Friday, December 21, 2012

Police Report: December 16-20

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

December 20th:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Theft from auto - 11am. The owner of a 2005 Ford Explorer reported that sometime between December 18th and the 20th someone stole the handicapped placards from inside his vehicle. Officers could find no sign of forced entry into the vehicle.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Forced entry – 11:35am. Officers responded for the report of a medical alarm coming from inside an apartment. When the officers arrived they received no answer at the door and called for fire/rescue and apartment management to respond and assist with a forced entry. Entry was made and the apartment was found unoccupied. Management secured the front door.

2700 block of Webster Street: Vandalism to auto – 11:15pm. The owner of a 2003 Chevy Malibu told officers that sometime prior to her call to police someone damaged the rear passenger window of her vehicle. The owner said that nothing had been stolen from in on her vehicle.

December 19th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 8:45am. The victim told officers that as she was inserting her credit card to pump gas she heard a door close. She turned around to see a man entering a dark grey, newer model Mercedes. She looked inside of her vehicle and discovered that her purse had been stolen from the rear passenger side floor board. The suspect was described as a black male, 20-25 years of age, 6’ tall with his hair in braids pulled back in a pony tail. Officers recovered the station’s security camera surveillance footage and observed the suspect get out of the Mercedes, enter the victim’s vehicle and remove her purse.

4000 block of 33rd Street: Possession of CDS – 2:10pm. Officers responded for the report of an illegally parked vehicle occupied by two suspicious individuals. When the officers arrived they found the vehicle and stopped the occupants for a field interview. During the interview the driver was found in possession of approximately seven grams of marijuana. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The passenger was released and sent on his way.

3300 block of Otis Street: Recovered stolen auto – 7:10pm. DC police notified MRPD that their officers recovered a 2006 Toyota Highlander reported stolen from the 3300 block of Otis Street on September 23rd, 2012. The vehicle was found in the 1800 block of 34th Street, NE and no arrests were made.

December 18th:

4100 block of Rainier Avenue: Residential burglary – 9:20pm. The homeowner told officers that he discovered that sometime between 8:30am and 12pm this morning someone broke into his residence through an unsecure dining room window. Once inside the suspect(s) stole several bottles of liquor, a laptop computer and a quantity of cash before fleeing the area. Nothing was damaged in the home and officers did not recover any useful evidence.

3400 block of Newton Place: Citizen robbery – 10:40pm. Officers responded for unknown trouble. Once on the scene the officers met with three individuals who were the victims of a robbery that had just occurred. Due to a language barrier (Chinese) officers were initially unable to communicate with the victims but were eventually able to locate a Maryland State Trooper with the requisite language skills. Through the translator the officers learned that the three victims were returning home when they were accosted by a black male suspect wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black mask. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded one of the victim’s money. The suspect forced the victims into their apartment and had them lay on the floor. Three additional black male then entered and all four suspects ransacked the apartment. The four stole numerous items of the victims’ personal property and a quantity of cash before fleeing the apartment. All suspects got into a pickup truck and fled the area in an unknown direction. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to assume a follow-up investigation. During a canvass of the area officers located a registration card that belonged to a Chevy Silverado pick-up truck that had been stolen from an address in the County earlier in the day. No additional evidence was recovered and none of the victims were injured during the robbery.

December 17th:

34th and Upshur Streets: Vehicle impound – 6:55am. Officers responded for the report of a single vehicle collision. When the officers arrived they discovered a 1992 Honda Civic stopped in the middle of the roadway with no tags attached. The vehicle had extensive front end and passenger side damage. The vehicle had not been reported stolen to any local law enforcement agency. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4600 block of 30th Street: Theft from auto – 7:20am. The reporting person told officers that sometime between 5pm on the 14th and the time he called police someone entered his Comcast work van and stole several items of his work tools from inside. No evidence was recovered from the vehicle.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Stolen vehicle – 8am. The owner of a 1997 Ford van told officers that sometime between 6:30pm on the 15th and the time he called police this morning someone stole his vehicle.

