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.
4100 block of Russell Avenue: M/V collision – 2:10am. Officers investigating a M/V collision determined that a 2004 Dodge Stratus struck a 2003 Nissan Altima while making a turn off Eastern Avenue onto Russell Avenue. There were no injuries.
4500 block of 29th Street: Stolen vehicle (recovered) – 4:15am. The owner of a 1995 Honda Accord told officers that he parked and secured his vehicle on the 24th at about 10pm. When he returned to his vehicle this morning he found broken glass on the ground where his vehicle had been parked was and the vehicle missing. Upon further investigation officers discovered that the University of Maryland Police recovered the vehicle at about 2:28am at the intersection of Paint Branch Parkway and Baltimore Avenue. The vehicle was found to have a damaged ignition. University of Maryland also advised that about 10 minutes prior to recovering the vehicle they observed it occupied by two black males.
4300 block of 28th Place: Stolen vehicle – 11:40am. The owner of a 2002 Dodge Caravan told officers that sometime between 6pm on the 24th and the time she called police someone stole her van. No evidence or witnesses could be identified.
2700 block of Arundel Road: Residential burglary – 4:25pm. The resident told police that he left home at about 9am. When he returned he discovered that someone had broken into his apartment and stole several items of his personal property and electronic equipment. Officers determined that entry was made by prying open the front door bottom lock. Officers were able to obtain serial numbers for the electronics and enter them into NCIC.
2900 block of Arundel Road: Residential burglary – 7:20pm. The resident told officers that he left his apartment at about 4:45pm, returning at about 7:10pm. When he went inside he discovered numerous items of his personal property missing including electronics and jewelry. There was no forced entry discovered and the apartment was not ransacked. Officers spoke with other residents in the building and several neighbors reported being home at the time of the burglary but did not see or hear anyone.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Stolen vehicle – 7:30am. The owner of a 2006 Dodge Caravan told officers that she parked her van in the PG Pool parking lot at about 8pm on the 23rd. When she went back for the vehicle this morning she discovered it had been stolen.
3200 block of Bunker Hill Road: Traffic – 10:20am. Officers stopped a 2011 Chevy Traverse for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle’s registration had been suspended since October of 2013 and the driver’s license was suspended. The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations and the vehicle was impounded.
Queens Chapel Road and Chillum Road: M/V collision – 12pm. Officers investigating a M/V collision learned that the driver of a 1999 Toyota Camry rear ended a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue while the Olds was attempting to make a left turn from Queens Chapel onto Chillum. The driver of the Olds complained of minor injuries but was not treated at the scene.
4500 block of 34th Street: Residential burglary – 3:05pm. The resident told officers that he left home at about 9:30am this morning. When he returned this afternoon he discovered that someone had broken into his home through an open upstairs bedroom window. Whoever was responsible left foot prints with a Nike emblem embedded in the snow on the roof. Upon conducting an inventory the resident discovered that two laptops, a camera and some jewelry had been stolen.
2300 block of Varnum Street: Recovered stolen auto – 5:30pm. Officers on patrol stopped to investigate a suspicious 1998 Plymouth Neon. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen from an address in Hyattsville on the 24th. Hyattsville PD was notified of the recovery and the vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Residential burglary – 7:30pm. The resident told officer that he left home at about 5am this morning locking his apartment as he left. When he returned home he discovered that his apartment had been ransacked. There were no signs of forced entry to the main apartment door, however the suspect(s) broke open a locked interior door and stole several removed electronics items.
2900 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 7:45pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open alcoholic beverage in public.
4200 block of 28th Street: Vandalism to auto – 11:40pm. The owner of a 1997 Dodge neon came into the police station to report that someone vandalized his car. Those responsible broke both door locks to the vehicle. Nothing was reported stolen and no evidence was recovered.
4700 block of 25th Place: Missing person – 11:40pm. The parents of a 13 year old girl told officers that their daughter had run away yet again. They said that she runs away repeatedly and stays away for extended periods. The girl’s information was entered into NCIC missing persons files.
3500 block of Perry Street: Disorderly – 5:05pm. Officers responded for the report of a domestic argument. When the officers arrived they learned that the argument centered on the female half’s keys. The male half had taken them and refused to give them back. Officers were able to get the keys returned to the woman however the man became increasingly disorderly, shouting obscenities at the woman and at the officers. Attempts to get him to calm down were ineffective and he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
Nothing significant to report.
3200 block of Chillum Road: Vandalism – 7:10am. The resident told officers that she was awakened by a loud bang. When she investigated she discovered that her bedroom window was broken out. She immediately ran outside to see who/what was responsible but did not find anyone in the area. There was no evidence to indicate what was used to break the window.
4300 block of Russell Avenue: Attempt stolen auto – 3:15pm. The owner of a 2005 Dodge neon told officers that sometime between 6pm on the 19th and the time she called police someone broke into her vehicle. Evidence showed that those responsible broke the driver’s side door lock to gain entry. Once inside they damaged the ignition in an obvious attempt to steal the vehicle. The owner’s GPS unit was stolen during the incident.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Stolen auto – 6:35pm. The owner of a 2003 Dodge Stratus told officers that sometime between 2:30 and 4:30pm today someone stole his vehicle. No evidence/witnesses were identified.
3100 block of Queens Chapel Road: Criminal citation – 9:40pm. Officers responded for the report of a person dumping construction debris. When the officers arrived they located the man and found that he was dumping several large bags of sawdust from refinishing hardwood floors and other debris from residential construction. Officers issued the man a criminal citation for illegal dumping and released him.
28th and Taylor Streets: Stolen vehicle – 9:40am. The owner of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee told officers that on January 18th at about 10:45pm he parked his vehicle and accidentally locked the keys in it. When he returned for the vehicle this morning he discovered that it had been stolen. No evidence or witnesses were identified.
4200 block of 28th Street: Vehicle impound – 8:10pm. Officers impounded a 2009 BMW 335i for blocking a private driveway.
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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