Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Police Report: March 29

4400 block of 28th Street: Vehicle impound – 10:45 am. Officers impounded a 1994 Chevy van that had no tags displayed and was not registered in Maryland.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 10:50 am. Officers impounded a vehicle that was displaying expired tags.

2900 block of Allison Street: Vehicle impound – 12:30 pm. Officers impounded a 1997 Ford Mustang that was displaying tags that had been issued to another vehicle. The tags were removed for return to MVA.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Narcotics arrest – 12:55 pm. Officers received a call for a possible drug transaction in progress. When the officers arrived they located the suspects, as described by the reporting person, sitting in a vehicle and detained them for further investigation. The officers searched the vehicle and recovered a plastic baggie containing 28 grams of marijuana on the rear floor board behind the driver. Based on the marijuana discovery the adult driver and the juvenile passenger were arrested and charged with narcotics possession and distribution. The adult was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The juvenile was released to his father pending juvenile court action. In addition to the marijuana seizure, a total of $979 in US currency was seized from the defendants.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Police Report: March 28-29

March 28th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 4:25 pm. The driver of a 2002 Dodge van told officers that while sitting in traffic waiting for the traffic signal to change she heard the sound of glass breaking in her van. Further investigation revealed that an unknown object had shattered a window on the driver’s side. The object could not be identified and no other evidence/witnesses were found.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Citizen robbery – 5:50 pm. The victim told officers that as he walked to his apartment two individuals (NFD) walked up behind him, pulled his jacket over his head and punched him several times in the back and mouth. They stole his shoulder bag and fled the area on foot. The victim told the officers that there was nothing of value in his bag. The victim refused medical treatment and a canvass of the area for the suspects was negative.

3100 block of Chillum Road: Residential burglary – 7:45 pm. When officers arrived on the scene they were met by the resident who said that when she returned home from work she discovered several items missing from her apartment. She said that she believes that whoever was responsible was able to get inside her apartment through a window that had been broken a couple weeks earlier by her 18 year old daughter. Oddly enough, the items that had been stolen were the same ones taken by her daughter earlier in the week. The daughter originally returned the items after her mother threatened to report her to police. The mother also told the officers that this time the store receipts for the items were also missing. The investigation will continue to determine if the daughter stole the items a second time.

Arundel Road and Chillum Road: Traffic – 11 pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended Maryland license and the vehicle was uninsured. The driver was issued several traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

March 29th (early morning):

4000 block of 29th Street: Theft from auto – 5 am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious vehicle. When they arrived they discovered 2008 Dodge Charger with Texas tags without any wheels. The owner was contacted and he told officers that his wheels were still attached to his car when he parked it at about 10 pm the previous evening. No evidence as to those responsible for the theft was recovered and there were no witnesses.

Police Report: March 25-27

March 25th:

4000 block of 37th Street: Attempt stolen auto – 10 am. The victim/owner of a Dodge Caravan told officers that when he returned to his vehicle he discovered that someone had damaged the ignition in an attempt to steal the van. No evidence as to those responsible for the damage could be found.

4100 block of 31st Street: Theft from auto - 5:20 pm. The victim told officers that when he returned to his vehicle this evening he discovered the trunk open and the vehicle ransacked. The victim said that only some loose change had been stolen. No evidence as to those responsible could be found.

3300 block of Chillum Road: CDS arrest - 10:15pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. As they approached the vehicle 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.

March 26th:

34th and Shepherd Streets: Traffic - 12:40 am. Officers stopped a passenger car after observing that it was displaying tags normally issued to a multipurpose vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the driver had switched plates because the car was unregistered. He was issued several state traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant arrest - 1:15 am. Officers observed a man sleeping on a bench at the bus terminal. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for violation of probation. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft - 3:35 pm. The store clerk told officers that two black males described only as 20-25 years old came into the store and stole various items totaling just over $13.00. They were last seen fleeing the area in an unknown make and model car.

