Monday, December 23, 2013

Police Report: December 15-21

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 21st:

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound - 4:20am. Officers stopped a 2004 Chevy Malibu that had extensive rear end damage. The driver said, and officers confirmed, that the vehicle had been involved in a hit and run collision in DC. MPD officers documented the collision and let the owner drive away. The owner complained of injury and fire/rescue personnel responded and transported him to a local hospital for treatment. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

December 20th:

3400 block of Rhode island Avenue: Warrant service – 8am. Officers stopped a man who had previously been issued a loitering warning notice banning him from the block for 30 days. Prior to placing him under arrest for violating the notice officers checked NCIC to see if he had any active warrants. The officers learned that he had an open arrest warrant through the US Marshal’s Service for a sex offense. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 8am. Officers stopped to investigate a 2011 Dodge Charger that was displaying expired Maryland tags. Further investigation revealed that the driver owed tax money to the state and couldn’t obtain tags until the lien was paid. The owner had already been issued state citations on 10/08/13 and 11/08/13 for driving an unregistered vehicle. Vehicle was issued a parking citation and impounded for safekeeping.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:40am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public. He was also issued a loitering warning notice banning him from the block for 30 days.

2800 block of Upshur Street: Identity theft – 11:50am. Officers spoke with the victim who said that someone used his social security number to open an AT&T wireless account. The victim said that he did not authorize the fraudulent account and had no idea who may have illegally used his social security number.

4000 block of 33rd Street: Found property – 8:10pm. Officers responded to take possession of a youth bicycle that a resident found in front of his house. The bike, a black/green BMX Mongoose, was placed into the MRPD property storage for safekeeping.

December 19th:

4200 block of Kaywood Drive: Vehicle impound – 8:30am. Officers on patrol came upon a 2003 Acura MDX displaying tags that expired in September of 2012. The vehicle was ticketed and impounded.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 8:40am. Officers responded for the report of a man drinking an alcoholic beverage. When they arrived they found the man in question and detained him. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for uttering bad checks. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3000 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto – 9am. The owner of a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria told officers that sometime between 1:00am and the time he notified police someone smashed out the front passenger window and stole several personal items from inside.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 12:15pm. Officers observed a man drinking an alcoholic beverage in public. He was identified as the same man who has been issued numerous alcohol citations in the past and was recently issued a loitering warning notice banning him from the block for 30 days. He was issued criminal citations for drinking in public and trespassing and sent on his way.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Theft from auto – 1:30pm. The owner of a 1999 Toyota Camry told officers that sometime between 3pm on the 17th and the time she notified police someone stole the left rear tire off her vehicle. The vehicle was otherwise undamaged and no evidence or witnesses were identified.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 3pm. Officers were in the process of issuing a citation to a 2005 Chevy Avalanche for displaying expired registration plates when the driver returned to the vehicle. As officers attempted to give the driver the citation they smelled a strong odor of marijuana about his person. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. The marijuana was seized for evidence and he was issued a criminal citation for the violation.

December 18th:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Theft from auto – 11am. Officers spoke with the owner of a 2000 Mitsubishi Diamante who reported that sometime between 11:15pm on the 17th and the time he called police someone entered his vehicle and stole several items of his personal property. Officers could not determine how the thieves got into the vehicle and no evidence or witnesses were identified.

4100 block of Rainier Avenue: Recovered stolen vehicle – 1pm. Officers were notified by PGPD that their officers recovered a 2000 Ford that was stolen from the 4100 block of Rainier Avenue on December 6th. The vehicle was recovered in the 4300 block of Addison Road in Landover. It was found with a damaged ignition, both tags attached and no arrests were made.

3400 block of Newton Street: Theft from auto – 4:25pm. The owner of a 2004 Honda Element told officers that sometime between 6:30pm on the 16th and the time he called police someone entered his vehicle and stole an iPod and a Kindle. Officers could not determine how the thieves got into the vehicle and no evidence or witnesses were identified.

December 17th:

4100 block of 33rd Street: Attempt stolen auto – 6:50am. The owner of a 2006 Chrysler van told officers that she parked her vehicle in front of her house at about 8:30pm on the 16th. When she came out to the vehicle this morning she saw that someone had used a brick to break in. Officers confirmed damage to the ignition consistent with an attempt to steal the vehicle. No evidence/witnesses were identified.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Disorderly – 8:15am. Officers responded for the report of a man disrupting the business. When they arrived they detained the man inside and spoke with the store clerk who said that he regularly comes into the store and steals items off the shelves. While officers were interviewing the man he became disorderly and uncooperative with them. He was eventually issued a criminal citation for disorderly conduct and a loitering warning notice banning him from the property for 30 days.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:50am. Officers observed a man in possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place. When officers approached to issue him a citation for the alcohol violation he became loud and disorderly. He was eventually arrested and transported to DOC in Hyattsville where he was processed and issued criminal citations for disorderly conduct and drinking in public.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Loitering warning notice – 4pm. Officers on patrol observed a man panhandling. When they approached him they identified him as the same man they had arrested earlier in the day for drinking in public and disorderly conduct. He was issued a loitering warning notice banning him from the 3200-3400 blocks of Rhode Island Avenue for a period of 30 days and sent on his way.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue (Party Time Liquors): Theft – 8:15pm. A store clerk told officers that a black male came into the store, picked up two one-gallon bottles of rum and left the store without paying for them. The man was seen leaving the area in a gold Acura legend with DC tags CT0959. A check of the tags revealed that they belonged on a Cadillac. A canvass of the area for the vehicle was negative and DC police were notified to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

December 16th:

3300 block of Chauncey Place: Lost property – 11:35am. A woman told officers that sometime between 9am on December 11th and the time she called police she lost her passport.

