Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending February 15, 2006

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.

VEHICLE THEFTS ARE ON THE RISE IN FRANCONIA DISTRICT

It has been noted by FCPD Command Staff that District 6 (Franconia District Station) has the highest percentage of reported vehicle thefts in Fairfax County. Crime analysts have been unable to establish a pattern to these vehicle thefts, although it is believed that the proximity to a number of escape routes e.g., I-95, I-495, Fairfax County Parkway, etc., is part of the problem. HOWEVER,

It is important that you, THE PUBLIC, assist in lowering these statistics by NOT BECOMING A STATISTIC YOURSELF!

  • LOCK YOUR VEHICLE if you are leaving it for more than 30 seconds. It takes a thief less than 10 seconds to get into an unlocked vehicle.

  • REMOVE YOUR KEYS whenever you leave your vehicle, even if you are going to be away from it less than 30 seconds. This includes removing the keys from the ignition at gas stations when fueling your vehicle. Thieves have been known to watch a vehicle being fueled, wait until the owner takes the nozzle out of the fueling hole and then jumping into the fully fueled vehicle and driving off, leaving the owner/operator holding the nozzle and nothing else.

  • NEVER, NEVER LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE RUNNING WHILE YOU ARE NOT INSIDE OF IT. Do notwarm up your vehicle while you go back inside the house for your coffee or while you run into a convenience store for a newspaper. Thieves are everywhere and if they see a vehicle sitting with an engine running and nobody inside, it is an invitation to theft. Even if the vehicle is locked, if th engine is running, a rock or hammer will break the window, and the thief will drive your vehicle away before you can respond to the break-in.

DON’T BECOME ANOTHER VEHICLE THEFT STATISTIC. BE PROACTIVE AND DETER THE CRIME.
 

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

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 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 March 11, 2006 and April 8, 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
February 9-15, 2006

Police Arrest Members of an Organized Crime Organization

Detectives from the Fairfax County Organized Crime and Narcotics Division have concluded an extensive investigation into the Bansal organized crime family and organization. Dubbed Operation Underdog, the investigation began over two years ago when detectives discovered the organization’s ties to illegal sports gambling. Police later uncovered links to loan sharking, illegal Internet gambling, fraud, money laundering, narcotic distribution and extortion.

Detectives have served over 25 search warrants on homes, businesses and financial institutions as part of the largest operation of this type in the police department’s history. The search warrants, served in Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Stafford County, Frederick County MD, and Dare County NC, have enabled police to seize almost two million dollars in cash and jewelry estimated at about one million dollars.

On Wednesday, February 8 at about 11 a.m., the Fairfax County Police Department was assisted by the Arlington County Police Department, Prince William County Police Department, Stafford County Sheriffs Office and Kill Devil Hills Police Department in North Carolina. Simultaneously, these five jurisdictions served eight search warrants and arrested eight people simultaneously.

Those arrested are listed below:

  • Raj Kumar Bansal, 59, 4102 Daniels Avenue #304, Annandale, VA

  • Nicholas Kumar Bansal, 34, 300 Sand Ridge Road, Stafford, VA

  • Steven K Bansal, 31, 113 Veelee Drive.Kill Devil Hills, NC

  • Sharon Rudolph Connelly, 65, 7213 Hansford Court, Springfield, VA

  • Rajan Harjani, 47, 8720 Middleford Drive, Springfield, VA

  • Thomas Norwood Chinault, 57, 113 Oak Drive , Stafford, VA

  • Michael Devon Linton, 30, 3106 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA

  • Gaurav Gupta, 25, 10509 Schaeffer Drive, Nokesville, VA

GANG ARRESTS

Commerce Street, 6700 Block:  A three-month investigation spearheaded by members of the Fairfax County Gang Unit has resulted in felony and misdemeanor charges filed against 11 individuals ranging in age from 15 to 20 years old. The investigation and arrests are part of ongoing police efforts to disrupt gang criminal activities in the county. The investigation began in late October after patrol officers stopped six individuals in a stolen car (see below). The investigation led to the resolution of an attempted robbery case from October 28, 2005. In that case, at least four gang members allegedly armed with a crowbar and a baseball bat attempted to rob a 53 year-old Springfield area man in the 6700 block of Commerce Street. Investigation indicates this incident was part of gang recruitment activities. The continuing investigation uncovered evidence on an individual’s cell phone which allegedly depicted sexual activity with an underage girl. That individual was charged with statutory rape and producing child pornography. Detectives from the Fairfax County Criminal Investigations Bureau, officers from the Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Section of the Franconia and West Springfield stations and members of the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force all contributed to the investigation.

