Friday, June 28, 2013

Police Report: June 16-22

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.

June 22nd:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Attempt stolen vehicle – 5:20pm. The owner of a 2003 Dodge Neon told officers that she parked her vehicle unlocked and unsecured on the 16th at about 3am. When she returned for the car at about 3pm today she discovered that the ignition was missing. No evidence or witnesses could be identified.

June 21st:

2400 block of Arundel Road: Criminal citation – 9:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in public.

4600 block of 30th Street: Burglary – 10pm. The resident returned home to discover that someone entered her apartment and stole several items of her personal property. Officers located some missing paint on the front door but no other evidence of forced entry into the residence.

June 20th:

3100 block of Perry Street: Found property – 9:30am. Officers took possession of a small Razor scooter from a resident who found the scooter in their yard. The scooter was logged into MRPD’s property system and stored at the police station.

2300 block of Varnum Street: Theft – 12:50pm. Officers spoke with the victim who said that she stored her purse in the employee’s office when she arrived for work at about 2:30pm. When she went back to retrieve the purse at about 8:30pm she discovered that it had been stolen. Officers reviewed the surveillance camera footage and saw that a man entered the backroom of the store and stole the purse. He concealed it in his pants and walked out of the store. The thief was described as a black male, about 40 years of age, 5’7” tall and 200 lbs.

2500 block of Allison Street: 2nd degree assault – 4pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic dispute. When the officers arrived they learned that a male and female where arguing over money that one had supposedly taken from the other without permission. During the argument the female became physical and assaulted the male. The male had several visible lacerations from the assault. The female was arrested, charged with 2nd degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

June 19th:

4000 block of 37th Street: Returned missing juvenile – 7pm. June 14th. Officers received information that the 14 year old juvenile reported missing on the 14th had been located by the Hyattsville City Police Department. Once the girl was back at her residence officers were requested by her mother to come by and speak with her about her behavior. Officers spoke with both parties about the issue. The events were documented and the missing person was removed from NCIC.

4200 block of 30th Street: Found property – 7:05am. Officers took possession of a wallet found by a resident. They were able to track down the owner of the wallet and return it to him

3800 block of 34th Street: Recovered stolen auto – 9:40am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle in question, a 2005 Ford F350 truck had been previously reported stolen out of Leesburg, Virginia. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and the owner was notified of the recovery.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Warrant service – 12:10pm. A man came into the police station to surrender on an open arrest warrant. Officers confirmed the warrant for 1st degree assault and violation of an ex parte order. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

4500 block of 31st Street: Theft – 2:25pm. The owner of a Schwinn Frontier mountain bike told officers that at about 2:10pm she used a lock and chain to secure her bike to the bike rack located in Richardson Park. When she returned for the bike 15 minutes later she discovered that it had been stolen. Officers were unable to locate any part of the chain or lock and were also unable to locate any witnesses.

June 18th:

3300 block of Chillum Road: Stolen auto – 5:25am. The owner of a 2009 Nissan Altima told officers that when she went out to her vehicle to go to work she discovered that the vehicle had been stolen. The vehicle was equipped with an anti-theft device that was turned on when the owner parked her vehicle but was ineffective in preventing the theft. No witnesses or evidence were located; and there was no record of the vehicle being impounded or repossessed.

4700 block of 25th Street:  Theft – 8:50pm. The resident told officers that, while she was away from home, someone entered her bedroom and stole several items of jewelry. There was no forced entry into the residence or to the room and several other adults and teenagers also reside there. No one could provide any useful information about the theft or say who, if anyone was home when the theft occurred.

June 17th:

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft – 10:45am. The victim came into the police station to report that checks he ordered never arrived at his home. When he called his bank he discovered that two of the checks that never arrived had been cashed at Ace Check Cashing. The total amount missing from his account was $400. The victim needed a police report so that his bank could continue their investigation into the theft.

3700 block of 37th Street: Burglary – 5:20pm. The resident told officers that sometime between June 3rd and the time he called police someone entered his home and stole his iPad. No forced entry was identified and no other evidence was collected.