4500 block of 30th Street: Missing person – 12:15pm. The mother of a 17 year old female told officers that her daughter failed to return home as expected from her place of employment. The girl was last seen on December 16th at about 9am. Her information was entered into NCIC missing persons files. At about 8:45pm officers received a report that the girl had returned home and responded to her residence for a follow-up report. The officers interviewed the girl and learned that the reason she had not returned home was because she said she had been abducted from the Friendship Heights area of DC. She said that she was hit in the head from behind, lost consciousness and later woke up tied to a chair at a location in Arlington, VA. She was able to make contact with her boyfriend who picked her up in Arlington and brought her home. MRPD officers found no apparent evidence of injury and fire/rescue personnel transported her to Providence Hospital for a checkup. MPDC detectives took over the abduction investigation at the hospital. Their initial investigation revealed that the alleged abduction occurred on the Maryland side of Friendship Heights in Montgomery County. DC detectives referred her to MCP for further investigation.

December 16th:

3700 block of Wells Avenue: DWI – 1:30am. Officers responded for the report of an occupied suspicious vehicle blocking the driveway of a private residence. When the officers arrived they found the vehicle in question and with the driver behind the wheel. Further investigation revealed that the driver was impaired by alcohol and unable to complete standard field sobriety tests. She was arrested for DWI and her vehicle was impounded.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A few holiday travel tips

Before you leave:

• Place interior/outdoor lights, televisions and radios on timers. Make sure your lights are timed for appropriate hours.

• Unplug your garage door opener and lock the rails from the inside.

• Inspect your home prior to departure and make sure all windows and doors are locked and secure. This should also include storage areas.

• Make sure you secure outdoor items such as bicycles, toys, outdoor grill, etc.

• Unplug all appliances to include TV, stereos, computers, toasters, and microwave ovens to prevent damage in case of an electrical storm or power outage.

• Make sure the last person out of the house locks the door. Then make a check of the outside to make sure everything is secure.

When you return:

• If you arrive early please notify the MRPD to cancel your house check. If you anticipate a longer trip or delay, call to extend your house check.

• Resume your mail, subscription and deliveries.

• Inspect your home both interior and exterior. Report any criminal acts to the MRPD immediately.

• Plug your garage door device in. Remember to remove the lock from the rail. Failure to do so may result in damage to the device and rails.

• Immediately inspect all billing statements upon arrival from your bank or credit card company. Report any suspicious activity immediately to the MRPD and your financial institution.

MRPD delivers holiday baskets for needy families.




Monday, December 17, 2012

Death by Impared Driving

Crime Tip

If you will be traveling this holiday season, don't use social media sites to announce to the world that you will be away from home. Don't post about your trip until after you return.

Police Report: December 9-15

December 15th:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Motor vehicle collision – 12:45am. Officers responded for the report of a vehicle blocking the roadway. When the officers arrived they found the vehicle in question occupied by a man who was asleep in the driver’s seat. Further investigation revealed that the man had backed into a parked vehicle. Officers also found an open container of an alcoholic beverage in the vehicle. The driver was cited for open container and blocking the flow of traffic. His vehicle was impounded.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Motor vehicle collision/emergency petition – 4:35am. Officers responded for the report of a man down. Upon arrival the officers learned that an individual was involved in a minor motor vehicle collision and was not injured. Further investigation revealed that the man failed to pay full time and attention and struck a parked vehicle causing minor damage. He was issued a traffic citation and his vehicle was impounded. During the officers’ investigation they observed that the driver was acting very emotionally and made comments about wanting to go to jail or someone was going to die. The driver was very distraught about a recent death of a family member. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for an emergency psychiatric evaluation. 

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Motor vehicle collision – 6:20pm. Officers responded for the report of a collision involving a motorcyclist. When the officers arrived they learned that the motorcyclist laid his motorcycle down in order to avoid colliding with a vehicle which was making a legal U-turn. The motorcycle sustained minor damage and the there were no reported injuries.

2400 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 9:55pm. Officers stopped a 2006 Dodge Charger for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license. She was issued the appropriate traffic citations and her vehicle was impounded.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 11:55pm. Officers stopped a 2001 Jeep Cherokee for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was not properly registered. The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

December 14th:

3500 block of Perry Street: Emergency petition – 10:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a disturbance in the street. When they arrived they confronted a woman obviously under the influence of PCP. She was extremely impaired and although fully awake was unresponsive to the officers’ attempts to provide assistance. She was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where she was released to medical personnel for treatment.

