Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending April 11, 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

JURY SCAM

The following scam has been spreading rapidly across the US:

Most of us take the summons for jury duty seriously, but enough people try to skip out on their civic duty that a new and ominous kind of scam has surfaced. If you fall for it, your identity could be stolen.

In this con, someone calls pretending to be a court official who threateningly says a warrant has been issued for your arrest because you didn't show up for jury duty. The caller claims to be a "jury coordinator". If you protest that you have never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your Social Security Number and date of birth so he or she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Sometimes they even ask for credit card numbers. Give out any of this information and Bingo! your identity has just been stolen.

The scam has been reported so far in 11 states. This scam is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they're with the court system. The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites, warning consumers about the fraud.

Never Give Out Your Ssn Over The Telephone, Unless You Initiated The Call And The Person To Whom You Are Giving The Information Has A Valid Reason For Having It (for instance, if you have called the Social Security office for information on your claim).

Further information about this and other scams can be found at:  www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/juryduty.asp

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 May 12, 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 
April 5-11, 2007

ROBBERY

Brookfield Plaza, 7000 Block:  The 7-Eleven at 7029 Brookfield Plaza was robbed on Sunday, April 8 around 10:30 p.m. A man entered the store and put candy on the counter as if to buy it. The 20-year-old clerk opened the register and the suspect slapped her arm away. He reached in, grabbed an undisclosed amount of money and fled. There were no injuries. The suspect was described as white, in his 20s. He was 6 feet tall and weighed about 140 pounds. He had black hair and brown eyes. He wore a green and blue, hooded jacket and jeans.

LARCENIES

Aspenpark Road, 7500 Block

  GameBoy stolen from residence

Bulkley Road, 6800 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle

Caprice Court, 4300 Block

  Jewelry stolen from vehicle

Carriage Drive, 6500 Block

  Handgun stolen from residence

Eaton Place, 4700 Block

  Bicycle stolen from residence

Ivanhoe Lane, 4100 Block

  Tools stolen from residence

Kingstowne Boulevard, 5800 Block

  Bicycle stolen from business

Kingstowne Center, 5800 Block

  Wallet stolen from business

Knickerbocker Drive, 5100 Block

  License plates stolen from vehicle

Leewood Drive, 6000 Block

  Radio stolen from vehicle

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  Wallet stolen from business

Supreme Court, 6800 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle

Woodfield Estates, 5900 Block

  Knives stolen from vehicle

VEHICLE THEFTS

Bradlick Shopping Center, 6900 Block

  1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee reported stolen

Palamino Street, 6600 Block

  1999 Isuzu Rodeo reported stolen

Richmond Highway, 10000 Block

  2005 Ford F150 reported stolen

Sandlin Court/Telegraph Road

 1995 Honda Accord reported stolen

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