Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Police Report: June 28

3300 block of Otis Street: At about 10 am officers took a report of a stolen tag. The victim told the officers that sometime during the previous night someone stole the front tag (Maryland 68063CA) off her Isuzu Rodeo. No evidence/witnesses were located.

2900 block of Shepherd Street: At about 3:30 pm officers took a report of a residential burglary. The victim/resident to the officers that he returned home to discover that someone forced open the front door lock to his residence and stole approximately $3,500 worth of electronics from inside. No evidence/witnesses were located.

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.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Prince George's County fire officials announce fireworks amnesty program

Residents are reminded that all consumer fireworks are illegal in Prince George’s County. In an effort to reduce fireworks related violations and injuries the County has announced a fireworks amnesty program.

Residents can contact the Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department Operations Center at (301) 583-2200 and a department member will visit a home or business and remove fireworks. There will be no arrests or fines.

The amnesty program is in effect until July 14th.

Police Report: June 24

3300 block of Buchannan Street: At about 10:20 am officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim/owner showed the officers where someone had broken the windshield and the right front passenger window of her 2007 Honda Civic. The officers could not locate any evidence/witnesses to the crime.

3700 block of 34th Street: At about 1:40 pm officers on patrol saw three juveniles walking along the block. Two of the juveniles had bicycles with them. When the juveniles saw the officers the two with the bikes dropped the bikes and fled the area on foot. The officers circled the area looking for the three and eventually stopped them back on 34th Street with the bikes in tow. The officers interviewed the three and two of them admitted that they had stolen the bikes from a nearby residence. All three were arrested, charged with theft and released to the custody of their parents pending juvenile court action. The bikes were returned to their rightful owners.

3300 block of Buchannan Street: At about 9:30 pm officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Police Report: June 23

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Thrifty Car Rental) : At about 8:15 am officers took a report of stolen license plates. The owner told the officers that sometime between 6 pm on June 22nd and 8:15 am today someone stole the license plates off a 2003 Ford F150 truck that was parked on the lot. The tags were Maryland 96V044. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

3200 block of Varnum Street: At about 5:45 pm officers received information from an anonymous citizen that a man who had an open arrest warrant was at a house in the block. The officers confirmed the existence of the warrant (second degree assault) through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office prior to their arrival in the area. When the officers arrived the man fled on foot but was apprehended after a brief chase. He was taken into custody and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro without further incident.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Police Report: June 18-22

June 18th:

3700 block of Wells Avenue: At about 7:30 pm officers took a report of a stolen license plate. The victim told the officers that sometime between 3 pm and 7:30 pm someone stole the rear tag off his vehicle that was parked in his driveway. No evidence or witnesses could be located.

June 19th:

3200 block of Arundel Road: At about 12:15 am officers took a report of a missing person. The reporting person told the officers that her husband left for work as normal on June 18th and did not return home as scheduled. The husband’s personal information was entered into the NCIC missing person’s database. At about 9:45 am officers received information that the husband had returned home and was safe and in good health. He had been a guest of the MPD for driving without a license. His information was removed from NCIC.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): At about 5:15 am officers responded for a commercial armed robbery. The store clerk told the officers that two black males wearing masks, one of whom was armed with a shotgun, the second with a knife came into the store. The suspect with the shotgun jumped the sales counter and announced a robbery while the second suspect stood watch at the front door. The man with the shotgun handed the second man one of the store’s cash registers, picked up the second register and both men fled out of the store. They were last seen getting into a gold or champagne color compact vehicle which fled the area. No employee was injured during the robbery. PGPD robbery detectives along with an evidence team responded to take over the investigation.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 7:30 am officers on patrol issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

June 20th:

2300 block of Varnum Street: At about 3:10 am officers on patrol issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3700 block of 37th Street: At about 3 pm officers took a report of an attempted residential burglary. The resident told the officers that sometime between June 13th and June 20th someone tried to break into her residence through the rear door. There was some slight damage to the rear door but no entry was made. A canvass of the area for evidence revealed negative results.

4600 block of 29th Street: At about 5 pm officers responded for the report of a man trespassing in the victim’s apartment. When the officers arrived they located the man in question and placed him under arrest. The man resisted arrest and assaulted the officers. One they were able to get him in custody he was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville and charged accordingly.

