Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending February 04, 2004

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

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Mark your calendars! The next CAC meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, February 18, 2004 in the Community Meeting room at the Franconia Governmental Center. Social period begins at 7pm; meeting begins at 7:30 pm. We hope to see you there.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
January 29-February 04, 2004


On Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at 2:00 p.m., a man entered the BB&T bank located at 7716 Telegraph Road in the Alexandria area and walked up to a teller. He announced a robbery and the fact that he had a gun. The victim complied with the request for cash and the suspect fled the area without injuring anyone. He is described as being white, in his mid-twenties and six feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a blue-colored puffy ski-type jacket, blue dress slacks and a cream-colored hat.


A 41-year-old Dumfries area woman defrauded over 50 people who were trying to buy airline tickets at a local travel agency. Between August and December of 2003, several people went to the Bestway Travel Agency, located at 6120 Brandon Avenue, Suite 206, in the Springfield area to buy tickets. Margith Vaz, of 16303 Taconic Circle, the owner of the agency, produced travel itineraries that showed the purchase of airline tickets. She then accepted money from the victims and gave them the itineraries. When the victims checked in to the airports, it was discovered that the tickets did not exist. Detectives were called and, after an investigation, arrested Vaz. She was charged with eight counts of embezzlement.


Backlick Road, 5700 Block Power tools reported stolen.
Backlick Road, 6200 Block Food taken from business.
Belvoir Woods Parkway, 9100 Block Chairs and china taken from residence.
Braddock Road, 7200 Block Snow blower taken from school.
Comet Circle, 6600 Block CDs, parking permit, and sunglasses taken from vehicle.
Franconia Road, 5400 Block Purse taken from parked vehicle.
Franconia Road, 5500 Block Gasoline taken from service station without payment.
Frontier Drive, 6700 Block License plate taken from parked vehicle.
Metropolitan Center Drive, 6700 Block License plate taken from parked vehicle.
Morning Meadow Court, 8000 Block Purse taken from parked vehicle.
Morning Ride Court, 7900 Block Money taken from parked vehicle.
Old Keene Mill Road, 7000 Block Gasoline taken from service station without payment.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Money taken from business.
Springfield Plaza, 6300 Block Briefcase taken from parked vehicle.
Stone Inlet Drive, 7000 Block Ring taken from residence.


Craig Street, 5900 Block 2001 Hyundai Sonata reported stolen.
Curtier Drive, 6000 Block 1998 Acura Integra reported stolen.
Oak Court, 6900 Block 1994 Acura Integra reported stolen.


Sylvania Street, 8900 Block: On January 30 at 4:45 p.m., a Lorton area boy, 12, and two of his friends were walking by a residence when two dogs attacked him. The victim’s friends ran for help and other people who were nearby helped pull the dogs off the boy. The victim was taken to Inova Healthplex and treated for multiple lacerations and bite wounds to his body. Robert W. Coble IV, 37, of 8927 Sylvania Street was charged with two counts of owning a dangerous dog. The dogs did not have rabies shots and were quarantined at the Animal Shelter.

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