Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Crime Watch: Week of September 17th

9/23/06 4300 block Russell Ave: Vandalism to auto by unknown persons
9/23/06 33rd St & Perry St: Suspect arrested for alcohol and disorderly conduct
9/22/06 3300 Rhode Island Ave: Traffic stop, driver arrested driving stolen car/no license
9/21/06 3600 block Perry St: Victim assaulted by juveniles during encounter
9/21/06 2310 Varnum S: Suspect snatched and ran with chips from 7-11 store
9/21/06 3210 Chillum Rd: Subject checked for suspicious activity in parking lot
9/21/06 3100 Queenstown Dr: Unknown suspect(s) rob and ransack apartment
9/21/06 3000 Queens Chapel Rd: Unknown suspect(s) steal vehicle overnight
9/20/06 3300 block Buchanan St: Victim reports suspect breaking into auto
9/20/06 4200 Kaywood Dr: Victim reports vehicle stolen – arrest made in DC
9/20/06 Buchanan St: Two individuals issued citations for drinking beer in public
9/19/06 3210 Queens Chapel Rd: Citizen robbed while walking from 7-11 store at 3 am
9/19/06 3300 block Buchanan St: Suspect(s) steal items and cause damage to auto
9/19/06 Taylor St.: Mutual aid/warrant service – suspect arrested for B&E
9/17/06 4400 block 28th Pl: Unknown suspect(s) broke into residence stole property
9/17/06 4000 block 34th St: Suspect(s) smash window of commercial business
9/17/06 37th & Perry St: Suspicious person report filed by neighbors
9/16/06 3400 block Eastern Ave: Individual arrested after domestic dispute
9/16/06 4000 block 34th St: Complaint of juveniles on power scooters
9/16/06 3700 block Wells Ave: Person arrested for possession of a controlled substance

Monday, September 18, 2006

Crime Watch: August 1st - September 16th

08/01/06 Allison & 30th St: Unknown suspect(s) stole bike from residence

08/01/06 30th & Shepherd St: Attempt theft of vehicle in front of residence

08/02/06 4000 block 32nd St: Stolen property from residence

08/02/06 Buchanan St & Queens Town Dr: Victim assaulted crossing field 8:30pm

08/04/06 3000 block Taylor St: Residential break in – stolen bicycle

08/04/06 3400 block Newton St: Carjacking at approximately 1:30 am

08/04/06 4300 block 28th Place: Burglary by unknown suspect(s)

08/04/06 3600 Eastern Ave: Suspect was found to be in possession of heroin

08/04/06 4205 Eastern Ave: Suspect arrested for disorderly conduct at 9:30 pm

08/05/06 3300 block Chauncey Pl: Strong-arm robbery by suspect on bike

08/05/06 3100 block Upshur St: Unknown suspect(s) vandalized auto at 5:30 am

2400 block Chillum Rd: Warrant served on suspect who fled from police

08/05/06 4000 block 33rd St: Vehicle stolen from in front of residence at 9:30 pm

08/06/06 4400 block of 30th St: Unknown suspect(s) vandalized truck at 7:30 pm

08/07/06 4700 block of 31st St: Unknown suspect(s) stole vehicle overnight

08/07/06 Rear of 3100 Queens Chapel Rd: Destruction of property overnight

08/09/06 Allison St & 34th: Strong-arm robbery by group of males at 8:35 pm

08/09/06 4200 block 28th St: Unknown suspect(s) stole vehicle overnight

08/10/06 4100 block 31st : Two suspects found removing scrap metal from building

08/11/06 3200 Queenstown Dr: Two suspects arrested for driving stolen auto

08/11/06 3200 block Rhode Island Ave: Two suspects attempted to sell air conditioning unit

08/11/06 4400 block 28th Pl: Unknown suspect(s) stole vehicle overnight

08/12/06 3100 Queens Chapel Rd: Unknown suspect(s) steal property from commercial store

