Monday, August 29, 2011

Police Report: August 21-27

August 21st:

2900 block of Arundel Road: Armed robbery – 1:05 am. The victim told officers that as he was walking to his apartment he noticed two black males in a white or silver compact vehicle parked in a handicapped space. As he got to his building the two approached him and one of them displayed a black handgun and demanded his property. The suspects stole the victim’s wallet and cell phone. Both suspects ran back to the car and fled the area on Chauncey Place towards Queenstown Drive. The victim was not injured during the robbery. PGPD detectives responded to the scene to assume a follow-up investigation.

2900 block of Allison Street: Stolen auto – 1:50 am. The owner of a 2002 Honda Accord reported that sometime prior to his reporting the incident to police someone stole his vehicle.

4600 block of 29th Street: Criminal citation – 2:40 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

August 22nd:

4600 block of 27th Street: Stolen auto – 8:30 am. The owner of a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero told officers that sometime between 6 pm on the 21st and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle.

4000 block of 29th Street: Stolen auto/recovered – 10:10 am. The owner of a 1999 Acura reported that sometime between 9:30 pm on the 21st and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. At about 12:30 pm officers were notified that the vehicle had actually been impounded for a parking violation in the 6300 block of 24th Avenue.

August 23rd:

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 3:35 am. The store clerk told officers that while he was away from the sales counter a black male came into the store, went behind the counter, stole approximately $350 worth of cigarettes and fled the store in an unknown direction. The clerk could not provide a good description of the thief.

August 24th:

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Stolen auto – 2 pm. The owner of a 1988 Plymouth Acclaim reported that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole his car. The officers’ investigation revealed that there was broken glass where the vehicle was parked which indicated that a passenger side window was broken in order for the thieves to gain access to the vehicle.

August 25th:

3700 block of 36th Street: Theft – 7:45 pm. The victim came into the police station to report that his credit card had been lost/stolen. He told officers that he when he checked his account online he discovered several unauthorized charges since August 18th. He immediately contacted his credit card company to report the card stolen and dispute the charges.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: 1st degree assault – 5:20 pm. The female victim in this case came to the police station to report that an individual had just fired shots at her vehicle. She told officers that as she and a male companion were pulling into a parking space they were approached by the suspect who displayed a small handgun and ordered both victims out of the car.  The victims refused and drove out of the parking lot. As they were driving away the suspect fired several shots at the vehicle striking it three times. The male victim refused to cooperate in the investigation; however the female victim told officers that she knew their assailant. PGPD detectives responded to interview the victims and are in the process of obtaining arrest warrants for the assailant.

August 26th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: Traffic/vehicle impound – 12:20 am. Officers stopped a 1993 Ford Aerostar van for speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a valid license. He was issued five State traffic citations and the van was impounded.

3100 block of Queen Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 1:10 pm. The owner of a 1998 Honda Accord reported that sometime between 12:30 am and the time he called police someone slashed his front passenger tire.

3100 block of Queen Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 1:25 pm. The owner of a 1998 Honda Accord reported that sometime between 12:30 am and the time she called police someone slashed her front passenger tire.

3100 block of Queen Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 2 pm. The owner of a 1995 BMW reported that sometime between 8:15 pm on August 25th and the time she called police someone slashed her front driver’s side tire.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle – 3 pm. A representative from Thrifty Rental Car reported that an individual who rented a car on August 2nd has failed to return the vehicle to Thrifty. The representative obtained a criminal summons for the individual for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: Residential burglary – 6:45 pm. The resident told officers that he left home at about 11 pm on August 25th and upon returning he discovered that someone made entry to his apartment through the front door with no force used. Once inside the suspect(s) ransacked the apartment and stole a quantity of U.S. Currency.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 11:35 pm. Store security at party Time Liquors told officers that a man removed a bottle of Vodka and placed it down the front of his pants. He then left the store without attempting to pay for the. Security detained the man and contacted police. Officers issued the man a criminal citation for theft and returned the merchandise to the store.

August 27th:

2200 block of Varnum Street: Stolen vehicle – 9:30 pm. The owner of a 1996 Dodge caravan reported that sometime between 9 am and the time he called police someone stole his van.

4200 block of 28th Street: Vandalism to auto – 11:50 pm. The owner of a 2000 Ford Expedition told officers that as she was watching the effects of Hurricane Irene out of her window she saw a gold minivan, possibly a Toyota Sienna, pull up next to her Expedition and stop. She then saw a man get out of the van and smash out the driver’s window of her vehicle. When she started screaming at the man he got back into the van and fled the area towards Eastern Avenue.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Storm Update

As of 5 pm this morning we are still experiencing high winds and heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Irene. While the rain is forecast to taper off we still expect the high winds to continue through the morning hours. The police department went on tactical alert at 6 pm Saturday evening and all officers were on duty throughout the night until 5 am this morning. We will have a normal day shift compliment plus one additional officer starting at 7 am this morning. We will follow the same schedule for the night shift that starts at 7 pm tonight.

 

Throughout the City there is an extensive amount of storm debris on all of our residential streets ranging from leaves to large branches and trees and power lines down. We have reported each power line problem to Pepco; however we do not expect Pepco to respond to address any of the power line problems until later in the day, and then only according to their priority schedule. Our officers have used police tape to block off those streets where power lines and/or trees have either totally or partially blocked the roadway. Residents should not attempt to drive or walk on any street or sidewalk where police tape blocks the way.