The following individuals were charged:

  • Edgar Ramon Sorto, 20, of 4345 Ivymount Court, Apt #41, Annandale, was charged with attempted robbery, gang recruitment, two counts of gang participation, assault by mob, vehicle tampering, destruction of property, propelling missile into a vehicle, statutory rape and producing child pornography.

  • Jose Efrain Garcia, 20, of 14000 Franklin Street, Woodbridge, was charged with attempted robbery, gang recruitment, two counts of gang participation, assault by mob, vehicle tampering, destruction of property, and propelling missile into an occupied dwelling.

  • Lester Calderon-Alcantara, 18, of 6424 Wingate Street in the Lincolnia-area, was charged with attempted robbery, three counts of gang participation, assault by mob, two counts of destruction of property, and propelling missile into an occupied dwelling.

  • Adriana Diaz Romero, 18, of 375 South Reynolds Street #216, Alexandria, was charged with possession of stolen property, hit and run, speed to elude and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • Daniel Alves, 19, of 5300 Fillmore Avenue, Alexandria, was charged with participation in a street gang, vehicle tampering, missile into an occupied dwelling and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • A 15 year-old Manassas boy was charged with attempted robbery, assault by mob, gang participation, missile into an occupied dwelling, vehicle tampering, gang participation, and destruction of property.

  • A 16 year-old Alexandria boy was charged with attempted robbery, assault by mob, gang participation, missile into an occupied dwelling, vehicle tampering, gang participation, and destruction of property.

  • A 17 year-old Alexandria girl was charged with missile into an occupied dwelling, vehicle tampering, gang participation, and destruction of property.

  • A 16 year-old Alexandria boy was charged with missile into an occupied dwelling, vehicle tampering, gang participation, and destruction of property.

  • A 16 year-old Alexandria boy was charged with missile into an occupied dwelling, vehicle tampering, gang participation, and destruction of property.

LARCENIES

Ashby Lane, 7500 Block

  Amplifier and subwoofer stolen from vehicle.

Ashby Lane, 7500 Block

  Stereo stolen from vehicle.

Backlick Road, 5400 Block

  Money stolen from purses at school.

Backlick Road, 5500 Block

  Gasoline stolen from service station.

Bostwick Drive, 6700 Block

  Power tools stolen from residence.

Clearbrook Drive, 6100 Block

  Cellular telephone stolen from person.

Comet Circle, 6600 Block

  Camera stolen from residence.

Eagle Ridge Lane, 6300 Block

  Package stolen from residence.

Edsall Road, 6500 Block

  Gasoline stolen from service station.

Franconia Road, 6200 Block

  Documents stolen from vehicle.

Gunston Cove Road, 9300 Block

  Tractor stolen from construction site.

Henry Knox Drive, 7600 Block

  Car rims stolen from vehicle.

Little River Turnpike, 6500 Block

  Tags stolen from vehicle.

Loisdale Road, 6500 Block

  Leather jacket stolen from hotel.

Loisdale Road, 6700 Block

  Two flat-screened televisions stolen from business.

Oriole Avenue, 7400 Block

  Tools and money stolen from vehicle.

Richmond Highway, 9400 Block

  Cigarettes stolen from business.

Samuel Wallis Street, 8000 Block

  Money and stereo faceplate stolen from vehicle.

South Van Dorn Street, 5600 Block

  Car parts stolen from vehicle.

South Van Dorn Street, 6900 Block

  License plates stolen from vehicle.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center, 6500 Block

  Cellular telephones stolen from business.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center, 6500 Block

  Purse stolen from business.

Springfield Mall, 6600 Block

  Jewelry stolen from business.

Telegraph Road, 8900 Block

  Money stolen from business.

VEHICLE THEFTS

Sullivan Way, 6700 Block

  2002 Nissan Pathfinder reported stolen.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center, 6500 Block

  1994 Lincoln Towne Car reported stolen.

Telegraph Square Drive, 7200 Block

  1986 Mazda reported stolen.

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