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.
Nothing significant to report.
3100 block of Chillum Road: Criminal citation – 6:15pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for theft of several items of merchandise. He was identified by the officers from the store’s surveillance video.
3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Vehicle impound – 8:15am. Officers impounded a 2009 Honda Accord for displaying tags that expired back in January. The vehicle’s Maryland registration had been cancelled back in October of 2015.
2400 block of Arundel Road: Trespassing – 8:15pm. Officers received a report that there was a man sleeping in the basement of an apartment building. As the officers were escorting him out of the building he became disorderly, screaming profanities at them. He was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. A search of his person revealed that he was in possession of several prying tools and a box knife that was used to gain access to the secured building. They also found 20 boxes of Newport cigarettes. The property was seized for evidence and safekeeping. He was delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
4200 block of 29th Street: Theft from auto – 7:25pm. The owner of a 2012 Toyota truck told officers that he discovered that someone stole the rear license plate off his truck. His roommate said that the tag had been missing since she last saw it on the 6th.
3200 block of Upshur Street: Open door – 7:05am. Officers responded for the report of an open door to a vacant house. When they arrived they observed that the house had been condemned by the City. The front door was open and a preliminary search of the first floor was negative. The house was determined to be too unsafe for a complete search. Officers were unable to secure the front door.
3100 block of Upshur Street: Traffic – 10:30am. Officers stopped a 2007 Cadillac Escalade being driven with expired tags. Further investigation revealed that there was an MSP pickup order for the tags and the driver’s license was suspended. The driver was issued the appropriate traffic citations, the tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
One Municipal Place: Criminal citation – 1:40pm. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a public place.
3200 block of Otis Street: Vehicle impound – 3:05pm. Officers impounded a 2006 Chevy Monte Carlo for displaying tags issued to another vehicle. The illegal tags were also subject to an MSP pickup order. The tags were seized for return to MVA and the vehicle was impounded.
2300 block of Queens Chapel Road: Warrant service – 4:45pm. Officers initially responded to the 7-11 on Varnum Street for a shoplifting. The store clerk provided a description of the man who stole several items from the store. Officers searched the area and found the man on Queens Chapel Road. Further investigation revealed that he still had the stolen items on him and also had an open arrest warrant. He was arrested, charged with the theft and delivered to the custody of DOC pursuant to the warrant. The stolen items were returned to the store.
3200 block of Bunker Hill Road (Gazebo Park): Criminal citation (x3) – 6:40pm. Officers issued each of three men a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3300 block of Bunker Hill Road: Warrant service – 6:50pm. Officers responded for the report of a suspicious person looking into parked cars. Officers located the man and upon further investigation learned that he had an open arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a traffic charge. He was arrested on the warrant and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.
3200 block of Chillum Road: Burglary – 9pm. The resident told officers that he left home this afternoon and only locked the bottom lock to his apartment. When he returned home he discovered numerous items of his personal property had been stolen from inside the apartment. Officers could find no signs of forced entry. Officers processed the scene for latent evidence without success.
3400 block of Newton Street: Theft – 12:55am. The resident told officers that UPS notified her that a package was delivered to her apartment at about 2:45 this afternoon. When she got home the package was not there. A neighbor told her that they let the UPS delivery person into the building and he left the package at the correct door. Since the package contained an anniversary gift the victim did not know the contents of the package or its value.
3200 block of Upshur Street: Vehicle impound – 2pm. Officers impounded a 1996 Mazda that had no tags attached and a suspended registration going back to December of 2014.
3800 block of 33rd Street: EPS – 7pm. Officers were notified that a man walked away from Prince George’s Hospital with an IV still in his arm. The hospital staff believed that the he was headed back to Mount Rainier. Officers located him at 33rd and Perry Streets. He told the officers that he remembered leaving the hospital, but didn’t know why he had been there. He said that he left to check on his mother, who, officers learned, was at Providence Hospital receiving medical treatment of her own. He was taken into custody and returned to the care of the PGH medical staff.
2900 block of Arundel Road: Theft from auto – 11:40am. The owner of a 2007 Chevy told officers that he parked his truck in a rear lot while doing electrical work in the building. After about an hour he went back to his truck and discovered the doors unlocked and several tools and personal items missing from inside. No witnesses/evidence were identified.
3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: Traffic – 12:55pm. Officers stopped a 1992 Lexus for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was revoked and the vehicle’s registration was expired. The driver was issued multiple citations and the vehicle was impounded.
3800 block of 34th Street: Traffic – 8:40pm. Officers stopped a 2002 Chrysler for a traffic violation. Further investigation revealed that the car was unregistered and the tags on it were registered to another vehicle. The driver was issued the appropriate citations and the car was impounded.
3800 block of 34th Street: Criminal citation – 9:45am. Officers issued a man a criminal citation for drinking in public.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Burglary – 6:35pm. The resident returned home and discovered that his bedroom had been ransacked and the keys to his car stolen. There was no sign of forced entry into the apartment. PGPD detectives were notified of the crime as these types of burglaries have been on the rise in the Queenstown complex.
3200 block of Queenstown Drive: Found property – 9:50pm. A citizen turned in a Wells Fargo Visa credit card he found outside an apartment building. The card was secured pending identification of its owner.
4100 block of 28th Street: Property damage – 1:40am. The owner of a 2006 Toyota Corolla told officers that she heard a loud crack and went outside to discover that the wind caused a large tree to fall on her vehicle.
4100 block of 28th Street: Property damage – 1:40am. The owner of a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer told officers that a tree had fallen on his vehicle. Officers observed that the tree had not only fallen on the vehicle but was also blocking the roadway. They contacted Public Works and the fire department to see if either could assist in clearing the tree from the roadway. Both advised they were unable to assist.
3300 block of Buchanan Street: Vandalism to auto – 2:35pm. The owner of a 2010 Nissan Pathfinder told officers that he came out to his vehicle and discovered damage to the driver’s side window that was not there when he parked it early this morning. Nothing was taken from the vehicle and no evidence/witnesses were identified.
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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