3400 block of 34th Street: Motor vehicle collision - 3:50 pm. Officers took a report of a two-car hit and run collision. The officers learned that the at fault driver failed to pay full time and attention while driving and struck another vehicle from behind. The striking vehicle then fled the scene. There were no injuries. The suspect vehicle was described only as 2002 Chevy Truck.

March 27th:

3800 block of 31st Street: Loud music - 2:00 am. Officers responded to a second call for loud music at a private residence. Officers had originally warned the residents to turn down their music at about 11:55 pm. They did not comply with the officers’ original request and were issued a municipal infraction for the noise violation.

29th Street and Arundel Road: Theft from auto - 11:50 am. The victim/owner of a 1996 Ford truck told officers that he returned to his vehicle and discovered that someone had stolen the rear license plate.

4300 block of 31st Street: Missing person - 4:50 pm. Officers took a report of a juvenile who had run away from home two days earlier. The officers filed the appropriate missing person report and entered the juvenile’s information into the NCIC missing persons database. Several hours later the juvenile returned home unharmed and in good physical condition. The officers took a follow-up report and removed the juvenile’s information from NCIC.

Queenstown Drive at Buchanan Street: Motor vehicle collision - 6:55 pm. The victim told officers that she parked her vehicle by her residence on March 26, 2011 at about 7:00 pm. When she returned for her vehicle today she discovered that it had been hit by a second vehicle that failed to remain at the scene.

2900 block of Allison Street: Residential burglary - 7:35 pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary that had just occurred. When they arrived they discovered the apartment door unsecure. Further investigation revealed that those responsible broke a rear window to the apartment to gain entry. Officers discovered evidence that this was not a random burglary and that the suspect(s) removed a large quantity of narcotics from the apartment before fleeing on foot. Officers recovered drug paraphernalia and a large quantity of US currency from the apartment. Additional evidence leads officers to believe that the residence is connected to the distribution of narcotics. This investigation is ongoing.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Police Report: March 24-25

March 24th:

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 9 am. While on patrol officers observed silver 2010 Dodge Caliber with no front or rear tags. A check of the VIN number revealed that the vehicle was registered to Enterprise Car Rental in New Jersey. The vehicle was impounded after attempts to contact the registered owner were unsuccessful.

4000 block of 36th Street: Attempt stolen auto – 3:25 pm. The owner of a 1998 Plymouth Voyager van told officers that when he came out to get into his vehicle he saw a black male, described as 20-23 years of age and wearing all black clothing, get out of his vehicle. The suspect got into an awaiting vehicle with another black male and fled the area. When he examined his van he saw that the door lock and the ignition had been damaged in obvious attempt to steal the vehicle. Officers canvassed the area for the suspects and their vehicle with negative results.

March 25th (early morning):

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: DWI arrest – 12:20 am. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. The driver was administered a field sobriety test which she failed. She was charged with DUI/DWI and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Her vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Police Report: March 23

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Warrant service – 4 am. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the tags displayed on the vehicle had an outstanding pick-up order from MVA; and, the driver had an open arrest warrant through the Natural Resources Police in Anne Arundel County. The driver was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded and the tags were removed for return to MVA.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Police Report: March 22

3500 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Burglary - 11:25 pm. Officers responded to speak with a construction contractor who is renovating the building. He told the officers that sometime between late evening on March 19th and the time he called police someone kicked in a door to the property and stole three keys to the building. He also said that the company had not completed the contracted renovation and nothing of high value was taken. The officers gave the owner of the building and the construction contractor several recommendations about ways to improve security at the facility. No evidence was recovered at the scene and no witnesses could be identified.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Missing person - 6:30 pm. Officers responded for the report of a middle-aged Hispanic male that had not been seen in several days. The reporting person told the officers that the missing man has an alcohol addiction problem. After several hours of investigation officers were able to locate the man at a friend’s house. He was in good condition at the time he was located, and the reporting person was notified.

34th Street and Rainier Avenue: Sound of shots - 10:30 pm. Officers responded for multiple reports of the sound of shots in the area. The officers determined that the noises heard by residents were not gun shots. They were caused by fireworks that were ignited in the Cedar Lane Alley. Officers were unable to locate the individuals responsible for setting off the fireworks.