2200 block of Varnum Street: Disorderly conduct – 1:15pm. Officers were called to the Family Dollar store for the report of a man being loud and disrupting the business. When the officers arrived they located the man outside the store, and when they questioned him he became loud and disorderly. Repeated efforts to get him to calm down were unsuccessful and he was eventually arrested for disorderly conduct. A search of his person incident to arrest revealed he was in possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2700 block of Webster Street: Theft from auto – 2:20pm. The owner of a 2004 Chevy truck told officers that he parked his vehicle in front of his residence. When he returned to it this afternoon he discovered that someone had broken out the rear passenger window and stole numerous construction tools from inside. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

December 15th:

4000 block of 29th Street: Commercial armed robbery – 8:10pm. Officers responded for a robbery that had just occurred. When they arrived they were met by the victim who said that he had been assaulted and forced to open the store register at gun point. The suspect took money and cigarettes from the business. The suspect also stole several items of the victim’s personal property including his 1999 Toyota 4-Runner. At about 11:30pm MRPD officers were notified that officers of the US Park Police saw the victim’s vehicle at 13th and Perry Streets, NE and tried to stop it. The vehicle fled from the officers and after a brief pursuit the vehicle stopped at the dead end of Bunker Hill Road in Brentwood. The driver/suspect then fled on foot in a further attempt to avoid apprehension. A search of the area was conducted with the assistance of a PGPD K-9 unit and Air 1. Air 1 was able to locate the suspect hiding along the railroad tracks and the PGPD K-9 team apprehended him. Once the suspect was in custody the K-9 team conducted an article search of the area and recovered a loaded semi automatic handgun. The suspect was charged with armed robbery and other charges and remanded to the custody of DOC.

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.

 

 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

I just received confirmation from head elf Bernard that Santa will be making his pre-Christmas visit to Mount Rainier on Saturday December 21st at 5pm. As in years past, Santa will be escorted by officers of the Mount Rainier Police Department and ride aboard a specially equipped fire truck from the Mount Rainier Fire Department.

This will be one of Santa’s last personal appearances before he returns to the North Pole to rest up for Christmas Eve, so you won’t want to miss him!

“You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout I’m telling you why – Santa Claus is coming to town.”

Monday, December 16, 2013

Police Report: December 8-14

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 14th:

4600 block of 29th Street: Burglary – 10:50am. The resident told officers that sometime between 7am on the 13th and the time she called police someone broke into her apartment and stole a quantity of cash from her bedroom. Officers observed pry marks on the apartment door and believe that is how entry was made. Officers did not find the apartment ransacked and believe that someone the victim knows entered and removed the cash.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Stolen vehicle – 1:30pm. The owner of a 2002 Ford F-350 truck told officers that sometime between 9:30pm on December 13th and 10am this morning someone stole his work truck. The truck is described as white in color with green lettering that says “Greener Pastures Lawn and Landscaping.” The truck also has a red snow plow blade and salt spreader attached.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 4:30pm. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader were alerted to a 2003 Honda Accord. The vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was a pick-up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

December 13th:

Russell Avenue and Taylor Street: Traffic – 7:50am. Officers stopped a 2005 GMC truck for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the tags on the truck belonged on another vehicle owned by the driver. The driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Vandalism to auto – 10:25am. The owner of a 1997 Honda Civic reported that sometime between 6pm on December 11th and the time he called police someone broke out the car’s front passenger window. The owner said that nothing was stolen and officers did not recover any evidence.

3800 block of 37th Street: Vandalism to auto – 11:25am. The owner of a 2003 Honda Civic reported that sometime between 3:30pm on December 11th and the time she called police someone broke out the car’s front passenger window. The owner said that nothing was stolen and officers did not recover any evidence.

December 12th:

4500 block of 30th Street: Emergency petition – 2:40pm. Family members of a 50 year old woman told officers that they were concerned about her welfare. Officers found the woman in a basement bedroom covered by a blanket. When interviewed the woman said that she heard voices and that’s why she was covered up.  She was transported by fire/rescue personnel to Washington Adventist Hospital where she was released to medical personnel for an emergency psychological examination.

3800 block of 33rd Street: Criminal citation – 6:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person. When the officers arrived they encountered a man who was being loud and disorderly disturbing the public peace. Repeated attempts to get him to calm down were unsuccessful. He was issued a criminal citation for disorderly conduct and released.

3500 block of 37th Street: Handgun seizure (x3) – 8:50pm. Officers responded for the report of four black males wearing ski masks and armed with handguns. Officers were also told that the suspects had entered a blue 4-door sedan and were leaving the area towards Eastern Avenue. When the officers arrived they located the vehicle. As they attempted to stop the vehicle the driver placed it in reverse and struck an MRPD marked patrol vehicle. The vehicle was boxed in and stopped and officers ordered the four occupants to get out. The occupants refused and officers had to use physical force to enter the vehicle and remove the suspects. When officers searched the suspects they found two of them armed with loaded handguns. A search of the interior of the vehicle yielded a third loaded handgun. Three of the suspects were arrested and charged with felony illegal wear, carry and transport of a handgun and other charges. They were released to the custody of PGPD detectives at the Hyattsville District station. The fourth suspect was released and the vehicle was impounded.

December 11th:

Arundel Road and Russell Avenue: Motor vehicle collision – 12:15am. The driver of a 1999 Toyota Camry failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a 2007 Mitsubishi Gallant in the intersection. The Mitsubishi was rendered inoperable and was impounded for safekeeping. The driver of the Toyota was issued the appropriate traffic citations and released. Neither driver required medical attention at the scene.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:40am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 11:45am. The store clerk told officers that a black male (NFD) came into the store, removed several items from the shelves and walked out without paying for the items.

3200 block of Upshur Street: Theft – 4:25pm. Officers met with the victim who said that he had recently purchased his house and was in the process of doing some repairs. He moved a stove and radiator onto the front porch and left the house at about 8pm on the 10th. When he returned this morning he discovered both items had been stolen. Witnesses said that at about 4am this morning they saw two men in a white pickup truck take the items. An investigation into the suspects and their truck is ongoing.

3000 block of Arundel Road: Service of a peace order – 4pm. Officers met with a man who had applied for and received a peace order that required his female companion to vacate his apartment. Officers served the order on the woman and she left the apartment.

2200 block of Varnum Street: Vandalism to auto – 6:30pm. The victim parked her vehicle in front of the Family Dollar store and went in to shop. When she returned to the vehicle she discovered that all four of her tires were flat. The victim said she saw a suspicious woman near her car when she came out of the store but did not see her flatten the tires.

