Monday, September 19, 2011

Police Report: September 11-17

September 11th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 1 am. Officers stopped a 2007 Hummer H3 for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license. He was charged accordingly and his vehicle was impounded.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service - 4:30 am. Officers stopped a 2009 Hyundai for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle had an open arrest warrant for failing 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.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Armed robbery – 11 am. Officers responded to the report of a hold-up alarm. When they arrived store employees told them that they had just been robbed by a man described only as an older black male. The employees said that the man came into the store, approached one of the registers and, implying that he had a gun, demanded money from the register. After a short period of time he was able to gather all of the staff at the register and remove the cash out of one register. He then fled the store on foot. The employees said that the man never actually displayed a weapon during the robbery. PGPD robbery detectives responded to assist in the investigation.

Queens Chapel Road and 27th Street: DWI/DUI arrest – 7 pm. Officers stopped a 1994 Mercedes for a traffic violation. When the officers approached the driver they smelled a strong odor of alcohol. He was given a road side sobriety test which he failed and was arrested for DWI/DUI.  The driver’s blood alcohol content was tested to be 1.6 - two times the legal limit.

September 12th:

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 2 am. Officers responded for the report of a family disturbance. When they arrived they identified the individual responsible for the disturbance and discovered that he had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a charge of theft. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. 

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 9:20 am. The reporting person told officers that when he reported for work this morning he observed that two tires on the company’s 2008 Chevy S-10 truck had been punctured.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Stolen auto – 11:55 am. The owner of a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer reported that sometime prior to her call to police someone stole her vehicle. At about the same time officers were taking the initial report they received information from Cheverly PD officers that they had recovered the vehicle at 62nd Avenue and Trent Street in Cheverly. The owner was advised of the recovery and received instructions about how to re-take possession of her vehicle.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Death – 1 pm. Officers were called to the address to assist fire/rescue personnel with checking the welfare of the resident. Once inside the apartment officers discovered that the resident was deceased. Officers contacted family members, one of whom said that the decedent had suffered a heart attack three years ago and had been suffering chest pains the night before his body was discovered. Fire/rescue personnel determined that the decedent most likely died from natural causes but his remains were taken to the State medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for post mortem examination.

3310 Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 11:20 pm. The store clerk told officers that a black male about 40 years of age entered the store, walked behind the sales counter and grabbed a large quantity of scratch off lottery tickets and fled the store. This individual was the same suspect that committed a similar theft at the store in the early morning hours of September 8th and who is suspected of similar thefts from 7-11 stores throughout the County.

September 13th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 6:25 pm. Officers on patrol observed a man driving a 2008 Volvo S40 who they knew from two prior contacts had two open arrest warrants for failing to appear in court for driving without a license. The officers confirmed the warrants, stopped the vehicle and arrested the man. He was also issued new citations for driving without a license and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3600 block of Bunker Hill Road: Attempt burglary – 6:30 pm. The resident told officers that upon returning home he discovered a chair under one of the outside windows and the screen torn or cut. No entry was made into the home and nothing was discovered missing.

3400 block of Newton Street: Burglary/Theft – 9:45 pm. The resident told officers that she left her residence at about 2:30. When she returned home she discovered that her laptop computer had been stolen. She could not advise if the resident was left unlocked or the thief/thieves entered by some other means. There were no signs of forced entry.

September 14th:

2300 block of Varnum Street: Theft – 5:30 am. The store clerk told officers that two suspects arrived at the store, one of whom – described as a black male with a heavy build wearing a white shirt with dark stripes and tan shorts – walked behind the sales counter and stole a large quantity of cigarettes before fleeing the store. The second suspect – described as a black male wearing a black t-shirt and a black ball cap with the letter “R” on it – remained outside during the theft. The two were last seen driving off in a silver Ford pick-up truck towards Queens Chapel Road. The first suspect is believed to be the same man involved in prior thefts from 7-11 stores located on Varnum Street and Chillum Road. 

3700 block of 35th Street: Recovered stolen auto – 7:30 am. The owner of a 2002 Ford tow truck reported that sometime overnight someone stole his truck that had been parked in front of his residence. Further investigation revealed that the truck was found abandoned in Upper Marlboro in front of a commercial establishment and impounded.

3100 block of Windom Road: Emergency petition – 8:45 am. Officers responded for the report of a fight in progress. When they arrived they spoke with the individuals involved and learned that one of them was off his medication and was having a psychotic episode. He admitted to assaulting another individual inside the house; however no one reported any injuries. Based on the individual’s behavior he was taken into custody and delivered to medical staff at Washington Adventist Hospital for an emergency psychiatric examination.

Varnum Street and Eastern Avenue: Hit and run collision – 5:35 pm. The owner of a 2007 GMC reported that sometime prior to his call to police his vehicle was struck by a second vehicle that failed to remain at the scene of the collision. There were no witnesses to provide further information.

September 15th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 7 am. Officers patrolling the area observed a man with an open container of an alcoholic beverage. He was detained for the alcohol violation. A warrant check revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on traffic related offenses. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Recovered stolen auto – 9 am. Officers responded to investigate a suspicious vehicle. They discovered a 2008 Lincoln LS unoccupied with its driver’s side window down. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been previously reported stolen from an address in DC. MPD officers were notified of the recovery and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4100 block of 30th Street: Theft – 9:40 am. The victim told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole his 21” Blue Speciailize bicycle.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 10:15 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 1:45 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

September 16th:

3600 block of Eastern Avenue: Fraud/theft – 10:30 am. The victim told officers that she paid a man $2,000 for assistance in obtaining grant money for school. The man failed to obtain the promised grant monies and has been calling in a threatening manner demanding additional money. The victim was advised of her rights and to file a complaint with the federal Trade Commission.

September 17th:

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 4:30 am. The store clerk told officers that a black male entered the store, walked behind the sales counter and stole a large quantity of cigarettes and scratch off lottery tickets. He then fled the store in an unknown direction. The suspect is the same man who committed similar thefts on September 8th at this store and on September 14th at the Varnum Street 7-11.

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