 

Here’s a brief summary of the major storm damage and power outages:

 

·         Tree down blocking the road in the 3100 block of Upshur St. Tree took down power lines from a house when it fell.

·         Tree down blocking the road at 37th and Newton Streets. No power lines affected.

·         Tree down on power lines at 32nd and Varnum.

·         Tree down on power lines 3100 block of Shepherd St. Street blocked but power still on. When the tree came down an 8 to 12 foot section of the sidewalk was uprooted.

·         Electric wires are down in the 4100 block of 30th Street.

·         A tree and power lines are down in the 4000 block of 31st Street.

·         Tree down in the 4200 block of 28th Street.

·         Tree down at 28th Place and Webster Street.

·         Power is out to about 75% of the Kaywood apartment complex and bordering streets.

·         Power is out along Eastern Avenue from Rhode Island Avenue to Queens Chapel Road.

·         Power is out in the 2200 and 2300 blocks of Varnum Street.

·         Power is out sporadically in other residential areas of the City.

·         The roof of the police station is leaking in several places.

 

Residents should continue to call our communications center at 301-985-6565/6566 to report trees down, power lines down or other hazardous conditions.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Storm Update

Beginning at 6 pm tomorrow night the police department will go on Tactical Alert in response to Hurricane Irene. All officers will be on duty and we will have the City’s command center set up here at the police station.

 

You can assist the Department by making your necessary emergency preparations over the next 24 hours so you will be prepared to weather (no pun intended) the storm as safely as possible. Please see my posts from yesterday that outline precautions you should take. I encourage you to check on your neighbors and let us know if there are any residents, such as the elderly, who may need special assistance in case their home becomes uninhabitable.

 

As a reminder, the emergency number to police our police communications center is 301-985-6565/6566. The non-emergency number here at the police station is 301-985-6580/6590. If the power goes out at the police station you will not be able to call into the 301-985-6580/6590 number. If you get no answer at the non-emergency number please call my cell at 240-508-7687 or Captain Stoots’ cell at 240-417-7516. If those fail you can e-mail me at mscott@mountrainierpd.org or at lthog1349@gmail.com.

 

I will be tweeting about the conditions in the City and other necessary information starting at 6 pm tomorrow. You can get my Twitter updates by following @MRPDChief.

 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pepco Storm Quick Facts

Reporting an Outage and the Restoration Process - Emergency Phone Numbers

If your power goes out, check to see if your neighbors have power. If your home is the only one without power, check your circuit breakers or fuses to determine if the outage is a result of a household problem. Do not assume we automatically know about your outage. Please contact us immediately.

Report outages:
1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662)

Report downed wires and life-threatening emergencies:

1-877-Pepco-62 (1-877-737-2662) and press two.

TTY: 202-872-2369

Outage maps and restoration updates can be accessed online at www.pepco.com. Click on the Your Home tab and select the Outages the Emergency Preparedness page.

Important Safety Tips

If you see a downed power line, stay away from it. Assume that all downed power lines are live and extremely dangerous. Don’t touch any person or object that is in contact with a power line; the current could flow through you. Immediately call the emergency service number at 1-877-Pepco-62 (1-877-737-2662) and press two to report downed wires. Call 911 only if there is an associated emergency such as a fire, automobile accident or, if medical assistance is required. Also:

·        Never attempt to remove trees or limbs from any utility line. Assume all objects touching a power line are energized.

·        If you use a portable generator during a power outage, always operate it according to the manufacturer’s directions, outside and away from doors and windows to avoid deadly carbon monoxide.

·        If you have a flooded basement in your home, never attempt to turn off power or operate circuit breakers while standing in water.

How We Restore Power

Our damage assessment and restoration process begins once the storm has passed and it’s safe for our personnel to proceed with gathering information and determining the extent of the damage in the affected areas. Your telephone call reporting an outage is vital because it will be combined with other customers’ calls and computer programs will analyze that information to make a prediction as to what lines or other equipment may be out of service. This helps our line crews find the locations of the outages more quickly.

We then proceed using a system of priorities that have been developed taking into account public safety, community needs and the nature of the electric distribution system.

In the event our system is damaged by severe weather, Pepco focuses on restoring power in a sequence that enables power restoration to public health and safety facilities and to the greatest number of customers as quickly as possible. The typical sequence, many of which occur simultaneously, is as follows:

1.        Downed live wires or potentially life-threatening situations and public health and safety facilities without power.

2.        Transmission lines serving thousands of customers.

3.        Substation equipment.

4.        Main distribution lines serving large numbers of customers.

5.        Secondary lines serving neighborhoods.

6.        Service lines to individual homes and businesses.

Outages and Emergency Preparedness
Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my neighbor have power but I don’t?

Sometimes, you may notice your neighbor’s lights come back on while you are still without power. There may be several explanations – it may be that your neighbors are on a different supply line or there may be trouble just on the section of the line supplying your immediate area. The cause of the outage may be isolated to one fuse, one transformer or a group of transformers, or the problem may be on the service line connected to your residence. If all of your surrounding neighbors’ lights are on and you are still without power, check your breaker box for a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse. If that does not appear to be the case, please call us to report your outage using the outage reporting number 1-877- Pepco-62 (1-877-737-2662).