33rd Street & Shepherd Street: Traffic - 10:50 pm. Officers were patrolling the area when they observed a vehicle parked in the middle of the street. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was a rental and overdue for return to the rental company. The vehicle was impounded and returned to the rental company. The driver of the vehicle was issued several traffic citations and released at the scene.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Thwarted Abductions: How To Keep Kids Safe

An excellent news article written by Elizabeth Jia of 9NEWS NOW:

http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/142756/158/Thwarted-Abductions-How-To-Keep-Kids-Safe-

Police Report: March 21

4700 block of 30th Street: Vehicle impound - 10:50 am. Officers responded for the report of an illegally parked vehicle. The officers located the vehicle in question and determined that its registration plates had expired in June of 2010. The vehicle was cited and impounded.

3700 block of 37th Street: Residential burglary - 12:45 pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary that had just occurred. When they arrived they discovered that the side door to the residence had been kicked open. Further investigation revealed that two individuals forced their way into the home, ransacked several rooms and stole two TVs. The suspects loaded the television sets into a vehicle witnesses described as a mid-90s 4-door Buick, dark gray or black with dark tinted windows and a rag covering the rear tag. Suspect number one was described as a black male, 18-20 years of age, 6’ tall, medium build wearing a gray jacket and dark pants. The second suspect was described as a black male, 18-20 years of age, 5’8” tall wearing a red jacket with black pants and blue shorts over the pants. The suspects were last seen leaving the area west on 37th Street towards Perry Street.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Police Report: March 18-20

March 18th:

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 11am. A man came into the police station to surrender on an open arrest warrant. Officers confirmed that he had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for failing to appear in court on charges of robbery, 2nd degree assault and theft. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:30 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

3500 block of Windom Road: Warrant service – 10 pm. 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. The officers issued the man several traffic citations and arrested him on the warrant. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

March 19th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft – 11:45 am. The victim told officers that while putting air in her tires someone stole her purse from inside her vehicle. No witnesses to the crime were identified and no evidence was recovered.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Advance Auto): Theft – 2:25 pm. A store clerk reported that a man described as a white male in his fifties came into the store, stole an oil filter cap and a container of tire shine worth a total of $13.00, and fled the store on foot in an unknown direction.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Criminal citation – 3:10 pm. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for urinating in public.

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Assault – 3:10 pm. A woman told officers that a former boyfriend threatened to kill her after she broke off a relationship with him. She said that prior to making the threats the man assaulted her physically but that she did not suffer any treatable injury. A search of the area for her assailant proved negative. The woman was advised of her protective order options with a District Court Commissioner.

March 20th:

3100 block of Varnum Street: Auto theft – 10 am. The owner of a 1995 Plymouth van (MD tag # 8AD9842) reported that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole his vehicle. A canvass of the area for evidence/witnesses proved negative.

32nd and Taylor Streets: Warrant service – 8:55 pm. 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 2nd degree assault. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Police Report: March 17

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto - 11:30 pm. The owner of a 2011 Honda Civic reported that sometime between 3 pm and the time of the report someone stole the temporary Maryland license plate off his car. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Police Report: March 16

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Stolen vehicle – 9 am. The owner of a 2004 Kia reported that sometime between 9:30 pm and the time of the report someone stole her vehicle. She further explained that her vehicle had a window broken out of it about a week ago that she hadn’t had time to get repaired. Officers believe that the suspect was able to enter the vehicle through the broken window to accomplish the theft.

