Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending April 4, 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

Warm Weather Brings out Young Bicyclists

Although young bicyclists should learn the "rules of the road" and this release will provide safety tips, it is important drivers remember that as the weather warms up, they should keep watch out for bicyclists, especially in residential areas. The most important thing drivers can do to avoid striking a bicyclist is obey the speed limit, normally 35 mph in residential areas or 25 mph in school zones, but be mindful of the speed limits where you live and drive, and stay focused on the road and the possibility of young ones riding or running into your path.

  • Children under 15 years of age are required to wear a helmet;

  • Make sure your children are aware of the following bicycle "rules of the road:"

  • Pedestrians have the right-of-way on sidewalks;

  • When riding in the street, travel in the same direction as vehicle traffic;

  • A bicyclist in the street has all the rights and responsibilities of any other driver;

  • Bicyclists should know all the hand signals to indicate direction of travel;

  • When coming out of a driveway or crossing a street, bicyclists must make sure there is no other traffic before proceeding. Rules are the same as when crossing any street, "look both ways before entering the street;"

  • Bicyclists must obey highway signs such as stop signs.

  • Remember: many times drivers do not see bicyclists, so bicyclists should use bike flags and bright colored clothing to help drivers see them.

  • Young bicyclists should not bike after dark;

  • Bicyclists should look out for other cars, other bicyclists, pedestrians, skate-boarders, animals or any other potential obstacle in their path, and they should also be careful when passing parked cars to make sure a driver is not about to pull out from the space or open a car door.

  • Bicycling is a great opportunity for children to have fun, but let's ensure they stay safe as well.

CAC: 

Our next regularly-scheduled meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, (232 years to the evening on which Paul Revere made his famous ride) 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.

Weekly Incident Summary Report 
MARCH 29-April 4, 2007

Armed Guard Robbed While Servicing ATM  

Lorton Station Boulevard, 8900 Block:  A 25-year-old woman employed as an armored car guard was robbed while servicing an ATM at a Wachovia Bank around 12:24 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4. The guard was approached by two men outside the bank, located at 8994 Lorton Station Boulevard, in the Lorton area. One of the men brandished a handgun. The suspects knocked the guard to the ground and took an undisclosed amount of cash from her. They fled in a stolen vehicle that was recovered a short distance away. The victim was not injured. The two suspects were dressed in black clothing and were wearing masks that resembled skeletons covering their faces.

LARCENIES

Angleton Court, 7900 Block

  Construction equipment stolen from construction site

Castletown Way, 6100 Block

  License plates stolen from vehicle

Commerce Street, 6800 Block

  Purse stolen vehicle

Hagel Circle, 9600 Block

  Stereo stolen from vehicle

Harrington Falls Lane, 5600 Block

  Laptop computer stolen from business

Old Keene Mill Road, 7200 Block

  Cigarettes stolen from business

Rhoden Court, 7000 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle

Richmond Highway, 9400 Block

  Cigarettes stolen from business

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  License plates stolen from vehicle

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  Sunglasses stolen from business

Springfield Mall. 6500 Block

  Cellular telephone stolen from business

Stagecoach Street. 6600 Block

  Radio stolen from vehicle

Telegraph Road. 6600 Block

  Wallet stolen from business

Vine Street. 5600 Block

  License plates stolen from vehicle

VEHICLE THEFTS

Heming Avenue, 5800 Block

  2002 Honda Accord reported stolen

Knights Ridge Way, 6000 Block

  2004 Haulmark trailer reported stolen

Telegraph Road, 6700 Block

  1994 Honda Accord reported stolen

ANIMAL CONTROL DIVISION

ANIMAL CRUELTY  

Aston Street/Wendy Ridge Lane:  On Thursday, March 29 around 8:30 in the morning, an 11-year-old Labrador retriever sustained an apparent pellet wound on his side. Rocky, the yellow lab, had gone missing and was found by his owner near the intersection of Aston Street and Wendy Ridge Lane in Annandale. Rocky was transported to Dunn Loring Animal Hospital for treatment. Due to the serious nature of the wound, Rocky was referred to the Hope Center for specialized examination and further treatment. Such an attack on an animal is a felony.

The public's assistance is requested in locating the perpetrator. Call Crime Solvers, 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or the FCPD Non-Emergency number, (703) 691-3141 if you have any information regarding this or any other incident in this report. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GIVE YOUR NAME OR APPEAR IN COURT.

DOG ATTACK 

Zekan Lane, 6400 Block:  On Thursday, March 29 at around 10:30 p.m., officers from the tactical unit assisted detectives in the execution of a search warrant resulting from a narcotics investigation at 6408 Zekan Lane in Franconia. Upon entering the residence, an officer was attacked by one of five dogs that were in the home. The attacking dog, a Pit Bull, was shot and killed. A second dog, a Rottweiller/Labrador mix, then charged at officers and was also shot and killed. The first officer that was attacked sustained minor injuries to his upper body caused by a dog bite. He was transported to Access of Fairfax where he was treated and released. A third dog, also a Pit Bull was taken to a veterinarian and treated for minor injuries not related to gunfire. The two remaining dogs, also Pit Bulls, were not injured and were transported to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. They were later released to their owner. Tactical officers were assisting in the execution of this warrant based on information obtained indicating that the subject involved was armed. This investigation is ongoing.

POSITIVE RABIES INCIDENT

Animal Control officers responded to the 7400 block of Saint Michaels Lane for a report of a sick raccoon. On Tuesday, April 3 around 8 a.m., the raccoon attacked a stray, female cat then killed her four kittens. The raccoon was euthanized by responding officers. The cat ran away and could not be located. Traps were set for the cat. The kittens and raccoon tested positive for rabies.

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