Chillum Road and Queenstown Drive: Traffic – 9:05pm. Officers stopped a 2005 Cadillac for an equipment violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was not licensed in Maryland and had a suspended DC license. He was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

December 10th:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 1pm. A man told officers that he accidentally left his wallet on a desk at the library. About an hour later he returned to retrieve the wallet and discovered that it had been stolen. There were no witnesses.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Service of a peace order – 4:45pm. Officers served a peace order on a man, explained the order and left him his copy. A copy of the service was faxed to the Sheriff’s Office for their records.

December 9th:

2700 block of Upshur Street: Hit and run collision – 12:40pm. The owner of a 2001 Infinity showed officers where an unknown second vehicle apparently backed into his vehicle causing damage to the front bumper. The collision most likely occurred between 5pm on the 8th and the time he called police today. No physical evidence was recovered and no witnesses were identified.

3500 block of Otis Street: Hit and run collision – 5:40pm. The owner of a 1995 Toyota Corolla showed officers where an unknown second vehicle struck his vehicle from behind causing damage to the rear bumper. The owner said that he had just parked his vehicle a short time prior to noticing the damage. No physical evidence was recovered and no witnesses were identified.

December 8th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 11:40am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person sleeping in a hallway. When the officers arrived they found the individual in question and determined that he did not live there. They attempted to get the individual to leave the premises and he became uncooperative and disorderly. The officers were eventually able to get the man to leave but not before issuing him a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.

2200 block of Varnum Street (Family Dollar): Theft – 7pm. The store manager told officers that two women came into the store and filled two shopping carts and two trash cans with store merchandise. Both suspects then attempted to flee the store but when confronted by the manager only managed to escape with one cart and one trash can. The manager described both suspects as black, about 5’8”-6’ feet tall; one wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans and the other wearing a black winter coat and black jeans. A search of the area for the suspects proved negative. The store manager was not able to view the store’s security camera footage and will follow up when access can be obtained.

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.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mount Rainier police look to put wrap on crime for holidays

Raisa Carmago, The Gazette

Crime rates continue to plummet in Mount Rainier — continuing a decade-long trend — and police officials attribute public outreach and retaining police staff as key factors in the drop, an effort they anticipate continuing with the addition of four new officers.

Police Chief Michael Scott said the city experienced a decrease in crimes and calls for service from January to November compared to the same time period in 2012.

“I think it’s a combination of things,” Scott said at the Dec. 3 City Council meeting. “Our increased patrols ... analysis of where crime is occurring and strategically placing of our officers in those areas in those times and those places.”

Part I crimes, which involves anything from theft, robbery or assault to homicide, decreased from 298 to 278 since last year, according to the police department statistics. While there were no homicides reported this year, burglaries - 57 - and thefts from motor vehicles - 38 - continue to be on the rise, according to the statistics.

As the holiday season approaches, Scott said the department will be using crime analysis to focus on where crimes are occurring.

In 2003, the crime rate was 648, according to the statistics.

“The crime rate has decreased over 500 percent in 10 years,” said City Councilman Jimmy Tarlau (Ward 1). “We’re proud of our public safety personnel. Not just for reducing crime, but also for reaching out to the community and building a good relationship, which I’m equally as proud of the police for doing.”

Scott said there is also more public outreach, asking residents to be aware of things like keeping porch lights on during the darker hours, being alert for stolen mail and staying at their car when pumping gas, as gas stations can be notorious for purse snatching.

“I think it’s also an increased awareness of our residents in town,” Scott said. “We’re getting more and more interaction with them when they see suspicious people, when they have questions or concerns and we’re very responsive to that.”

Scott said it’s also important to have a stable work force and attributed it as a factor of lowering crime rates.

Four new police officers were also sworn in during the meeting, to bring the total to 17 officers. Scott said the additions would lower the chances of officers having to work overtime, particularly in this time of year.

“The longer that you can keep an officer here, the longer that they have that institutional knowledge, they condition themselves to be in those areas where crime is occurring,” he said.

Mayor Malinda Miles said she was ecstatic to learn of the police department’s success in reducing crime.

“To see a drop like this continue for the last few years shows that our police department is doing exactly what they’re paid to do,” Miles said. “Keep us safe and keep crime out.”

Monday, December 09, 2013

Police Report: December 1-7

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 7th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Missing person – 8am. Officers responded to take a report of a missing sixteen year old boy. Prior to the officers’ completing the report the boy returned home safe and sound.

December 6th:

4100 block of Rainier Avenue: Stolen vehicle – 8:35am. The owner of a 2002 Ford van told officers that he parked his vehicle outside his residence last night at about 10:30pm. When he returned to the van this morning he discovered that it had been stolen. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

3100 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 12:10pm. The victim told officers that after making a purchase he mistakenly left his wallet on the sales counter. When he realized it he went back to the store but found that his wallet had been stolen. Officers and employees reviewed the security camera footage and saw that a man standing in line behind the victim had stolen the wallet. A search of the area for the suspect proved negative. The victim was told to contact his bank and credit card companies to report the theft.

December 5th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 6:45am. The owner of a 2008 Hyundai Tuscan told officers that sometime between 8pm on the 4th and the time he called police someone smashed out a small rear quarter window on his vehicle. The victim said that no entry into the vehicle was made and nothing had been stolen. No evidence or witnesses could be identified.

2300 block of Arundel Road: Criminal citation – 1:35pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

4400 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 2pm. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader were alerted to a 1995 Nissan Maxima that had registration plates that expired in November of 2012. The expiration was verified and the vehicle was impounded.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 3:05pm. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

4200 block of 28th Street: Property damage – 4:50pm. The resident told officers that he left his residence at about 2pm on November 30th. When he returned this afternoon he discovered that one of the basement windows had been broken out. Nothing was reported stolen and no other damage was identified.

4300 block of 28th Street: Theft from auto – 5:20pm. The owner of a 2008 GMC told officers that he parked hi work van at about 4:45pm yesterday. When he returned to the van this afternoon he discovered that someone had broken into the van through the side door and stole several of his tools from inside. The victim had the serial numbers for the stolen items and all were entered into NCIC. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

2310 Varnum Street (7-11): Assault/damage to property – 7:15pm. The store clerk told officers that a man came into the store and attempted to make a small purchase with a $100 bill. When the clerk told the man that he could not make change for the large bill the man became upset and started to yell and curse at the clerk. The man then proceeded to throw merchandise off of the counter at the clerk and pushed the lottery machine off the counter onto the floor. The man left the store and got into a waiting four-door sedan and fled the area. The clerk described the man as a black male with dreads; 25-30 years of age; about 6’ tall and 180 lbs.; wearing a gray t-shirt and a black jacket. The incident is still under investigation.

