Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending February 1, 2006

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

Main Desk:





703.719.6436 ~ Fairfax County Police Department Virginia Crime Prevention Association
Officer Edwards e-Mail:

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.

The CAT (Christmas Anti-Theft) Team worked hard this holiday season to deter shoplifting in major shopping areas throughout Fairfax County. The goal of this undercover operation was to identify and arrest amateur and professional shoplifters. Past operations have proven that it is not uncommon for thousands of dollars worth of property to be recovered during these operations. Local businesses can experience great loss due to property crimes. Oftentimes property crimes can be linked to identity theft and credit card fraud, which have a devastating effect on individuals and their personal finances.

This year the CAT team in Franconia was once again successful in stifling property crimes in the Springfield Mall area.


November 18- January 6

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Amount of recovered/stolen merchandise and money  


Animal Shelter Rabies Clinics

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will host five more rabies clinics in 2006, scheduled for March 12, May 21, July 9, September 10 and November 19. The clinics are held at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, located at 4500 West Ox Road in Fairfax, from noon till 2 p.m. The charge is $10. The clinics are offered for cats and dogs (not ferrets). Dogs need to be on leashes and cats in carriers. No rabies tags will be issued. Dog licenses will be sold separately ($5 for altered animals and $10 for unaltered animals.) Clinics are sponsored by Deepwood Veterinarian Hospital and the Fairfax County Police Department Animal Services Division.


Our next regular CAC meeting will be held at the Franconia Government Center, 6121 Franconia Road, on Wednesday evening, February 15, 2006, in the Helen Wilson Community Room.  A Social Period begins at 7pm, and the General Meeting starts at 7:30pm.


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 seminars are scheduled at the Franconia District Station, located at 6121 Franconia Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.on February 11, and March 11, 2006.  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 26-February 1, 2006

Man Arrested and Charged In Recent Pharmacy Robberies

A 38-year-old Burke area-man was arrested after he allegedly attempted to rob employees of a Rite Aid Pharmacy. At 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 26 the man entered the store, located at 6100 Rose Hill Drive, in the Franconia area. He walked to the pharmacy and spoke with the employee, a 58-year-old Alexandria-area woman. The suspect threatened the victim and demanded the prescription drug OxyContin. The victim walked to the back and called for help. The suspect fled from the store and got into a vehicle. Witnesses were able to provide responding officers with the license plate. An investigation by police resulted in the arrest of Les Thomas Burrows of 9529 Burdett Road in Burke.  He was charged with attempted robbery.  In addition, Burrows was also charged with the following:

  • One count attempted robbery for the January 24 incident at CVS Pharmacy, located at 6150 Franconia Road;

  • One count of robbery for the January 18 incident at the CVS Pharmacy, located at 6150 Franconia Road;

  • One count of robbery for the January 10 incident at the Safeway store pharmacy, located at 9525 Braddock Road;

  • One count of robbery for the December 19, 2005 incident at the Eckerd Drug store, located at 8416 Lee Highway;

Burrows was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. 

Attempted Robbery

Gunston Plaza, 7700 Block:  On Tuesday, January 31 around 10:30 p.m., a man entered the Taste of Beijing Restaurant, located at 7734 Gunston Plaza. The suspect displayed a gun and demanded money from an employee, a 31-year-old Annandale-area woman. The suspect was not given any money and fled the area on foot. No one was injured. The suspect is described as black, 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a black hat, black jacket, black pants and black gloves.  


Amherst Avenue, 6000 Block

  Motor stolen from vehicle.

Bland Street, 7000 Block

  Wallet stolen from business.

Backlick Road, 6500 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle.

Brampton Court, 6300 Block

  Amplifiers and speakers stolen from vehicle.

Brookfield Plaza, 7000 Block

  Alcohol stolen from business.

Commerce Street, 6700 Block

  Wallet stolen from business.

Cool Valley Court, 6200 Block

  Speaker box and amplifier stolen from vehicle.

Dormont Street, 7200 Block

  Painting machine stolen from vehicle.

Fitt Court, 8300 Block

  Stereo, security chip and checks stolen from vehicle.

Founders Hill Drive, 5900 Block

  Camera stolen from residence.

Kingstowne Center, 5800 Block

  Wallet stolen from business.

Kingstowne Center, 5800 Block

  Purse stolen from church.

Manchester Boulevard, 7000 Block

  Cellular telephone stolen from vehicle.

Ravensworth Road, 4300 Block

  Jewelry stolen from residence.

Richmond Highway, 9100 Block

  Clothing stolen from person.

Sebrell Street, 7700 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center, 6500 Block

  Credit card stolen from business.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center , 6500 Block

  Food stolen from business.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center , 6500 Block

  Clothes and wallet stolen from person at gym.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center, 6500 Block

  Backpack stolen from business.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center, 6600 Block

  Money stolen from business.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center, 6600 Block

  Organizer stolen from person at business.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center, 6700 Block

  Credit cards stolen from person at business.

Springfield Plaza, 6400 Block

  Alcohol stolen from business.


Elan Place, 4400 Block

  White Honda Civic reported stolen.

Amherst Avenue, 6000 Block

  1995 Honda Civic reported stolen.

Loisdale Road, 6800 Block

  1999 Dodge caravan reported stolen.

Terrapin Place, 5900 Block

  1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass reported stolen.

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