December 13th:

3000 block of Shepherd Street: Theft – 12:20pm. A resident came into the police station to report the theft of a package delivered to his residence. The victim told officers that UPS delivered the package to his front porch on December 3rd. When he came home that day he discovered that the package had been stolen.

Buchanan Street and Queens Chapel Road: DWI – 8:30pm. Officers responded for the report of a collision between a car and a bus. When the officers arrived they found the driver of the car still in his vehicle and saw open bottles of vodka inside the vehicle. Further investigation gave officers reasonable suspicion that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and transported to the Maryland State Police barrack in College Park for a blood alcohol test. The test revealed a BAC of .24, which is three times the legal limit for intoxication. Officers also learned that the driver’s license was suspended for a DWI/DUI charge on September 16th, 2012. He was charged with DWI, transported to his place of residence and released. His vehicle, a 2012 Chevy Impala, was impounded.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Emergency petition – 10:45pm. Officers on patrol observed a man walking along the block screaming wildly and acting erratically. Before officers could stop the man on the street he entered Party Time Liquors and began to create a disturbance. As officers escorted the man out of the store he began swinging his fists and arms at them. Officers were forced to deploy pepper spray to get the man under control and in custody. He was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital and released to medical staff for treatment.

 December 12th:

Nothing significant to report.

December 11th:

2400 block of Chillum Road: Warrant service – 9:35pm. Officers on patrol were stopped by a man who told them he possibly was the subject of an open arrest warrant. Further investigation revealed that he did indeed have an open warrant through Charles County for traffic related charges. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of Charles County Sheriff’s Deputies.

December 10th:

4600 block 25th Street: Theft from auto – 7:55am. The owner of a 2008 Nissan Sentra told officers that sometime between 6:30pm on the 9th and the time she called police someone smashed out the front passenger window of her vehicle and stole a quantity of household paper products from inside.

3800 block of 31st Street: Emergency petition – 7:10pm. Officers responded for the report of a man removing his clothes in a neighbor’s front yard. When the officers arrived they recognized the man as an habitual PCP user who was again under the influence of the drug. He was taken into custody and delivered to medical personnel at Washington Adventist Hospital for treatment.

December 9th:

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Stolen auto – 3:35pm. The owner of a 2006 Infinity G35 told officers that while speaking with some friends he left his car keys in the ignition and his vehicle running. The owner observed an unknown male enter his vehicle via the driver’s side door and flee the area with the vehicle west on Eastern Avenue. A search of the area failed to locate the vehicle or the thief.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Good advice courtesy of the Howard County Police Department

Police are asking residents to review their holiday purchases and shipments to determine if any packages are missing. If you have shipped a gift to a family member, confirm with the recipient that it has arrived. If the delivery company reports that the package was delivered, but you believe it may have been stolen, take the following steps:

• Check the back or side door to see if the delivery was left at another location. Check with neighbors to see if the package was delivered to the wrong address.
• Call the delivery company to confirm it was delivered.
• Report the incident to police by calling 301-985-6565/6566.

To prevent thefts, police encourage residents to follow these tips:

• Track shipments, and try to be home when they are scheduled to arrive.
• If you won’t be home, have the shipment delivered to your work, if possible, or ask the delivery company to leave the package in a discreet location, such as a back door.
• Ask a neighbor to take the package inside until you get home.
• Be aware of suspicious people and vehicles. Delivery drivers are asked to be aware of vehicles following them.
• If you notice suspicious behavior, call 911 immediately. Make note of any vehicle’s make, model, tag number and direction of travel.

‘Gift Cards for Guns’ collection in Prince George’s County on Saturday


by Maggie Gazeli Fard, The Washington Post

A “Gift Cards for Guns” collection event will be held in Prince George’s County on Saturday.

County police will collect firearms in exchange for gift cards valued up to $100.

The event is part of an effort to reduce gun violence in the county, officials said.

The collection will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 601 8th Street, Laurel.

Participants must place any guns, unloaded, in the trunk of their cars. A uniformed police officer at the site will provide further instructions.

The guns do not have to be functional. Ammunition will also be collected, police said.

This is the third “Gift Cards for Guns” event of the year. About 300 guns have been turned in so far, police said.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

1-800-Sober Ride Can Save Your Life!