4100 block of 31st Street: Stolen vehicle - 6:50 pm. The owner of a 2006 Honda Civic who was working as a pizza delivery man told officers that he left his vehicle running while he was delivering an order. He said that while making the delivery he saw green minivan pull up and an African American or Hispanic male about 20-25 years of age exit the van, get into his Honda and drive away. He further described the suspect about 6’00” tall, 145 lbs., wearing a light red jacket with a hood. A search of the area for the victim’s vehicle and the suspect proved negative.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Narcotics arrest - 8:25 pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. As the officers approached the vehicle to speak with the driver they noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle was in possession of marijuana. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4200 block of 29th Street: Identity theft - 8:40 pm. The victims told the officers that when they filed their tax return they learned that someone had already used one of their dependent’s information to file taxes. The victim filed a complaint with the IRS and also reported it locally to MRPD for documentation.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Police Report: March 15-16

March 15th:

Nothing significant to report.

March 16th (early morning):

3200 block of Chillum Road: Carjacking – 2:05 am. The victim told officers that he parked his 1995 Chevy Tahoe (Maryland tag 45653M8) in the parking lot of the 7-11 and went inside to shop. As he was returning to his vehicle he was approached by a black male described as 5’9” tall, 150 lbs., about 22-30 years of age, wearing a black coat and dark pants. The suspect produced a 9 mm semi automatic handgun and told the victim to get into the back seat. The victim complied. The suspect took the victim’s keys and drove from the parking lot to Buchanan Street where he told the victim to get out. Once the victim was out of the vehicle the suspect drove off. The victim walked back to the 7-11 where he saw his vehicle in the parking lot. As he approached, the vehicle drove off towards Queens Chapel Road. MRPD officers along with officers from PGPD, Hyattsville City PD and MPD canvassed the area for the vehicle with negative results. The victim was not injured during his ordeal.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Police Report: March 14

3200 block of Taylor Street: Theft from auto – 8:45 am. The owner of a 2003 Saturn told officers that she returned to her vehicle this morning to discover that someone had stolen several personal items from inside. There was no damage to the vehicle and the owner said that she may have inadvertently left it unlocked.

4200 block of 28th Street: Residential burglary – 10 am. The resident told officers that he returned to his apartment to find that someone had broken in, ransacked the apartment and stole several of his personal items. The apartment was processed for evidence with negative results. A canvass of the area also failed to identify evidence or witnesses.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Police Report: March 11-13

March 11th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Death report - 8:05 am. Officers responded for the report of an unresponsive man. Further investigation revealed that the man had died of natural causes. Officers assisted the family in making arraignments and necessary notifications.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Recovered stolen vehicle - 10:10 pm. Officers were conducting traffic enforcement assisted by an automatic license plate reader got an alert on a stolen vehicle. Officers stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver. He was charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded for safe keeping, and the reporting jurisdiction (Virginia) was notified of the recovery.

March 12th:

Bunker Hill Road & 31st Street: Traffic - 2 am. Officers stopped a vehicle for multiple equipment violations. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license. He was issued several citations and his vehicle was impounded.

March 13th:

4600 block of 30th Street: Traffic - 12:50 am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious occupied vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license. He was cited for the violation and, since there was no licensed driver to take custody of the vehicle it was impounded for safekeeping.

2300 block of Varnum Street: Vandalism to auto - 1:00 am. The owner of a 2004 Honda Pilot told officers that sometime between 10:15 pm on March 12th and the time of the report someone smashed out the rear window of his vehicle.

4600 block of 30th Street: Recovered stolen - 1:35 am. Officers patrolling the area using a vehicle equipped with an automatic license plate reader received an alert for a stolen license plate. Further investigation revealed that a parked, unregistered vehicle was displaying two stolen license plates. The plates were recovered and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Warrant arrest/criminal citation - 4:15 am. Officers stopped a man who they observed urinating in public. Further investigation revealed that the man 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 issued a criminal citation for urinating in public and arrested on the warrant. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without further incident.

3400 block of Perry Street: Commercial burglary - 6:30 pm. Officers responded for the report of an open door. When the officers arrived they discovered the building unoccupied with no signs of forced entry. The owner responded to the scene and told the officers that several electronic items were missing from inside. It was determined that the business was inadvertently left unlocked and someone came in and stole the items.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Police Report: March 10

4600 block of 25th Street: Vehicle impound – 11:10 am. Officers impounded a 2003 Chevy Cavalier for displaying expired tags. The vehicle’s registration was also suspended in October 2010 for failing to comply with required Maryland emissions inspection.

