yield the right of way to a car already in the circle. The driver of the striking vehicle was issued three Maryland State citations. Both vehicles were drivable after the crash and there were no injuries or damage to City property.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New H1N1 Strain Found

Brazilian scientists have identified a new strain of the H1N1 virus after examining samples from a patient in Sao Paulo, their institute said on Tuesday. The variant has been called A/Sao Paulo/1454/H1N1 by the Adolfo Lutz Bacteriological Institute, which compared it with samples of the A(H1N1) swine flu from California. The genetic sequence of the new sub-type of the H1N1 virus was isolated by a virology team lead by one of its researchers, Terezinha Maria de Paiva, the institute said in a statement. The mutation is comprised of alterations in the Hemagglutinin protein which allows the virus to infect new hosts, it said.

It was not yet known whether the new strain was more aggressive than the current A(H1N1) virus which has been declared pandemic by the World Health Organization. The genetic make-up of the H1N1 virus and its subvariants are important for scientists. Pharmaceutical companies are working to mass produce a vaccine against the current A(H1N1) flu. There are fears though that it could mutate into a deadly strain, much in the same way as the 1918 Spanish flu - also an A(H1N1) virus type - did when it killed tens of millions around the planet. According to the WHO, 36,000 people in 76 countries have been infected with the H1N1 virus, causing 163 deaths.

Source: AFP

Police Report: June 17

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 7:30 pm officers took a report of a lost wallet. The owner told the officers that she lost her wallet while at Saint James Church but could not remember if she was inside or outside on the Church grounds when her wallet was lost. She was provided a case number for verification purposes.

3400 block of Newton Street: At about 11 pm officers responded for the report of an intoxicated male attempting to take his own life. When the officers arrived the found the man in an extremely intoxicated state and suffering from non-life threatening self inflicted wounds to his hands and chest. He told the officers that he had a drinking problem and did not feel well about himself. Due to the man’s behavior and self- inflicted injuries he was taken into protective custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for psychological evaluation and treatment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Police Report: June 16-17

Tuesday June 16:

Chillum Road at Queens Chapel Road: At about 1:50 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle was found to have a suspended registration with an MVA pick-up order for the tags. The tags were seized pursuant to the pick-up order, the vehicle was impounded, and the driver was issued the appropriate Maryland state citations.

One Municipal Place: At about 5:20 pm power shift officers stopped a vehicle because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. The driver’s vehicle was found to have a suspended registration with an MVA pick-up order on the tags. The tags were seized pursuant to the pick-up order, the vehicle was impounded, and the driver was issued the appropriate Maryland state citations.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 10:30 pm officers on patrol apprehended an individual who had stolen two one-liter bottles of Vodka from Party Time Liquors. The individual was charged with misdemeanor theft via a criminal citation and released without incident.

Wednesday June 17th (early morning):

4100 block of 33rd Street: At about 12:05 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open warrant through the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear in court. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Police Report: June 15-16

Monday June 15:

4300 block of 31st Street: At about 3 pm officers took a report of an attempted vehicle theft. The victim/owner told the officers that person(s) unknown damaged the ignition on his 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 P/U truck. He said that he believed that he had left the truck unlocked when he parked it by his residence. The officers verified that there was no forced entry into the vehicle.

2900 block of Arundel Road: At about 4:20 pm officers took a report of a stolen vehicle. The victim told the officers that sometime prior to his call to the police person(s) unknown stole his burgundy colored 2005 Dodge Durango with Maryland tags 13463M1. A canvass of the area for evidence/witnesses was negative.

3700 block of 35th Street: At about 8:15 pm an MRPD officer suffered a dog bite while handling a call for service. The officer was bitten on his right triceps when the dog jumped over a fence and attacked him. The owner of the dog was not present at the time of the incident, but the officer was able to obtain information on the dog and its record of shots from the owner’s daughter. The officer did not require medical treatment as a result of the bite.

Tuesday June 16th (early morning):

4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 1:50 am officers responded for the report of a citizen robbery. The victim told the officers that he was approached from behind by three black males. He said that a metal object was placed to the back of his head and he was ordered to lie on the ground. The suspects then stole his keys, wallet and gym bag. The victim said that he did not look at the suspects for fear of his safety. A canvass of the area for the suspects and possible witnesses provided negative. PGPD detectives were notified and will conduct a follow-up investigation.