08/11/06 29th & Allison St: Two suspects cause 2nd degree assault on victim

08/13/06 4100 block 31st : Four or five suspects vandalize vehicle at 4:30 am

08/13/06 2500 block Arundel Rd: Vehicle stolen overnight

08/13/06 3500 block Newton Pl: Armed carjacking at 1:12 am

08/14/06 4600 block 29th St: Unknown suspect slashed two tires on auto at 6:45pm

08/21/06 4200 block 34th St: Unknown suspect(s) damaged vehicle at 7:00 pm

08/24/06 Rear of 4600 29th St: Unknown suspect(s) vandalized vehicle overnight

3200 block Queenstown Dr: Unknown suspect(s) stole vehicle at 10:54pm

08/28/06 4200 block Kaywood Dr: Unknown suspect(s) vandalize vehicle 5:26 am

08/28/06 3200 Bunker Hill Rd: Armed robbery of pizza driver at 9:30 pm

08/29/06 3400 Rhode Island Ave: Strong armed robbery by two suspects at 4:30 pm

08/29/06 4300 block 28th Pl: Armed robbery by suspect at 9:03 pm

08/30/06 4300 28th Pl: Suspect arrested for false imprisonment/assault at 11:46 pm

08/30/06 3300 Chillum Rd: Theft at 7/11 store by four unknown males at 03:04 am

08/30/06 2700 Allison St: Unknown suspect(s) stole vehicle overnight

08/30/06 3200 Rhode Island Ave: Arrest made for open warrant served at 2:13 pm

08/31/06 Upshur & 28th Pl: Armed robbery by suspect at 6:22 am

4400 block 28th Pl: Armed robbery by suspect at 6:36 am

08/31/06 3200 block Chillum Rd: Residential burglary by two suspects of abandoned apartment

09/01/06 2700 block Webster St: Unknown suspect(s) vandalize auto at 08:05 am

09/01/06 4300 block 28th St: Unknown suspect(s) vandalize auto at 1100 pm

09/01/06 3400 Rhode Island Ave: Unknown suspect(s) broke window to commercial office

09/02/06 3800 block 31st: Four suspects break into victims Jeep at 4:55 pm

09/03/06 4200 block Russell Ave: Unknown suspects attempt to steal vehicle at 10:00 pm

09/03/06 3400 block Otis St: Unknown suspect(s) carjack vehicle with weapon at 12:03 am

09/05/06 3200 Otis St: Unknown suspect(s) break window in commercial establishment around 5:35 am

09/05/06 4604 29th St: Unknown suspect(s) vandalize vehicle overnight

09/06/06 3500 Newton Pl: 1st degree assault by unknown suspect armed with gun 10:30 pm

09/06/06 3300 Rhode Island Ave: Suspect arrested for attempted theft at commercial store at 7:18 pm

09/06/06 34th & Rhode Island Ave: Citizen robbery by five suspects at 3:14 am

09/07/06 3300 Chillum Rd: Suspect arrested on open warrant at 2:43 am

09/07/06 4000 32nd St: Unknown suspect(s) vandalize vehicle overnight

09/07/06 4300 28th Pl: Attempted stolen vehicle recovered at 2:26 am

09/08/06 3400 block Rhode Island Ave: Suspect cited for drinking and urinating in public

09/08/06 3400 block Rhode Island Ave: Citizen robbery by six to eight suspects at 8:58 pm

09/08/06 2900 block Allison St: Vehicle stolen from apartment parking lot at 7:16 pm

09/08/06 3500 Rhode Island Ave: Unknown suspect(s) steal equipment from truck around 11:17 pm

09/09/06 4200 Eastern Ave: Victim’s front door broken and items stolen overnight

09/09/06 3500 Newton St: Suspect(s) attempt to steal vehicle – two juveniles arrested at 11:29 pm

09/09/06 4200 block 28th St: Vehicle broken into and tools and papers taken

09/09/06 3400 Newton St: Carjacking 1st degree assault at 6:56 pm

09/10/06 4200 31St: Two bicycles were taken from an enclosed porch overnight

09/11/06 34th & Rainier Ave: Three suspects show knife and rob victim at 3:00 pm

09/13/06 3300 block Buchanan St: Vehicle broken into – stolen radio

09/13/06 3300 block Chillum Rd: Suspect stopped for warrant service

09/14/06 4205 30th St: Vehicle broken into – valuables over $500

09/14/06 Rear of 3302 Otis St: Unknown suspect(s) broke victim’s window

09/14/06 3116 Varnum St: Juveniles followed girls home from bus stop to fight

09/16/06 3400 block Eastern Ave: Person arrested after domestic dispute

09/16/06 4000 block 34th St: Complaint of juveniles on power scooters

09/16/06 3700 block Wells Ave: Person arrested for controlled substance

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Report To Mayor & Council - September 2006


