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.
34th Street and Eastern Avenue: Traffic – 5:10pm. Officers stopped a 2000 GMC Yukon after they recognized the driver as a man they knew did not have a valid license. The officers verified that the man’s license status and issued him the appropriate citations. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
3700 block of 34th Street: Theft from auto (supplement) – 5:20pm. Officers from the Metro Transit PD contacted MRPD and notified officers that they had recovered both tags that had been stolen off a 2009 Honda Civic on December 25th. The tags were recovered on Yost Place and 30th Street in NE DC. No arrests were made in conjunction with the recovery.
4600 block of 25th Street: Robbery – 1:25am. The victim told officers that he was walking toward his vehicle when suspects 1 and 2 approached, pointing black handguns at him and demanded his property. The victim complied and both suspects rummaged through his pockets and stole his money, cell phone and car keys. The suspects told the victim to get into their car at which time he began to fight both suspects and managed to get away on foot. The victim said he last saw the two suspects get into a silver Mercedes and drive off towards DC. Officers canvassed the area with the victim with negative results and when they took him back to his vehicle he discovered that it had been stolen. The victim suffered lacerations from the incident but refused treatment by fire/rescue personnel on the scene. The victim was transported to PGPD District I to be interviewed by robbery detectives. Suspect #1 was described as a black male; 5’6” tall; dark skin; medium build; wearing a black jacket and a gray baseball hat. Suspect #2 was described as a black male; 5’11” tall; brown skin; short hair; wearing a red jacket and dark pants.
3200 block of Chillum Road: Vehicle impound – 7:45am. Officers impounded a 1999 Nissan Altima for displaying registration plates that expired in July of 2012.
4100 block of 31st Street: Robbery – 11:30pm. The victim told officers that he was walking home when a 2- door dark in color vehicle approached him. Two black males, one armed with a handgun got out of the car and demanded the victim’s money. The victim attempted to flee on foot but was caught by the suspect a short distance away. The suspect stole the victim’s jacket containing his cell phone and wallet before fleeing the scene Shepherd Street and then unknown. Officers investigating the incident suspect that the incident was drug related because the victim was not very cooperative and changed his story several times.
Nothing significant to report.
Chillum Road and Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 2:45am. Officers stopped a 1999 Lincoln Town Car for an equipment violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license and an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a prior charge of driving without a license. He was issued the appropriate traffic citations, arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. His vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
4000 block of 33rd Street: Recovered stolen auto – 8:30am. Officers responded for a report of a suspicious vehicle that had been repeatedly coming and going from the block since about 5am. As officers approached the vehicle to investigate the complaint they checked the vehicles registration and discovered that it had been previously reported stolen from an address in DC. They also discovered a man in the passenger seat and the keys in the ignition. The man was arrested, charged with possession of stolen property and released to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping and MPD was notified of the recovery.
3300 block of Chauncey Place: Vandalism to auto – 7:40pm. The owner of a 2004 Toyota 4 Runner told officers that sometime between 6:40pm and the time he called police someone punctured the left rear tire of his vehicle. No witnesses or evidence were identified.
3700 block of 34th Street: Theft from auto – 8:30pm. The owner of a 2009 Honda Civic told officers that sometime between 3pm and the time he called police someone stole both registration plates off his vehicle. No witnesses or evidence was identified.
2200 block of Varnum Street: Vehicle impound – 8:30am. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader received an alert on a 2003 Ford Explorer that had a suspended registration with a pick up order for the tags. After verifying the LPR’s information the officers seized the tags for return to MVA and impounded the vehicle for safekeeping.
3500 block of Otis Street: Theft – 11:25am. The reporting person told officers that she cares for an elderly man who is not ambulatory and assists the man in purchasing medical supplies for his home care. She said that over the last couple of visits from home health care nurses and therapist between December 2nd and 23rd the supplies have been stolen. Officers are continuing to investigate the thefts at this time.
3400 block of Newton Street: Vehicle impound – 3:30pm. Officers patrolling with an automatic license plate reader received an alert on a 2006 Cadillac SRX that had a suspended registration with a pick up order for the tags. After verifying the LPR’s information the officers seized the tags for return to MVA and impounded the vehicle for safekeeping.
34th Street and Rhode Island Avenue: Motor vehicle collision – 4:15am. Officers on patrol came upon a 2012 Toyota Camry that had crashed into the traffic circle. The driver had been taken to a local hospital for treatment of the non- life threatening injuries he sustained in the crash. The vehicle, which had major damage, was impounded for safekeeping. The driver was issued four traffic citations.
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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