Why is Pepco often unable to give out exact restoration times?

We continually work to improve upon our ability to provide restoration times to customers. Several considerations come into play when estimating restoration times. One important factor, particularly after a large storm, is completion of our damage assessment. Until the assessment is done, it is hard to provide a restoration time, especially in cases where we have sustained massive numbers of outages. Other factors include weather, accessibility to damaged areas, coordination with other agencies working on the storm restoration such as public works, tree removal, and changing public safety and health priorities, all of which may affect our estimates. We do everything we can to provide an estimate of restoration time as soon as it reasonably can be done. Even then, it is possible that estimates may change during the course of restoration as field crews arrive on the scene.

When you call us to report a power outage, we provide an estimate for restoration based on current reported field conditions and predictions from our automated Outage Management System (OMS).

When a repair crew arrives on the scene, they may discover additional or more complex problems that require additional time, equipment or crews. They will update the restoration time estimate and we will reflect those changes when you call again to check on the status of the restoration.

In recent months we have made many improvements to help us provide better estimates and more information, including upgrades to our Outage Management System (OMS), improved wires-down, damage assessment and crew management processes, additional cross training for employees who will assist customers during emergency situations, and outage maps displayed in our “Storm Center”. We’ve also added additional customer service representatives and doubled customer service and emergency phone and voicemail capacities.

Why do Pepco crews sometimes leave my neighborhood before power is restored?

Crews working near your home - even across the street - may be fixing a feeder that does not serve your home or may be securing downed wires for follow-up by repair crews. Or, there could be more than one location on the power line that is damaged. If you see our crews leaving your area without restoring power, another area may need to be repaired to activate your line or they may need specialized equipment to finish repairs. Also, in severe storms with widespread damage, we may need to physically assess damage before restoration begins. If you see a truck leave your neighborhood before your power goes back on, please rest assured that we are not ignoring your problem.

Why is it that when a crew responds to my report of a wire down at my home or neighborhood, they are “standing by” or not working to get my lights back on?

Public safety is our number one priority and when we receive a report of a wire down, we will dispatch the closest available line crew to respond. However, in the event of storms where we have massive outages, we may first send other Pepco personnel to: 1) relieve fire services or police personnel until a line crew can arrive, 2) stand by to make sure the area is safe to the public until a line crew can arrive, or 3) if the wire is not Pepco's, identify it as cable TV, telephone, or other telecommunications wire.

Hurricane Preparedness Info from PEPCO

The following information comes from a PEPCO press release this morning:
In anticipation of Hurricane Irene’s arrival this weekend, PEPCO urges its customers to prepare for potential power outages and act to ensure their safety. Here are some tips:

Preparation Tips
·         Have adequate prescription medicines or infant supplies on hand.
·         If you or someone you know uses life-support equipment that requires electricity to operate, identify a location with emergency power capabilities and make plans to go there or to a hospital during a prolonged outage.
·         Assemble an emergency "storm kit."  Include a battery-powered radio or television, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, special needs items, an insulated cooler and a list of important and emergency phone numbers.
·         Keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water and have a hand-operated can opener available.
·         Have a telephone with a cord or cell phone to use as a backup. Cordless telephones require electricity to operate, and won't work if there is an outage.
·         Protect your electronic equipment. Unplug sensitive electronics or plug computers and other sensitive equipment into surge suppressors, and consider a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) for temporary battery backup power.
·         Turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances if it is safe to do so. However, if you have an electrically operated sump pump, you should not turn off your power.
Safety Tips
·         Tune in to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
·         Follow the advice of your local emergency management officials.
·         Take cover if necessary.
·         Stay away from downed wires.
·         Call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662) and press "2" to report a downed wire.
·         To report an outage, call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662) and press “1” for the automated system. 

Business Hurricane Preparations

In anticipation that Hurricane Irene may pose a significant threat to Maryland over the coming weekend, the Anne Arundel County Police Department sent the following information to its business community this morning. The information is designed to assist businesses in preparing for this potentially dangerous storm. The tips AACoPD sent to their businesses are applicable to the business community here in Mount Rainier, so with their permission, I have reproduced it here:

 

With the impending approach of Hurricane Irene and the possibility of its significant impact on the region, it’s time to start preparing.  As for emergency awareness, additional information will follow through the State and Local Offices of Emergency Management.  Stay in close contact with local news and weather releases.

 

We want to take this time to make you aware of business security procedures you should consider.  PEPCO is already warning of the possibility of extensive and extended power disruptions.

  • Conduct a room by room walk-through to determine what needs to be secured.
  • Obtain plastic to cover electronic equipment in the event of roof leakage. Move electronic equipment away from windows.
  • Elevate electronic equipment off of the floor for protection in the event of flooding.
  • Back-up your systems and if possible store your back-ups off site.
  • Protect business records. If you plan on being out of your business for an extended period, consider shutting down unnecessary electric breakers in the event of power surges.
  • If possible shut gas valves leading into the business. Consider the fact that alarm systems may not function during extended power outages. 
  • Remove valuables and cash to a safe location. Move company vehicles to an area safe from flying debris and falling trees. 
  • Make arrangements with nearby parking garages to house vehicles if possible.
  • Bring in outside display racks, furniture, and trash cans. Remove expensive items from display racks, particularly near windows.  Consider the effects of window breakage on inventory and staff/customer safety.
  • Understand your insurance policy and keep it in a safe place. If you have a number of employees, establish a phone tree to distribute information.
  • Share this information with your neighboring businesses.