Police Report: June 12-14

Friday June 12th:

3300 block of Shepherd Street: At about 8 pm officers responded for an assault in progress. When the officers arrived they saw a man running from the scene of the assault and watched him run into 3300 Shepherd Street. The officers made note of this individual and proceeded to contact and interview the victim of the assault. The victim told the officers that he and his domestic partner had been drinking during the course of the day and at one point they began to argue. The argument escalated to a physical altercation with the victim suffering injuries to his face. The victim’s domestic partner was identified as the man who ran from the scene when the officers arrived. The officers located him inside the address into which he ran and arrested him. He was charged with second degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Saturday June 13th:

2500 block of Arundel Road: At about 7 am officers took a report of a theft from auto. Their investigation revealed that sometime during the previous evening/early morning hours person(s) unknown stole two wheels off of the victim’s vehicle leaving it sitting up on cement blocks. A check of the area for witnesses and evidence proved negative.

3200 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 8:30 am officers took a report of an attempted theft from a motor vehicle. Their investigation revealed that sometime during the previous evening/early morning hours person(s) unknown broke into the victim’s vehicle by defeating the passenger side door lock. The interior of the vehicle was ransacked; however the victim told the officers that nothing appeared to be missing. A check of the area for witnesses and evidence proved negative.

3800 block of 33rd Street: At about 9:10 am officers responded for a reported stolen auto. Their investigation revealed that sometime during the previous evening/early morning hours person(s) unknown stole the victim’s vehicle from in front of his residence. The officers canvassed the area for evidence and/or witnesses and a short time later they located the vehicle in the 3100 block of Perry Street. The vehicle was found running but unoccupied. The officers noted that the driver’s door lock and ignition had been damaged in order for the thieves to accomplish the theft. The victim was notified and took possession of his vehicle at the scene of the recovery.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 6:10 pm officers investigated a two-car crash. Their investigation revealed that the at fault driver attempted to pass another car striking it on the way by. Neither driver was injured and both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.

4300 block of 28th Place: At about 9:45 pm officers responded for a citizen armed robbery. The officers spoke with the two female victims who told them that as they were walking towards their residence they were approached from behind by two individuals one of whom displayed a handgun and stated “give me all your stuff.” The individuals robbed both victims of their property and fled the area on foot. During their investigation the officers discovered that as the suspects fled the area they used one victim’s car keys taken in the robbery and stole her car from the parking lot. A lookout for both suspects was broadcast to surrounding police jurisdictions and a heavy canvass of the area was conducted by all agencies with negative results. PGPD reported that they had several other robberies similar suspect information during the day. Both victims were taken to PGPD District I DB for statements and interviews. At about 11 pm officers received notification from MPD their officers recovered the victim’s vehicle in the 900 block of Hamilton Street NE. The vehicle was unoccupied and running with keys still in the ignition. PGPD detectives responded to recovery location with the victims, processed the scene and released vehicle to its owner.

Suspect #1 was described as a black male, 15-16 years of age, 5’6” tall, 160 lbs, long dreadlock hair style, wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and armed with a handgun.
Suspect # 2 was described as a black male, 15-16 years of age, 6’ tall, 175 lbs, wearing a black t-shirt and light colored shorts.

Sunday June 14th:

3200 block of Upshur Street: At about 9:30 am officers responded for the report of found shell casings. The officers found the shell casing where the complainant said they would be and began to investigate. They didn’t find any damaged property or signs of injury but they did take note of a suspicious vehicle parked nearby. When they checked this vehicle, a Dodge van displaying a Virginia tag JPM-7375, they discovered that it had ignition damage. An NCIC check of the registration revealed that it had been reported stolen from Lorton, VA on May 28th. 2009. The van was impounded for safe keeping and the shell casings were recovered and placed into evidence.

2400 block of Chillum Road: At 11:25 am power shift officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. While they were dealing with the driver a female acquaintance of his approached officers and began to scream and yell at them. The officers tried to get her to calm down to no avail. The officers arrested her for disorderly conduct and delivered her to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Friday, June 12, 2009

H1N1: WHO Declares First Pandemic Since 1968

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the new H1N1 virus has caused the first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years. The declaration will trigger heightened health measures in the WHO's 193 member states as authorities brace for the worldwide spread of the virus that has so far caused mainly mild illness. "Phase 6 doesn't mean anything concerning severity, it is concerning geographic spread... Pandemic means global, but it doesn't have any connotation of severity or mildness," WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said. One health source said the experts are also expected to recommend finishing production currently underway of seasonal flu vaccine for the northern hemisphere next winter. There have been 27,737 infections reported in 74 countries as of June 11th, including 141 deaths, according to the WHO's latest tally of laboratory confirmed cases; but the real number of people with the disease is likely to run into at least hundreds of thousands, as mild cases may not have been detected.
Source: Reuters

Police Report: June 6-7

Saturday June 6th:

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 1 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further inquiry revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant though the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear in court. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 11:30 pm officers took a report of damaged property. The resident told the officers that fire/rescue personnel had to forcibly enter his apartment because a smoke alarm was sounding. The resident had left a hotdog cooking on the stove while he went out causing the alarm to sound. No one was injured.