June 21st:

3100 block of Upshur Street: At about 12:45 pm officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that at about 2:30 am this morning she saw a man inside her car and called police. At the time she did not think anything was missing from inside, however when she checked further later in the day she discovered that her purse and other items were missing.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 10:14 pm officers took a report of a residential burglary. The residents told the officers that sometime between 9 pm on June 20th and 9 pm today someone entered their apartment and stole a backpack containing a portable DVD player and a gold wedding ring. The officers were unable to find signs of forced entry into the apartment or other evidence. A canvass of the area also failed to locate any witnesses.

June 22nd:

Cedar Lane Alley and Shepherd Street: At about 1:15 am officers responded for the report of several suspicious individuals hanging out in the alley. When the officers arrived they stopped three of the individuals for field interviews. One of the individuals was found to have an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failure to appear in court on a charge of distributing CDS. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The remaining individuals we sent on their way.

3900 block of 38th Street: At about 11:00 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued several traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

3400 block of Newton Street: At about 1:45 pm officers responded for the report of an abandoned vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been previously reported stolen from an address in Virginia. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

2900 block of Allison Street: At about 6:10 pm officers responded for the report of a suspicious man loitering in the area. The officers found the man asleep. Further inquiries revealed that he had an open arrest warrant for violation of probation through the District of Columbia. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 9:45 pm officers stopped a vehicle for traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle was in possession of a CDS. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Police Report: June 17

4600 block of 27th Street: At about 4:15 pm officers responded to a complaint of a man rolling around in the grass acting erratically. The officers located the man in question and determined that he was under the influence of suspected PCP. He was taken into custody and transported to the hospital to be evaluated by medical personnel.

Russell Avenue & 28th Place: At about 10:15 pm officers on patrol observed a man urinating in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation.

4000 block of 31st Street: At about 11:30 pm officers took a report of a stolen auto. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime between 9 pm on June 16th and 9 am on June 17th someone stole her gray 2001 Chevrolet Prism (Maryland tags 9DND67). The officers were unable to locate any evidence or witnesses to the theft.

3300 block of Chillum Road: At about 11:40 pm officers on patrol observed a man consuming an alcoholic beverage in public. He was issued a criminal citation for the violation.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11:55 pm officers on patrol observed a woman urinating in public. She was issued a criminal citation for the violation.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Police Report: June 15-17

June 15th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): At about 4:30 pm officers took a report of a citizen robbery. The victim told the officers that he was urinating behind a dumpster when he was approached by two black males one of whom brandished a silver revolver. The victim was told to empty his pockets which he did. The two suspects took the victim’s pocket contents, including his car keys, and fled the area in his red 2006 Mercedes Benz C230 (DC tag CR5285). The victim also said that a gray Nissan Maxima was following his vehicle as it left the parking lot. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to assume the follow-up investigation.

3000 block of Allison Street: At about 12:20 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was in possession of crack cocaine. He was arrested, charged with CDS possession and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.

June 16th:

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: At about 6:50 pm officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that he parked his car by his residence a short time earlier and returned to find that someone had broken out a window and stole his backpack that contained several electronic items. The officers were able to locate a witness who described the thief as a black male in his 20’s with shoulder length dreads. The witness also said that the suspect fled the area in a dark colored vehicle. A canvass of the area for the suspect was negative.

June 17th (early morning):

4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about 2:30 am officers took a report of a stolen license plate. The victim told the officers that sometime between 1:50 am and 2:30 am someone stole the rear license plate off of his burgundy 1981 Chevrolet Camaro. The license plate is Maryland GHH-101. No evidence or witnesses were found.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Police Report: June 14

4500 block of 30th Street: At about 8 am officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim showed the officers where sometime during the previous night someone broke into his 2000 Saturn and stole several items of his personal property that were inside. A canvass of the area for witnesses/evidence was negative.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP Station): At about 7:30 pm officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that she left her vehicle unlocked when she went inside the station to get gas. There were no witnesses to the crime and no evidence was found.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Police Report: June11-13

June 11th:

4500 block of 32nd Street: At about 9:50 am officers took a theft report. The victim told the officers that sometime between June 5th and June 7th someone stole a laptop computer. The victim was unsure of how to handle the incident thus the delay in reporting it to police.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Party Time): At about 11:15 am officers responded to a reported theft in progress. Witnesses pointed out a man who was leaving the store with merchandise he did not pay for. Officers stopped the man outside the store and found him in possession of the stolen merchandise. They also discovered that he had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court. He was arrested, and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

June 12th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 9:50 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through Baltimore County for unpaid child support. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of Baltimore County Sheriff’s deputies.

June 13th:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 8 am officers took a report of an attempted auto theft. The victim told the officers that at about 7 am he saw two black males attempting to gain entry to his vehicle, eventually succeeding in getting the passenger door open. When he started to yell at the two men they ran off. The victim’s vehicle was found to have the ignition removed and the stereo stolen. A search of the area for the two suspects was negative.