December 4th:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 12:10am. Officers stopped a 1998 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the truck’s registration was suspended, there was an MSP pick up order for the tags and the driver’s license was suspended.  The driver was issued several traffic citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 3:05pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

December 3rd:

3300 block of Chillum Road: Traffic – 8:30am. Officers stopped a 1997 Honda prelude for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. He was issued several traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Recovered property – 9am. Officers discovered a large quantity of abandoned property under the bridge over the creek. Officers suspect that the property may be related to a crime and it was recovered and delivered to the MRPD property/evidence room for safekeeping pending further investigation.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Warrant service – 12pm. Officers stopped a man who was riding a moped on the sidewalk. Further investigation revealed that he had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for malicious destruction of property. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

2200 block of Varnum Street: Theft – 3:25pm. Officers responded to the Dollar Store for the report of a theft. The store clerk told the officers that a black male entered the store and took a white plastic bag out of his pocket. He proceeded to fill the bag with various items and walked out without paying for them. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect with negative results.

35th and Perry Streets: Criminal citation – 4:35pm. Officers issued a woman a criminal citation for urinating in public.

3800 block of 35th Street: Disorderly – 4:30pm. Officers on patrol stopped to speak with a man who was disorderly and disturbing passersby. Officers discovered that the man was intoxicated and attempts to get him to calm down and leave the area were unsuccessful. He was arrested and transported to DOC in Hyattsville where he was processed, issued a criminal citation for disorderly conduct and released.

December 2nd:

4400 block of 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 9:45am. Officers on patrol observed a 1995 Chrysler that was displaying expired tags. The vehicle was issued a parking citation and impounded for safekeeping.

2700 block of Arundel Road: Burglary9:30pm. The resident told officers that he had been away from his apartment since about 5am on December 1st. When he returned home this evening he discovered that several items of his personal property including two game consoles and his work tools had been stolen. There were no signs of forced entry into the apartment and the victim said that he is the only resident and the only one with a key. No evidence or witnesses could be identified.

December 1st:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vehicle impound – 11am. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader received an alert on a 1998 Toyota Camry with suspended registration plates and a pick up order for the tags. The vehicle was impounded and the tags removed for return to MVA.

4300 block of Russell Avenue: Theft from auto (supplement) – 1pm. Officers received word from PGPD that one of their officers recovered two license plates that were stolen from a 1998 Plymouth Neon back on October 9th. The tags were recovered in the 800 block of Largo Center Drive in Upper Marlboro. No arrests were made.

2900 block of Bunker Hill Road: Returned missing person – 6:55pm. The mother of a 17 year old boy reported that her son, who she had originally reported missing back on November 24th, had returned home safely and in good health. Apparently his “other options” didn’t work out too well. His information was removed from NCIC.

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.

Monday, December 02, 2013

2013 Annual Food Basket Program

Free cab rides available throughout holiday season from SoberRide

As reported by ABC7:

 

(WJLA) - The Washington Regional Alcohol Program will once again offer free cab rides throughout the holiday season. As they do during most major holidays all year, WRAP will run its SoberRide program between Dec. 13 and Jan. 1. The program offers up to $30 in free cab fare for those who need a ride home after drinking in the D.C. area. Nearly 2,000 people took advantage of SoberRide during the 2012 holiday season, officials say.

The cab rides are available between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. every night starting on the 13th. Customers can call 1-800-200-TAXI to hail their ride.

 

Police Report: November 24-30

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.

November 30th:

35th and Perry Streets: Motor vehicle collision – 2:40am. Officers responded for the report of a single vehicle collision. When they arrived they discovered that a 2010 Toyota Rav 4 left the roadway and struck a utility pole. The driver of the vehicle did not have a valid license and was issued several traffic citations. The vehicle was not drivable after the collision and was impounded.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound – 3pm. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader received an alert on a 2005 Scion with suspended registration plates and a pick up order for the tags. The vehicle was impounded and the tags removed for return to MVA.

November 29th:

Nothing significant to report.

November 28th:

3400 block of Rhode island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:20am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

November 27th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Citizen robbery – 1:40am. The victim told officers that he was walking home from the West Hyattsville Metro when two black males approached him. One of the suspects grabbed the victim from behind while the other approached from the front. The suspect in front of the victim had his hand in a hooded sweatshirt pocket implying that he had a handgun. He demanded the victim’s property. The suspects then stole the victim’s cell phone and backpack and fled the area in an unknown direction. The victim was unable to provide a description of the suspect that grabbed him from behind. The suspect that implied he had a weapon was described as a black male of thin build, close shaven, 25-35 years of age, about 6’2” tall and 160lbs., wearing a dark color hooded sweatshirt. The victim was not injured and a search of the surrounding area for the suspects proved negative.

2900 block of Bunker Hill Road: Missing person – The mother of a 17 year old boy told officers that on November 24th at about 7am her son told her that “I have other options” and left her residence. She has not seen or heard from him since that time. The mother said that this was not the first time her son has run away from home. The boy’s information was entered into NCIC missing persons files.

November 26th:

Rhode Island Avenue and 34th Street: MV collision – 7:05pm. The driver of a 2005 Ford truck failed to yield the right of way to a 1998 Honda Accord that was already in the traffic circle. The two vehicles collided causing non-disabling damage to both.

November 25th:

4200 block of 28th Street: 2nd degree assault – 8:25am. The female victim told officers that she had been gone for a few days and when she returned she and her boyfriend got into a verbal argument about her absence. The argument turned physical when the boyfriend struck her in the hand with a shoe. The boyfriend left the residence prior to the officers’ arrival. The victim was explained her options regarding protective orders.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 2pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.