Sunday June 7th:

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 12:30 am officers observed a man sleeping in the hallway of the apartment building. When they checked his welfare they found that he did not live in the building and he was not currently wanted. He was sent on his way and advised not to return to the building.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 9:20 am officers on foot patrol observed a man in possession of an open alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 10:30 am officers on foot patrol observed a man urinating in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 3:30 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. When they approached the vehicle to speak with the driver they smelled an odor of marijuana coming from inside. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Officer for failing to appear in court. He was arrested on the open warrant and based on the marijuana smell they searched the vehicle. The officers found 109.6 grams of marijuana concealed in the vehicle. Once the officers discovered the marijuana they also arrested the vehicle’s passenger. Both arrestees were transported to DOC in Hyattsville where they were charged with various CDS crimes including possession with intent to distribute a CDS.

3600 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 9 pm officers responded to the Mount Rainier Bike Co-op for the report of a burglary. The reporting person told the officers that person(s) unknown broke into the Co-op by removing a rear window pane and stole $13.00.

Police Report: June 5

During the evening hours officers from the Mount Rainier Police, Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Metro Transit Police and Hyattsville City Police conducted a joint high-visibility saturation patrol. Eleven officers participated in the operation and the results are as follows:

· 21 vehicles stopped;
· 2 vehicles searched;
· 11 Maryland state citations issued;
· 4 equipment repair orders issued;
· 4 written warnings issued;
· 4 arrests were made: 1 open warrant, 1 on-view arrest for selling w/o a license at the Prince George’s Plaza Metro Station (juvenile), 1 criminal citation for possession of drug paraphernalia, and one criminal citation for theft of vehicle tags.
· 1 vehicle impounded.
· 10 field observation reports completed.

The areas of concentration for this month’s sweep were:

· Metro trains operating between the Prince George’s Plaza Metro Station and the West Hyattsville Metro Station;
· East West Highway between Queens Chapel Road and Toledo Road
· Ager Road between Hamilton Street and the 5900 block
· Rhode Island Avenue between Eastern Avenue and the courthouse
· Queens Chapel Road – 2900 block to the 5300 block.
· Queens Chapel Road and Chillum area

There were no other reportable incidents for the day.

Police Report: June 11

Nothing significant to report.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Police Report: June 8-10

Monday June 8:

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): At about 6 am officers responded for a theft. The store clerk told the officers that several individuals came into the store and brought numerous items up to the checkout counter. Once the items were rung up and bagged the individuals grabbed the bags and fled the store without paying. None of the individuals said anything to the clerk as they were at the counter or when entering or leaving the store. The individuals were seen getting into a green BMW 360 with DC tags BE4404. The vehicle fled in an unknown direction. Attempts to make contact with registered owner of the vehicle have been negative. The store’s video tapes were obtained to assist investigators with identifying the perpetrators. The investigation will continue by MRPD officers and PGPD detectives.

Tuesday June 9:

3800 block of 33rd Street: At about 4:20 pm officers took a report of fraud/identity theft. The victim told the officers that she had requested a copy of her credit report and when she reviewed the report she discovered a delinquent account that she did not open or authorize. The victim was issued a case number so she could file a claim with the credit company.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 5:30 pm officers responded for a vandalism to auto. The victim/owner told the officers that person(s) unknown punctured the front passenger tire sometime prior to his reporting the incident. A check of the area for possible witnesses and evidence was negative.

4000 block of Shepherd Street: At about 7:45 pm power shift officers stopped to interview a female subject who was loitering in a known drug area and who was known from previous contacts as a narcotics user. During the field interview the officers discovered that she was in possession of drug paraphernalia. She was issued a criminal citation for the violation and released.

Wednesday June 10:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 4 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and a pick-up order was authorized by MVA. The driver was cited for the original traffic violation, the vehicle was impounded and the tags were removed for delivery to MVA.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Police Report: June 2

Chillum Road at Queenstown Drive: At about 7 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The officers discovered that the driver had an open warrant through the Prince George's County Sheriff’s Department. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.

4000 block of 34th Street: At about 8:05 am officers responded for the report of a commercial burglary. When the officers arrived they spoke with the owner of Oscar’s Florist who told them that sometime between close of business on the 1st and the time he called someone broke the front door glass, entered the store and stole various items of property. The shop was processed for evidence with negative results.

One Municipal Place: At about 9 am officers on foot patrol observed an individual consuming an alcoholic beverage in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation (his 10th) and sent on his way.

3400 block of Shepherd Street: At about 12:45 pm officers took a report of a theft. The victim told the officers that she left her purse in her vehicle with the door unlocked while she went shopping. Upon returning to her vehicle she found her purse was missing. A canvass of the area gave the officers no clues as to who may have been responsible for the theft.