3700 block of Wells Avenue: Assault – Officers met with the parents of a 5 year old boy who said that their son had been assaulted by several other kids while playing at the skate park. The parents said that 9-10 black males and one Hispanic male threw rocks at their son and pushed him down on the pavement. The victim sustained bruising under his left eye and trauma to his stomach. All of the suspects fled the area, some on foot and some in an undescribed vehicle. The parents refused emergency medical treatment for their son’s injuries.

June 16th:

4000 block of 29th Street: Theft – 1:15pm. The owner of a 24” Schwinn mountain bike told officers that he left his bike outside the Mount Rainier Quick Mart while he went inside to make a purchase. When he came back out a couple minutes later he discovered that his bike had been stolen.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vehicle impound – 8:55pm. Officers on patrol conducted a registration check on a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. The check revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended for insurance violations and VEIP; and there was an MSP pick-up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 9:20pm. Officers stopped a 2000 Honda Civic for not having its headlights or taillights on after dark. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license. The driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 9:50pm. Officers stopped a 2012 Honda Civic for a traffic violation.  Further investigation reveled that there was an MSP pick-up for the tags for insurance violations. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the owner arranged to have the vehicle towed to his residence.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Shoplifting – 10:15pm. The store clerk told officers that a Hispanic male entered the store, selected several items (Red Bull/monster energy drinks/gum) and then exited past all points of sale without attempting to pay for the merchandise.

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!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It's going to be hot today

NWS says it's going to push 100 degrees today. Stay hydrated and protect your pets!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Police Report: June 9-15

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.

June 15th:

4000 block of 37th Street: Missing person (runaway juvenile) – 12:30am. The mother of a 14 year old girl told officers that her daughter ran away from home at about 4:30pm on the 14th. The mother said that her daughter was experiencing some behavior problems and this was not the first time she had gone missing. Officers entered the daughter’s information into the NCIC missing persons file.

2700 block of Upshur Street: 2nd degree assault – 12:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a man dragging a woman down the street. Once on the scene witnesses told the officers that both parties had gone into a nearby apartment. The officers located both parties and learned that the two got into a verbal argument that turned physical. During the altercation the female half sustained minor injuries. The male half was arrested, charged with 2nd degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

Queens Chapel Rd and 30th Street: M/V collision – 11:55pm. Officers responded for the report of a bicyclist who had been struck by a passing vehicle. When the officers arrived they located a 15 year old male who was under the influence of alcohol. Further investigation revealed that the intoxicated teen was trying to ride his bike across Queens Chapel Road when he was struck by a passing vehicle. The driver of the vehicle stopped but continued on his way after the teen told him he was OK. The teen’s mother was located and she agreed that the boy did not need medical attention.

June 14th:

4500 block of 29th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:40am. Officers on patrol were flagged down by a citizen who alerted them to a 2003 Cadillac Escalade parked on the street displaying expired tags. Upon further investigation the officers discovered not only were the tags expired but there was a pick up order on them for insurance violations. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded. 

2500 block of Queens Chapel Road: Citizen robbery – 12:50pm. The victim told officers that he looked out his apartment window and observed five black males 14-17 years of age tampering with his bicycle. He went down to his bike, confronted the juveniles and became involved in a verbal argument with one of them. During the argument another member of the group punched him in the face and stole his cell phone. All of the suspects then fled the scene on foot down 25th Street.

June 13th:

Nothing significant to report.

June 12th:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Assault – 11:15pm. The victim described to MRPD officers being assaulted by what appeared to be a member of the Queenstown Apartments security force. The assault took place on the foot path behind the complex leading to the Metro station. The security guard stopped the victim and handcuffed and searched him before issuing him a notice barring him from Queenstown property. After being released the victim took a photo of the security guard. The guard became upset that the victim took his picture and he took the victim’s phone, deleted the photos, removed the battery and gave the phone back to him. The guard then grabbed the victim and threw him down a hill. The victim described the guard as big and Hispanic. MRPD officers examined the bar notice but were unable to read the guard’s signature. A canvass of the apartment complex for the security guard was conducted with negative results. Officers will follow-up with Queenstown management to try and identify the guard so that appropriate charges can be filed with the District Court Commissioner.