Twenty five percent of all drunk driving deaths occur in the month of December. Over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays there is a 40-60% spike in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

Don’t drink and drive this holiday season!

Remember YOU choose your ride. Either a free ride in a police cruiser under arrest or free ride home in a cab.

From December 14th to January 1st you can call 1-800-Sober Ride for a free taxi ride home.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Police Report: December 2-8

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

December 8th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 4am. Officers on patrol came upon a 2006 Nissan Maxima stopped in the traffic circle. Further investigation revealed that the driver and passenger were asleep in the front seats. Both individuals were awakened and officers determined that neither party could safely operate the vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and the occupants sent on their way.

3400 block of Perry Street: Stolen vehicle – 9:10am. The owner of a 2008 Ford truck told officers that she left the vehicle running while she was opening the front door of her residence. While she was away from the vehicle an unknown individual stole the truck and fled the area north on Perry Street. The victim was unable to provide a description of the thief.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Found missing juvenile – 3:25pm. Officers responded for the report that several family members were detaining a juvenile previously reported missing to DC police. Further investigation revealed that the juvenile also had warrants for escape and family offenses in DC. Officers took the juvenile into custody and transported her to MRPD headquarters where she was released to the custody of officers and agents assigned to the MPD/FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. 

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Theft from auto – 4:30pm. The owner of a 2002 Chevy Suburban told officers that sometime between 9:30am on December 6th and the time he called police someone stole a pull bar and some lights off the outside of his vehicle. No evidence was recovered at the scene.

December 7th:

Nothing significant to report.

December 6th:

3100 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 9am. Officers impounded a 1999 Mazda Miata that had been parked for an extended period of time displaying DC registration plates that expired in 2010.

December 5th:

3800 block of 31st Street: Emergency petition – 7:35pm. Officers responded for the report of two men fighting in a front yard. Further investigation revealed that one of the men was under the influence of PCP. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for emergency treatment.

December 4th:

2700 block of Arundel Road: Recovered stolen auto – 1:15am. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader received an alert on a 1997 Honda Accord. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen on October 10th from a residence in Montgomery County that had been burglarized. MCP was notified of the recovery and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Stolen vehicle – 5am. The owner of a 2011 Chevy Tahoe told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole his vehicle. A canvass of the area identified no witnesses or evidence as to those responsible for the theft.

December 3rd:

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Theft 2:25pm. Officers spoke with the resident who said that she placed items of her personal jewelry on a shelf in her bedroom closet at about 9pm on November 2nd. She further stated that two Kaywood Apartments employees were performing maintenance in her apartment and after they left she discovered that her jewelry had been stolen. The investigation into the theft is continuing.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Recovered property – 5:35pm. The reporting person told officers that she came into possession of a Ruger 357 magnum handgun when her father passed away. She further stated that she and her husband wrestled over the gun during a domestic argument earlier in the day and that afterwards her husband took the weapon and went to her mother’s house in Hyattsville. MRPD officers with assistance from Hyattsville City PD officers were able to obtain possession of the weapon. It has been secured for safekeeping at MRPD.

December 2nd:

3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound – 7:40pm. Officers stopped a 1997 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license. He was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566

Friday, December 07, 2012

The Family Crisis Center Needs Your Help

You may have heard about the tragic death of Kasandra Perkins, shot several times by her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, Jovan Belcher. Kasandra was killed after an argument related to her attending a concert. Her 3-month old daughter was in the home when her mother was murdered.

Many women – just like Kasandra Perkins – fear for their lives and the Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County is here to help them. Our organization provides safe shelter and therapeutic services so abused women can escape the violence in their lives and move toward economic self-sufficiency. We also facilitate groups for men who abuse, holding them accountable for the violence they inflict on their partners, and teaching them alternative strategies to deal with their anger and need for control. This year alone we have provided safe shelter to hundreds of women and children at our Safe Passage Emergency Shelter, our staff has responded to thousands of hotline calls, and numerous abusers have attended our anger management groups.

During the holiday season, would you please consider making a donation to the Family Crisis Center? We need your help to continue to provide abused women and their children with a safe place to live when the people they love hurt them.

