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.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Trespassing – 9am. Officers arrested a man and charged him with trespassing pursuant to a loitering warning notice issued on March 26th. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Domestic – 11:55pm. The female half told Communications personnel that she and her boyfriend got into an argument and she wanted him removed from their apartment. When officers arrived the man had already left the scene. There were no signs of violence and female half told the officers that she was not hurt.
4300 block of Kaywood Drive: Apartment fire – 6:40pm. Officers investigating the report of a suspicious person knocking on doors in the apartment building smelled the odor of smoke. Fire/rescue personnel responded and located a fire in the kitchen of one of the apartments. The fire was extinguished and determined to have started due to inattention to food cooking on a stove.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Loitering warning notice – 5:15pm. Officers issued a man a loitering warning notice notifying him not to return for 30 days or he would be subject to arrest for trespassing.
3400 block of Bunker Hill Road: Traffic – 6:10pm. Officers stopped a 2001 Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed there was an MSP pick up order for the tags. The driver was issued the appropriate citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road (Sunoco station): Theft – 9pm. A store employee told officers that a man came up to the window to purchase two packs of cigarettes. The clerk put the cigarettes in the security drawer and opened the drawer for the man to take the cigarettes and submit payment. The man took the cigarettes and fled the area without paying for them.
34th Street & Windom Road: Vehicle impound – 1:45am. Officers on patrol stopped to investigate a disabled vehicle in the middle of the roadway. The driver of the vehicle told the officers that he lost control of his vehicle, struck a curb and blew out the two passenger side tires. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the driver was sent on his way.
4100 block of 31st Street: Telephone threats – 8:10am. The resident told officers that a man has been calling regularly and leaving threatening messages on her answering machine. Officers documented the messages and the victim is working with her service provider to correct the problem.
3800 block of 34th Street: Illegal cigarette sales – 9:30am. Officers received information that a convenience store was selling single cigarettes, untaxed cigarettes and packages of synthetic marijuana. Officers interviewed the store owner and were able to locate sufficient evidence to substantiate the violations. An agent from the Maryland Comptroller’s Office responded and charged the owner with the cigarette violations. Mount Rainier Code Enforcement responded and suspended the business’s operations until proper permits could be obtained.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vandalism to auto – 5:35pm. The owner of a 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse told officers that he came out to his vehicle this afternoon to find that someone had put several deep scratches into the driver’s side of his vehicle. Officers determined that the damage was not done by a hit and run vehicle rather by an individual with a hard object. No other evidence, witness, or suspects could be found.
3500 block of Perry Street: Criminal citation – 8:20am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
4100 block of Russell Avenue: Theft – 10am. A man came into the police station to report a theft. He told officers that he had some old currency displayed in his apartment and discovered it missing. He said that he has had frequent visitors to his home since he last saw his property but did not know who might have taken the items.
4600 block of 29th Street: Assault – 11:05pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic disturbance. When they arrived they confronted a disorderly male and a distraught female. Further investigation revealed that male returned home and demanded sex from his girlfriend but she refused. The male got angry and ripped the shirt off the female. There were no injuries and no sexual contact. The male was arrested for assault and attempted 4th degree sex offense.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Loitering – 3pm. Officers issued a man a loitering/warning notice barring him from the location for a period of 30 days. He was advised that should he return within that time he would be charged with trespassing.
3000 block of Queens Chapel Road: Lost handgun – 12:30pm. The owner of a long-barrel .357 handgun told officers that about a week ago he put the gun in a bag and placed the bag next to his dresser. While cleaning house, the man’s wife discarded the bag into the trash.
4600 block of 29th Street: Miscellaneous incident – 8:10pm. The mother of a 29 year old woman asked officers to check the welfare of her daughter and her two children. The mother said that her daughter had been depressed lately and she was concerned for her wellbeing. Officers received no answer at the daughter’s residence and called fire/rescue personnel to force entry. Neither the woman nor her children were located inside and officers found no evidence of foul play.
4200 block of 30th Street: Burglary – 8:25pm. The resident told officers that she came home to discover that someone had broken into her home. Entry was made through a dining room window. The resident found a pocket knife stuck in the blinds that was apparently used to dislodge the window screen. Once inside the thief/thieves stole several items of the victim’s personal jewelry before fleeing the scene.
4200 block of 31st Street: Emergency petition – 12:35pm. Officers responded for the report of a possible overdose. When they arrived they located a female who was suffering from depression. She had taken a large quantity of medication in an attempt to end her life. She was transported by fire/rescue personnel to a local hospital where she was released to medical personnel for treatment.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 6:50pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.
4000 block of 34th Street: Found property – 8:25pm. A woman told officers that earlier in the day she found an M&T bank card on the ground by ZZ Pizza. Officers took possession of the card for safekeeping and are in the process of trying to locate the owner.
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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