June 11th:

Russell Avenue and 28th Place: Hit and run collision – 9:10am. The owner of a 2007 BMW told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered damage to the front end. The damage was consistent with a second vehicle backing into the BMW. There were no witnesses and no evidence was obtained.

4100 block of Russell Avenue: Theft from auto – 12:55pm. The owner of a 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant told officers that sometime between 9:45pm on the 10th and the time she called police someone stole the Maryland temporary registration plate off her vehicle.

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft from auto – 3:20pm. The owner of a 2008 Toyota told officers that sometime between 11pm on the 10th and 3am this morning someone stole her cell phone from inside her car. She said that she left the phone on the center console and the windows open.

4700 block of 27th Street: Residential burglary – 6:10pm. A resident told officers that sometime between 12:45pm and 6:10pm today someone entered his apartment and stole currency, jewelry and immigration documents. Officers could find no sign of forced entry into the apartment and no windows were found unsecure. The incident is still under investigation to determine if any of the three residents were involved in taking the missing property.

Queens Chapel Road and 30th Street: M/V collision – 6:15pm. Officers responded for the report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. The officers’ investigation revealed that a southbound 1997 Nissan Maxima was attempting to make a left turn onto 30th Street from Queens Chapel Road. The northbound traffic yielded to the vehicle so it could make its turn.  As the vehicle was making the turn an oncoming cyclist failed to yield to the Nissan and collided with the rear passenger side door. Both the Nissan and the bicycle sustained damage and the cyclist was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non- life threatening injuries.

3400 block of Perry Street: CDS possession – 10:55pm. Officers on patrol were flagged down by a woman who said that she was being followed by a man. Officers stopped the man who they knew from previous incidents and who was under the influence of narcotics. Further investigation revealed that he was in possession of CDS and a concealed dangerous weapon (knife). He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

June 10th:

Nothing significant to report.

June 9th:

3500 block of Shepherd Street: Vandalism – 1:45am. Officers responded for the report of the sound of shots. When they arrived they observed a 2007 VW with the driver’s window and the left rear vent windows shot out. Upon closer inspection the windows appeared to have been shot out with a paint ball gun. Officers went to the owner’s residence to make notification of the damage and saw more paint ball stains on the house. The victim told the officers that he had not heard or seen anything earlier and did not have any idea who might be responsible to the damage. A search of the area for additional evidence, suspects or witnesses proved negative.

4300 block of 28th Place: Vandalism to auto – 9:20pm. Officers took a report of vandalism to a 2001 Ford Expedition. The owner told the officers that he had been in an argument with another man earlier. During the argument the man threatened to damage the owner’s vehicle. When the owner checked on his vehicle he discovered that the man had apparently made good on the threat and bent the vehicle’s fuel door. The owner was advised to contact a District Court Commissioner to see if charges for destruction of property could be issued.

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, June 13, 2013

Father's Day - 2013

Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the law making it a public holiday. The idea began in 1909 when Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon. She decided she wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. Smart was a Civil War veteran. Widowed, he was left to raise his six children on the family farm. The month of June was chosen and proclaimed in 1910 because this is the month Smart was born.

President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers in 1966, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it is estimated that there are:

• 70.1 million fathers;
• 24.4 million fathers are part of married-couples with children younger than 18 years old;
• 1.96 million single fathers (44 percent were divorced, 31 percent were never married, 20 percent were separated, and 5 percent were widowed);
• 189,000 stay-at-home dads, (defined as married fathers with children younger than 15 who have remained out of the labor force for at least one year).

Whatever your status, here’s hoping you see your children on Father’s Day. After all, what is Father’s Day without your children?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Police Report: June 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.

June 8th:

4600 block of 29th Street: Vandalism – 9:40pm. The resident told officers that someone broke one of her apartment windows with a rock. No suspect information was obtained and the resident was advised to contact maintenance to get the window repaired.

2900 block of Allison Street: Residential burglary – 11:35pm. The resident told officers that sometime between 9am and 7pm today someone entered his apartment and stole several items of his personal property. He said that he notified maintenance that there was a problem with his bathroom and they said they would send someone out to take care of the problem. There were no signs of forced entry. Officers are trying to identify the maintenance employees who responded to fix the bathroom to see if they know anything about the theft.

