Police reports: Click it or Ticket, stolen handgun, strong arm robbery, …

The Takoma Park and Washington, DC Metropolitan police departments issued these notices April 29 – May 6, 2016. 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.


“Click it or Ticket” Campaign

The statewide Chiefs’ Challenge, which emphasizes safety restraint enforcement, began on May 1 and will run through the month of May 2016. The City of Takoma Park Police Department officers will focus on enforcement of the state’s seat belt laws as part of the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Officers will stand at various places throughout the City during the campaign in order to issue tickets to any person not wearing a seatbelt or who does not have their child properly restrained.


Residential Burglary

On April 30, 2016, at approximately 9:58 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the 6500 block of Eastern Avenue for the report of a residential burglary. Unknown suspect(s) made entry into the residence through a second floor bedroom window and stole property.

Investigation continues under case #16018826.


Stolen Handgun

On April 29, 2016, at approximately 5:51 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the 7700 block of Maple Avenue for the report of a stolen handgun. Some time on April 28 between 1:30 pm and 8:00 pm, unknown suspect(s) made entry into the residence and stole a black CZ 380 caliber handgun. The gun was entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) stolen database.

Investigation continues under case #16021151.


Attempt Theft from Auto; Destruction of Property

On April 29, 2016, at approximately 5:11 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the 7400 block of New Hampshire Avenue for the report of an attempt theft from auto and destruction of property. Some time on April 28 between 3:45 pm and 4:45 pm, unknown suspect(s) shattered the front driver’s side window of the victim’s vehicle; it does not appear as though any property was stolen.

Investigation continues under case #16021150.


Theft

On April 29, 2016, at approximately 9:46 am, Takoma Park Police responded to the 7600 block of New Hampshire Avenue (Aldi’s) for a report of a theft that occurred. An unknown suspect entered the business and stole property belonging to the manager. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 25-30 years old, 5’7, 150 lbs, short black hair, last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, beige pants and white athletic sneakers.

Investigation continues under case #16021078.


Strong Arm Robbery, Theft and Assault

On May 5, 2016, at approximately 2:22 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the 1100 block of University Blvd. (RadioShack) for the report of a strong arm robbery, theft and assault. Three male suspects entered the establishment and attempted to take merchandise without paying. When the employee of the establishment attempted to keep one of the suspects from taking property, he assaulted the victim, and all three suspects fled the store, entered a gray Volkswagen Station Wagon with possible Virginia tags and fled at a high rate of speed on to westbound University Blvd. Two of the suspects were able to leave with stolen property. A lookout was provided to surrounding jurisdictions.

The three suspects are described as:

1. Black male wearing all black, a baseball cap with a white tip and a star on the back of his sweatshirt;
2. Black male wearing a red, long-sleeve shirt (Capitals/NHL); and
3. Black male wearing all black, a baseball cap with a red tip and (C) on the tip.

Investigation continues under case #16022242.


Theft from Auto

On May 5, 2016, at approximately 10:40 am, Takoma Park Police responded to the 6400 block of Orchard Avenue for the report of a theft from auto. Some time between May 4 at 11:00 pm and May 5 at 9:30 am, unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole property.

Investigation continues under case #16022204


Stolen Automobile Tags

On May 3, 2016, at approximately 1:45 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the 7600 block of New Hampshire Avenue for the report of stolen automobile tags #6CF0559. Some time on May 3 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, unknown suspect(s) stole the tags from the victim’s vehicle. The outstanding automobile tags have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) stolen vehicle database. Investigation continues under case #16021829.


Theft of Bicycle

On May 4, 2016, at approximately 12:50 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the bus stop located in the 7600 block of New Hampshire Avenue for a report of a stolen bicycle. Unknown suspect(s) stole the victim’s unsecured black/blue “Trek” mountain bike with attached black trailer with a “Burley” decal/labeling located on the sides.

Investigation continues under case #16022024


Sign up for the Takoma Park Police Explorer Post 7500! “Your Journey starts now!”

When: Applications due no later than Friday, July 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Where: Takoma Park Police Department, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland

Learn about the Takoma Park Police Explorer Post and see if you have what it takes to be one of our newest explorers!

The Takoma Park Police Explorer Post is a partnership through Learning for Life and the Takoma Park Police Department. The objective of this program is for young men and women to begin a foundation of becoming good citizens with a background in law enforcement by learning Honor, Integrity and Leadership.

Service and Discipline

Explorers will work closely with members from many different areas of the Takoma Park Police Department. Participants will undergo classroom lectures coupled with hands on practical exercises to demonstrate knowledge and proficiency. While training can be rigorous, many Explorers find that they leave our post with many of the skills to be good people, citizens and employees in any field while making lifelong friendships.

Those individuals who are dedicated to the program find that they have an advantage in obtaining employment with departments. In fact, many previous Explorers have been hired by other police departments and have had successful careers while promoting within our organization.

Requirements:

• Minimum age of 15 years old but no older than 20 years upon entry
• Maintain a 2.0 GPA
• Free of significant or repetitive criminal and traffic violations
• Free of alcohol or drug use, including abuse of prescription drugs
• Must possess and display a high degree of honesty, integrity, discipline, morals and ethics
• Must be able to attend weekly training meetings consistently

Send your application to participate in the Explorer program to Public Information Officer Catherine Plevy at 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912, or you can email it to cathyp@takomaparkmd.gov. The application can be downloaded from our web page at https://takomaparkmd.gov/news/sign-up-for-the-takoma-park-police-explorer-post-7500/. The Youth Application should be used if you are 15-17 years old and the Adult Application should be used if you are 18-20 years old.

Through service, we learn to help others and develop who we are as Police Explorers.

Phone: 301-891-7142 or 301-270-1100


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