Unfortunately, there will be those who try to take advantage of the situation. Understand that police resources may be stretched thin, so any extra security preparedness will only benefit your business.

  

Most importantly: REMAIN SAFE and don’t take chances.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Police Report: August 14-20

August 14th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Motor vehicle collision – 5:05 am. Officer responded for the report of a single vehicle collision. Upon arrival they found a 1993 Lincoln Town car that had left the roadway and crashed into a tree in the median. The investigation revealed that the weather conditions and the vehicle’s speed were the main factors that caused the vehicle to crash.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft over $500 – 11:25 pm. Officers responded for the report of a theft of cigarettes. When the officers arrived they spoke with store employees and reviewed the surveillance camera footage. The officers learned that two black males in their late 30’s entered the store, went behind the counter, pulled out a plastic bag and filled it up with cigarettes.  The subjects then fled the store on foot. It is believed that they entered a vehicle parked on 22nd Street and fled the area.

August 15th:

4600 block of 29th Street: Vandalism to auto – 8:15 am. The owner of a 1991 Olds Cutlass reported that sometime prior to her call to police someone smashed out the front passenger door window. Nothing was stolen from inside the vehicle and no evidence was identified.

3400 block of Otis Street: Property damage – 8:50 am. During the previous night’s severe storms a City tree was uprooted and fell on an unoccupied 1995 Toyota Camry. Public Works employees responded and removed the tree.

4600 block of 29th Street: Stolen auto – 9:20 am. The owner of a 1990 Chevy truck reported that sometime between 10 pm on August 14th and the time of her call to police someone stole her truck.

2400 block of Arundel Road: Narcotics arrest – 11:30 am. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. While interviewing the male half the officers asked him if he had a key to the apartment building’s secured front entry door. While suspect reached in his pocket for the key a Ziploc bag containing marijuana fell out of his pocket. The marijuana was seized and he was arrested and charged with CDS possession. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3000 block of Arundel Road: Stolen auto - 12:15 pm. The owner of a 1996 Jeep Cherokee reported that sometime between 10 pm on August 14th and 9:30 am this morning someone stole his vehicle.

3700 block of 35th Street: Stolen auto/recovered – 1:20 pm. The owner of a 1995 Acura Integra reported that sometime between 10 pm on August 14th and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. The vehicle was later located by Code Enforcement officers in the alley to the rear of the 3400 block of Eastern Avenue. The owner responded and took possession of his vehicle.

August 16th:

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Trespassing – 10:25 am. A Parking Enforcement Officer observed three individuals sitting on the front porch of an abandoned house. MRPD officers responded and stopped the three for field interview. All three were warned not to return to the property and sent on their way. 

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 3 pm. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Child custody dispute – 3:40 pm. The mother of a 2 year old child told officers that the child’s father picked up the boy on August 1st and told the mother that he’d bring him home in a few days. Instead of bringing the boy back he called the mother and told her he was filing for full custody and that she’d be receiving court papers in the mail. There was no current contact information for the father. The boy’s information was entered into NCIC missing persons files.

3400 block Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 7 pm. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:20 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer.

August 17th:

Nothing significant to report.

August 18th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Residential armed robbery – 8:35 am. The male victim in this case told officers that a black male described as 6” tall with a slim build wearing a black hat, a gray t-shirt and black jeans was waiting for him in the hallway of his apartment building when he got home from work. The suspect forced the victim into his apartment at gunpoint and tied up the male victim and a female victim who was already inside the apartment. The suspect then ransacked the apartment allegedly looking for narcotics before leaving the apartment and making good his escape. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to conduct a follow-up investigation.

2200 block of Varnum Street: Criminal citation – 11:55 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

3200 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 8:30 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

2700 block of Upshur Street: Criminal citation – 11:50 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

August 19th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Residential burglary – 1:35 pm. Officers responded to follow-up on the residential armed robbery that occurred yesterday.  When the officers arrived they were advised that the same residence had just been broken into. Officers canvassed the area and found a crow bar near a dumpster that may have been used to pry open the victim’s apartment door.  A PGPD forensics team was called to the residence to process the apartment for evidence.

3000 block of Bunker Hill Road: Residential burglary - 1:40 pm. The resident told officers that her neighbor observed three black males enter her residence through a rear door. The suspects were later seen exiting the residence through the front door and got into a small grey car and fled towards Eastern Avenue.  The resident told officers that several items of jewelry were stolen. Officers processed the residence for evidence.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Stolen auto – 3:20 pm. The owner of a 2001 Saturn came into the police station to report his car stolen.

August 20th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:55 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Assault – 8:35 pm. Officers were called to investigate unknown trouble in the laundry area of the apartment building. When officers arrived they learned that a juvenile male had shot several washers and dryers with a BB gun. He also shot out the entire front entry door glass. One of the BBs struck a female juvenile above her left eye. As the suspect fled the area he pointed the BB gun at a second victim and threatened to shoot her if she told on him. Since both victims and several witnesses knew the suspect and where he lived it did not take long for officers to find and arrest him. He was charged with malicious destruction of property, two counts of assault and reckless endangerment. He was released to the custody of his Grandmother pending Juvenile Court action.