2200 block of Varnum Street: Theft from auto – 7:10 pm. The owner of a 2005 Chevy Impala told officers that she parked her vehicle to go shopping at the Family Dollar Store. When she returned from shopping she discovered that someone had stolen her purse from inside the car.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Traffic – 11:50 pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation (headlight out). Further investigation revealed that MVA had issued a pickup order for the tags. The driver was cited accordingly and the tags were seized for return to MVA. The vehicle’s owner arranged for a private tow company to remove the vehicle.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Recent Burglaries & A Residential Alarm Recommendation

Over the past few weeks there have been a series of eight burglaries to single family homes across the City. During our investigation of these crimes officers recovered evidence that indicated the same individual(s) were responsible for multiple break-ins. That evidence, along with suspect descriptions provided by witnesses and extensive surveillance by MRPD and PGPD SAT officers, resulted in the arrest of three juveniles and one adult. Those arrests closed four of the eight burglaries, and investigators believe the adult may be responsible for up to two more. We continue to investigate the remaining cases in cooperation with detectives from PGPD District I and the Hyattsville City Police Department.

In four of these recent burglaries the residence had a working alarm at the time of the break-in. The alarms worked as intended, however the bad guys managed to escape just minutes before MRPD officers arrived. This was due to the fact that the alarm monitoring company, upon receiving the alarm, called the homeowner first, before calling the police. Those few minutes delay made the difference between the police apprehending the suspects and their getting away. In fact, one of the juveniles we arrested told investigators that he knew, that even with the alarm, he had at least ten minutes to complete the crime and make good his escape before officers arrived.

The police department recommends that homeowners who have installed and registered alarms call their alarm monitoring company and request that Mount Rainier Police Department Communications be notified immediately (301-985-6565/6566) when their residential alarm is activated. Many alarm companies hesitate to do this because they want to reduce the number of false alarms, especially where false alarms may result in fines to the homeowner. This is especially true with newly installed systems. However, if you are comfortable operating your system, a first notification to the police will get us there quicker in the event that a real burglary is in progress.

Police Report: March 9

4100 block of Rainier Avenue: Attempt citizen robbery – 8:05 am. The victim was waiting at a bus stop when she was approached from behind by a man who tried to forcibly take her purse. The victim resisted and was able to retain possession of the purse even after being knocked to the ground. The suspect, without the purse, fled the area in a burgundy Toyota van driven by a second suspect. Additional information revealed that the van in which the two suspects fled the area was reported stolen from an address in Hyattsville shortly before the attempted robbery. The unoccupied van was recovered by DC police later in the day. The victim and witnesses described the victim’s assailant as a black male, 16-19 years of age, 5’11” tall, 180 lbs., wearing dark jeans and a black ski mask. PGPD detectives responded to assume a follow-up investigation. Metro Transit police also responded to assist because the crime occurred at a Metro bus stop. The victim sustained minor injuries and refused treatment by fire/rescue personnel on the scene.

Chillum Road at Queens Chapel Road: Traffic violation/vehicle impound – 8:50 pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation (headlight out). Further investigation revealed that there was an MVA pickup order on the vehicle’s tags. The tags were removed for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded. The driver was cited for the equipment violation and released at the scene.

2900 block of Upshur Street: Warrant arrest – 10:30 pm. Officers stopped a suspicious individual for a field interview. During the interview the officers learned that the man had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for misdemeanor theft. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Police Report: March 8

34th Street & Windom Road: Motor vehicle collision - 3:30 pm. A man driving a red Chevy truck failed to stop for a stop sign and struck an unmarked MRPD police vehicle. The man then tried to flee the scene. After a short pursuit MRPD units and PGPD SAT officers were able to stop the vehicle on Rainier Avenue. The man was charged with numerous traffic violations including driving an uninsured motor vehicle. His vehicle was impounded. The police vehicle sustained moderate damage to the right front bumper and quarter panel.