3500 block of 37th Street: At about 11 am officers on patrol checked out a suspicious dark blue van. They discovered that the van’s registration was flagged by MVA and there was an MSP pick up order issued for the license plates. The plates were removed for return to MVA and the van was impounded.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 11:25 pm officers responded for a citizen robbery that had just occurred. The officers spoke to the victim, a cab driver, who said that he picked up a fare at the West Hyattsville Metro Station and was taking the man to an address on Queenstown Drive. Once the cab got to the Queenstown area the man asked the driver to stop. When he did the man implied that he had a handgun under his shirt and demanded the driver’s money and watch. The driver complied whereupon the man got out and fled the area on foot. The driver described the man as a black male with short black hair, 40-42 years of age, 5’07” tall, 170 lbs., and wearing a white t-shirt and shorts.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Police Report: June 10

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 6:30 am officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime during the previous night someone broke out the back window of his 1997 Toyota Corolla and stole the car’s stereo. A canvass of the area failed to locate evidence or witnesses.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 5:20 pm officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim/owner showed the officers where someone had broken the left rear vent window of her 1996 Nissan Maxima. Nothing was taken from the vehicle. A canvass of the area failed to locate evidence or witnesses.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: At about 7:45 pm officers on patrol observed two individuals sitting inside a 2007 Cadillac STS drinking alcoholic beverages. Both were issued criminal citations for the violation. Neither individual was sober enough to drive the vehicle so it was impounded for safekeeping.

36th and Perry Streets: At about 10:30 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for contempt of court. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mount Rainier CERT Coordinator Earns Prestigious Volunteer Awards

On Friday June 4th at the Prince George’s Volunteer Center “Affair of the Heart Reception” Mount Rainier CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Coordinator Tonie Davis III received the Gold Level President’s Volunteer Service Award. In addition to the President’s Award Tonie also received the Prince George’s County Volunteer Center’s Volunteer of the Year Award. The individual volunteer of the year award recognizes an individual who displays the highest standards of leadership and exemplary performance as an Emergency Preparedness volunteer in the National Capital Region.

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation.

Police Report: June 9-10

June 9th:

2500 block of Allison Street: At about 1 pm officers took a report of a citizen robbery. The victim told the officers and PGPD robbery detectives that she arrived to meet a client when she was approached by two black males. One of the men approached her from the front; the second came up behind her and placed her in a head lock. The second man demanded the keys to her gold 2005 Honda Accord (MD tags 9FA Y36). The victim complied and the two got into her car and fled the scene. The victim described her assailants as black males about 19-20 years of age. The first man was about 5’8” tall with shoulder length dreadlocks and was wearing a white t-shirt, long jean shorts, white socks and tennis shoes. The second man was about 5’10” tall, also had shoulder length dreadlocks and was wearing a white navy hat. The officers also discovered a white 2004 Chevrolet Express van that is believed to have been driven to the scene by the two suspects. A check of the vehicle’s registration revealed that it had been reported stolen from an address in DC. The van was seized by PGPD detectives for evidence processing.

June 10th (early morning):

3200 block of Varnum Street: At about 12:30 am officers arrested a man who had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for second degree assault. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without incident.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Police Report: June 7-8

June 7th:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 2:30 pm officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress. When the officers arrived they discovered that the door to one of the apartments had been kicked in and a bedroom inside the apartment had been ransacked. A witness described two possible suspects as black males, one of whom was wearing a red shirt and a white baseball cap; the second wearing a white shirt. A search of the area for those two was negative.

June 8th:

3600 block of Perry Street: At about 6:45 am officers took a theft from auto report. The victim, who came to the police station to report the theft, told officers that someone forced entry into his truck and stole items of his personal property from inside the center console.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): At about 10:15 am officers took a theft report. The store clerk told the officers that two black males (no further description) walked into the store, removed several items from the display shelves and fled the store. They were last seen heading towards Eastern Avenue.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Police Report: June 7

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8:40 am officers issued two men criminal citations for consuming alcoholic beverages in a public place.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about 9:45 am officers on patrol observed a red Dodge Caravan with a damaged ignition and door locks. A check of the van through NCIC revealed that it had been reported stolen to the Prince George’s County Police on May 31st. The van was impounded for safekeeping and the owner was notified of the recovery.