June 7th:

3600 block of Perry Street: Traffic – 11:25am. Officers stopped a 2010 Mazda 6 for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a license and there was an MVA pick-up order for the tags. The driver was issued four State traffic citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.

4100 block of 31st Street: Property damage – 2:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a damaged fence. When they arrived they documented the fact that a tree from an unoccupied private property had fallen onto and damaged a neighboring property owner’s wooden fence.

June 6th:

4500 block of 30th Street: Vehicle impound – 1:50am. Officers impounded a 2006 Kia Optima that had been parked in the same location for several days and which had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 9:05am. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking alcoholic beverages in a public place.

4100 block of 30th Street: MIR – 3pm. Officers responded for the report of a dog having been attacked by another dog on June 4th. Officers spoke with the owner of the victim dog who said that he was walking his dogs when the attacking dog came out of a private yard and started to fight with the victim dog.  A resident of the house observed the incident and quickly broke up the fight between the dogs. The officers documented the incident and the parties exchanged information so that the situation could be resolved amicably.

June 5th:

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Warrant service – 9:35am. Officers conducting a business check heard what they thought was an argument coming from the back storage room. Further investigation revealed that a patron was attempting to access the employee restroom without permission. The store manager advised the subject to leave and the subject threatened to assault the manger. A warrant check of the individual revealed that he had an open warrant through Prince George’s County for theft under $1,000. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3400 block of Otis Street: Vehicle impound – 10:30am. Officers impounded a 2004 Honda Accord that had been previously marked for 48-hour towing.

3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft/fraud – 4:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a person attempting to cash a bad check. When they arrived they detained the man and verified that the check he was attempting to pass was indeed forged by him. He was arrested, charged accordingly and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3700 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 4:55pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

2700 block of Upshur Street: Domestic dispute – 11pm. Officers interviewed a woman who said that her boyfriend assaulted her. Upon further investigation the officers could find no evidence of an assault; however the boyfriend elected to leave for the night to try and ensure the peace was kept. Officers completed a Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment to document the incident and to assess the need for further assistance for the female half.

June 4th:

Nothing significant to report.

June 3rd:

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

3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 3:20pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

3200 block of Otis Street: Strong arm robbery – 8:15pm. The 13 year old victim told officers that he was approached by two juvenile males who he recognized as fellow students at Hyattsville Middle School. Both suspects shoved the victim to the ground and stole his cell phone before fleeing the scene. A follow-up investigation is underway with HMS officials and Hyattsville PD to identify and charge both assailants.

4700 block of 25th Street: Residential burglary – 11pm. The resident told officers that sometime between 10:30am and 8pm today, someone entered his apartment and stole a quantity of US Currency. Investigation revealed no forced entry and both front door locks were secure; however, the bathroom window was unlocked. Officers processed the bathroom window for latent evidence and found none.

June 2nd:

3200 block of Upshur Street: Found property – 7:55am. Officers recovered a woman’s purse from the resident who found it. Upon further investigation the officers learned there had been a theft from auto in Brentwood the previous night where a similar purse was stolen. Officers went to the victim’s residence, conformed that the pursed was the one stolen from her vehicle and returned it to her.

3100 block of Varnum Street: Attempt theft from auto – 8:30am. Officers patrolling the area discovered a 2008 Nissan Frontier with a broken window. Officers contacted the vehicle’s owner and learned that he parked and secured his vehicle the night before. The officers’ investigation revealed that person(s) unknown used a pry tool to get into the vehicle where they tried, unsuccessfully, to steal the factory GPS unit.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 6pm. A store clerk told officers that a black male in his 30s came into the store, placed an ice cream bar in his coat pocket and left the store without paying for it. Officers were unable to locate the man after canvassing the area.

4200 block of 34th Street: Hit and run M/V collision – 6:45pm. Officers on patrol were stopped by the owner of a 2000 Nissan Frontier. He told the officers that he had just discovered that his vehicle had sustained damage from a second, unknown vehicle that failed to remain at the scene after striking his vehicle. The striking vehicle hit the Nissan’s driver side causing extensive damage.