In my June report to Mayor & Council I talked about the status of vacancies in the police department. At that time we had six vacancies and I had anticipated filling at least four of those by August 1st. Regrettably, I did not achieve this goal. As of the date of this report, we have filled only three of our six vacancies. We have three applicants for the remaining vacancies, all of whom are recent graduates of the Prince George’s County Municipal Police Academy. We are moving along with their background investigation process.

Two of the three officers we have just hired will be sworn in at the September 5th Council meeting – Officers Crystal Goldring and Kirk Banton. Our third new officer, Aaron Wilson is scheduled to start on September 5th. He cannot be sworn in until the November Council meeting because he will not reach the age of 21 until October 25th and is therefore ineligible for police officer status until after that date.

Officer Michael Halterlein will also be sworn in on September 5th. Officer Halterlein has completed his comparative compliance training and is now certified by the State and has started field training. Because of his prior experience with the Kansas City, Missouri police, I am confident that he will be able to successfully complete his FTO period in the minimum time required.

Although we have cut our vacancy level in half, we continue to operate at minimum staffing levels and will continue to do so at least through the fall. Due to the increased number of complaints in the Perry/Otis Street sector (which includes the City Hall Plaza) we are using CSAFE Community Policing overtime funds to put two officers on focused enforcement in the area on Friday and Saturday nights between 8 PM and 1 AM. We will do this at least through the end of September when we will reassess the need to continue this overtime assignment.

We have discontinued using temporary employees to fill our administrative position in Records. We have two applicants for this vacant position, both of whom are bilingual (English/Spanish). Once the necessary background checks are completed, we will move to hire one of the applicants to fill the administrative position.

Vehicle Fleet/Budget Issues:

At the September 5th Council meeting, the Mayor & Council will be asked to authorize a resolution to dispose of four police vehicles that are no longer serviceable for police patrol operations. Our fleet is now at its lowest level in many years, and our remaining vehicles are now requiring an increased level of maintenance and repair. The average age of the marked fleet is 8.6 years, with an average mileage approaching 80,000. We have already spent in more than 20% of our FY07 maintenance budget as of September 1st. When we finally get to the point of being fully staffed this fall, we will be two vehicles short of being able to assign one vehicle per patrol officer.

We have ordered the new police vehicles approved in the FY07 budget, and we are expecting them to be delivered in 60 to 90 days. Although the FY07 budget allowed for two new marked vehicles, the dollar amount allocated ($10,000) was insufficient to fund the purchase. In order to accomplish the goal, I consulted with the City Manager and the Treasurer and reallocated $4,500 from CIP monies approved for the purchase of a laser speed-measuring device. Funds for the laser will now have to come out of our ITF drug funds.

These two vehicles will not result in an overall net increase in our marked patrol fleet. Two of the vehicles being disposed of are unmarked administrative vehicles, and we are not authorized to replace either of these unmarked vehicles this fiscal year. LT Stoots therefore will have to remain assigned to a marked vehicle although his command position has historically rated an unmarked vehicle. It is my most urgent request that any additional funds that may come available be earmarked for police vehicle acquisition.


The yearly totals that now include the month of July 2006 showed an overall decrease of 1.62% over the same period last year. In my last written report, at the end of June, we were up 6.1%. Our major crime concerns continue to be robberies and aggravated assaults. Considering our reduced staffing level, I am pleased with our officers’ efforts in working to reduce overall crime in the City. We have made several arrests involving individuals who we believe have committed a large number of street/citizen robberies both in Mt. Rainier and in surrounding jurisdictions. We are in the process of working with Prince George’s County Police detectives to tie these individuals to additional victims.