3200 block of Varnum Street: At about 3 pm officers responded for the report of a domestic altercation. Their investigation revealed that a man and his nephew became involved in an argument that resulted in the nephew striking the uncle in the face and causing him serious injuries. The nephew was arrested, charged with assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The uncle was transported to Prince George’s Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Police Report: June 3-6

June 3rd:

Chillum Road & Buchanan Street: At about 7:40 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Subsequent investigation revealed that the driver had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving on a suspended license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 11:40 am officers responded to a domestic dispute. Further investigation revealed that the male half of the dispute had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Chillum Road: At about 6:30 pm officers responded for the report of a robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival the officers learned that three black males entered the business armed with handguns. They forced the business owner to the rear of the business and forced her to lie on the ground. They then removed the cash register drawer and the victim’s purse. All three then fled the area a silver/grey Acura TSX with DC tags CZ 5014. The victim described the three suspects as black males, 18-20 years of age, 5’06” to 5’ 07” tall wearing masks over their faces. The description of the three suspects and their getaway car match the description of a group that has committed numerous robberies throughout Prince Georges County, Montgomery County and the District of Columbia.

Chillum Road & Buchanan Street: At about 11:45 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was intoxicated. He was arrested and transported to the Greenbelt Police Station for blood alcohol testing and arrest processing. The vehicle he was driving was impounded.

June 4th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: At about 7:30 am officers took a theft from auto report. The victim told the officers that while getting gas a black male opened her unlocked car door and stole her purse. The thief was last seen getting into a silver Toyota which fled up Eastern Avenue.

4000 block of 29th Street: At about 7:30 am officers took a theft from auto report. The victim/owner told the officers that sometime prior to her reporting the theft someone broke the locks on both doors, entered her vehicle, unlocked the hood and stole the vehicle’s battery. The vehicle was processed for evidence with negative results.

3700 block of Otis Street: At about 3:30 pm officers issued a man a criminal citation for possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 5:20 pm officers issued a man a criminal citation for possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

2200 block of Varnum Street: At about 10:45 pm officers observed a man drinking an alcoholic beverage in public. When the man saw the officers he started to walk away. When the officers stopped him he elbowed one of the officers in the stomach and began to run away. After a brief foot chase the officers caught him, but when they tried to place him under arrest he began to fight. The officers were forced to deploy a department issued Taser to get him under control and under arrest. The officers transported him to DOC in Hyattsville for processing. During processing the officers discovered that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for possession with intent to distribute a CDS (which was likely the reason he tried to get away). In addition to being charged with the open alcohol violation he was also charged with assault on a police officer and fleeing and eluding. He was left in the custody of DOC.

June 5th:

4200 block of Russell Avenue: At about 12:15 am officers responded for the report of a man harassing his ex girlfriend. Further investigation revealed that the man in question had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sherriff’s Office for violating an ex parte order. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Since he had left his Ford pickup truck parked blocking the roadway it was impounded.

June 6th:

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving without a license. She was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Her vehicle was released to a friend who was a licensed driver.

3800 block of 30th Street: At about 5:30 pm officers responded for the report of a white 1990 Chevy Caprice parked on the sidewalk. The vehicle was issued a parking citation and impounded.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Police Report: June 2-3

June 2nd:

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): At about 10:40 pm officers responded for the report of a disorderly subject. When they arrived they learned that a man came into the store and began cursing out the employees. He then stole merchandise and started to damage various items in the store. The officers were able to locate and arrest him. He was charged with various crimes and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

June 3rd (early morning):

3600 block of Oak Lane: At about 12:35 am officers patrolling the area observed where someone had spray painted graffiti on the building. The officers observed a black male, about 5’10 – 6’ tall wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans running from the area down the railroad tracks behind the 3300 block of Bladensburg Road towards DC. The officers were unable to stop this individual for questioning. Photographs of the graffiti were sent to the PGPD Gang Unit for review. The Gang Unit responded that the graffiti was not done by a street gang but rather by a DC tagging group called the DC Bombers. We will work with Gang Unit officers to see if we can identify the person(s) responsible for the tagging.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Police Report: June 1

4500 block of 32nd Street/3100 block of Arundel Road: between 11:05 and 11:30 am officers took a report of two citizen robberies. The victim of the first robbery told the officers that three black males in a tan pickup truck pulled up beside him. The three got out of the truck assaulted him and stole his wallet. After the robbery they got back into the truck and fled the area. The victim could provide no additional details. Our second victim faced similar circumstances however this time one of the suspects displayed a handgun as he announced the robbery. The three stole a wallet and a cell phone from the second victim who was able to give a more detailed description of the truck and two of the three suspects. He described the truck as a late model Chevrolet pickup, possibly a Silverado, tan or light beige in color with an extended cab and a cap covering the truck’s bed. He described one suspect as a black male, 15-18 years of age, 5’8” tall, 140 lbs., wearing a striped polo shirt and blue jeans. The second suspect was described as a black male, 15-18 years of age, 5’8” tall, 140 lbs., wearing a white t-shirt. He did not get a good look at the third suspect because he stayed in the truck during the robbery. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to interview both victims and assume a follow-up investigation.

