Takoma Park Police reports

The Takoma Park and Washington, DC Metropolitan police departments 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 for customized Takoma Park, MD police announcements on the police website. Or they can join the Washington DC Fourth District Police email discussion group.

Stolen auto tags
On January 16, 2016, at approximately 2:55 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the police station for the report of stolen automobile tags from a vehicle parked in the 1100 block of University Blvd. The outstanding automobile tags have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) stolen vehicle database.

Case #16003012.
January 19, 2016

Residential burglary

On January 18, 2016, at approximately 7:23 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the 7200 block of Holly Avenue for a report of a residential burglary. Some time between January 14 and January 18, unknown suspect(s) made entry into the residence, it is believed through a living room window, and stole property.

Case #16003348.
January 19, 2016

Vandalism of speed camera

On January 17, 2016, at approximately 3:45 pm, while on patrol on southbound New Hampshire Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway, Takoma Park Police noticed damage to the speed camera. The camera lens and parts of the body were spray-painted with black spray paint.

Case #16003181
January 19, 2016

Theft from auto and destruction of property

On January 19, 2016, Takoma Park Police responded to the police station for the report of an attempt theft from auto and destruction of property that occurred in the 900 block of Glaizewood Court. Some time between January 18 at 6:00 pm and January 19 at 8:00 am, unknown suspect(s) damaged the vehicle lock to gain entry; it is not known if property was stolen.

Case #16003495.
January 20, 2016

Stolen auto

On January 19, 2016, at approximately 12:06 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the 6900 block of New Hampshire Avenue (Sunoco Gas Station) for a report of a stolen auto. The outstanding stolen vehicle is described as a 2013 red Ford Escape 4D, Maryland tag #3BD6990. The victim pulled into the gas station to put air in her tires. While she proceeded to do so, a red Honda CRV (unknown tags) pulled in next to her vehicle, a black male wearing dark clothing exited the vehicle, got into the victim’s vehicle and both vehicles left the station driving southbound on New Hampshire Avenue. The victim’s property was also inside the vehicle. The outstanding vehicle has been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) stolen vehicle database.

Case #16003426
January 20, 2016


On January 21, 2016, at approximately 1:50 pm, Takoma Park Police responded for a report of a theft that occurred in the 1300 block of University Blvd. East (T-Mobile store). An unknown suspect took property from the establishment and fled without paying heading towards Aldi Foods. The suspect is described as a black male, early 20’s, dreadlocks, approximately 5’11, 180 lbs., dark complexion, last seen wearing a black/yellow jacket and blue jeans.

Case #16003835
January 21, 2016

Internal Affairs Complaint Investigations 2015

Chief Goldberg of the Takoma Park Police Department announces that, in keeping with the Police Department’s policy directives that require investigations of all complaints against the department or its employees, and that annual statistical summaries of such investigations by the internal affairs function be made available to the public, the following is the Takoma Park Police Department’s Summary of Complaints for calendar year (CY) 2015.

Eighteen formal complaints were recorded with three subjected to internal affairs investigations. Fourteen complaints were submitted by citizens and four complaints were generated internally by an employee, the Chief of Police, or the Command Staff. There were no complaints referred anonymously. Subjects of the complaints include a total of sixteen sworn officers, some of whom were involved in more than one complaint. No civilian employees were the subject of any complaints. There were two complaints where no employee was specified. There was one complaint which involved an incident that occurred in 2014 and the complaint stemmed from an accidental injury that the complainant received during custody with a different agency.

Two of the eighteen complaints were completed with a determination that resulted in sustained findings of improper conduct and disciplinary measures were warranted and taken. One complaint is still pending investigation due to case specific circumstances. Fifteen complaints were referred to a supervisor for investigation/counseling sessions in lieu of an internal investigation. The disciplinary measures taken during 2015 on sustained findings were handled administratively.

A statistical comparison with 2014 indicates an increase in complaints of approximately 38.46% for 2015.

Residents are reminded that the process for making a complaint against a police employee is detailed on the City of Takoma Park web page by selecting the Government and then the Police tab. The information is also available on flyers available to the public in the Police Department lobby.

January 21, 2016

Takoma Park Police Department Traffic Enforcement Detail: 1/1/16 – 1/20/16 (three weeks)

Details listed on police announcement website.

Robberies in Takoma, DC – Metropolitan Police Department

There were 3 robberies and an attempted robbery that occurred in the Takoma area over the last several days. In the 3 robberies the suspect approached the victims from behind and took their property. Here is a breakdown of the offenses:

1. Wednesday at around 5:45 PM in the 6600 block of 4th Street, NW, the suspect is described as a black male, 16-18 years of age, 5’10”-6’00” in height, weighing 145-155 lbs., wearing a dark jacket with khaki colored pants

2. Thursday at around 4:25 PM in the 400 block of Butternut Street, NW, the two suspects are described as a black males, 15-16 years of age, 5’5″ to 5’9″ in height, both wearing dark clothing

3. Thursday at around 7:00 PM in the 6500 block of 5th Street, NW, the 6 suspects are described as a combination of black males and females, 15-16 years of age wearing white shirts and tan pants (this case was an attempted robbery)

4. Friday at around 1:00 PM in the 6600 block of 4th Street, NW, the suspect is described as a black male, 16-18 years of age, 5’8″-5’10” in height, thin build, wearing a gray/tan jacket, khaki pants, and carrying a book bag

Uniformed patrols have been increased in the area and are working with other units within the MPD to identify the suspects and to prevent additional offenses from occurring.

Please call 911 to report any suspicious activities, persons or vehicles providing the best description that you can.

If anyone has information regarding any of these offenses please call the Command Information Center at (202)727-9099 or send an anonymous text at 50411.

Wil Manlapaz, Commander, Metropolitan Police Department, Fourth District
6001 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202)715-7500 Office

Takoma Park Police ask anyone with information about these crimes to call 301-270-1100. Police bulletins are sent out by Catherine Plevy, Public Information Officer, Takoma Park Police Department. Email: cathyp@takomaparkmd.gov, Phone: 301-891-7142, Cell: 240-338-2901