Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Police Report: July 19

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 9:20 am officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime between 3 pm on July 17th and 5:30 pm on July 19th someone stole an undetermined amount of gasoline from one of his large rental trucks. No evidence/witnesses could be located.

4400 block of 31st Street: At about 1 pm officers took a report of a burglary. The victims/residents told the officers that they locked and secured their residence at about 7:45 am. When they came home at about 12:55 pm they discovered several electronic items missing from inside. The officers determined that those responsible entered the residence through an open window.

4600 block of 27th Street: At about 10:45 pm officers responded for the report of loud noise. When they arrived they observed a man in the process of destroying an apartment and its contents; and causing a very loud disturbance in the process. The man was arrested, charged with destruction of property and disorderly conduct, and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

1 comment:

Shivali said...

Hello Chief Scott,
I really appreciate you posting the Police Reports on the town listserv and making them so accessible on your blog as well.
I read the reports regularly and whenever a crime seems to be near my home, I notify those neighbors of mine whose email address I have in my address book so they are aware as well. It is helpful towards remaining vigilant, responsible citizens.

I have a request for additional information in the auto theft reports.
1. Where was car parked?
-- When there is theft OF auto and theft FROM would it be possible to include information such as whether the car was parked, for example, in a resident’s private driveway versus on the street versus in an apt complex lot versus a commercial parking lot?

2. Stolen Item in Plain Sight?
--When there is theft FROM auto, would you please include whether the victim remembers if the item was in plain sight or hidden in the glove compartment / under a seat / in the trunk.
Of course stereos are in plain sight. For other things such as the digital camera from this most recent report, it would be helpful to know that it may have been the enticement of the item in plain view that induced the theft. I am not of the "blame the victim" school of thought, but I personally have been wondering how much to worry about my car being broken into when parked in my driveway, with no visible temptations. I also know I am not the only one who wonders this.

If it is possible to include this information, it would be helpful to know. These pieces of information will be helpful in managing our own expectations of theft FROM auto and theft OF auto.
I hope it will also help some be more vigilant as well.

Thank you for your efforts,
Shivali Shah, Esq.
31st and Taylor