3800 block of 32nd Street: Destruction of property - 11:55 pm. Officers spoke with a resident who told them that a man, known to him only as Richard, came to his residence and asked to speak with him. When the resident refused to open the door the man made threats of having a weapon. The victim refused to open the door whereupon the man broke a one of the victim’s windows.

BURGLARY ARREST: At about 3 pm MRPD officers along with three PGPD SAT units began a surveillance of three male juveniles who were suspected of committing several recent burglaries in the City. At about the same time the officers’ surveillance began a witness to a burglary in the 4000 block of 30th Street on Monday March 7th called and identified the three as the ones who committed that crime. After about an hour the officers developed sufficient reasonable suspicion to stop and detain the three for questioning. During questioning one of the three confessed to committing three of the recent burglaries and named the other two as his accomplices. Physical evidence obtained from the three positively linked them to two of those crimes. Two of the three juveniles were charged with several counts of burglary via juvenile petitions and released to their parents/guardians. An investigation to determine their involvement in additional burglaries/crimes is continuing and additional charges are anticipated.

As a result of this arrest the following burglaries have been closed:

- Saturday February 19th in the 4400 block of 30th Street
- Friday March 4th in the 4000 block of 36th Street
- Monday March 7th in the 4000 block of 30th Street

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Police Report: March 7

4000 block of 30th Street: Residential burglary - 5:30 pm. Officers responded for the report of a residential burglary. The homeowner told the officers that he returned home to find his living room window smashed out and someone had stolen a laptop from inside. Officers secured the residence and Hyattsville PD K-9 responded to search the house. The search revealed that those responsible made good their escape prior to officers arriving. The residence was processed for evidence and a partial shoe print was identified. Neighbors reported seeing three juveniles in the area of the residence prior to the burglary being reported.

4700 block of 27th Street: Lost property - 7:45 pm. A gentleman reported that he placed a money order for his monthly rent payment in the Queens Manor Apartments drop box on March 3rd. The rental office advised him that they did not receive it. The man had a receipt for the money order and the money order has never been cashed. Officers assisted the man in documenting the incident and he will be taking steps to get a replacement money order issued.

4600 block of 27th Street: Death report - 6:45pm. Officers received a call to check the welfare of an individual who had not reported to his place of employment. The man’s supervisor told officers that it was unusual for the man to miss work and not call in. Upon further investigation the officers found the man deceased inside his residence. Preliminary evidence indicates that there was no foul play involved and that the man died of natural causes.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Police Report: March 4-6

March 4th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft from auto – 2:15 pm. The owner of a 2003 Dodge van called police to say that she did not know the whereabouts of her van. Officers arrived and located the van to the rear of her address with the engine running. There were minor scratches to the vehicle’s exterior and the two rows of back seats were missing.

4000 block of 36th Street: Residential burglary – 1:45 pm. Officers responded for the report of an activated residential alarm. When officers arrived they observed that someone had thrown a rock through a back door window and made entry into the house. When the homeowner arrived she told officers that a laptop computer was missing. Witnesses told officers that they saw a group of juveniles loitering on a wall in front of the house just prior to the officers’ arrival. One of these juveniles, described as a light skin black or Hispanic male with a stocky build, wearing blue jeans and black hooded sweatshirt, was seen running from the rear of the residence where he jumped the back fence and fled the area.

3100 block of Chillum Road: Attempt theft – 3:15 pm. An employee of the Queenstown Custom Cleaners fled the store after a man came into the store, walked behind the counter and attempted to open the cash register. The man was unable to open the register and fled on foot. MRPD officers along with responding PGPD units searched the area for the individual and were able to locate him a short distance away. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Attempt citizen robbery – 6:10 pm. The victim told officers that as he was walking to his apartment he was approached by a black male described as 6’ tall, wearing a black & grey North Face jacket, dark jeans, and a cap. The suspect brandished a handgun and said to the victim “you know what time it is.” The victim pushed suspect and was able to escape into his apartment. The suspect followed and fired one shot striking the apartment door. A search of the area for the suspect proved negative. PGPD robbery detectives responded to assume a follow-up investigation. The victim was not injured.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: CDS arrest – 7:30 pm. Officers responded for the report of someone smoking marijuana inside the apartment building. When officers arrived they located the man in question and found him to be in possession of the illegal drug. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

March 5th:

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Theft from auto – 12:40 pm. The owner of a 1988 Toyota Corolla showed officers where someone broke into his vehicle through the driver’s side front window and stole a backpack containing school papers. No evidence/witnesses were found.