A gift of $105 to the Family Crisis Center provides food and shelter for a woman or her child for one week. Your financial support will make a significant difference in the lives of women and children.

How can you help?

Please consider mailing a check to The Family Crisis Center at:

Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County
3601 Taylor Street
Brentwood, MD 20722

Thank you for helping us provide a safe place for women who fear for their lives and the lives of their children.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Police Report: November 25th - December 1st

The Mount Rainier Police Department’s weekly report is not intended to be a listing of every incident or call for service handled by the police department, but merely a general summary of incidents that may be of interest to the community. Some reports may be outside the date parameters due to extended investigations or other circumstances. Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations.

December 1st:

4700 block of 25th Street: Recovered stolen auto – 4:20am. MRPD officers were notified my DC police that they recovered a 2002 Cadillac Deville that was stolen from the 4700 block of 25th Street on November 24th. No arrests were made and the owner was notified of the recovery.

2500 block of Allison Street: Residential burglary (vacant apartment) – 9:55am. Officers were called to the scene by management officials who were conducting a final inspection of a vacant apartment prior to new tenants moving in. Management discovered that two men had broken into the apartment through a rear window and were still inside. By the time MRPD officers arrived the two men had fled the apartment and were nowhere to be found. Officers are continuing to work with management employees to identify the two suspects.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Trespassing – 2:25pm. Officers patrolling the shopping center identified one individual loitering who was previously banned from the property. He was arrested, charged with trespassing and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: 1st degree assault (stabbing) – 4:25pm. Officers from PGPD and Metro Transit PD responded for the report of a stabbing at the bus stop in the 3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue. When officers arrived they discovered a man suffering from a deep laceration to his neck. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the man to Prince George’s Hospital for emergency treatment. Witnesses gave officers a description of the man’s female assailant and a search of the area located her at 37th Place and Rhode Island Avenue. She was positively identified by several witnesses, arrested and charged with numerous crimes including 1st degree assault and attempted murder. The victim is expected to survive his wound.

2200 block of Varnum Street: Hit and run collision - 6:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a hit and run collision that had just occurred. Officers learned that the victim’s legally parked 2006 Toyota had been struck by a 2007 Ford SUV. When the victim attempted to speak with the driver of the Ford he drove off down Varnum Street towards Russell Avenue. Officers obtained the Ford’s tag number and the investigation is continuing.

34th and Tilden Streets: Hit and run collision – 11:25pm. The owner of a 1999 Cadillac Deville told officers that the vehicle was legally parked on Tilden Street at the corner of 34th Street. The owner came out to the vehicle this evening and discovered that an unidentified vehicle had struck the rear quarter panel of the vehicle causing minor damage.

November 30th:

3200 block of Perry Street: Residential burglary (supplement): 5:30pm. Officers were advised that PGPD detectives located and recovered a laptop computer taken from the residence in a recent burglary. The laptop was returned to the victim.

4500 block of Eastern Avenue (BP station): Theft from auto – 7:50am. A woman told officers that when she went to the station’s window to pay for fuel someone entered the rear passenger compartment of her vehicle and stole her purse. She described the thief only as a black male who fled the scene as a passenger in a dark color Infinity SUV.

4300 block of 28th Place: Trespassing – 9:15am. Officers patrolling the area were flagged down by management employees who complained about several subjects sleeping in the basement of an apartment building. Officers located two individuals in the basement; one of whom was in possession of CDS paraphernalia. Both individuals were banned from the property as trespassers and possession of narcotics paraphernalia charges are pending.

4200 block of 34th Street: Vehicle fire – 2:40pm. A Pepco electrical contractor was replacing telephone poles when one of their vehicles caught fire. Fire/rescue personnel responded and extinguished the fire. The vehicle was destroyed and a private residence was damaged.  The cause of the fire has not been determined.

3249 Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 6pm. A man came into the police station to surrender on an open warrant. Officers learned that he was wanted in Prince George’s County for possession with the intent to distribute narcotics. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

November 29th:

3200 block of Otis Street: Missing person – 12:20am. The reporting person told officers that her mother had failed to return home from her Washington, DC work location. The mother’s information was entered into NCIC missing persons files. At about 3:30am officers were notified that the mother had returned home safe and sound. Her info was removed from NCIC.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Theft from auto – 10:30am. The owner of a 1997 Ford Escort reported that sometime between noon on the 26th and the time she called police someone stole the validation stickers off her rear license plate. No evidence was recovered from the area or the vehicle.