3300 block of Chillum Road (Queenstown Rental Office): At about 11:40 pm officers took a theft report. The manager of the apartment complex told officers that someone stole a large number of checks and money orders from the office’s rent drop box. She noted that several of the stolen money orders had already been cashed. Management has requested traces of the money orders by their issuing institutions as a part of a follow-up investigation. Apartment representatives suspect the involvement of an employee in the thefts.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 5:30 pm officers took a report of an assault. The victim told the officers that a person with whom he is acquainted became involved in an argument. During the argument the individual tried to hit him with a hammer. The victim was able to get away from his assailant who threatened to return with a gun and kill him. The assailant was not on the scene when officers arrived and he could not be located. The victim was advised of his options with the District Court Commissioner regarding applying for an assault warrant and a protective order.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Police Report: May 28-31

May 28th:

2400 block of Arundel Road: At about 4:45 am officers responded for the report of two individuals breaking into a vehicle. When the officers arrived they stopped and detained two men who fit the description of the thieves. Further investigation revealed that these two did in fact attempt to break into the vehicle with the intent of stealing an IPod. They were arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

May 29th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: At about 2:45 pm officers received a call for a theft from auto at the BP Gas station. The victim told the officers that she was pumping gas and left her purse in the car with the window rolled down. She said she looked away for a second and when she looked back her purse was gone. She stated that she did not see anyone take her purse, however she did observed a black male about 16-20 years of age wearing a black hooded jacket walking near her vehicle just prior to the purse being taken. A search of the area for that individual proved negative and there was no evidence recovered.

3100 block of Perry Street: At about 3:30 pm officers took a missing person report. The mother of a 15 year old girl told the officers that her daughter failed to return home from school. Mom said that she believes that her daughter may have run away with her older boyfriend. The daughter’s information was entered into the NCIC missing persons database.

May 30th:

2500 block of Allison Street: At about 3:20 am officers responded for a citizen armed robbery. As the officers arrived on the scene they saw two individuals who matched the description of the suspects. The officers stopped and detained these two and the victim positively identified them as the men who robbed him. They were arrested, charged with robbery and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2300 block of Arundel Road: At about 7 pm officers observed a man urinating on the side of a building. He was issued a criminal citation for public urination and released.

31st Street & Arundel Road (Richardson Park): At about 8:15 pm officers responded for the report of several individuals loitering in the park. When they arrived they observed a female consuming an alcoholic beverage in the park. She was issued a criminal citation for drinking in public and released.

May 31st:

35th and Otis Streets: At about 2:10 am officers received a call for the sound of shots. During their investigation they learned that a man (who was very uncooperative with the officers) had just left the Crossroads night club. As he got to the intersection of 35th & Otis the occupant of a silver car fired several shots at his vehicle. His vehicle was struck twice and no one was injured. The suspect and the victim then fled the scene. The victim did not report the incident to police until about an hour after it occurred. He was uncooperative and really did not want to file a report. The officers searched the area where the shots were fired and recovered 12, 9mm shell casings. MPD officers assisted with the investigation. No additional witnesses or evidence could be found.

New Speed Camera Locations

On or after June 1st, 2010 a speed camera will be put in place in the 3700 block of southbound Rhode Island Avenue. This camera will assist the police department in enforcing the 25 mph speed limit southbound on Rhode Island Avenue between 38th Street and 34th Street. The camera will be operational from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Effective immediately violations recorded by this camera will result in the violator receiving a notice of violation.

On or after June 1st, 2010 a speed camera will be put in place in the 3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (near the intersection of Buchanan Street). This camera will assist the police department in enforcing the 35 mph speed limit northbound on Queens Chapel Road between 25th Street and Chillum Road. The camera will be in operation from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Effective immediately violations recorded by this camera will result in the violator receiving a notice of violation.

Sometime after June 1st, 2010 the Town of Brentwood will put a speed camera in place in the 3700 block of northbound Rhode Island Avenue. Brentwood’s SHA permit shows the location of this camera between the spur from northbound Rhode Island Avenue to eastbound 38th Street and the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and 38th Street.