Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Police Report: December 20-22

December 20th:

3300 block of Bunker Hill Road (Joe’s Movement): At about 6:45 pm officers took a report of an attempted theft. The victim told the officers that a man, known to employees only as Brian, came into the building, grabbed her laptop and tried to leave. The victim confronted the man and took her laptop back. He immediately fled the building in an unknown direction. Officers are in the process of trying to get the man’s full identity for potential charges.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 9:30 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was not licensed and the tags on the vehicle were suspended for failing to comply with VEIP and a compulsory insurance violation. The driver was issued several State citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

December 21st:

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): At about 11:45 pm officers took a theft report. The store clerk told the officers that three black males walked into the store and went to the candy aisle. The three then removed an unknown quantity of various candies from the shelves and fled the store without paying for the items. A search of the area for the three men proved negative.

December 22nd (early morning):

3600 block of Wells Avenue: At about 12:45 am officers observed a vehicle traveling south on Rhode Island Avenue at a high rate of speed. They tried to stop the vehicle for the violation but it fled the area. Officers continued to canvass the area for the vehicle finally locating it on Otis Street speeding towards Wells Avenue. By the time they caught up to the vehicle it had been abandoned by its driver and occupants on Wells Avenue. Officers searched the area for them with negative results. The officers believe that they fled the area across the CSX tracks into Cottage City. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had a damaged ignition, and the officers later learned that the vehicle had been stolen from an address in Kaywood. The vehicle’s owner was notified of the recovery.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Police Report: december 17-19

December 17th:

2800 block of Chillum Road: At about 9 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended for VEIP emission. The driver was issued a state citation and the vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Varnum Street: At about 2:30 pm took a report of a potential fraud. An elderly female resident told the officers that she received a telephone call and the solicitor asked for her personal information - social security number, banking information and other vital statistics. The home owner gave the caller this information and later told her daughter of the conversation and the daughter called to report the incident to police. MRPD officers contacted the social security administration and the home owner was provided a reference number and information to keep her personal information private in the future.

3600 block of Oak Lane: At about 3:30 pm Code Enforcement officers notified MRPD of a suspicious vehicle that had been parked in the block for several days. Officers checked the vehicle's registration and learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen from an address in DC on November 22nd. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the owner and MPD were notified of the recovery.

December 18th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 4:15 pm officers took a report of a hit and run motor vehicle collision (MVC). There was no witness information or other evidence with which to identify the striking vehicle.

December 19th:

3200 block of Chillum Road: At about 12:20 am officers conducted a registration check of a vehicle and found the vehicle's registration was suspended and an MVA pick order had been issued for the tags. The officers stopped the vehicle, issued the driver several traffic citations and impounded the vehicle.

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 1:30 pm officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that on December 15th she discovered that someone had broken into her vehicle and stole approximately $4,000 of her personal property. No evidence was collected due to the delay in reporting the incident to police.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 9 pm officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim showed the officers where someone had slashed the tires and damaged his vehicle's windshield wiper blades. No evidence was recovered and no witnesses were located.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Police Report: December 15-16

December 15th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 8:20 am officers responded for the report of a suspicious person loitering in an apartment hallway. The officers were able to locate the man and identified him as one who had been previously banned from the property and arrested by MRPD previously for trespassing on the property. He was arrested again, charged with trespassing and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4200 block of 28th Street: At about 12 pm officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim came into the police station a told officers that someone had stolen the tags (DC ‘JIMMY’) off of his 2005 Nissan Altima. He was referred to DC motor vehicles for replacement tags.

3400 block of Newton Place: At about 5:10 pm officers took a report of a residential burglary. The victim told the officers that she returned to her apartment to find it ransacked and numerous electronics items stolen. The apartment was processed for evidence with negative results and no witnesses could be located.

