Monday, June 28, 2010

Police Report: June 25-27

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 10:30 pm officers responded for the report of a pedestrian struck. The officers’ investigation revealed that a woman was struck by a vehicle as she traversed the crosswalk from the bus terminal to the bus stop on the southbound side of Rhode Island Avenue. She sustained very minor injuries but was transported by fire/rescue personnel at her request to the hospital for a thorough examination. The officers’ investigation determined that no charges were warranted against the driver.

4000 block of 31st Street: At about 11:50 pm officers were contacted by DC police who informed them that a vehicle reported stolen from the 4100 block of 31st Street on June 17th was recovered in the 2600 block of Myrtle Avenue, NE. The vehicle was in good condition, no arrests were made and the victim/owner was notified of the recovery.

June 27th:

Rhode Island Avenue & 38th Street: At about 10:40 pm officers stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. When the officers approached the vehicle they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside. The driver of the vehicle was subsequently arrested for possession of CDS and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.

Thefts from auto:

Between the hours of 4 pm and 5:30 pm officers took reports of four separate, but possibly related, thefts from autos. In all four cases the thieves broke a window to gain entry into the target vehicles and stole in-dash DVD players/navigation systems. The thefts occurred in the 4400 block of 28th Place, the 4300 block of Russell Avenue, the 2900 block of Allison Street and the 3100 block of Queenstown Drive.

In the theft that occurred in the 4400 block of 28th Place the complainant told the officers that two individuals described only as black males broke into his vehicle and fled the area in a silver or champagne colored Chrysler. The officers canvassed the area for the suspect vehicle and located a vehicle matching the complainant’s description. The officers tried to stop the vehicle but it failed to stop and fled at a high rate of speed into DC. The officers broke off their pursuit of the vehicle when they learned that the temporary Maryland license plate was not on file with MVA and quite possibly stolen. The vehicle was a silver Chrysler 300 with Maryland temporary tag 36944L.

In the theft that occurred in the 2900 block of Allison Street the victim told the officers that she saw one of the suspects inside her vehicle and described him as a black male, 18-23 years of age, about 5’11” tall, 160 lbs, wearing a dark colored shirt and black jeans.

Officers investigating these four incidents believe that the two suspects previously described are responsible for all of the thefts and specifically targeted vehicles with in-dash DVD players/navigation systems. In all four cases other items of value were left behind in favor of the DVD players. The thieves were very selective in their targets, very efficient in executing the thefts, and are possibly involved in other similar crimes in the area.

Residents are asked to notify police if they witness any suspicious activity, especially if they see a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle driving through their neighborhood. Again, the vehicle was described as a silver Chrysler 300 with Maryland temporary tag 36944L.

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