Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending January 12, 2005

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

Main Desk:

703.922.0889

Office:

703.922-8263

FAX:

703.719.6436

http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/ps/police   ~ Fairfax County Police Department
http://www.vcpa.org  ~ Virginia Crime Prevention Association
Officer Edwards e-Mail: philip.edwards@fairfaxcounty.gov

The following information is authorized for release by the Fairfax County Police Department - Public Information Office (PIO). For questions concerning any portion of this report, please contact PIO at 703-246-2253.

FCPD WINS NATIONAL AWARDS:

Our Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) won three awards at the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the grandfather of two police department employees was honored posthumously. Fairfax County also won the use of an SUV for one year. The conference was held November 13-17, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA.

Fairfax County won second place in the Chiefs’ Challenge Championship Class, in which winners from the previous year’s Chiefs’ Challenge compete against each other. Winners in the Chiefs’ Challenge excel in traffic safety enforcement; make a measurable difference in the community; and target three traffic safety priorities: occupant protection, impaired driving and speed enforcement. Fairfax County tied for first place in the Child Passenger Safety Award and the Impaired Driving Enforcement Award.

All winners at the conference were eligible to participate in a drawing for a car. Fairfax County picked the key that was able to turn on an emergency light bar. FCPD will take delivery of a Ford Excursion Police vehicle on Tuesday, January 11 at 11:30 a.m. Members of the auxiliary police will use the vehicle for a motorists’ assistance vehicle along the Fairfax County Parkway and other county roads.

The Looking Beyond the License Plate award was given posthumously to New York City patrolman Benedict LoPreto. The award recognizes police work that leads to an arrest of a felon or the solution of a crime based on a license plate check. LoPreto was the grandfather of two FCPD employees: Lieutenant Victor LoPreto and public safety communications employee Joseph LoPreto. In 1928 Patrolman LoPreto noticed a license plate on a car that had been reported stolen the day before. He drew his weapon and jumped on the running board of the car to get the driver to stop. The suspect was later charged with several armed robberies.

CAC:

The next CAC meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, January 19, 2005, at the Franconia Government Center in the public meeting room. Mark your calendars and be sure to attend. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, pre-meeting social period begins at 7:00pm. Join us, welcome and meet our new Station Commander, Captain Maggie Deboard. (Yes, it is the same Captain Deboard that was written up in yesterday's Fairfax Extra section of the Washington Post!

MODIP:

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 held the second Saturday of each month at the Franconia District Station. The next MODIP class will be held at the Franconia District Station located at 6121 Franconia Road, January 8, 2005, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additional classes are scheduled for February 12, and March 12, 2005. 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
January 06-12, 2005

ROBBERIES:

Ravensworth Road, 4300 Block: A 35-year-old Annandale area man was robbed yesterday in the 4300 block of Ravensworth Road. On Monday, January 10 around 9 p.m. the man had just parked his van at Ravensworth Towers in the Annandale area when he was accosted by two armed men. One assaulted him with a stun gun and the second displayed a handgun. They stole the victim’s wallet and fled south on Ravensworth Road. A search of the area did not locate the suspects. The victim refused medical treatment.

The first suspect is described as white, about 5 feet 8 inches and 155 pounds. He was wearing a black ski mask, black baseball cap, black coat, black pants and black gloves. The second suspect is described as a black man about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He wore a black ski mask, black baseball cap, black tee shirt, black pants, black coat and black gloves.

Gunston Plaza Drive, 7700 Block: A sales clerk at Cigarettes Unlimited was robbed at gunpoint Thursday. On January 6 around 6:30 p.m., a man walked into the store at 7742 Gunston Plaza Drive in the Lorton area and demanded money from the clerk, a 44-year-old, Lorton area woman. He showed her a gun. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money. He left the area on a bicycle toward Armistead Road. Investigation is continuing.

The robber is described as black about 5 feet 10 inches tall and in his early to mid 20s. He was wearing a black jacket with a hood and blue jeans.

Kingstowne Boulevard, 5700 Block: On Tuesday, January 11 around 9:00 p.m., a 58-year-old Anne Arundel County, Maryland, area woman was robbed of her purse. The victim was walking towards the Kohls department store when the suspect grabbed her from behind and stole her purse. There were no reported injuries. The robber was described as black, about 6 feet tall, wearing a dark jacket with a large hood. He was last seen getting into a white car with Virginia license plates JKL-8828.

Anyone with information about either or both of these incidents is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477. You do NOT have to give your name!!!

LARCENIES

Belvoir Woods Parkway, 9000 Block Purse reported stolen from business.
Braddock Road, 7000 Block Cellular telephone reported stolen from vehicle.
Braddock Road, 7400 Block Purse reported stolen from residence.
Chatham Street, 7400 Block Video game reported stolen from residence.
Curtier Drive, 6000 Block Purse reported stolen from business.
Deer Gap Court, 6600 Block Credit card reported stolen from vehicle.
Edsall Road, 6600 Block Stereo reported stolen from vehicle.
Franconia Road, 6100 Block License plates reported stolen from residence.
Franconia Road, 6100 Block Gasoline reported stolen from service station.
Gunston Plaza, 7700 Block Cellular telephone reported stolen from business.
Industrial Road, 6700 Block Money reported stolen from business.
Rose Hill Drive, 6100 Block Food reported stolen from business.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Wallet reported stolen from business.
Springfield Plaza, 6300 Block: Knives reported stolen from business.
Springfield Plaza, 6300 Block Wallet reported stolen from business.
Tammy Drive, 6100 Block Tools reported stolen from vehicle.
Telegraph Road, 7500 Block Wallet reported stolen from business.
Tower Hill Circle, 5600 Block Car seat reported stolen from vehicle.
Utica Street, 7000 Block Saw reported stolen from vehicle.

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