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 10:50 pm officers responded for the report of two suspicious men in an apartment hallway. The officers located the men and stopped them for a field interview. During the interview the officers learned that neither of them lived in the complex and that both were in possession of crack pipes. They were arrested, charged with possession of narcotics paraphernalia and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

December 16th:

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 2:30 am officers responded for the report of a hit and run motor vehicle collision. The owner of two vehicles that were legally parked told the officers that he saw a black Dodge Charger strike both of his vehicles. After the collision he saw the vehicle park around the corner and watched the driver walk away. The officers located the vehicle and verified that it was the one that struck the victim’s cars. While the officers were investigating the vehicle, the driver called Communications to report the collision and returned to speak with the officers. During their conversation the officers learned that the man had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for theft. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Charges in the collision are pending.

Police Report: December 13-14

December 13th:

4100 block of 30th Street: At about 9 am officers served an arrest warrant on a subject wanted for failure to appear in court. He was arrested without incident and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 3:50 pm officers received a call for a disorderly subject refusing to leave the business. When they arrived they found a man sitting on the ground cursing and refusing to move. He was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 8:45 pm officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim told the officers that he parked his vehicle at about 7 pm and upon returning to it he discovered that someone had thrown a rock through a window. No additional evidence/witnesses could be found.

34th Street & Rhode Island Avenue: At about 11:55 pm officers stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license and a history of failing to appear in court. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

December 14th:

4500 block of 34th Street: At about 10:30 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended; the expiration stickers had been switched from another vehicle and several other violations. The driver was issued several citations and the vehicle was impounded.

Police Report: December 10-12

December 10th:

4000 block of 34th Street: At about 9 am officers took a vandalism report. The reporting person, a contractor working on the vacant property, told the officers that he left the property secured and locked on December 9th. When he returned this morning he discovered that someone had damaged the front door lock possibly trying to enter the property. No entry was made because the top dead bolt lock remained secured. A check of the residence revealed no further damage and nothing missing from inside. No additional evidence/witnesses could be located.

4700 block of 31st Place: At about 2:40 pm officers took a hit and run motor vehicle collision report. The victim’s vehicle was legally parked and unoccupied when it was struck by an unidentified vehicle which failed to remain at the scene. The victim’s vehicle sustained damage to the driver’s side front and rear door areas. No additional evidence/witnesses could be located.

3200 block of Taylor Street: At about 2:50 pm officers took a report of a theft. The victim told the officers that she had ordered several items online that were scheduled to be delivered on different dates via FedEx and UPS. On December 9th she came home to find a FedEx notice posted on her door stating that the items had been delivered but observed no package on her porch. FedEx confirmed that the package was left on her front porch by the delivery man. She filed a theft report with Fed Ex. She then contacted UPS regarding the separate delivery and they confirmed that the package was delivered to her front porch on December 6th. She filed a theft report with UPS for this package as well. She is now in the process of reporting the thefts to the companies from which she ordered the items.

December 11th:

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 2:45 am officers stopped a vehicle that was driving with a flat front tire. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested, charged with DUI/DWI and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.

December 12th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): At about 8 am officers responded to investigate a bomb threat. When the officers arrived they questioned a man who told them that he believed he had broken the Egyptian & Israeli Government code and felt that he was targeted to be killed. He also said that he believed that a bomb had been placed in his vehicle. The officers located the man’s vehicle which he had abandoned in the gravel parking lot in the 2200 block of Varnum Street. The vehicle was checked for explosive devices with negative results. FBI Agents from the Baltimore task force were contacted and will follow up.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 12:30 pm officers took a report of a vandalism to auto. The victim/owner showed the officers where someone had broken out the passenger side window of his 1994 Mustang. No evidence as to those responsible for the damage could be located. Nothing of value was taken from the vehicle.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: At about 8:30 pm officers responded for the report of a domestic assault. When the officers arrived they observed a female subject yelling and screaming and throwing items belonging to her husband out into the hallway. Further investigation revealed that the woman had physically assaulted her husband prior to the officers’ arrival. After a brief struggle she was arrested, charged with 2nd degree domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snow Emergency Information