2900 block of Arundel Road: Citizen armed robbery – 11 pm. The victim in this case told officers that he was unloading groceries from his vehicle when he was accosted by a black male armed with a black handgun. The suspect stole the victim’s cell phone and a quantity of US currency before walking out to Arundel Road. The suspect met another black male who was apparently acting as a lookout during the robbery and the two fled the area on foot on 29th Street towards Webster. A search of the area for the two suspects proved negative. The victim met with PGPD detectives at their station and PGPD will handle the follow-up investigation.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Cops on Rooftops" this Saturday and Sunday!

Please come out and support Special Olympics Maryland this Saturday and Sunday, August 20th and 21st.

The following press release is from Chief Douglas Holland of the Hyattsville Police Department outlines the “Cops on Rooftops” fundraising event for SOMD.

“Anyone who ever thought nothing good could come from cops sitting around (or in this case ON) a donut shop might reconsider that notion when “Cops on Rooftops” – a fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland -- comes to the Dunkin’ Donuts at 3030 Queens Chapel Road on Saturday, August 20 starting at 6 am through Sunday, August 21, 2011.

As part of a national fundraising effort for Special Olympics Maryland, many good-natured officers from the Police Departments of the City of Hyattsville, Mt. Rainier, Riverdale Park, Bladensburg, Prince George’s County and other local agencies have volunteered to spend the weekend on the roof of the Hyattsville-area Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant located at 3030 Queens Chapel Road. Their collective fundraising goal is $10,000 and they will not come down until that money has been collected. Police Chiefs and Officials from the local municipal and county agencies will be on hand on Saturday from 9 am to 10 am.

In 2009, the first year a Maryland location participated in the promotion, the Laurel Dunkin’ Donuts and Laurel Police Department raised more than $7,000. Last year, with five Dunkin Donut locations partnering with law enforcement, $30,000 was raised for Special Olympics Maryland. This year eight Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the state will take part in the program: Laurel, College Park, Westminster, Towson, Reisterstown, Havre de Grace, Hyattsville and California.

Dunkin’ Donuts customers and the general public alike are encouraged to stop by and support the officers in their efforts to raise both funds and awareness for the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Maryland. Along with law enforcement volunteers who will be on the rooftop, other officers and Special Olympics athletes will greet customers inside and outside of the store, passing around donation jars and rallying support for the cause. Special Olympics Maryland merchandise will be available for sale and there will be a raffle of various items donated by local merchants. A moon bounce will also be set up for the kids.

“Cops and donuts have a long, humorous history together, so it was only fitting that we team up with the great folks at Dunkin’ Donuts for this light-hearted event,” said Chief Douglas Holland of the Hyattsville City Police Department. “This event allows us to do something great for an incredible organization and poke a little fun at ourselves at the same time. What could be better than that?”

The event was founded on the idea by the law enforcement officers of Illinois, who in 2009, took to the rooftops of 94 Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the state and raised more than $182,000. SOMD is a year-round sports organization dedicated to providing quality sports training and competition opportunities to Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or closely related development disabilities. SOMD currently serves 10,000 athletes statewide, and offers 28 sports, all at no cost to the athletes or their families. For more information about SOMD visit www.somd.org or call 410-789-6677.”

Police Report: August 5-13

August 5th:

4000 block of Cedar Lane: Criminal citation – 11:20 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possessing an open container of alcohol in public.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 6:10 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

4200 block of 34th Street: Domestic assault/CDS possession – 8 pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic assault. The female resident and her boyfriend got into a physical altercation that resulted in minor injury to the woman. The officers verified the woman’s injury and also discovered a quantity of marijuana in a bedroom closet that belonged to her assailant. He was arrested and charged with 2nd degree domestic assault and CDS possession and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

August 6th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: Warrant service – 11 pm. Officers stopped a 2008 Toyota for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that a passenger in the vehicle 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. The driver was issued two State traffic citations and sent on his way.

August 7th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 3:25 am. The resident told officers that when she returned home she discovered several items, including a laptop computer missing from her apartment. No signs of forced entry were discovered. She identified a possible suspect as a man against whom she had a restraining order and who still had a key to the apartment. She said that the laptop that was missing belonged to the suspect. The investigation is continuing and charges are possible against the suspect.

2200 block of Varnum Street: Strong arm robbery – 9 am. The victim told officers that as she was walking she noticed that she was being followed by a man.  When she stopped walking, the man walked up to her and, without saying anything, pushed her to the ground, took her pack of cigarettes and $20 in cash and fled the area. Officers canvassed the area and detained a man fitting the suspect’s description. The victim was able to positively identify his as her assailant. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4500 block of 32nd Street: Theft from auto (x2) – 10 am. The victim told officers that when she came out to her vehicles (a Ford truck and a Cadillac) she observed that both vehicles had been broken into. Officers determined that the thief (thieves) used a screwdriver or similar tool to break into both vehicles. An iPod and a speaker were taken from inside the truck and a second iPod was taken from inside the Cadillac. Officers processed both vehicles for latent prints but were unable to lift any viable prints due to the morning rain and smudging.

