Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending March 14, 2007

Police Officer Jim Nida
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 Nida's e-Mail:
james.nida@fairfaxcounty.gov

CAC:

Our next regularly-scheduled meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2007, in the Helen Wilson Community Room at 7:30 pm in the Franconia Governmental Center. A social period (7pm-7:30pm) precedes the meeting.

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 seminar is scheduled at the Franconia District Station, located at 6121 Franconia Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.on April 14, 2007. 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.

Overall Crime Drops in 2006

Fairfax County maintained an overall decrease in index crime (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft) in 2006 compared to 2005. Only two categories of crime, robbery and burglary, increased in that one-year period, which is consistent with crime trends throughout the country.

 

2005

2006

% Change Increase (Decrease)

Murder*

20

18

(10.0)

Rape

94

73

(22.3)

Robbery

483

572

18.4

Aggravated Assault

378

334

(11.6)

Burglary

1344

1580

17.6

Larceny

14451

13075

(9.5)

Vehicle Theft

1604

1455

(9.2)

Total

18374

17107

(6.9)

* 2005 - 20 offenses, 22 victims

The increase in commercial and street-level robberies has continued into 2007. These offenses are particularly important because of the potential for violence against victims.  Colonel Dave Rohrer, Chief of the Fairfax County Police Department, says robberies are a top priority for patrol officers and detectives. "My officers and detectives are doing an outstanding job in responding to and investigating these cases and a significant number of arrests have been made. As I've stated before, our robbery increase unfortunately mirrors regional and national trends, with many localities experiencing significantly higher increases and significant increases in gun violence."

Very preliminary numbers for burglary for 2007 show a decrease compared to the same periods YTD in 2006.  There have been a significant number of arrests in burglary cases in recent months; many involving single suspects charged with multiple burglaries.   

Weekly Incident Summary Report 
MARCH 8-14, 2007

ROBBERIES

Loisdale Road, 6400 Block:  *The employees of the Bank of America, located at 6417 Loisdale Road, were robbed on Saturday, March 3 around 10:15 a.m. A man entered the bank and jumped over the counter. Armed with a gun and carrying a black bag, he announced the robbery and began taking money from the register. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured. The suspect was described as black, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds. He wore all black clothing, including a black mask and gloves. Detectives are investigating to determine if this bank robbery is related to the robbery of the Bank of America, located at 6802 Richmond Highway, on February 17.

Backlick Road, 5700 Block:  A 31-year-old Springfield man was robbed on Sunday, March 11 around 8:30 p.m., as he was delivering pizza near the 5700 block of Backlick Road. When he was in front of the building, a man asked for his money. The victim ran and was stopped by a second suspect, armed with a knife. The suspects reached into his pockets and fled with his money. The victim received minor injuries. The suspects were black, in their 20s. Both were about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, wearing dark jackets, dark pants and masks.

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block:  On Thursday, March 8 around 3:45 p.m., a 34-year-old Alexandria-area woman was waiting for a bus in the Macy's parking garage at Springfield Mall. She got her wallet out to get money for the bus. She was shoved from behind by a man who took her wallet. A second suspect ordered her to not scream while a third suspect was nearby. The suspects fled with the wallet. No one was injured. All three suspects were described as Hispanic, in their 20s, wearing dark pants. One suspect wore a jean jacket and ball cap. Another suspect was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt. The third suspect was wearing a black coat with fur on the hood.

LARCENIES

Armistead Road, 7700 Block

  Air tanks stolen from fire station

Beulah Street, 6300 Block

  Hat and gloves stolen from fire station

Braddock Road, 6500 Block

  Purse stolen from vehicle

Braddock Road, 7100 Block

  Purse stolen from vehicle

Cottingham Place, 5100 Block

  Bumper, grill and lights stolen from vehicle

Cottonwood Drive, 6400 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle

Hackberry Street, 6800 Block

  Stereo stolen from vehicle

Kalmia Street, 6400 Block

  CDs stolen from vehicle

Kingstowne Boulevard, 5700 Block

  Clothes stolen from business

Loisdale Road, 8100 Block

  Cigarettes stolen from business

Morning Ride Circle, 6700 Block

  Jewelry stolen from residence

Richmond Highway/Armistead Road

  Medication stolen from vehicle

Springfield Plaza, 6300 Block

  Purse stolen from business

VEHICLE THEFTS

Norton Road, 5600 Block

  2003 Ford Mustang reported stolen

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