When weather conditions warrant the declaration of a snow emergency the City of Mount Rainier follows the District of Columbia, not Maryland or Prince George’s County. Residents should be aware that when a winter weather advisory is announced the chances of a snow emergency being declared is a distinct possibility and you should tune in to news and weather reports for updated information. The Alert DC system is an excellent resource for obtaining emergency information including snow emergency declarations. By signing up for this service, you can receive emergency notifications in a variety of ways such as e-mail, cell phone text message, Blackberry or wireless PDA. You can sign up for the Alert DC service at the following web site: https://textalert.ema.dc.gov/index.php?CCheck=1.

The Mount Rainier Police Department will also notify residents of snow emergency declarations via our Nixle information network. Residents and business owners can sign up for Nixle notifications by visiting the Nixle web site at www.nixle.com, or by clicking the Nixle information box on the right side of this screen.

The City has established the below listed streets as snow emergency routes. When a snow emergency is declared, parking along these streets is automatically prohibited for the duration of the snow emergency.

• 34th Street from Eastern Avenue to Arundel Road;
• Chillum Road from Arundel Road to the City boundary at Queens Chapel Road (MD Rt. 500);
• Rainier Avenue from 34th Street to Upshur Street;
• Upshur Street from Rainier Avenue to 28th Place;
• 28th Place from Upshur Street to Russell Avenue;
• Russell Avenue from 28th Place to Arundel Road;
• Varnum Street from Russell Avenue to Eastern Avenue;
• Arundel Road from Russell Avenue to 34th Street

Vehicles found parked on a snow emergency route after a snow emergency has been declared by the DC government are subject to a $100 fine (City Code §13A-107) and to being impounded at the owner’s risk and expense. Vehicles that become stalled on a snow emergency route, impede the flow of traffic, or interfere with snow removal operations are also subject to being impounded at the owner’s risk and expense.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Police Report: December 8-9

December 8th:

35th Street & Bunker Hill Road: At about 9:00 am officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that he parked and locked his vehicle at about 6 pm on December 7th. When he returned for his vehicle this morning he discovered that someone had smashed out the front passenger window and stolen a wallet and cell phone from inside. No evidence could be recovered and no witnesses were located.

4600 block of 25th Street: At about 4:45 pm officers patrolling the Queen Manor apartment complex smelled the odor of suspected marijuana coming from a laundry room. Investigating further the officers found four individuals in the room, one of whom was smoking marijuana. He was arrested for the crime and a search incident to his arrest revealed that he was in possession of an additional quantity of marijuana. He was charged with various CDS related offenses and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 9:44 pm officers recovered a license plate found in the roadway. An attempt to contact the owner is in progress.

December 9th:

2400 block of Chillum Road: At about 1:40 am officers conducting a speed enforcement detail stopped a vehicle that was clocked 80 mph. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended. The driver was found to have a suspended driver’s license and an open arrest warrant for a previous offense of driving on a suspended license. He was arrested, charged with numerous traffic offenses and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded.

4300 block of 28th Place: At about 7:20 am officers took a report of a stolen auto. The victim/owner of a 1999 GMC Suburban (MD tag 56614M8) told the officers that he parked and locked his vehicle by his residence at about 10 pm last night. He returned for the vehicle this morning and discovered that it had been stolen. No evidence/witnesses could be located.

3700 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 1:50 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. As the officers approached the vehicle to speak with the driver they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. Further investigation revealed that a passenger was in possession of marijuana. The passenger was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Police Report: December 6-7

December 6th:

2700 block of Upshur Street: At about 6:30am officers assisted the FBI with executing a search/arrest warrant. The FBI was conducting several warrants across the country at the same time in reference to a drug syndicate. Officers were able to apprehend and arrest the targeted individual without incident.