2700 block of Allison Street: Theft from auto – 11 am. The owner of a 2000 Buick Century reported that someone broke into her vehicle through the driver’s door window and stole an iPod Touch from inside. The vehicle was processed for prints and one was lifted from the upper outside driver’s door frame.  Elimination prints were also taken from the victim for comparison. The print evidence was submitted to RAFIS for identification.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto – 2:30 pm. The owner of a 1998 Nissan Maxima reported that sometime between 10 pm on August 6th and his call to police someone broke into his vehicle and stole several personal items from inside.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Attempt burglary – 3 pm. A resident flagged down officers and, through an interpreter that someone tried to get into his apartment the night before. He said that he was away at work and his wife and children were at home. Officers spoke with the man’s wife who said that at about 10:30 last night she heard someone outside their apartment door with keys trying to unlock the door. She walked to the door and asked who was there and when she looked out the pep hole she saw a black male with a back pack step away from the door and flee the stairway. Officers contacted the apartment complex’s assistant manager and arranged to have the victims’ locks changed.

3800 block of 37th Street: Theft from auto – 5:50 pm. The owner of a 2003 Honda Civic told officers that she came out the back of her house to find her car door window broken and approximately $10.00 in cash and coin stolen from inside. The officers determined that the thieves broke the driver’s door window using a small piece of brick which they found on the floor of the passenger side of the vehicle. 

August 8th:

3100 block of Varnum Street: Attempt auto theft – 7:50 am. The owner of a 1998 Honda Civic that sometime between 6 pm on August 7th and her call to police someone damaged the vehicle’s door lock and ignition in an attempt to steal the vehicle. Nothing was taken from the vehicle and no evidence was identified.

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: Critical missing person – 2:10 pm. Officers responded to the Mount Rainier Police Station to take a missing person’s report. A woman told officers that she hadn’t heard from her mother since August 3rd. The woman could not provide an exact address to her mother’s residence only stating that she lives in a boarding house and frequents the 3100 block of Queens Chapel Road. The woman said that her mother suffers from several medical issues including dementia, strokes, and diabetes. Officers entered the mother’s information into NCIC critical missing persons files.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic arrest – 11:05 pm. Officers stopped a 1996 Infinity L30 for an equipment violation. Further investigation revealed the vehicle’s registration plates were expired since May of 2011 and suspended for emissions since November of 2010. In addition the driver was operating the vehicle on a suspended driver’s license. The driver was arrested for operating a motor vehicle on a suspended driver’s license and issued the appropriate State traffic citations. The vehicle was impounded and the tags were seized pursuant to an MSP pick up order.

August 9th:

34th and Tilden Streets: Theft from auto – 9:20 am. The owner of a 2000 GMC Yukon reported that sometime between 4 pm on August 6th and his call to police someone broke into his vehicle and stole a pair of 12” subwoofer speakers, a Kicker amp, and a Power Acoustics TV.

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 3:30 pm. The owner of a 1997 Dodge caravan reported that he discovered a small scratch on his vehicle that was not there previously. Officers were unable to determine a possible cause for the scratch.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Residential burglary – 8:45 pm. The victim/resident reported when he returned home he discovered his Sony Play Station, 4 Blue Ray DVDs and two Play Station joysticks missing from inside his apartment. Officers observed no signs of forced entry.

August 10th:

2700 block of Webster Street: Theft from auto – 8:15 am. The owner of a 2010 Ford Fusion reported that sometime prior to his call to police someone broke into his vehicle through the front passenger window and stole his wallet and GPS.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Stolen auto – 12:50 am. The owner of a 1994 Buick Century told officers that his vehicle had been stolen back on August 7th. He said that he attempted to report it then but had no vehicle information since the vehicle was just purchased and all documents were in the vehicle when it was stolen.

August 11th:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Warrant service – 4:55 am. Officers stopped a 2000 Mercury Sable for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had an open arrest warrant through Charles County for failing to appear in court on a charge of driving an uninsured vehicle. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Theft – 9:10 am. The owner of a 2009 Ford Focus reported that sometime overnight someone stole the Maryland temporary tag off her vehicle.

2700 block of Allison Street: Hit and run collision – 9:50 am. The owner of a 2002 Toyota Tundra reported that her vehicle had been struck by a second vehicle that failed to remain at the scene of the collision. The vehicle sustained moderate damage to the right front.

3400 block Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 7:40 pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.

4200 block of 34th Street: Traffic arrest – 9:15 pm. Officers stopped a 2002 Nissan Quest for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was unlicensed. She was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

August 12th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x3) – 7:35 am.  Officers issued three men criminal citations for drinking alcoholic beverages in public.

4500 block of 31st Street: Residential burglary – 8:15 pm. The resident told officers that when he returned home he discovered an open window. When he went inside he discovered a second window open and a laptop and a quantity of US currency missing. The investigating officers determined that the suspect(s) entered through a porch window and left through a side window.

August 13th:

Bunker Hill Road and 33rd Street: Hit and run collision – 11:50 am. The owner of a 2006 Honda Accord reported that her vehicle had been struck by a second vehicle that failed to remain at the scene of the collision. Her vehicle sustained minor damage.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Assault – 3:40 pm. Officers learned that two men got into a physical altercation. During the altercation one of them struck the other with a brick. Officers were able to locate and arrest the assailant. He was charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. 