4000 block of 34th Street: At about 8:10 pm officers from the power shift observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. They stopped the vehicle for the violation and later discovered that one of the passengers had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for failure to appear in court. He was arrested on the warrant. A search of his person incident to the arrest revealed a PCP-dipped cigarette. Investigating further, the officers found the driver in possession of marijuana. He was also arrested. The total amount of narcotics seized has a street value of over $300.00. Both subjects were delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

38th & Shepherd Streets: At about 10:00 pm officers from the power shift were patrolling the area when they observed three subjects loitering that are known drug users. All three were stopped for a field interview. During the interview one of the three was found in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued a criminal citation and all were sent on their way.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Police Report: June 1

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 5:20 pm officers on foot patrol stopped an individual for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way without incident.

34th Street at Rainier Avenue: At about 8:40 pm officers stopped a vehicle for running a stop sign. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license. He was cited for the two violations and his vehicle was impounded.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: At about 11:55 pm power shift officers observed a subject sitting in a vehicle who had previously fled from them. Officers stopped him because they knew from past experience that he did not have a valid driver’s license. He was found to not only have a suspended license but two open warrants through the Prince George’s County Sheriff's Department for contempt of court. He was arrested pursuant to the open warrants and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Police Report: May 29-31

May 29th:

2900 block of Arundel Road: At about 8:45 am officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim told the officers that he parked his car outside his residence and that sometime during the previous night person(s) unknown damaged the front tag assembly. Those responsible left the front tag and its bracket on the ground in front of the vehicle. A check of area for evidence and witnesses was negative.

4100 block of 30th Street: At about 8:45 am officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The officers’ investigation revealed that person(s) unknown entered the victim’s car that was parked in his driveway and ransacked its interior. Nothing was taken and the damage to the vehicle was minimal.

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 10 am officers responded for the report of a suspicious vehicle. The officers met with a woman who told them that a dark complexioned black male with shoulder length dreads driving a blue vehicle with DC tags pulled up beside her and began to make unwanted verbal advances. The individual twice tried to get her to enter his vehicle for a ride home. When she refused his advances he left the area. A check of the area for the individual and the vehicle was negative. The officers gave the woman a ride home to ensure she arrived there safely.

3100 block of Webster Street: At about 10:20 pm officers received a call for a possible vandalism/theft from a utility trailer. A neighbor called Communications and advised that the house next door was under renovation and the contractor’s trailer was open and unsecured. The officers discovered damage to the trailer but were not able to determine if the damage was recent or resulted from a criminal act. They tried to contact both the contractor and the property owner to no avail and were thus unable to determine if a crime was committed.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 11:45 pm officers responded for the report of an individual passed out behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. The officers found the individual described by the complainant and when they went to interview him they noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. The individual submitted to standard field sobriety testing and he failed the tests. He was arrested and transported to the Greenbelt Police Station for a breathalyzer test. The test revealed that he had a BAC of .11. He was charged with DWI and released.

May 30th:

3800 block of Shepherd Street: At about 1:45 am officers on patrol observed an individual in possession of an open alcoholic beverage. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation and sent on his way.

3200 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 2:15 am officers checked on a suspicious vehicle. When the officers approached the driver they saw that he was asleep at the wheel. As they went to wake him up they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The driver consented to a search of his vehicle and the officers discovered a small quantity of marijuana where the driver said it would be. He was arrested, charged with possession of CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 5 pm officers took a report of theft and vandalism to City property. Their investigation revealed that person(s) unknown damaged parking meter number 144 by forcing the lock open. $5.90 in coins was recovered on the ground by the meter.

May 31st:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 6:55 pm officers took a report of vandalism to auto. The victim/owner showed the officer where person(s) unknown had flattened the right rear tire of her vehicle by driving a nail through the sidewall. A check of area for evidence and witnesses was negative.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Advance Auto): At about 7:45 pm officers responded for a shoplifting that had just occurred. The store manager told the officers that an individual entered the store and took several items off the display shelves and placed them into a shopping basket. He then ran out of the store with the basket in hand and fled on foot on Queens Chapel road towards DC. The estimated value of the stolen goods was $33. The individual was described as a black male, approximately 30 years old, 6’ tall, wearing a blue striped shirt and blue jeans. A check of the area for the individual proved negative.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: At about 9:30 pm officers responded to assist the fire department with a vehicle fire. Witnesses told the officers that the owner of the vehicle parked it legally and went into his residence. Shortly thereafter the same witnesses saw the vehicle begin to smoke and finally catch on fire. No one was seen in, around or tampering with the vehicle and it is suspected that a fuel leak or electrical short started the fire. The vehicle was totally destroyed.