November 24th:

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Vandalism to auto – 2:20pm. The owner of a 2011 Hyundai Sonata told officers that sometime between 5:30pm on the 23rd and the time she called police someone scratched her vehicle’s left front fender and cracked the left front tire rim and outside rear-view mirror. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Loitering warning – 12:45pm. Officers were called to the Terminal market for the report of a man refusing to leave. Officers found the man described by store employees and escorted him out of the store. He was issued a loitering warning notice barring him from the 3400 block for a period of 30 days.

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.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Front Porch Shoppers

Although they can happen year round, during this time of year thefts of packages always go up due to the amount of items being ordered via the Internet for holiday gift-giving. 
The majority of these packages are delivered straight to the customer’s door, even if no one is home to accept them. Unfortunately, this is also brings out individuals who are looking for crimes of opportunity, the so called “front porch shoppers.” Criminals are known to actually target delivery trucks in neighborhoods. Thieves will follow or watch for FedEx, UPS, USPS and other delivery trucks and target a home after a delivery is made. To reduce the chances of being victimized by package delivery thieves, the Mount Rainier Police Department offers the following advice:

·         Request a signature confirmation of delivery. By doing this, the deliverer will have to wait until you’re available or deliver the package to a neighbor. 

·         Insure valuable items. 

·         Encourage you neighbors to watch for deliveries and agree to secure each other’s packages. This includes being watchful for any stranger who is going onto porches for no apparent reason or following delivery trucks. 

·         Have your package delivered to a location where someone can receive it in person - a neighbor or relative who is usually home; or if your employer allows it, have your packages delivered to you at work. 

·         If it’s an item from a store catalog or website, have it shipped to the store and pick it up.

·         Track packages online to see exactly when they’re sent to your house for delivery. Many shippers and delivery companies offer a text notification to your cell phone when a package has been delivered. 

·         Leave special instructions for where to deliver the packages. A good place is on the side or back of the house, so that the package is out of sight from the road. 

·         Request the shipper to hold your package at their facility. Most offer this service.

·         If you do not receive your shipment on time, check with the company of origin and confirm the delivery. If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company, and the Mount Rainier Police Department at 301-985-6565/6566.

·         Many of these crimes occur during broad daylight. As always, be alert about suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, especially if you see a delivery truck making the rounds and a vehicle following behind or unfamiliar subjects on foot. Be prepared to call the MRPD at 301-985-6565/6566 to report this type of suspicious activity; or call 9-1-1 if you observe a crime in progress. Get as much descriptive information as you can about the type of vehicle, color, make/model, license plate info, and if you can, provide descriptive information about the person or persons in the vehicle - age, hair color, clothing description & color, distinguishing features - facial hair, tattoos, height, or anything else you think may help our officers catch them.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Police Report: November 17-23

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.

November 23rd:

3200 block of Chillum Road: Burglary – 9:30am. The resident told officers that sometime between 12pm and midnight someone broke into her apartment and stole a game console and a quantity of U.S. Currency. Officers determined that the point of entry to the apartment was either through the front door where evidence revealed damage by some type of pry tool, or through a bathroom window that had been pried open. There was also a ladder from the ground to the bathroom window. 

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:35am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 11:55am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

4000 block of 35th Street: Theft from auto – 2:05pm. The owner of a 1994 Dodge told officers that sometime between 7:30am this morning and the time he called police someone entered his vehicle and stole his handicapped placard. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

November 22nd:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft from auto – 8:15am. The owner of a 2004 Acura told officers that sometime between 8am and the time he called police someone got into his car and stole his Nike back pack. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 12:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 2:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Vandalism to auto – 4:45pm. The owner of a 2008 Dodge Magnum told officers that he parked his vehicle by his apartment on the 21st at about 6:30pm. When he returned to the vehicle this afternoon he noticed damage to the vehicle’s front bumper. No evidence or witnesses were identified.

November 21st:

Queens Chapel Road and 30th Street: MV collision – 1:15pm. The driver of a 2012 Ford Focus was driving north on Queens Chapel Road when he lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle struck several signs and two curbs before coming to rest. The driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his non- life threatening injuries and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

November 20th:

4600 block of 29th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:30am. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader received a hit on a 2005 Ford Mustang that had a suspended registration and a pickup order on the tags. Officers removed the tags and impounded the vehicle.

November 19th:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Criminal citation – 1:45am. Officers issued a man who had been previously banned from the property a criminal citation for trespassing.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 3:30pm. Officers met with the victim of a theft at the Mount Rainier Library. He said that he left his cell phone on a computer desk and left briefly. When he returned he discovered that his phone had been stolen. There were no witnesses identified.

4200 block of Russell Avenue: Theft from auto – 5pm. The owner of a 2011 Jeep told officers that sometime between 6:30am on the 17th and the time he called police someone stole both license plates off his vehicle.

November 18th:

Chillum Road and Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 9:10am. Officers stopped a 1992 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. She was issued several traffic citations and her vehicle was impounded.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 3:50pm. The victim came into the police station to report that someone had stolen his back pack. He said that he was inside the Mount Rainier Library and went outside briefly to make a telephone call. We he went back inside he discovered that someone had stolen his back pack. The attendant stated that she had no idea as to who took the back pack.

3500 block of Shepherd Street: EPS – 6pm. Officers responded for the report of a woman who had tried to commit suicide. When the officers arrived they contacted the woman and observed that she had several self inflicted wounds on her arms. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported her to Washington Adventist Hospital where she was released to medical personnel for an emergency psychological examination.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 9:20pm. The store clerk told officers that a black male described as wearing a black jacket with a hoodie and blue jeans came into the store and stole six sandwiches having a value of less than $25. The clerk said that the man is known to have frequented the store in the past. A search for the suspect proved negative.

November 17th:

2700 block of Allison Street: 1st degree assault – 4:30pm. Officers responded for the report of an assault that had just occurred. When they arrived they contacted the victim who told them he had been attacked by a man with a knife. He said that he was in the laundry room doing laundry and removed some closes that were already dry in one of the dryers. Shorty after a woman came in and asked him why he had removed her clothes from the dryer. He told her that he had waiting to use the dryer for some time and that she did not remove them in a timely fashion. The female became upset and started cursing yelling at the victim. The female left and a few minutes later a black male entered the laundry room and grabbed the victim by the throat with one hand and displayed a knife in the other. The suspect asked the victim why he was cursing at his girlfriend and threatened to stab him. A female witness intervened and separated the two and the victim fled and contacted police. Officers are still trying to identify the assailant.

