Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending March 22, 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.

Illegal Betting Is Not Worth the Risk

March Madness is synonymous with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) brackets and the office betting pool. However, it is also marked by illegal gambling. In Virginia, gambling is illegal when someone other than the gambler, such as a gambling operator, makes a profit. Police have seen both low-level illegal gambling operations and large-scale criminal enterprises. Those who are involved in these illegal activities can be assured of one thing: the police will investigate these crimes and make arrests.

The Organized Crime and Narcotics Division usually targets sports betting organizations run by two or more people working in concert who use the proceeds from illegal activity to support their lifestyles. Members of illegal gambling enterprises are often associated with money laundering, tax evasion, theft, drug offenses, weapons violations, robbery, assaults and homicide.

In January of 2004, a man murdered a 32-year-old woman and her 22-month-old daughter in their Falls Church-area home. Dinh Pham was charged with murder after police found him at a racetrack and gambling facility in Maryland. On February 8, Fairfax County police arrested eight members of a suspected organized crime family and their organization for crimes ranging from loan sharking and illegal Internet gambling to narcotic distribution and extortion.  Fairfax County Police made 41 arrests for conducting illegal gambling operations in 2004.

Distressed Fairfax County citizens will call police when family members have lost college funds, retirement accounts and life savings to illegal gambling or when they are unable to pay their gambling debts. Police will continue to enforce the law and arrest suspects involved in illegal gambling to ensure the safety of the community.

CAC:

Our next regular CAC meeting will be held at the Franconia Government Center, 6121 Franconia Road, on Wednesday evening, April 19, 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 April 8, 2006 and May 13, 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
March 16-22, 2006

Peeping and Exposure at Local Stores

On Sunday, March 19 around 12:30 p.m., a 34 year-old woman was using a woman’s restroom at Hecht’s store, located at 11700 Fair Oaks Shopping Center. She noticed that there was another individual in the next stall and upon exiting she realized that the other individual was a man. She confronted the man inside the store and he fled into the parking lot. The suspect then left in a red compact size pickup truck with a black tailgate and black bars on the bed.

Approximately 1:30 p.m. the same day, a 26 year-old woman was shopping inside the Ulta Cosmetics store, located at 6575 Frontier Drive. When she looked out a large window of the store she saw a man sitting in a red pickup truck exposing himself. The man then drove away.

Police believe the two cases to be related. Since April of 2005 there have been similar incidents which have occurred at Fair Oaks Mall, Fair Lakes shopping center and Greenbriar shopping center.

The suspect is described as a white male, 50’s, from 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing between 200 to 250 pounds, with short wavy gray hair and a mustache.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Larceny: Stolen Check Card:

Old Keene Mill Road, 7600 Block: On January 17, at approximately 3 p.m., a teacher had several items stolen while she worked at St. Bernadette’s School, located in the 7600 Block of Old Keene Mill Road in the Springfield area. The victim, a 24-year-old Arlington woman, had her cellular telephone and wallet stolen from a purse in her desk. The victim was notified that her check cashing card was presented for payment at two different businesses in the 8300 block of Old Keene Mill Road. Pictures of the woman who presented the card and the man who accompanied her were obtained from surveillance cameras. Both suspects are described as black males in their late twenties.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING

Manchester Boulevard, 7000 Block:  On Saturday, March 18 around 2 a.m., four men were in a parking lot in the 7000 block of Manchester Boulevard. They started to argue and then a physical altercation followed. In the course of the fight a knife was produced and a 26-year-old Ashburn-area man was stabbed multiply times in the upper and lower body. He was treated for his non life-threatening injuries at the Springfield Healthplex. A 27-year-old Fairfax-area man was not injured, but his shirt was cut. Leo Lookingglass, 33, of 6422 Patience Court in Alexandria was charged with drunk in public, malicious wounding and attempted malicious wounding. Marcus Lookingglass, 21, of 6422 Patience Court in Alexandria was charged with drunk in public.

VEHICLE TAMPERING/BIAS CRIME

Hagel Circle, 9600 Block:  On Saturday, March 18, a 52-year-old Lorton-area woman found words with racial content that had been scratched into her car passenger door located in the 9600 block of Hagel Circle. On Sunday, March 19 around noon, the victim again found numerous numbers and words with racial content had been scratched into her car. No suspects have been arrested. The Fairfax County Police Department recognizes the potential harm that bias crimes and incidents can have in a community, and consequently encourages people to report them. All bias crimes and incidents are investigated thoroughly.

LARCENIES

Brookfield Plaza, 7000 Block

  Coins stolen from business.

Buckskin Street, 6600 Block

  Wallet and cellular phone stolen from residence.

Commerce Street, 6700 Block

  Fail to pay cab fare.

Dorchester Street, 6100 Block

  Jewelry stolen from residence.

Edsall Road, 6400 Block

  Drivers license stolen from vehicle.

Elgar Street, 7700 Block

  Wallet stolen from residence.

Evanston Road, 7200 Block

  Sign post stolen from residence.

Gunston Cove Road, 9700 Block

  Copper pipe and tools stolen from construction site.

Gunston Plaza, 7700 Block

  Steaks stolen from business.

Gunston Plaza, 7700 Block

  Keys stolen from locker at gym.

John Marr Drive, 4500 Block

  Wallet stolen from business.

Kandel Court, 4700 Block

  Real estate signs stolen from residence.

Loisdale Road, 6500 Block

  Laptop computer stolen from hotel.

Metropolitan Center Drive, 6700 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle.

Richmond Highway, 9800 Block

  Gasoline stolen from service station.

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  Motorbike stolen from business.

Upland Drive, 4600 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle.

VEHICLE THEFTS

Farnum Street, 7400 Block

  2000 Honda Civic reported stolen.

Lee Valley Drive, 6500 Block

  2000 Honda Accord reported stolen.

Metropolitan Center Drive, 6700 Block

  2004 Yamaha motorcycle reported stolen.

Metropolitan Center Drive, 6700 Block

  2004 Suzuki motorcycle reported stolen.

Rock Cliff Lane, 6000 Block

  2002 Suzuki GSXR 600 motorcycle reported stolen.

William Edgar Drive, 6200 Block

  1992 Honda Accord reported stolen.

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