4500 block of 32nd Street: Domestic assault – 11:55 pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. The officers’ investigation revealed that a man and his wife got into an argument that resulted in the wife being physically assaulted. The man was arrested, charged with domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

March 6th:

3700 block of 34th Street: Residential burglary – 3 am. Officers were called for the report of an unwanted guest. The resident told the officers that a man had forced his way in through a small kitchen window in the rear of the home. The man was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

37th Street & Rhode Island Avenue: 1st degree assault – 4 am. Officers responded for the report of shots fired. When the officers arrived they were flagged down by the victim who told the officers he was assaulted by a man who struck him in the face with a handgun. The gun discharged during the assault. The victim said that the man who assaulted him was presently inside a house in the 3800 block of 37th Street. MRPD officers further determined that the initial assault occurred outside the City and notified PGPD of the incident. When PGPD officers arrived MRPD officers assisted with establishing a perimeter around the suspect’s location. PGPD officers made entry into the house and took the suspect into custody.

4100 block of 31st Street: 2nd degree assault – 2:30 pm. Officers arrested a juvenile for physically assaulting his twin brother. Officers had responded to the residence earlier for an argument that apparently degraded into the physical assault. The juvenile was charged accordingly and because his mother refused to assume custody for him he was delivered to the custody of the State juvenile facility in Cheltenham.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Police Report: March 3

31st and Upshur Streets: Narcotics arrest – 3:05 pm. Officers stopped a vehicle for failing to stop at a stop sign. Further investigation revealed that the driver and a passenger were both in possession of PCP. The driver was issued several traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded. The driver and passenger were arrested, charged with narcotics possession and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Police Report: March 2

3600 block of Perry Street: Residential burglary – 2 pm. Officers responded for the report of a burglary in progress. An alert neighbor notified police when he saw a stranger enter his neighbor’s backyard and attempt to break in through a side door. The neighbor also provided a detailed description of the individual involved. When officers arrived they were able to quickly apprehend the individual at the intersection of Perry and 36th Streets. The man was positively identified and he was arrested, charged with burglary and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Police Report: February 28-March 1

February 28th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: Stolen auto – 1:05 pm. The owner of a 1994 Chrysler Town & Country minivan reported that someone stole his vehicle sometime prior to his reporting the theft to police. No evidence/witnesses were located.

3100 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 3:30 pm. Officers impounded a parked and unoccupied 1996 Chevy Astro Van for failure to display registration plates.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 11:30 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation after observing him urinating in public.

March 1st:

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 5:50 pm. The owner of a Jamis Capri 7-speed bicycle reported that his bike was stolen sometime prior to his reporting the theft to police.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Burglary/assault – 10:05 pm. The victim told officers that as she was taking a shower she was accosted by an unknown man wearing a black ski mask. The man grabbed her hand and pulled her from the shower and demanded to know “where the money was.” She told him it was in her purse in the living room. The man forced her into the living room at the same time the victim’s boyfriend returned from the store. Upon seeing the boyfriend come in the front door the suspect fled the apartment out a living room window. With the assistance of Hyattsville Police officers a perimeter was established around the residence. PGPD K-9 responded and tracked the suspect to the 4200 block of Eastern Avenue. An extensive search of the apartments in that block was conducted with negative results. Fire/rescue personnel responded to the scene and treated the victim for minor injuries. Nothing was taken from the victim’s apartment and processing for latent fingerprint evidence proved negative. PGPD detectives have assumed a follow-up investigation.