3300 block of Queenstown Drive: At about 4:40 pm officers took a report of a hit and run motor vehicle collision. The victim’s legally parked vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle which failed to remain and/or leave information at the scene.

December 7th:

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: At about 5:15 pm officers arrested a woman on open arrest warrant that had been issued out of Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court. She was delivered to the custody of DOC without incident.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 7:30 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test. He refused to submit to further alcohol testing and was arrested and charged with DUI/DWI. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: At about 8 pm officers took a report of a stolen auto. The reporting person came in to the police station to report that a gray 1982 Chevy S10 pickup truck that he had borrowed from its owner had been stolen.

Police Report: December 3-5

December 3rd:

3800 block of 34th Street: At about 7:30 pm officers took a report of a stolen license plate. The victim told the officers that he last saw his Maryland license plate of 74R309 attached to his Dodge pickup truck on December 2nd at about noon. No evidence or witnesses to the theft were located.

December 4th:

Queens Chapel Road & Chillum Road: At about 3:55 am officers on patrol observed a man who they knew from prior contacts had an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court. He was stopped for a field interview and the warrant was confirmed. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 6:40 pm officers took a report of a runaway juvenile. The parents of a 15 year old girl told the officers that their daughter had run away from home because she wanted to go to a party. No foul play is suspected and the juvenile’s information was entered into the NCIC missing person’s database.

Bunker Hill Road & 33rd Street: At about 9:40 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that both occupants were in possession of narcotics and one was also in possession of a concealed handgun. Both individuals were arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

December 5th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: At about 2 am officers responded for the report of a possible assault. After sometime the alleged was located and he was found to be highly intoxicated and uncooperative with officers. The only information he could give was that 3-4 black males allegedly assaulted him while he was walking from the Hyattsville Metro Station towards the Queenstown Apartments. The subject refused to cooperate with officers and left the scene.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: At about 10:05 am officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that he parked and locked his vehicle by his residence at around 3 am this morning. When he returned to the vehicle he discovered that someone had broken into the vehicle and stolen his stereo. MRPD officers actually discovered the theft at about 8:15 am but were unable to locate the victim at that time. No evidence was recovered and no witnesses could be located.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Police Report: December 2-3

December 2nd:

Nothing significant to report.

December 3rd (early morning):

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 1:10 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He refused to submit to blood alcohol test. He was charged and released. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Police Report: December 1

4000 block of 29th Street: At about 9 am officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that sometime between 1:30 am and 7:30 am this morning someone broke into his work van and stole approximately $1,900 worth of his work tools. A check of the area for evidence/witnesses proved negative.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): At about 9:45 am officers took a report of a theft from auto. The victim told the officers that while she was inside the station paying for gas someone entered her unlocked vehicle and stole her purse. The station’s surveillance camera was reviewed and a black male dressed in all dark clothing was seen taking the victim’s purse and then fleeing the scene in a silver convertible Nissan 350ZX. A search of the area for the suspect and the vehicle proved negative.

4000 block of 36th Street: At about 10 pm officers took a death report. Fire/rescue personnel called MRPD to notify officers that a family member had discovered a man who had passed away from an apparent heart attack. The State medical examiner responded to the scene and took custody of the man’s remains for a post mortem examination at their office in Baltimore. The ME told the officers that no foul play was suspected.

3500 block of Shepherd Street: At about 11:55 pm officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a driver’s license and also had an outstanding arrest warrant through Montgomery County for failing to appear in court. He was arrested on the warrant, issued the appropriate traffic citations and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Police Report: November 30

30th and Taylor Streets:  At about 1:15 pm officers on patrol observed two parked vehicles both of which were displaying the same license plate. Further investigation revealed that neither vehicle was registered and that one of the vehicles had the front tag of an unregistered license plate and the other was displaying the rear tag of the same unregistered plate. Both vehicle were cited appropriately and impounded.