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.
3300 block of Chauncey Place: Vandalism to auto – 3:10pm. The owner of a 2006 Chevy van told officers that he discovered two of the door locks had been tampered with. The locks were damaged but no entry was made and nothing was stolen.
3800 block of Buchanan Street: 2nd degree assault - 8:50pm. Two men told officers that they were playing soccer when they were approached by two other men who struck both victims in the face before fleeing the area.
4600 block of 29th Street: Disorderly – 10:15pm. Officers arrested a man and charged him with disorderly conduct.
3100 block of Chillum Road: Theft from auto – 5:50am. The owner of a 2013 Ford Explorer told officers that someone broke into his vehicle through the front passenger window and stole the vehicle’s radio.
3200 block of Arundel Road: Vandalism to auto – 7:10am. The owner of a 1992 Lexus reported that someone smashed out the driver’s window and placed it on top of the vehicle. Nothing was reported stolen.
4000 block of 29th Street: Theft from auto – 8:20am. The owner of a 2008 Mercury reported that someone smashed out the rear passenger window and ransacked the vehicle. The victim stated that the only thing taken was a pair of leather gloves.
3100 block of Chillum Road: Theft from auto – 10:35am. The owner of a 2013 Honda Accord told officers that he discovered that someone had stolen all four wheels and tires off the vehicle and left it sitting on blocks.
3200 block of Otis Street: Lost documents – 2:10pm. A woman came to the police station to report that she had lost her passport and refugee papers.
4100 block of 30th Street: Theft from auto – 4:30pm. The owner of a 2009 Subaru told officers that someone broke into his vehicle through the rear passenger window and stole about $5 in change from inside.
3800 block of 37th Street: Identity theft – 8:20pm. The victim reported that she contacted the Maryland Comptroller’s office and learned that someone had filled a tax return in her name.
3000 block of Arundel Road: Burglary – 4:10pm. The two residents told officers that they came home to discover that someone had broken into their apartment and stole each of their laptop computers. Point of entry appeared to be through a bedroom window.
4400 block of 29th Street: Death report – 3:35am. An elderly woman under the care of Community Hospice was found deceased. The woman’s remains were removed by Gash’s Funeral Home at the request of her family.
4000 block of 35th Street: Tampering – 7:10am. The owner of a 2007 VW Jetta told officers that she came out to her vehicle this morning to discover that sometime overnight someone ransacked the vehicle’s interior. Nothing was stolen or damaged.
2300 block of Varnum Street: Criminal citation – 11:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for urinating in public.
3100 block of Shepherd Street: Theft from auto – 10:35am. The owner of a 2000 Buick Century told officers that he came out to his vehicle this morning to discover that someone had stolen the front grill off of the vehicle.
2300 block of Varnum Street: Theft – 10:40pm. The store clerk told officers that he rang up and bagged several items for a customer. The customer took the bag and left the store without paying for the items.
The suspect was described as a black male; 23-25 years of age; 5’6” tall; 160 lbs; wearing black pants and a black shirt.
4200 block of Eastern Avenue: Stolen/recovered vehicle – 4am. Hyattsville City police investigating a vehicle fire discovered that the vehicle was registered to a Mount Rainier resident. Officers contacted the resident who confirmed that the vehicle had been stole from his residence sometime between 4pm on the 16th and the time he was notified by police.
Cedar lane alley to the rear of the 4100 block of 34th Street: Citizen robbery – 1:45am. The victim, a taxi operator, picked up two Latino males at an address on Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring. He drove them to the area of the Cedar Lane alley where one of the men accosted him with a knife and ordered him out of the taxi. Both men assaulted the victim before stealing several items of his personal property. Both suspects then fled the area towards 34th Street. A Hyattsville City K-9 team responded and attempted to track the suspects but were unable to do so. PGPD robbery detectives responded to the scene to interview the victim and assume a follow-up investigation. The victim was only able to describe his assailants as Latino males 20-23 years of age.
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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