Monday, July 25, 2011

Police Report: July 17-24

July 17th:

3600 block of Eastern Avenue: Stolen auto – 10:10 am. The owner of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee told officers that he had a party and there were several intoxicated persons at his residence. One patron of the party asked for a ride home due to being intoxicated but the victim refused. The subject then asked permission to sleep off his intoxication in the victim’s vehicle. The victim supposedly declined then placed the keys on the table. When the victim woke up the vehicle and the keys were gone. The victim is unsure who took the vehicle. He believes it was the patron who asked for the ride but does not know for sure.

30th and Upshur Streets: Hit and run collision – 12:40 pm. Officers investigated a hit and run collision between a Metro bus and a 2004 Honda Accord. The bus struck the Honda, which was illegally parked, and fled the scene. With the assistance of Metro PD officers were able to identify the driver of the bus. He was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage collision.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Residential burglary – 7:20 pm. The resident reported that sometime between 12 pm and the time of the report someone broke into her apartment and stole a flat screen TV, a gaming system and a laptop computer. Officers determined that the thieves made entry to the apartment by removing a window air conditioner unit.

4100 block of 29th Street: Warrant service – 8:40 pm. Officers responded to a citizen’s report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the block. The officers found the vehicle and interviewed the driver. During the interview the officers discovered 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. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

July 18th:

37th Street at Eastern Avenue: Person struck by a train – 12:35 am. Officers received a call to assist DC fire rescue personnel with a report of a pedestrian on the train tracks. When the officers arrived they discovered a man lying beneath a stopped CSX train freight train. The man had been struck by the train and was in critical condition. Fire/rescue personnel transported the man to Medstar. The investigation is being handled by MPD, CSX, and DC fire rescue.

2700 block of Webster Street: Recovered stolen auto – 8:40 am. On July 16th the owner of a 2004 Toyota Camry reported that sometime between 8:30 am on July 5th and 11:45 am on the 16th someone stole her car. The victim told officers today that the vehicle had not actually been stolen; rather she parked it on Russell Avenue and had forgotten where she parked it.

3000 block of Chauncey Place: Attempt stolen auto – 9:40 am. The owner of a 2004 VW Jetta told officers that when she came out to her car she discovered that the driver’s side door was slightly ajar, the driver’s seat was moved and the key won’t start the car. Officers did not observe any signs of forced entry, or obvious signs of damage to the ignition. 

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Vandalism to auto – 11 am. The owner of a 2004 Lincoln Town car reported that sometime between 10 am on July 13th and the time of the report someone smashed out a driver’s side window and rummaged through the vehicle. MRPD officers patrolling the area on July 14th noticed the broken window but were unable to contact the owner who was out of town. The owner confirmed that other than the broken window, nothing appeared to have been stolen from inside.

31st and Perry Streets: Stolen auto – 9 pm. The owner of a 1992 Mercury Sable reported that sometime during the previous night her car was stolen.

July 19th:

3100 block of Windom Road: Lost property – 11:20 am. Officers interviewed a resident who wanted to report that sometime between April and May of this year he lost his passport. He believes that the loss occurred during the move to his current residence.

4600 block of 27th Street: Vehicle impound – 2:20 pm. Code Enforcement officers impounded a 1997 Jeep Cherokee for displaying expired Virginia registration plates.

July 20th:                       

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 1:40 am. A store clerk told officers that two men walked into the store and helped themselves to cigarettes and scratch-off lottery tickets. The men put the merchandise into a plastic bag and left the store without paying for the items. The suspects did not say anything to store employees and displayed no weapons.   The men were last seen getting into a red full size van occupied by two females. No license plate was seen and the clerk was not sure of the van’s direction of travel. 

34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic collision – 11:05 am. A 1999 VW GTI and a 2009 Dodge Charger were involved in a collision in the traffic circle. The driver of the Charger was charged with failing to yield the right of way.

34th and Varnum Streets: Hit and run collision – 3:25 pm. The owner of a 2008 Honda Civic reported minor damage to her vehicle from being struck by an unidentified second vehicle that fled the scene.