November 28th:

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Emergency petition – 5:50pm. Officers responded to Party Time Liquors for the report of a man who tried to steal an employee’s jacket. The suspect had left the store prior to the officers’ arrival. The officers obtained a description of the man and during a search of the area the officers located him in the 3700 block of 35th Street. The man was acting erratically and told officers he wanted to kill himself. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to the custody of medical personnel for an emergency psychological evaluation.

November 27th:

4600 block of 25th Street: Recovered stolen vehicle – 8am. Officers on patrol were flagged down by a gentleman who told them that his 1997 Plymouth Voyager van had been stolen and that he had located it. He said that the vehicle was stolen sometime between 10:30pm on November 16th and the time he called police this morning. He told officers that he searched the immediate area for his van and found it in a rear parking lot in the 2700 block of Arundel Road. The van had damage to the driver’s door lock and ignition and it appeared that it had become disabled as the result of striking a pole. The vehicle’s in-dash stereo was missing and presumed stolen.

4600 block of 27th Street: Attempt vehicle theft – 3:55pm. The owner of a 2002 Hyundai told officers that sometime between 10am and the time she called police someone tried to steal her vehicle. Officers discovered damage to the vehicle’s ignition consistent with an attempted theft but were unable to determine how those responsible got into the vehicle.

4600 block of 29th Street: Vehicle impound – 4pm. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader received an alert on a 1998 BMW. The alert revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was an MVA pick up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3200 block of Chillum Road: Hit and run M/V collision – 7:50pm. The owner of a 2006 Mitsubishi Gallant reported that sometime prior to her call to police her vehicle had been struck by a second vehicle that failed to remain at the scene for identification. The victim’s vehicle sustained minor damage and no evidence was recovered at the collision scene.

3400 block of Otis Street: Attempt vehicle theft – 11:25pm. The owner of a 2005 Dodge Stratus told officers that he observed two individuals attempting to steal his vehicle. When the owner yelled at the two they got into an older model silver Lincoln with paper tags attached and fled the scene. The victim’s vehicle sustained minor damage where the suspects attempted to gain entry. A search of the area for the suspects and their vehicle was negative.

November 26th:

2700 block of Upshur Street: Stolen/recovered auto – 2am. The owner of a 2005 Buick Lacrosse told officers that sometime between 5pm on the 25th and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. No witnesses or evidence was identified at the scene. At about 10am this morning officers on patrol discovered the vehicle parked in the 4300 block of 30th Street. Both tags were still attached and the only damage to the vehicle was to the driver’s side rear window. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the owner was notified of the recovery.

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft from auto – 8:35am. The owner of a 2001n Chevy Astro van told officers that at about 8am she parked her vehicle in front of the Laundry Mart and went inside. When she returned to her vehicle about a half hour later she discovered that someone had stolen the purse that she left on the front passenger seat.

4500 block of 32nd Street: Fraud – 3:10pm. Officers took a report from a woman who told them that she had been working with her bank to try and determine who fraudulently stole funds from her bank account back on October 21st. The bank advised her that she needed to file a report with the police in order to further the investigation.

2700 block of Webster Street: Armed robbery – 3:10pm. A man came into the police station to report that he had been robbed at knife point on November 19th. The victim told officers that he was approached by three black males. One of the men produced a knife and stole the victim’s book bag containing his cell phone and laptop computer. PGPD robbery detectives were notified of the incident.

November 25th:

3200 block of Chillum Road: Assault – 1am. Officers responded to the 7-11 for the report of an assault that had just occurred. When the officers arrived they observed several juveniles running from the store. The officers stopped the juveniles and upon further investigation learned that two of them had assaulted a store clerk by splashing hot coffee on him and kicking him repeatedly. Both juveniles were arrested, charged with assault and released to the custody of their respective parents pending Juvenile Court action.

Citizens are reminded to PLEASE call and report suspicious activity. Even if you choose not to provide your name or other personal information, we still need your help as extra eyes and ears in the community.

See or Hear Something?

Say Something!

We WANT to be bothered! Call 301-985-6565/6566.