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.

 

 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Police Report: November 10-16

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.

November 16th:

3200 block of Varnum Street: Warrant service – 7:10am. Officers were called to the scene in regards to a man who had an open arrest warrant. When they arrived they encountered the man who further investigation revealed had an open arrest warrant for violation of probation. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3700 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 7:50am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

4300 block of 32nd Street: 2nd degree assault – 11:55am. Officers responded for the report of a domestic argument in progress. When they arrived they located the two parties and learned that the verbal argument had turned physical and the male half choked the female half. The two were separated by the female’s roommates and officers arrested the man, charged him with 2nd degree domestic assault and delivered him to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

November 15th:

3900 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 3:10am. Officers stopped a 2004 Nissan Maxima for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was displaying tags that belonged on a 2003 Toyota. The tags were suspended and there was an MSP pick-up order for them. The driver was issued several traffic citations. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

4509 32nd Street: Theft – 7:15am. The reporting person told officers that he was engaged in remodeling a home. He left the site at about 9:30 pm on the 14th and when he returned this morning he discovered that someone had stolen the heat pump and A/C unit. Officers were able to obtain the make, model and serial number of the units and entered them into NCIC as stolen.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:30am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3100 block of Windom Road: Strong arm robbery – 8:50am. The victim told officers that he was approached by two black males who engaged him in a conversation. During the conversation one of the suspects grabbed the victim from behind and threw him to the ground. Both suspects kicked the victim repeatedly causing injuries to his face and shoulder. While the victim was on the ground one of the suspects relieved him of his wallet and both suspects fled the area. PGPD detectives responded to the scene to assume a follow-up investigation. During their investigation they developed a suspect who was positively identified by the victim. The suspect was located at an address in Queenstown, arrested and charged with assault and robbery.

4600 block of 29th Street: Hit and run collision – 12:15pm. The owner of a 2006 BMW told officers that a black SUV attempted to back into a parking space in front of his car. The SUV backed into the victim’s car and immediately fled the scene.

4600 block of 25th Street: MIR – 7:40pm. A woman called police to report that she had been robbed by a man at gunpoint. She told officers that she met the man online and arranged to meet him for a sexual encounter that involved the exchange of money. After the act was completed and money exchanged the man produced a silver handgun and demanded his money back. The victim was very uncooperative with officers and said that she did not wish to pursue the incident. She just wanted to make officers aware that there was a man with a handgun running around. The victim described the gun as a silver revolver and stated that the suspect had it concealed in his jacket pocket. She described the suspect as a black male, 17-19 years of age, 5’8” tall, 120lbs., wearing a black Helly jacket with reflective piping. PGPD detectives responded to assume a follow-up investigation.

November 14th:

31st and Taylor Streets: Armed robbery – 7:15pm. The victim told officers that as he was walking home from Party Time Liquors. As he crossed over Taylor Street he was approached by two black males that had been following him. One of the suspects displayed a black handgun and demanded his property. The suspects stole the victim’s wallet and backpack. The two fled in a silver 4-door vehicle that was driven by a third, undescribed suspect. MRPD and Cottage City officers canvassed the area for the suspects and their vehicle with negative results. PGPD detectives responded to assume a follow-up investigation.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Fraud – 7:05pm. Officers spoke with the victim who said that he applied for a loan from a company known to him as US Post Loan. After he applied for the load he was notified that the loan was approved but he would have to prove that he was able to repay the loan and also provide his personal information. After providing social security number, full name, date of birth and bank account information. The victim later learned that all the monies in his bank account had been stolen. The bank told the victim to obtain a police report so they could begin their investigation. A copy of the MRPD police report was delivered to the Prince George’s County Police Financial Crimes Unit.

November 13th:

3500 block of 37th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:40am. Officers impounded a 2007 Dodge that was parked and displaying no tags. Further investigation revealed that there was an MSP pickup order for the missing tags. The vehicle was cited accordingly and impounded for safekeeping.

Russell Avenue and 28th Place: Vehicle impound – 11:10am. Officers impounded a 2010 Mazda that was parked on a City street displaying tags that expired in January of 2012.

2900 block of Bunker Hill Road: Vandalism to auto – 11:20pm. The owner of a 2001 Buick Century              told officers that she was inside her apartment when she heard a loud crash from outside. When she looked out to investigate she saw that someone had smashed out the vehicle’s read window. Further investigation revealed those responsible used a brick to break the window.

November 12th:

3300 block of Shepherd Street: Recovered stolen vehicle -7:45am. Officers responded to check on an abandoned vehicle. Witnesses told the officers that at about 1am this morning a dark colored flat bed tow truck dropped off a 2001 Honda Odyssey van. The vehicle had no tags attached and a check of the VIN revealed that the vehicle had been stolen from an address in DC on September 29, 2013. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the owner was notified.

4100 block of 31st Street: Violation of a protection order – 8:30am. Officers spoke with the complainant and learned that when she returned home she discovered her 18-yeard old son in her house. She said that she had an active protective order against the man that ordered him to keep away from the house. She went on to say that when she asked her son to leave he became upset and started to throw things. Officers located the son a block away and placed him under arrest. He was transported to DOC in Hyattsville where he was charged and processed accordingly.

3500 block of 37th Street: Recovered stolen vehicle – 10:15am. Officers responded to check on an abandoned vehicle. When they arrived they located a 2007 Honda Accord and learned that it had been stolen from an address in DC on November 10th. The vehicle had been completely stripped and its entire interior components had been removed. The vehicle was impounded for safe keeping and DC police were notified of the recovery.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen auto (supplement) – 1pm. Officers were notified that the 2001 Ford van stolen on November 8th from the 3100 block of Queens Chapel Road was recovered by DC police. The vehicle was located in the 3900 block of 21st Street, NE and was in drivable condition with both tags attached. The victim/owner responded to the scene and took possession of his vehicle.