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Disorderly conduct – 10:05 pm. Officers arrested an intoxicated man for disorderly conduct for blocking the entrance to Party Time Liquors and refusing to leave. The man had been previously refused service and entry to the store due to his intoxication.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Gold Parties in Maryland

This is a re-post from a recent advisory by the Howard County Police:
“Looking to cash in your gold? Beware of home gold parties -- these events are illegal. Read more in this advisory from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation. And be sure confirm any precious metal dealer is licensed through the state before doing business!”

Police Report: July 31 - August 4

July 31st:

Nothing significant to report.

August 1st:

3200 block of Arundel Road: Recovered stolen auto – 12:30 am. Officers patrolling the area with a mobile license plate reader identified a 2000 Jeep Cherokee that had been previously reported stolen from an address in Prince George’s County. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Hit and run collision – 11:10 am. The owner of a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe reported that sometime prior to calling police his legally parked vehicle was struck by a second vehicle that failed to remain at the scene.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Hit and run collision – 11:35 am. The owner of a 2002 Nissan Altima ported that sometime prior to calling police her legally parked vehicle was struck by a second vehicle that failed to remain at the scene.

2700 block of Allison Street: Theft from auto – 12:35 pm. The owner of a 2008 Jeep Liberty reported that sometime prior to calling police her calling police someone stole several items of her personal property and change from inside her vehicle. The officers found no signs of forced entry into the vehicle and no additional evidence.

4000 block of 36th Street: Vehicle impound – 3:40 pm. Officers responded for a citizen complaint of an illegally parked vehicle. The officers located a 1998 Toyota Avalon which was illegally parked, unregistered and displaying illegal tags. The vehicle was impounded.

4000 block of 29th Street: Commercial armed robbery – 10:20 pm. The victim told officers that while he was outside locking the business’s security gates a blue older model Jeep pulled into the parking lot and stopped beside him. Suspect # 1, described as a thin build light skinned black male wearing a full face mask got out of the Jeep and produced a silver handgun. Suspect #2, no further description, remained inside the vehicle. Suspect #1 forced the victim back inside the business and forced him to open the cash register. Suspect #1 removed a quantity of US Currency from the register. The suspect then walked the victim to a back room where he also stole a bank bag containing additional money. The suspect then struck the victim in the head with the handgun, fled the store and got back into the Jeep. The Jeep was last seen pulling out onto Eastern Avenue towards Russell Avenue/Queens Chapel Road. The Jeep then pulled out onto Eastern Avenue towards Russell Avenue/Queens Chapel Road. The victim was not hurt during the robbery and refused any medical treatment. Officers were able to obtain video surveillance of the Jeep and its description was broadcast to all surrounding law enforcement agencies. PGPD evidence technicians along with robbery detectives responded to gather physical evidence and assume a follow-up investigation.

4300 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft – 10:30 pm. Officers took a report of the theft of clothing. The victim told the officers that she placed a load of wash into a dryer in the laundry room and when she returned she discovered that some of her clothes had been stolen. The victim and the officers were able to determine a suspect in the theft and the investigation is continuing.

August 2nd:

Nothing significant to report.

August 3rd:

2900 Arundel Road: Vandalism to auto – 2:02 pm. The owner of a 1998 Chevy Malibu reported that sometime prior to his notifying police someone smashed his front windshield and slashed his right front tire.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Attempted commercial burglary – 4:20 pm. The owner of the business told officers that one of his employees observed pry marks on the rear entrance door. The marks were indicative of someone’s attempt to burglarize the store. The owner was able to retrieve pictures of the suspect from the store’s video surveillance system that showed him at the back door and subsequently jumping the rear fence and fleeing the same way when he could not get into the building. It also pinpointed the time of the crime as 11:20 pm on July 31st. Pictures of the suspect have been circulated amongst neighboring police jurisdictions for possible identification.

1 Municipal Place: Citizen robbery – 2:30 pm. Officers met with three victims who said that on August 2nd at about 10:30 pm they were approached by two black males one of whom was described as having blond dreadlocks and armed with a small caliber handgun. The two suspects proceeded to pat down the victims taking money and cell phones from each of them. The armed suspect struck one of the victims on the head with the butt of the gun before both suspects fled the area in a green Saturn. The victim that was struck did not request medical attention.

August 4th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Emergency petition – 2:20 pm. Officers took a man into custody and transported him to Prince George’s Hospital for an emergency psychological examination after the man threatened to commit suicide.

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Assault – 6:15 pm. The victim told officers that as she was walking in the hallway of her apartment building she was approached by a man, described only as Hispanic, who tried to assault her with a stun gun. A brief struggle ensued during which the man abandoned the assault and fled the area on foot. The victim refused medical treatment.

Arundel Road and 34th Street: Hit and run collision – 6:50 pm. The owner of a 1998 Honda Accord reported the sometime prior to his call to police a second vehicle struck his vehicle and fled the scene without stopping.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Police Report: Week of July 24-30

July 24th:

3000 block of Shepherd Street: Vandalism to auto – 10:20 am. The owner of a 1996 Mercury told officers that sometime between 7 pm on July 22nd and 8 am on July 23rd someone slashed two of the vehicle’s tires.

