Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending March 10, 2004

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.

It is that time of the year again!

TRANSIENT CRIMINALS ARE IN THE AREA:

It is almost Spring again, and the winter, while not a really bad one, has caused damages to the outsides of some properties. Scam artists are on the move (or will be shortly), preying on homeowners who need trees trimmed or taken down, driveways repaved, roofs repaired, and other general outside maintenance.

Be Aware. There are many reputable businesses licensed to work in Fairfax County and they offer reasonably priced services. The traveling scam artists do inferior work, incomplete work, demand cash for services and try to intimidate victims to take their money. They then drive away and are never seen again. They operate with nice, new pickup trucks and vans, mostly with out-of-state registrations. They NEVER have licenses to conduct business in Fairfax County, and they NEVER PAY TAXES. They prey most often on elderly citizens, women, and those who are not native English speakers, but they also target the unsuspecting public.

You are urged to be aware of these scam artists. Never allow a solicitor who comes to your door offering "a good deal" on fixing your driveway to do any work. If you need driveway sealing, roof repairs or tree work, etc., contact a reputable business, with a valid license to operate in Fairfax County. The scam artists offer "good deals" but never do proper work. They might also be checking a neighborhood for unoccupied homes to break into. If you see any such activity, or are contacted by one of these "companies," immediately call 703-691-2131 and report it. Record the license tag if you are able to, but do not confront these people directly. They have been known to be violent at times. If the person is reputable, no action will be taken. However, you might save yourself or you neighbor a significant amount of money, which would otherwise be wasted or stolen.

CAC

Mark your calendars! The next CAC meeting will be held next Wednesday evening, March 17, 2004, in the Community Meeting room at the Franconia Governmental Center. Social period begins at 7pm; meeting begins at 7:30 pm. The guest speaker will be Dr. Hauda of the Medical Examiner's Office. We hope to see you there

Weekly Incident Summary Report
March 4-10, 2004

VANDALISM

Porters Hill Lane, 7700 Block On March 7, 2004 a 40-year-old Lorton area man awoke to find that during the night a racial slur was spray-painted on the side of his house.

EXPOSURE

Cherwell Lane, 7200 Block A man exposed himself to a child while peeping inside a residence. On Tuesday, March 9, about 9:00 p.m., a 10-year-old Kingstowne area girl was playing in the basement of her residence, located in the 7200 block of Cherwell Lane. She saw a man looking inside through a glass sliding door and exposing himself. The victim went to her parents and the suspect fled the area. The suspect was described as white, in his 20’s, 5 feet 3 inches tall, approximately 110 pounds, with red and brown hair and wearing a long green overcoat.

LARCENIES

Braddock Road, 6900 Block Cigarettes taken from business.
Braddock Road, 6900 Block Food reported stolen.
Commerce Street, 7000 Block Wallet and paperwork reported stolen.
Edsall Road, 6400 Block Purse reported stolen.
Edsall Road, 6400 Block Services from a taxi were not paid for.
Franconia Court, 6400 Block Purse reported stolen.
Franconia Road, 6100 Block Gasoline taken from service station without payment.
Gunston Road, 9800 Block Cigarettes taken from business.
Haltwhistle Lane, 6600 Block Wallet taken from parked vehicle.
Hillary Street, 7200 Block Bicycle reported stolen.
Lavender Lane, 7100 Block Basketball hoop reported stolen.
Little River Turnpike, 6600 Block Purse reported stolen.
Loisdale Road, 6500 Block MP3 players taken from hotel room.
Loisdale Road, 8100 Block Gasoline taken from service station without payment.
Maplefield Place, 5500 Block Bicycle reported stolen.
Melia Street, 6400 Block Jewelrey reported stolen.
Rock Cliff Lane, 6000 Block Wheels taken from parked vehicle.
Saluda Court, 9500 Block Purse reported stolen.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Cash reported stolen.
South Van Dorn Street, 5700 Block (Two reports) Purses reported stolen.
Stoddard Court, 6000 Block (Two reports) Items taken from parked vehicle.

VEHICLE THEFTS

Atteentee Road, 5900 Block 1994 Acura Integra reported stolen.
Richmond Highway, 9100 Block 1993 Nissan 240SX reported stolen.
Sheffield Village Lane, 7600 Block 1990 Acura Integra reported stolen

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