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: Burglary – 10:50am. The resident told officers that sometime between 7am on the 13th and the time she called police someone broke into her apartment and stole a quantity of cash from her bedroom. Officers observed pry marks on the apartment door and believe that is how entry was made. Officers did not find the apartment ransacked and believe that someone the victim knows entered and removed the cash.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Stolen vehicle – 1:30pm. The owner of a 2002 Ford F-350 truck told officers that sometime between 9:30pm on December 13th and 10am this morning someone stole his work truck. The truck is described as white in color with green lettering that says “Greener Pastures Lawn and Landscaping.” The truck also has a red snow plow blade and salt spreader attached.
4300 block of Russell Avenue: Vehicle impound – 4:30pm. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader were alerted to a 2003 Honda Accord. The vehicle’s registration was suspended and there was a pick-up order for the tags. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
Russell Avenue and Taylor Street: Traffic – 7:50am. Officers stopped a 2005 GMC truck for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the tags on the truck belonged on another vehicle owned by the driver. The driver was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.
3300 block of Chillum Road: Vandalism to auto – 10:25am. The owner of a 1997 Honda Civic reported that sometime between 6pm on December 11th and the time he called police someone broke out the car’s front passenger window. The owner said that nothing was stolen and officers did not recover any evidence.
3800 block of 37th Street: Vandalism to auto – 11:25am. The owner of a 2003 Honda Civic reported that sometime between 3:30pm on December 11th and the time she called police someone broke out the car’s front passenger window. The owner said that nothing was stolen and officers did not recover any evidence.
4500 block of 30th Street: Emergency petition – 2:40pm. Family members of a 50 year old woman told officers that they were concerned about her welfare. Officers found the woman in a basement bedroom covered by a blanket. When interviewed the woman said that she heard voices and that’s why she was covered up. She was transported by fire/rescue personnel to Washington Adventist Hospital where she was released to medical personnel for an emergency psychological examination.
3800 block of 33rd Street: Criminal citation – 6:25pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person. When the officers arrived they encountered a man who was being loud and disorderly disturbing the public peace. Repeated attempts to get him to calm down were unsuccessful. He was issued a criminal citation for disorderly conduct and released.
3500 block of 37th Street: Handgun seizure (x3) – 8:50pm. Officers responded for the report of four black males wearing ski masks and armed with handguns. Officers were also told that the suspects had entered a blue 4-door sedan and were leaving the area towards Eastern Avenue. When the officers arrived they located the vehicle. As they attempted to stop the vehicle the driver placed it in reverse and struck an MRPD marked patrol vehicle. The vehicle was boxed in and stopped and officers ordered the four occupants to get out. The occupants refused and officers had to use physical force to enter the vehicle and remove the suspects. When officers searched the suspects they found two of them armed with loaded handguns. A search of the interior of the vehicle yielded a third loaded handgun. Three of the suspects were arrested and charged with felony illegal wear, carry and transport of a handgun and other charges. They were released to the custody of PGPD detectives at the Hyattsville District station. The fourth suspect was released and the vehicle was impounded.
Arundel Road and Russell Avenue: Motor vehicle collision – 12:15am. The driver of a 1999 Toyota Camry failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a 2007 Mitsubishi Gallant in the intersection. The Mitsubishi was rendered inoperable and was impounded for safekeeping. The driver of the Toyota was issued the appropriate traffic citations and released. Neither driver required medical attention at the scene.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Criminal citation – 9:40am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place.
2300 block of Varnum Street (7-11): Theft – 11:45am. The store clerk told officers that a black male (NFD) came into the store, removed several items from the shelves and walked out without paying for the items.
3200 block of Upshur Street: Theft – 4:25pm. Officers met with the victim who said that he had recently purchased his house and was in the process of doing some repairs. He moved a stove and radiator onto the front porch and left the house at about 8pm on the 10th. When he returned this morning he discovered both items had been stolen. Witnesses said that at about 4am this morning they saw two men in a white pickup truck take the items. An investigation into the suspects and their truck is ongoing.
3000 block of Arundel Road: Service of a peace order – 4pm. Officers met with a man who had applied for and received a peace order that required his female companion to vacate his apartment. Officers served the order on the woman and she left the apartment.
2200 block of Varnum Street: Vandalism to auto – 6:30pm. The victim parked her vehicle in front of the Family Dollar store and went in to shop. When she returned to the vehicle she discovered that all four of her tires were flat. The victim said she saw a suspicious woman near her car when she came out of the store but did not see her flatten the tires.
Chillum Road and Queenstown Drive: Traffic – 9:05pm. Officers stopped a 2005 Cadillac for an equipment violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver was not licensed in Maryland and had a suspended DC license. He was issued several traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Theft – 1pm. A man told officers that he accidentally left his wallet on a desk at the library. About an hour later he returned to retrieve the wallet and discovered that it had been stolen. There were no witnesses.
3600 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Service of a peace order – 4:45pm. Officers served a peace order on a man, explained the order and left him his copy. A copy of the service was faxed to the Sheriff’s Office for their records.
2700 block of Upshur Street: Hit and run collision – 12:40pm. The owner of a 2001 Infinity showed officers where an unknown second vehicle apparently backed into his vehicle causing damage to the front bumper. The collision most likely occurred between 5pm on the 8th and the time he called police today. No physical evidence was recovered and no witnesses were identified.
3500 block of Otis Street: Hit and run collision – 5:40pm. The owner of a 1995 Toyota Corolla showed officers where an unknown second vehicle struck his vehicle from behind causing damage to the rear bumper. The owner said that he had just parked his vehicle a short time prior to noticing the damage. No physical evidence was recovered and no witnesses were identified.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 11:40am. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person sleeping in a hallway. When the officers arrived they found the individual in question and determined that he did not live there. They attempted to get the individual to leave the premises and he became uncooperative and disorderly. The officers were eventually able to get the man to leave but not before issuing him a criminal citation for disorderly conduct.
2200 block of Varnum Street (Family Dollar): Theft – 7pm. The store manager told officers that two women came into the store and filled two shopping carts and two trash cans with store merchandise. Both suspects then attempted to flee the store but when confronted by the manager only managed to escape with one cart and one trash can. The manager described both suspects as black, about 5’8”-6’ feet tall; one wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans and the other wearing a black winter coat and black jeans. A search of the area for the suspects proved negative. The store manager was not able to view the store’s security camera footage and will follow up when access can be obtained.
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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