November 11th:

3000 block of Arundel Road: Service of a protective order – 9:25am. Officers met with a woman who requested that they serve an interim proactive order on a male acquaintance. Officers found the man at the complainant’s door and, after verifying that the order was valid, served him accordingly. The man left the area without. About 30 minutes later officers saw the man back at the address trying to get into the building from which he was just ordered to stay away. He was arrested for violating the protective order and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3700 block of 36th Street: Criminal citation – 2:10pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Trespassing – 5pm. Officers on patrol observed a male juvenile at Joe’s Carryout who they knew from previous contacts had been barred from the business. The juvenile was arrested, charged with trespassing and released to his mother pending Juvenile Court action.

2400 block of Chillum Road: MV collision – 5:30pm. Officers responded to investigate a 3-vehicle collision. Their investigation revealed that the driver of a 1998 Ford Explorer failed to pay full time and attention to his driving and rear ended a 1996 VW. The force of the collision caused the VW to rear end a 1994 Ford Explorer. Officers also discovered that the driver of the 1998 Ford did not have a valid license. He was charged with multiple traffic violations and his vehicle was impounded.

November 10th:

3000 block of Arundel Road: Criminal citation – 9:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

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

Thanksgiving Day Outreach Dinner

Hosted by Gospel Faith Mission International
3808 38th Street, Brentwood, MD (at the corner of 38th and Perry Streets)
November 28, 2014
12 - 4pm

Dinner is free of charge to those in need with in our community.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Police Report: November 3-9

November 9th:

3700 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 8:35am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

3300 block of Chillum Road: Theft – 10:30am. The owner of a Mona model, white/green bicycle told officers that he parked his bike in the hallway of his apartment at about 10:20am. When he returned for the bike about 10 minutes later he discovered that it had been stole. There were no witnesses and no evidence.

3600 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 1:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

4600 block of 29th Street: Vandalism – 1:20pm. The resident told officers that he returned home to discover that someone had damaged his bedroom window’s screen frame. There was no additional damage or pry marks to the window to indicate an attempted burglary.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 7:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Assault – 9:05pm. An employee at Chuck’s Liquors told officers that he told a customer that he would not be served until he pulled up his pants. The customer took umbrage to the employee’s statement and an argument ensued. When the employee came out from behind the sales counter the customer struck him several times in the face and fled the store in an unknown direction. The victim sustained minor injuries and refused medical assistance on the scene.

3000 block of Arundel Road: Warrant service – 9:50pm. Officers responded to attempt to serve an open arrest warrant on an individual. The warrant was through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a child support matter. The individual was located, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.

2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: MV collision11:15pm. The owner of a 2001 Dodge SUV told officers that she was standing outside her apartment building when she saw the driver of a 2004 Honda strike the rear of her vehicle while attempting to park. The driver of the Honda got out of his car and left the scene. Officers searched the area and located the Honda’s driver and observed that he was under the influence of alcohol. He failed standard field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a chemical test for alcohol. He was charged with the MV collision, leaving the scene of a property damage collision, driving on a suspended license and driving under the influence of alcohol.

November 8th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Stolen vehicle – 1pm. The owner of a 2001 Ford van told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone stole his vehicle. The van had been parked and secured the previous evening, and no evidence was recovered.

November 7th:

4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Vandalism to auto – 6:35am. The owner of a 2006 GMC truck told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone damaged the vehicle’s driver’s side door lock. There was no other damage and nothing was reported stolen.

3800 block of 30th Street: Vandalism to auto – 8:30am. The owner of a 1997 Mazda 626 reported that sometime prior to her call to police someone threw a brick through her vehicle’s back window. The victim went on to say that at about 8:30pm on November 6th MRPD officers assisted her with a suspicious person near her driveway. The individual was identified as known PCP user, and at the time of the vandalism report officers were unsure if the two incidents are related.

4400 block of 30th Street: Lost property – 4:40pm. A woman came into the police station to report that she had lost her wallet after being evicted from her residence by the Sheriff’s Office.

November 6th:

4200 block of 34th Street: Vehicle impound - 8:15am. Officers patrolling with a mobile license plate reader were alerted to a vehicle that had a suspended registration and an MSP pick up order for the tags. The vehicle was parked an unoccupied and the owner was unable to be located. The vehicle was impounded and the tags seized for return to MVA.

4000 block of 29th Street: Stolen vehicle – 8:20am. The owner of a 1997 Honda Accord told officers that someone stole his vehicle sometime between 9pm on the 5th and the time he called police. The only evidence officers found was piece of the vehicle’s weather stripping lying on the ground where the vehicle had been parked.

4200 block of 28th Street: Theft from auto – 5:20pm. The owner of a 1996 Chevy Impala told officers that sometime between 10pm on the 5th and the time he called police someone broke the vehicle’s driver’s side door lock to gain entry. Once inside those responsible stole the stereo’s face plate and also stole the spoiler off the trunk and the center caps from the wheels.

November 5th:

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Emergency petition – 6:40pm. Officers responded to check the welfare of a man who was walking in and out of traffic. When they arrived they found and stopped the man. While talking with him officers determined that he was not in his right mind. He was taken into custody and transported to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for an emergency psychological examination.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 10:20pm. Officers on patrol stopped to check on a 1996 Ford Explorer with Georgia tags. Further investigation revealed that the Georgia tags were suspended and were supposed to be on a 1997 Volvo. A check of the Explorer’s VIN revealed that it was unregistered. The tags were seized and the vehicle was impounded.

Bunker Hill Road and 33rd Street: Emergency petition – 3am. Officers on patrol came upon a man who was talking to a wall. When the officers approached him they saw that he was sweating profusely and had a strong odor of PCP about his person. Fire/rescue personnel responded and transported the man to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was released to medical personnel for treatment.

November 4th:

2400 block of Chillum Road: Possession of CDS – 12:05am. Officers stopped a 1999 Chrysler Sebring for multiple equipment violations. Further investigation revealed the vehicle’s registration had expired over a year ago and both the driver and passenger were in possession of a CDS. The driver was charged with several traffic violations and her vehicle was impounded. Both driver and passenger were arrested, charged with CDS possession and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Buchanan Street: Armed robbery (supplement) – 2:30am. MRPD officers were notified by DC police that the Honda Civic taken in an armed robbery on October 28th was recovered in the 4400 block of 19th Street, NE. No arrests were made at the time of recovery and the vehicle was towed to PGPD evidence for processing.