3000 block of Chillum Road: Traffic - 8:10 pm. Officers operating a mobile license plate reader (LPR) received a hit on a vehicle that had a suspended registration and an MVA pick up order on the tags. The officers stopped the vehicle and issued the driver several state citations. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

July 25th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Criminal citation – 11:25 am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for defecating in public.

4500 block of 32nd Street: 2nd degree assault – 12:50 pm. Officers responded for the report of a neighbor dispute. The victim told officers that while exchanging words with her neighbor the neighbor sprayed her with a water hose. Since the incident did not occur in the presence of the officers the victim was advised to seek charges at the District Court Commissioner’s Office.

July 26th:

3400 block of Eastern Avenue (Alley 1): Recovered stolen auto – 12:20 pm. Officers recovered a 2001 Lexus ES that had been reported stolen from an address in DC. PGPD detectives responded to take possession of the vehicle as part of their investigation into a series of robberies in the County.

3200 block of Otis Street (Alley 3): Recovered stolen auto – 12:20 pm. Officers recovered a 2006 Toyota minivan that was taken in a robbery of a liquor store in the 3100 block of Rhode Island Avenue about one hour earlier. DC police detectives responded and too possession of the van for their investigation.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Vandalism to auto - 1 pm. The owner of a 2004 Cadillac CTS reported that sometime between 1 pm on the 25th and the time of the report someone put a large scratch down the driver’s side of her car.

July 27th:

3100 block of Perry Street: Vandalism to auto – 8:05 am. The owner of a 1999 Honda Civic reported that sometime during the overnight hours someone broke out the driver’s door window. Nothing was missing from inside and no evidence of theft was discovered.

3100 block of Taylor Street: Theft from auto – 10:45 am. The owner of a 1996 Ford Taurus reported that sometime during the overnight hours someone forced open the vehicle’s driver’s side door and stole approximately $2 in US Currency from inside. Officers were able to recover several good fingerprints from the driver’s door glass and the prints were forwarded to RAFIS for identification.

3800 block of 34th Street: Armed robbery – 4 pm. The victim, through his interpreter, told officers that he had been robbed of his wallet the night before at about 10:30 pm. The victim told officers that he was approached by three men, one of whom produced a black semiautomatic handgun. The three suspected ordered the victim to empty his pockets, and when he did they stole his wallet and fled the area. The victim described suspect #1 as a dark skinned male approximately 16-24 years of age wearing a white t-shirt, black shorts, and covered his face with a ski mask; suspect #2 was described as a dark skinned black male approximately 16-24 years of age; suspect #3 was described as a dark skinned black male, black dreads just past the shoulders, approximately 16-24 years of age, wearing black pants and an orange t-shirt. The victim said that he may be able to recognize suspect #3 if he sees him again but did not see the faces of the other suspects. The victim was transported to PGPD District I to be interviewed by robbery detectives who have assumed the follow-up investigation.

4600 block of 27th Street: CDS possession – 6:35 pm. Officers received a citizen complaint of two individuals engaged in smoking marijuana. The officers were able to locate the two individuals, one of whom was found in possession of two blue plastic baggies containing 3.7 grams of marijuana having a street value of $60.00. The man was arrested, charged with CDS possession and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

July 28th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue: Theft from auto – 9:55 am. A woman reported that while she was inside the BP station someone entered her 2000 Jeep Cherokee and stole her purse from the front seat.

July 29th:

2310 Varnum Street: Disorderly conduct – 1:50 am. Officers arrested a woman for disorderly conduct after she became loud and abusive in the parking lot of the 7-11. She was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville without further incident.

3408 Rhode Island Avenue: Strong armed robbery – 3:05 pm. The victim told officers that while he was attempting to complete a wire transfer he took his money out of his wallet whereupon the suspect snatched the victim’s money and fled the store. MRPD officers were later able to identify the suspect and charges are now pending.

July 30th:

Queens Chapel Road at Chauncey Place: Hit and run collision – 12:05 pm. The owner of a 2002 Ford Explorer told officers that his vehicle was struck by another vehicle as it was backing out of the adjacent parking space. The victim’s vehicle sustained minor damage.

3800 block of 31st Street: Emergency petition – 3:20 pm. MRPD officers responded to check the welfare of a man who was delusional and stating that he wanted to die. Officers discovered that the man was probably under the influence of PCP so he was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital for emergency physical and psychological treatment.

4200 block 34th Street: Hit and run collision – 7:35 pm. The owner of a 2005 Toyota told officers that he parked his van at about 2 pm and when he returned to it this evening he discovered that it had been struck by another vehicle that failed to remain at the scene. The van sustained only minor damage.

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Death report – 11:50 pm. At the request of relatives officers responded to check the welfare of a man with whom the relatives had not had contact for several days. The officers checked the man’s apartment and discovered him deceased. The decedent had a history of diabetes and it appeared he had a diabetic seizure. Officers made the death notification to the family members on scene and contacted the PG Crisis Unit who responded to provide grief counseling. The decedent’s remains were released to Gasch’s Funeral Home.  

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Attempted auto theft – 4:45 pm. The owner of a 1997 Dodge caravan told officers that sometime during the previous night someone broke into his van through the driver’s door. Officers discovered damage to the van’s ignition consistent with an attempted theft.