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 29th Street: Vandalism to auto – 6:30pm. The owner of a 1991 Olds Cutlass told officers that sometime prior to her call to police someone poured an unknown white substance over the front end of her vehicle. The substance was not toxic and officers discovered several small footprints in the white substance on the ground next to vehicle that appeared to be children’s footprints.
2500 block of Arundel Road: Criminal citation – 9:30am. Officers responded for the report of a man sleeping in a laundry room. When the officers arrived they found the man and identified him as one who they had warned against trespassing on the property back on September 17th. He was issued a criminal citation for trespassing and sent on his way.
4300 block of 28th Place: Warrant service/recovered stolen vehicle – 9:05pm. Officers were contacted by the Fredrick County Virginia Sheriff’s Office and asked to attempt to locate an individual wanted in their jurisdiction. Officers located the suspect and arrested him on the warrant that charged him with felony auto theft. A search incident to arrest revealed that the man was in possession of a handgun and the keys to a Honda that he admitted to stealing from an address in Frederick County Virginia. He was arrested on the warrant, charged with illegal possession of a firearm, and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The Honda was located and recovered in the 3300 block of Bladensburg Road in Cottage City. The Frederick County Sheriffs were notified of the subject’s arrest and the vehicle recovery.
4300 block of 28th Place: Theft from auto – 5:20pm. The owner of a 1998 Honda Accord told officers that sometime between noon and the time he called police someone stole both the front and rear tags off his vehicle.
One Municipal Place: Warrant service – 1:45am. Officers stopped a suspicious man for a field interview. During the interview the officers learned that he had an open arrest warrant through the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear in court on a theft charge. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
2200 block of Varnum Street: Theft (supplement) – 2:35pm. On September 6th officers took a report of a theft that occurred from the Family Dollar store. At the time store employees told the officers that they knew the suspect only as “Malcolm.” Further investigation enabled officers to positively identify the suspect and obtain a criminal summons for his arrest. Today, officers located the suspect and served him with the criminal summons.
3800 block of 31st Street: Burglary – 12:20pm. Officers spoke with the resident who said that he locked and secured his home at about 9:30am this morning. When he returned he discovered that there was an open window in the kitchen with the screen removed. When he checked his residence he discovered that a large quantity of change had been stolen.
4600 block of 29th Street: M/V collision – 12:35pm. Officers investigating the collision determined that an unlicensed woman was driving a 2009 Dodge Journey through a parking lot. She mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake and struck a parked 1999 Ford Expedition. She was issued several traffic citations.
4300 block of Russell Avenue: Theft from auto – 1:20pm. The owner of a 1998 Plymouth Neon told officers that sometime between 8pm on the 8th and the time he called police someone stole both the front and rear tags off his car.
4400 block of 30th Street: Vandalism to auto – 12:55pm. The owner of a 1995 Toyota Camry told officers that sometime after 7pm on October 7th someone smashed out the car’s driver’s side window. Nothing was reported stolen and no evidence or witnesses could be located.
3200 block of Varnum Street: Warrant service – 12:55pm. Officers responded to a private residence to pick up a man who had an open arrest warrant. The man was located and the warrant, charging him with malicious destruction of property, was verified. He was arrested and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
Rainier Avenue and 34th Street: Vehicle impound – 5:30pm. Officers impounded a 1995 Honda Accord for display of expired tags. The vehicle had been issued a parking citation for the violation on October 7th.
3200 block of Shepherd Street: Warrant service – 8:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a man attempting to enter a burned out house. Officers located the man and confirmed that he had an open arrest warrant obtained by the Prince George’s County Fire Marshall for 1st degree arson. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Upper Marlboro.
3200 block of Queens Chapel Road: Traffic – 1:40am. Officers stopped a 2010 Honda Civic for an equipment violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration was suspended and the driver had a suspended license. The driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.
3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Tampering – 2:05pm. The reporting person told officers that he saw man trying to get into a 2006 Toyota Prius. He confronted the suspect and the man promptly fled the scene on Perry Street towards 33rd Street. A search of the area for the suspect was negative. The reporting person said that no damage was done to the car.
4200 block of 31st Street: Theft – 12:40pm. The victim told officers that while staying at a friend’s house the friend stole a prescription from her purse. The friend took the prescription to a local pharmacy to be filled and the pharmacy confirmed that the friend picked up the prescription when it was ready. The friend denies that she was involved in the theft. The victim was advised to contact the District Court Commissioner and obtain a criminal summons for theft.
4600 block of 27th Street: Miscellaneous incident – 7:20pm. Officers initially responded to a report of a carjacking. Once on the scene the alleged victim told officers that while looking at apartments for rent she was robbed of her keys and wallet by two black males who subsequently stole the rental vehicle she was driving. Officers searched the area for the suspects with negative results but did find the vehicle that was allegedly stolen. PGPD detectives responded to the scene to interview the victim and conduct a follow-up investigation. During the interview the victim gave several different accounts of the incident and decided that she did not want to pursue the matter further. She declined offers for additional assistance and left the area on foot.
2700 block of Arundel Road: Destruction of property – 2am. Officers responded for the report of the sound of glass breaking in the area. When the officers arrived they interviewed an anonymous witness who said that he heard the glass break and saw a tan Buick flee the area. Further investigation revealed three broken windows in an adjacent first floor apartment. A search of the area led the officers to the tan Buick and when questioned the driver admitted to breaking the windows. He said he broke the windows because he was mad at his girlfriend who lived in the apartment. Charges for criminal destruction of property are pending.
3100 block of Shepherd Street: Theft – 12:45pm. Officers responded for the report of a stolen bicycle. The owner told officers that he parked his bike just inside the front doors of the church at about 10:30am. He returned to his bike at approximately 12:45 to find it missing. Officers were able to locate a witness who last saw the bike there at 11:00. The bike is described as a custom hybrid bike painted red with a basket and radio. It has an American flag and Redskins flag painted on it.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Theft – 2pm. Officers initially responded for a holdup alarm but discovered that only a misdemeanor theft had occurred. Apparently an intoxicated customer took another customer’s change out of his hand thinking it was his. Before the matter could be resolved the intoxicated man left the store.
2700 block of Queens Chapel Road: Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle – 7:40pm. The owner of a 1999 Ford Expedition told officers that her former boyfriend took her vehicle without her permission. She went to the District Court Commissioner’s Office where she obtained charges against him. Officers documented the incident and entered the vehicle into 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.
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