34th Street and Arundel Road: Traffic – 9:05pm. Officers stopped a 2006 Volvo for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was an MSP pick up order for the tags. The driver was issued multiple traffic citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

November 3rd:

3200 block of Otis Street: Property damage – 10:05am. Officers responded for the report of a glass break alarm at a private residence. When they arrived they were met by the mother of a 9-year old child who said that her son accidently broke the window while playing ball.

4100 block of 32nd Street: Domestic assault – 12pm. Officers were called to the residence by a woman who said she had just been assaulted by her boyfriend. She said that when she refused to come downstairs to speak with him he became upset and physically assaulted her. Officers were able to locate the man and arrest him. He was charged with 2nd degree domestic assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

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.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Police Report: October 27 - November 2

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.

November 2nd:

One Municipal Place: Disorderly conduct – 8:10am. Officers stopped a man to issue him a criminal citation for drinking in public. During the encounter the man became increasingly hostile and disorderly. Repeated attempts to get the man to calm down were unsuccessful and he was eventually arrested for disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3700 block of 36th Street: MIR – 3:30pm. Officers on patrol observed an open window at a vacant house. Officers checked the house and although they did not find anyone inside there was evidence that someone had been squatting there recently. Officers contacted Code Enforcement and Public Works to have the house boarded up and secured.

3800 block of 34th Street: Commercial armed robbery (update). Officers were advised by PGPD detectives that they identified and formally charged a 15 year old juvenile with the armed robbery of the Mount Rainier Dollar Mart that occurred back on July 8th. The juvenile is presently in the custody of Juvenile Services at the Cheltenham youth facility on other charges.

November 1st:

3700 block of 37th Street: Burglary – 10:55am. Officers spoke with one of the residents who said that he came home to discover that his residence had been ransacked. After speaking with a second resident, officers learned that the break-in occurred sometime between 5:30am and 10:55am. The residents reported that only some costume jewelry had been taken. Evidence showed that those responsible gained entry by kicking in a basement door and they left through the kitchen door.

3500 block of 37th Street: Burglary – 2:45pm. The resident told officers that when she came home she noticed that there was a window screen lying in the yard. When she checked the house she discovered that someone had broken in by pushing in a basement air conditioner unit. Once inside the thieves stole a large screen TV, a game console and some shoes.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Assault – 7:55pm. An officer patrolling the area heard a woman screaming for help. The officer found the woman who was being physically assaulted by a man in front of 3409 Rhode Island Avenue. As the officer intervened the man repeatedly struck the officer in the head and face and a struggle ensued. After several minutes of fighting with the man additional officers arrived to get the suspect under control and under arrest. The suspect was found to be high on PCP and various other narcotics and was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Officers obtained a warrant for the suspect charging him with assault on the female victim, felony assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest. Once the suspect was discharged from the hospital he was transported to DOC in Hyattsville where he was processed and released to their custody. The officer was treated at a local hospital for his injuries and released.

October 31st:

4600 block of 25th Street: Burglary – 6:30pm. The resident told officers that sometime between 4:30 and 5:30pm today someone broke into his apartment. Those responsible cut the screens on several windows and broke the bedroom door lock. The resident said that he was in the process of moving out of the apartment and that nothing of value was stolen.

3300 block of Perry Street: Suspicious situation – 6:50pm. Officers spoke with a security representative from the GEICO Insurance Company who advised that he was looking into a report that a former policy holder threaten to go to the GEICO headquarters building in DC and “blow it up.”  Officers went to the suspect’s last known address in the City but were not able to locate her. She also did not answer a phone call to the last known number GEICO had on file.

October 30th:

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 1:10am. A store employee told officers that a black male, 30-35 years of age, came into the store and stole several food items before fleeing on foot. A canvass of the area for the suspect proved negative.

4000 block of 31st Street: Attempt burglary – 7:30am. Officers spoke with witnesses who said that they saw two individuals trying to pry open the front door of a private residence. When the suspects saw the witnesses on the phone notifying police they fled the area towards Perry Street then on towards Eastern Avenue. Officers canvassed the area for the suspects with negative results. There was no damage to the front door and noting was reported stolen.

4500 block of 31st Street: Found property – 12pm. A citizen found a business portfolio and turned it into police. Officers were able to identify the owner and return the portfolio to him.

3800 block of 35th Street: Gambling – 2:45pm. Officers observed four individuals gambling and loitering in a posted no loitering area. When the officers approached the four they began to flee on foot while throwing dice and open alcoholic beverages in the bushes. All suspects were apprehended and issued citations for failure to comply with a lawful order of a police officer and possession of open alcoholic beverages. One suspect, a juvenile, was transported to the station, charged with gambling and possession of alcohol and released to his Mother.

October 29th:

4500 block of 32nd Street: Stolen auto – 9:15pm. The owner of a 2003 Chevy express van told officers that sometime between 11pm last night at the time he called police this morning someone stole his vehicle. No evidence was recovered at the scene and there were no witnesses. At about 3pm PGPD notified MRPD that the victim’s vehicle was recovered at an address in Landover. There were no arrests made, the vehicle was in drivable condition and the owner was notified of the recovery.

October 28th:

3200 block of Buchanan Street: Armed robbery – 6pm. The victims (2) told officers that they came to the area to buy a cell phone from an individual and that the sale was arranged through an ad on Craig’s list. When they arrived at the agreed upon meeting place they were approached by three black males in a white Toyota Highlander. The three were wearing all dark clothing and two of them were armed with handguns. The suspects ordered the victims out of their Honda Civic at gun point. The suspects proceeded to rob the victims of their vehicle, about $1,600 dollars in cash and several used cell phones. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to process the area for evidence, interview the victims and take over the follow-up investigation. 

October 27th:

34th Street and Bunker Hill Road: DWI – 2am. Officers stopped a 2006 Honda Accord for failing to stop at a stop sign. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He refused to submit to sobriety testing. He was charged with DWI/DUI and other charges and released. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.

4000 block of 30th Street: MIR – 12:30pm. A resident told officers that sometime prior to his call to police someone damaged his garage door. Officers found no damage but did see that three screws were missing from a lock hasp.

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.

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