July 21st:

Bunker Hill Rd and 36th Street: Motor vehicle collision – 7:40 am. A 2002 Suzuki truck was driving south on Bunker Hill Road when it struck a low lying tree branch. The vehicle became stuck and Public Works had to remove the tree branch in order to free the truck and clear the street.. 

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft – 9:10 am. The victim told officers that while at the BP station she realized her wallet was missing and believes that someone took it out of her purse. Officers reviewed the surveillance video and never observed anyone close enough to the victim to accomplish the theft.

3700 block of Wells Avenue: Theft – 10:45 am. The residents told officers that that they purchased 12 garden gnome statues and placed them in their yard. The statues were all accounted for when the residents went to bed at about 1:30 am. When they awoke at about 6:30 they discovered that eight of them had been stolen.

2400 block of Arundel Road: Vandalism to auto – 6:20 pm. The owner of a 2005 Mitsubishi reported that sometime during the overnight hours of July 17-18 someone slashed two of her vehicle’s tires.

July 22nd:

4500 block of 34th Street: CDS possession – 11:55 pm. Officers patrolling the area of Thomas Stone Elementary School observed a 1999 Volvo parked behind the school with no lights on. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was occupied by three men who were all found to be in possession of marijuana. They were arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Stolen auto - 12:30 am. The owner of a 2003 Ford F-250 truck reported that sometime stole his truck sometime between 10 pm on the 21st and the time he called police.

July 23rd:

4600 block of 30th Street: Carjacking – 1:20 am. The owners of a 2006 Dodge Charger reported that they had just parked their vehicle when they were approached by two black males, both described as being in their 20s, 6’0” tall and wearing black masks. The two suspects displayed handguns and demanded the victims’ property. The two then stole the victims’ car and fled the area in an unknown direction. The victims were not injured during the incident. At about 1:45 am officers were called to the 2700 block of Arundel Road by fire/rescue personnel who were engaged in putting out a fire which had fully engulfed a 2006 Dodge Charger. Once the fire was extinguished the officers learned that it was the same vehicle that was taken in the carjacking. PGPD detectives responded to take over the follow-up investigation.

3800 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:05 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

4600 block of 27th Street: Theft from auto – 11:40 am. Officers responded for the report of a theft from auto that was in progress. When the officers arrived they learned that a black male described as approximately 14 years of age, 5’5” tall and about 125 lbs had just stolen several items from the victim’s vehicle. One of the victim’s family members was pursuing the victim on foot and the officers joined in the pursuit. After an extended foot chase the suspect made good his escape. 

4300 block of Eastern Avenue: Residential burglary – 3:30 pm. The resident told officers that sometime between 1 am and 2:45 pm today someone kicked in the door and rummaged through his apartment, however nothing was stolen.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 6:30 pm. The victim told officers that while she was inside the station paying for her gas a black Dodge Charger drove up and a black male exited the passenger seat. The man entered her vehicle, took her purse, and got back in to the vehicle and fled. Witnesses described the thief only as a black male.

2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 7:30 pm. The victim called officers to report that on July 22nd he refused to give an acquaintance a ride home because he was intoxicated and did not want to drive. The man became upset and proceeded to vandalize the victim’s vehicle and stole his laptop. The victim advised that he was reluctant to pursue charges against the man but wanted to document the incident with police. 

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 11 pm. Officers were called to the residence for the report of a domestic. They learned that the male half of the disturbance had left the scene prior to their arrival. The officers searched the area for the man and were able to locate and detain him. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through Montgomery County for contempt of court. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

34th Street and Windom Road: Recovered stolen auto – 11 pm. Officers initially responded for the report of a hit and run motor vehicle collision. When they arrived they discovered that the striking vehicle, a 1992 Toyota Land Cruiser, was still on the scene but the driver had fled. Further investigation revealed that the Toyota has just been reported stolen from an address in Prince George’s County. The vehicle was impounded.

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