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.
4600 block of 25th Street: Property damage – 11:05am. The owner of a 2004 VW Passat told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning and discovered a dent in the vehicle’s fender that was not there previously.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 1:55am. Officers stopped a suspicious person for a field interview. During the interview they discovered that the man had an open arrest warrant through Prince George’s County for driving on a suspended license. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
2700 block of Webster Street: Stolen vehicle – 8:55am. The owner of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee parked his vehicle in front of his residence on April 11th. When he came out to his vehicle today he discovered that it had been stolen. There was no record of repossession or impound and the owner was not sure if his vehicle was locked.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 12:05am. Officers stopped a 2007 Honda Accord for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended. He was issued several traffic citations and his vehicle was impounded.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 4:10pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in public.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Theft – 6:55pm. Officer responded to the police station to meet a woman who was the victim of a theft. She told the officers that she was at the bus stop between the hours of 9 and 10am this morning when she was approached by a black male. The man grabbed her cell phone out of her hand and fled into the neighboring apartment complex. A follow up investigation is being conducted and officers believe they have identified a suspect.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Shoplifting – 8:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a female shoplifter at the Family Dollar store. When they arrived they located the woman who was in the process of stealing some clothing. Officers detained her, issued her a criminal citation for theft and sent her on her way.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Miscellaneous incident (MIR) – 9:45pm. Officers received information from a concerned parent that her son had received disturbing text messages from a classmate/friend who was depressed and was cutting himself. Officers learned that juvenile cutting himself is a student at Hyattsville Middle School and resides somewhere Hyattsville. Officers attempted to locate the juvenile to check his welfare but were unable to obtain a home address. The case was turned over to the Hyattsville City Police for further investigation.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Theft – 10:55am. Officers responded to the Family Dollar store for the report of a theft. Store employees told the officers that a subject who had been previously banned from the store came in and stole several packs of batteries before fleeing the area on foot. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect without success.
4400 block of 29th Street: Attempted burglary - 7:55pm. The resident showed officers where someone tried to break into her home sometime between March 29th and today. Those responsible moved a landscaping tie under one of the house’s windows and cut the exterior screen to try and break in. The window was properly locked and the suspect(s) failed to get into the house.
3700 block of Wells Avenue: Theft – 11am. The owner of Built Up Roofing called to report a theft from his business. The owner said that he received a call from the loss prevention manager at Staples regarding a Built Up Roofing employee’s attempt to purchase $800 in pre-paid Visa cards on the company’s account. The sale was denied and after a further investigation the owner learned that two of his employees had illegally used the company’s account to purchase over $20,000 in pre-paid gift cards. Officers are in the process of working with the State’s Attorney’s Office to file felony theft charges against the two employees.
3700 block of 35th Street: Disorderly – 5:45pm. Officers responded to a complaint of several males loitering. When the officers arrived they encountered the group who were sitting in chairs on a lawn and on the sidewalk blocking public passage. The group was ordered to disperse. All of them complied except for one man who began yelling and cursing. Efforts to get the man to calm down proved unsuccessful and he had to be arrested. He was charged with disorderly conduct and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4600 block of 29th Street: Missing juvenile – 6:30pm. The mother of a 16 year old female reported that her daughter left home at about 9am this morning and had not returned home. The mother was particularly concerned because the girl is required to take medication for a medical condition. Officers entered the girl’s information into NCIC missing persons files.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Handgun arrest – 1:40am. Officers stopped a 1996 Nissan 200SX for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that there was a loaded handgun and a small quantity of marijuana in the glove box. The driver was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded.
4600 block of 25th Street: Stolen auto – 11:30am. The owner of a 2012 Chevy Impala told officers that sometime between 9:45am and 11:30am this morning someone stole her vehicle.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Vandalism to auto – 12:10pm. The owner of a 2008 Dodge Charger told officers that sometime between 9:15pm on April 6th and the time she called police someone damaged the right front bumper and headlight area of her vehicle. Officers were unable to determine if a vehicle caused the damage or some other object. The damage had no paint transfer or other signs to identify how it occurred.
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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