3300 block of Chillum Road: MIR – 11:50pm. Officers responded to interview a 12 year old boy who alleged that he had been assaulted earlier in the day by his stepfather. Officers are familiarly with the boy due to ongoing family issues. Officers were unable to see any signs of injury and returned him to his residence. The boy’s statements were documented and officers will be conducting a follow-investigation with Child Protective Services. CPS is also aware of the family’s situation and has an active investigation in process with the family.

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, June 06, 2013

Police Report: May 26 - June 1

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.

Saturday, June 1st:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Recovered stolen auto – 4pm. MRPD officers were notified by DC police that their officers recovered a 1996 Plymouth Voyager that was stolen from the 3300 block of Buchanan Street back on May 23rd . The vehicle was found in the 6500 block of Chillum Place, NW. Both tags were still attached and no arrests were made. The owner was notified of the recovery.

3200 block of Arundel Road: Recovered stolen auto – 4pm. MRPD officers were notified by DC police that their officers recovered a 1998 Nissan Maxima that was stolen from the 3200 block of Arundel Road back on May 26th. The vehicle was found in the 4200 block of Edson Place, NE. Both tags were still attached and no arrests were made. The owner was notified of the recovery.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: DUI arrest – 12:10am. Officers on patrol came upon a vehicle that had crashed into a tree and a utility pole and became disabled. Further investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and was arrested. Blood alcohol tests showed that he had a BAC of .13. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville and the vehicle was impounded.

2700 block of Allison Street: 1st degree assault – 2am. MRPD officers along with PGPD detectives responded to Prince George’s Hospital for the report of a female gunshot victim. The victim told the officers that she and friends were walking in the parking lot behind the apartments in the 2700 block of Allison Street when they were approached by a black male brandishing a handgun. The assailant demanded property from one of the victim’s companions whereupon they fled the scene in different directions. The assailant fired several shots at the group as they fled and the victim was struck once. After going home to change clothes the victim went to PGH for treatment of her non- life threatening wound. Officers and detectives were unable to identify any crime scene and no evidence or witnesses were located.

3800 block of 34th Street: Theft – 12:10pm. The victim told officers that on May 7th she placed a credit card on her bed.  On May 16th she discovered that there were several fraudulent/unauthorized transactions on the card and that she was not in possession of it. She reported the incident to her bank and told officers that there have been two contractors in her home who had access to the card. The investigation is still ongoing.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Theft – 8pm. The store clerk told officers that a black male, 30-35 years of age wearing a black and red stripped shirt came into the store carrying a pizza box. The man put three sandwiches in the box and left the store without paying for them.

Friday, May 31st:

3400 block of Eastern Avenue: Domestic – 3:15pm. Officers responded to assist a woman with the service of a protective order. The officers verified the order and served it on the man for whom it was intended.

3200 block of Otis Street: Missing juvenile – 5:30pm. The father of a 12 year old juvenile told officers that he and his son had an argument several hours earlier. The child had fled the residence after the argument and had not been heard from. Several hours later the child contacted his mother via phone and arranged to be picked up in Hyattsville. He was located in good physical condition.

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Domestic – 1am. Officers responded to assist a woman with the service of a protective order. The protective order did not state that neither she nor the male half had to leave the residence.  The order was served on the male half and the return was faxed to the PG Sheriff’s Office. A domestic violence lethality screen was completed with the female half.

Thursday, May 30th:

4000 block of 35th Street: Criminal citation – 5:05pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

Wednesday, May 29th:

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Commercial armed robbery – 2:35an. The store clerk told officers that two black males described only as 5’5” – 5’6” tall wearing all dark clothing entered the store armed with handguns. While one employee was occupied in the rear of the store, the second employee was forced at gun point to open the registers.  The suspects fled with unknown amount of money and numerous packs of cigarettes. PGPD robbery detectives responded to assume begin a follow-up investigation.

