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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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