The Takoma Park Police Department issued these notices Jan. 7 – 14. Case numbers are included for anyone who can provide information about the crime. Police contact information is below. Citizens can sign up customized police announcements on the police website.
A Message from the Chief of Police Regarding a Surge in Carjackings Along Takoma Park’s Borders
During the past few months, there has been a surge in carjackings along the borders of Takoma Park in Prince George’s County and the District of Columbia. Oftentimes we see that people are getting carjacked and then their cars are “rented” to another criminal to commit other crimes. As cars are getting harder to steal, the back lash has been to directly take them from the owners.
I want to assure the residents that we have been working very closely with the Prince George’s County Police and the Metropolitan Police Department in all cases and will continue to do so. Although we have not recently experienced this crime within Takoma Park, we are involved in the coordinated efforts between agencies to ensure the subjects responsible for the carjackings in the other jurisdictions are quickly apprehended.
Please be aware of your surroundings. If you see something out of the ordinary or suspicious, call us immediately at 301-270-1100.
Chief Alan Goldberg
January 7, 2016
On December 31, 2015, at approximately 8:31 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the intersection of Holly Avenue and Eastern Avenue for an armed robbery that occurred in the 7100 block of Holly Avenue. The victims were approached by two unknown males, one who brandished a silver semi-automatic handgun and demanded property. One of the victims attempted to run, however, the second male suspect grabbed him to prevent him from running. There was a struggle and the victim was assaulted. The victims complied by turning over property and the two male suspects fled in a gray Honda sedan (Maryland temporary tag #631881T) that was waiting for them. The vehicle was driven by a third suspect, an unidentified individual, and fled from the area in an unknown direction. Surrounding jurisdictions were notified.
The suspects are described as: (1) black male, 6’4, last seen wearing a gray ski mask and tan pants and holding a silver semi-automatic handgun; (2) black male, 5’10, no further information; and (3) unidentified driver.
The victims were not seriously physically injured.
January 7, 2016
Stolen automobile tags
On January 5, 2016, Takoma Park Police responded to the police station for the report of stolen automobile tags from a vehicle parked in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue sometime between January 4 at 8:00 pm and January 5 at 12:00 pm. The outstanding automobile tags have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) stolen vehicle database.
January 7, 2016
On January 3, 2016, at approximately 11:40 am, Takoma Park Police responded to the 6400 block of 4th Avenue for a report of a residential burglary. Unknown suspect(s) made entry into the residence by unknown means and stole property.
January 7, 2016
Attempt theft from auto
On January 8, 2016, Takoma Park Police responded to the unit block of Hickory Avenue for the report of an attempt theft from auto. Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s vehicle through an unlocked door, but it appeared that no property was taken.
January 8, 2016
Parking enforcement to resume in permit parking zone 6
Effective Tuesday, January 12, 2016, parking enforcement will resume in Permit Parking Zone 6. It had been suspended for several months due to WSSC activity; that activity has now been completed.
January 11, 2016
Community Cam Program
On July 30, 2015, the Takoma Park Police Department announced a new crime fighting/prevention tool through which detectives can work in partnership with the community to assist in solving crimes. Today’s video technologies have become commonplace and affordable, creating a proliferation of video systems in both commercial and residential applications. The systems oftentimes provide critical evidence in criminal cases as well as prevent crime. Traditionally, investigators knock door to door, looking for witnesses and evidence. Our Community Cam Program will streamline and enhance the process.
The new Community Cam Program allows members of the community who live in the City of Takoma Park to register any residential or commercial video surveillance system with the Police Department free of charge. If and when a crime occurs in an area of a registered camera system, detectives will have immediate access to the location of any registered cameras on their mobile devices. This will allow them to quickly obtain valuable video evidence to enhance apprehension capabilities. Working in partnership with the owner of the system is just one more tool in the police-community partnership to make Takoma Park a safe community. The registration information is confidential and can only be accessed by detectives and the police department’s crime analyst. Participation is voluntary and the system owner may withdraw at any time.
Takoma Park Police is the first department in the Washington Metropolitan area to institute this type of program. There are other programs used by Philadelphia, New Orleans, Ventura, California and Lenexa, Kansas that are similar to the Community Cam Program and have proven to be an effective crime fighting tool. The registration process is a 3-step process and takes about five minutes to complete. The Community Cam website can be found at http://communitycam.takomaparkmd.gov/
The use of technology in crime fighting is essential and this is a great way to involve our community members to actively assist in our efforts to make our city safer.
Catherine Plevy, Public Information Officer
January 12, 2016
On January 12, 2016, Takoma Park Police responded to the 7600 block of Flower Avenue for the report of a theft that occurred at approximately 11:00 am. Unknown suspect(s) stole property from the victim who placed her property on the counter of a bank she visited.
January 13, 2016
On January 12, 2016, at approximately 2:41 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the 1300 block of University Blvd. (Walgreens) for the report of a theft. A store employee noticed a subject taking items from the store shelf and attempt to leave without paying. When the employee approached the subject, he fled the store on foot towards New Hampshire Avenue. The subject is described as a black male, 5’7, 160 lbs., in his 50’s, medium complexion and was last seen wearing a black hat, olive green jacket and dark khaki pants.
January 13, 2016
Arrest Charges Filed for Attempt 1st Degree Burglary Suspect; Awaiting Extradition to Maryland
On November 14, 2015, at approximately 3:24 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the 6700 block of Eastern Avenue for a report of a residential burglary and destruction of property. The victim was home when the doorbell to the residence rang. Shortly after ringing the doorbell, an unknown suspect began kicking in the front door to the residence. The victim began to yell and scream and a passerby on the street saw the suspect run from the porch and enter the driver’s side of a green sedan with an unknown Florida license plate. The suspect fled in the direction of Walnut Avenue. Entry was not made into the residence, however, the suspect did kick out one of the wooden door panels which allowed him to reach under the missing panel and unlock the dead bolt to the door. A description of the suspect was disseminated to surrounding jurisdictions.
Through investigation, a suspect was identified by detectives in the Takoma Park Police Department and the Metropolitan Police Department as Michael Carter, 18, of Hyattsville, Maryland. Carter is currently incarcerated at the Department of Corrections in the District of Columbia pending extradition to Maryland, for attempt 1st degree burglary and malicious destruction of property; charges that were filed against him by Takoma Park Police on January 13, 2016.
January 14, 2016
Police ask anyone with information about these crime to call 301-270-1100.
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