Tuesday, May 28th:

34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic collision – 11:05am. Officers investigated a collision between a 2005 Mercury and a 2003 Ford. They determined that the driver of the Mercury entered the intersection and failed to yield the right of way to the driver of the Ford. Both vehicles sustained minor damage and there were no injuries to either driver.

3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Vandalism to auto – 5:30pm. The owner of a 2003 Toyota called to report damage to his vehicle. Officers observed minor damage to the vehicle that did not appear to be the result of a motor vehicle collision. The owner said that he had already been in contact with his insurance company and needed a police report to document the incident.

3300 block of Chillum Road (7-11): Suspicious person – 11:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person wearing dark clothing and a ski mask. The man was supposedly armed with a knife and looking into parked vehicles. When the officers arrived they located and stopped the individual for a field interview. During the interview he was found in possession of a ski mask and a screwdriver. He refused to give his name or address but did state he was an adult. After some additional investigation he was charged with possession of burglary tools and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. Several hours later the suspect confessed to DOC personnel that he was a 16 year old juvenile. Officers recharged him as a juvenile and released him to the custody of his guardian. Additional charges are pending.

Monday, May 27th:

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vandalism to auto – 8:55pm. The reporting person told officers that she saw a light complected Hispanic male with long hair puncture the tires on her uncle’s 2001 Ford Escape. The suspect fled the area in a second vehicle for which no description was given.

4300 block of 28th Place: Theft from auto – 10:10pm. The owner of a 2010 Hyundai Sonata told officers that she came out to her vehicle and discovered its trunk open, the interior ransacked and several items of her personal property missing. No evidence was recovered and there were no signs of forced entry.

Sunday, May 26th:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Vandalism – 7:45am. The owner of a 2003 Toyota Forerunner told officers that sometime between 5:30pm on the 25th and 7am this morning someone ransacked her vehicle. The victim was first alerted to the crime when she looked out of her apartment window and saw the vehicle’s rear window open. The vehicle’s dashboard and center console had been completely removed and thrown about the interior, however nothing was reported stolen.

3200 block of Arundel Road: Stolen auto – 7:55am. The owner of a 1998 Nissan Maxima told officers that sometime between 3am on the 25th and the time he called police someone stole his vehicle. The vehicle was equipped with an anti-theft factory alarm that apparently did not function.  There was no broken glass in the area in which the vehicle was parked.

3100 block of Queens Chapel Road (Family Dollar): Commercial strong arm robbery – 7:50pm. The store clerk told officers that two men came into the store and as one of them distracted the cashier the second began stuffing items into a bag. Both suspects then tried to leave the store but were confronted by the victim who told both that they needed to pay for the items in the bag. Both suspects grabbed the victim, threw her to the ground and proceeded to punching and kicking her. After they finished their assault on the victim they fled the store on foot towards Chillum Road. Fire/rescue personnel transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment of her non- life threatening injuries. PGPD robbery detectives responded to begin a follow-up investigation.

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, June 03, 2013

Police Report: May 19-25

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.

May 25th:

4000 block of 36th Street: 2nd degree assault – 9:10pm. Officers responded for the report of a cutting. When they arrived they discovered one of four sisters who had a cut on her right thigh. Further investigation revealed that the sister who was cut got into a verbal disagreement with another female that turned physical. Her three sisters came out to help her in the altercation, one of whom brought a pair of scissors. The officers also located a folding knife at the scene that may have been used by one of the participants to cause the injured sister’s wound. PGPD detectives responded to the scene to interview all participants and assume a follow-up investigation. The detectives determined that the whole mêlée constituted a mutual combat situation and charges against any one are unlikely. The injured woman was taken to Med-Star for treatment of her non- life threatening injury.

May 24th:

4000 block of 33rd Street: Theft from auto – 6:55am. The victim told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered that sometime overnight someone broke into his vehicle through a passenger window and stole a GPS unit and a change purse from inside.

3100 block of Bunker Hill Road: Theft from auto – 9:20am. The victim told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered that a driver side window had been broken out and a GPS unit had been stolen from inside.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Recovered stolen auto – 11:50am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious vehicle. When they arrived they discovered an abandoned 1999 Dodge Caravan that was running and had ignition damage. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported to the Montgomery County Police on May 16th. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and both the owner and MCP were notified of the recovery.

