Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending January 3, 2007

Police Officer Jim Nida
Crime Prevention Unit
Fairfax County Police ~ Franconia Station
6121 Franconia Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22310-2508

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703.719.6436 ~ Fairfax County Police Department Virginia Crime Prevention Association
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Our next regularly-scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, January 17, 2007, in the Helen Wilson Community Room at 7:30 pm in the Franconia Governmental Center. A social period (7pm-7:30pm) precedes the meeting.


The Fairfax County Police Department offers residents 55 years of age and older enrollment in the Mature Operator's Driver Improvement Program (MODIP). This eight hour course, which provides safe driving information, is sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and is presented by certified Fairfax County Auxiliary Police Officers.  Upon completion of this course, drivers are eligible for the Virginia State-mandated insurance premium reduction (check with individual insurance carriers for the amount). The classes are normally held the second Saturday of each month at the Franconia District Station. The next seminar is scheduled at the Franconia District Station, located at 6121 Franconia Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on January 13, 2007. Registration is required and can be done by contacting the MODIP reservations line at (703) 924-6588. The fee for this course is $10.00 per person for books and materials.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
December 28, 2006-January 3, 2007


Franconia Road, 5100 Block:  On Monday, January1 at about 4:40 p.m., two men robbed a cashier at Advance Auto Parts, located at 5117 Franconia Road. The men entered the store; one of them picked up a soda and presented it to the cashier. The 40-year-old employee opened the cash register and the second man ran behind the counter. The suspect displayed a handgun to the cashier and took cash from the drawer. The cashier complied, and the men fled with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspects were described as black men in their 20s. The first suspect was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and approximately 145 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt. The second suspect was between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 260 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray and white hooded sweatshirt and a black baseball cap.


Alamo Street, 6300 Block:  Officers and detectives have been investigating a malicious wounding crime, which occurred on Christmas Eve. The detectives have canvassed the Springfield area as part of that investigation and uncovered a burglary that took place on December 24. 2006. Detectives learned of a man who entered a home through an unlocked front door in the 6300 block of Alamo Street. At approximately 8:30 p.m., the man entered the house and appeared to be surprised when confronted by the homeowner. The suspect told the 33-year-old victim that he was hungry and was looking for food. The suspect left a short time later and was last seen walking southbound on Alamo Street. Detectives released a composite sketch of this suspect to the news media and are seeking the community's assistance in identifying the man. Copies are also available at the Franconia District Station. Detectives believe this suspect is also responsible for the malicious wounding that occurred in the same community a short time later. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his early to mid 20s, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He was described as having a stocky build, a medium complexion and a light mustache. He wore a nylon jacket which was red and blue in color, dark blue jeans and a baseball cap. He spoke Spanish and broken English.


Loisdale Road, 6900 Block:  Three men and one girl were arrested after they allegedly robbed a 17-year-old Springfield-area boy. He was walking on the foot bridge on Loisdale Road where it crosses I-95 on Tuesday, January 2 around 3:45 p.m. when three men approached him. The men threatened him and demanded his property. The victim was not injured and the suspects fled towards the Metro with the victim's cell phone, iPod and money. Officers arrived quickly and located two suspects, one in the garage and the other on a Metro train. Investigation led to the identity of the remaining suspects. Marco Thurston, 19, of 6830 Clowser Court in Springfield, Adrian Contee, 24, of 810 Quade Street in Maryland and Tyree Gilchrist, 18, of 3319 Brothers Place in Washington, D.C. were arrested and charged with robbery. A 14-year-old Burke-area girl was also taken into custody. She was detained as a juvenile runaway, and petitions were obtained for robbery, possession of cocaine and robbery on a separate incident. All property stolen during the robbery was recovered.


Backlick Road, 5200 Block:  Officers responded to the Immanuel Bible Church located in the 5200 block of Backlick Road on Monday, January 1 around 9 p.m. for a report of graffiti. Sometime between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., eight doors were spray painted. There appeared to be three 6's painted in silver on the doors. It does not appear entry was made into the church.


Brunswick Street, 5800 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle

Clermont Drive, 5700 Block

  Gas and can stolen from school

Conwell Drive, 4600 Block

  License plates stolen from vehicle

Edsall Road, 6400 Block

  Wallet stolen from business

Edsall Road, 6400 Block

  Box of lighters stolen from business

Franconia Road, 6100 Block

  Gas stolen from business

Hiddenite Court, 6600 Block

  Radio stolen from vehicle

Kingstowne Boulevard, 5800 Block

  Purse stolen from business

Kingstowne Towne Center, 5900 Block

  Wallet stolen from business

Lake Tower Lane, 9100 Block

  License plates stolen from vehicle

Loughboro Lane, 7300 Block

  Christmas decorations stolen from residence

Mary Caroline Circle, 6900 Block

  Money stolen from residence

Mary Caroline Circle, 6900 Block

  Credit card stolen from vehicle

Old Keene Mill Road, 7200 Block

  Beer stolen from business

Springfield Boulevard, 6800 Block

  Laptop and camera stolen from business

Springfield Mall, 6400 Block

  Gift card stolen from business

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  Money stolen from business

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  Shoes stolen from business

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  Several phones stolen from business

Telegraph Road, 6600 Block

  Wire stolen from park

Vine Street, 5600 Block

  Money stolen from vehicle


Backlick Road, 4900 Block

  2000 Mazda 626 sedan reported stolen

Brookfield Plaza, 1993

  Oldsmobile Cutlass reported stolen

Commerce Street, 7200 Block

  1994 Acura Integra reported stolen

Rose Hill Drive, 6200 Block

  1992 Plymouth Voyager reported stolen

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