4600 block of 29th Street: Stolen vehicle – 12:15pm. The owner of a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville told officers that sometime between 10pm on May 23rd and the time she called police someone stole her vehicle.

2200 block of Varnum Street: Criminal citation – 5:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a shoplifting from the Family Dollar store. Further investigation led the officers to interview a man who admitted to stealing a knife from the store. He was taken back to the store and positively identified by store employees as the one who stole the merchandise. He was issued a criminal citation for misdemeanor theft and sent on his way.

4100 block of 29th Street: Theft – 6:20pm. The victim told officers that he had been gone from his residence from April 12th until May 17th. When he returned he discovered several items of his personal jewelry missing from a bathroom. He further stated that his house is for sale and over thirty real estate agents have been in the house during the time he was away.

May 23rd:

4000 block of 29th Street: Theft from auto – 8:20am. The owner of a 2001 Ford Expedition told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning and discovered that a rear passenger window had been broken out and a laptop computer had been stolen from inside.

3300 block of Buchanan Street: Stolen auto – 9:30pm. The owner of a 1996 Plymouth Voyager van told officers that sometime between mid morning and the time he called police someone stole his van.

2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 9:55pm. The store clerk told officers that a black male with dreadlock style hair came into the store, stole mouthwash products and fled on foot.

May 22nd:

3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Death report – 9:35am. Officers responded to check the welfare of the resident. When they arrived they were able to gain access into the apartment with assistance from building maintenance personnel. Once inside they discovered a deceased 57 year old female.  There were no signs of foul play and the preliminary assessment from the State Medical Examiner was that the woman died of natural causes related to an existing medical condition.

2400 block of Chillum Road: Motor vehicle collision – 5:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a M/V collision without injury. Officers determined that a vehicle operated by an unlicensed driver failed to yield the right of way while making a left hand turn, struck a second vehicle and became disabled. The unlicensed driver was issued multiple state citations and the disabled vehicle was impounded.

May 21st:

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation (x2) – 2:45pm. Officers issued each of two men a criminal citation for drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public place.

May 20th:

3200 block of Otis Street: Arson (supplement) – 2:40pm. The owner of a 1997 Nissan Maxima came into the police station to report that her vehicle sustained damage as the result of the burned stolen vehicle that occurred the morning of the 19th. The vehicle sustained burn damage to the front passenger side, front bumper and melted plastic. The vehicle is drivable.

One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 8:20am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in a public place.

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 1:35pm. Officers on foot patrol located a 1996 Toyota Avalon parked at an expired meter. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had expired tags and was parked in the police business only space. The vehicle was issued two parking citations and impounded.

May 19th:

3700 block of 35th Street: 2nd degree assault – 12:35am. Officers responded to investigate a 911 hang-up. When they arrived they found the door to the apartment open and the sound of a struggle coming from inside. When they went in they saw a man choking a woman. They freed the woman and placed the man under arrest. He was charged with 2nd degree assault and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

3200 block of Otis Street (Alley 3): Arson/recovered stolen vehicle – 2:20am. Officers responded for the report of a vehicle fire and discovered a 2001 Toyota Sequoia fully engulfed in flames. Fire/rescue services responded and extinguished the blaze. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been stolen from an address in Cottage City a couple of hours earlier. Those responsible drove the vehicle to Alley 3 where they put it up on blocks, stole all four wheels and tires and set it on fire. The vehicle’s owner was notified and said that he was not aware that his vehicle had been stolen.

3400 block of Newton Street: Stolen vehicle – 11:45am. The owner of a 2000 Saturn told officers that sometime between 8pm on the 18th and 10am this morning someone stole his vehicle.

2200 block of Varnum Street: Motor vehicle collision (pedestrian struck) – 8:55pm. Officers responded for the report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. When the officers arrived they found a man lying in the street suffering from a head wound. Further investigation revealed that the man, who was intoxicated, was struck as he ran out in front of the vehicle in an attempt to cross the street. The man was transported to Med Star where he received medical treatment for non life threatening injuries. No charges were filed against the driver of the striking vehicle.

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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