Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending June 18, 2003

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.

For Your Information

Transient Criminals in the Area:

There have been an increased number of contacts with transient criminals in the area. On June 18, the Mount Vernon District patrol officers arrested subjects in Virginia Hills, who were doing a driveway sealant scam on an elderly resident. They were driving a 2001 Ford pickup truck with Michigan registration. In the vehicle were receipts for a storage unit in Florida and postal receipts for packages sent to Michigan.

On June 14 at 8:00pm, PFC Ware of the Franconia District Station stopped a 1994 Ford pickup equipped with driveway "sealant" spraying tanks in the Springfield Best Buy Parking lot. Although no offense was in progress, the vehicle had a magnetic sign attached, "J.M. Seal Coating & Patching." Inside the vehicle was another set of magnetic signs, reading "M&M Paving and Seal Coating" with the same telephone number.

You are urged to be aware of these scam artists. NEVER allow work to a solicitator who comes to your door offering "a good deal" on driveway 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 are traveling the area offering "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. 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.

DWI Checkpoint:

Fairfax County Police Officers in the Franconia District Station will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in the area to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers on Saturday, June 21st, beginning at 10:30p.m.until 2:00 a.m. Sunday. All motorists will be stopped and drivers will be checked to assure that their abilities to drive have not been impaired by alcohol or drugs.

ARSON:

Fairfax County Crime Solvers along with the Fire Marshal’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance identifying the persons responsible for the intentional burning of nine trucks belonging to the Northern Virginia Beverage Company. On Friday, June 6, at approximately 1:00 a.m., fire and rescue department personnel responded to the Northern Virginia Beverage Company, located at 6605 Springfield Center Drive in the Springfield area, and found the trucks on fire. Investigation revealed that the fires were deliberately set. Damage to the trucks is estimated to be approximately $415,000. Anyone with information about this arson or the persons responsible is asked to call Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 1-800-673-2777 or 703-691-8888. In addition to the $1000 cash reward being offered by Crime Solvers, a private cash reward of $5000 is also being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment. As always, callers remain anonymous and never make a court appearance.

Notice to Residents of Mount Vernon and Lee Districts:

Supervisors Gerry Hyland and T. Dana Kauffman cordially invite you to attend a TOWN MEETING to discuss transportation issues relating to Fort Belvior, including current efforts to offset the closure of Woodlawn Road on Monday, June 23, 2003 at 7:30 (1930 hrs) in the Hayfield High School Cafeteria (7630 Telegraph Road). Congressmen Jim Moran and Tom Davis will be in attendance. Mario P. Fiori, Assistant Secretary of the Army has also been invited to participate.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend--a big turnout might help in our favor.

Mature Operator's Driver Improvement Program (MODIP):

The Franconia District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department will be offering Virginia residents 55 and older enrollment in the Mature Operator's Driver Improvement Program (MODIP). This eight-hour class covers safe driving information for mature drivers. The course 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 held the second Saturday of each month.

The next MODIP class is being held at the Franconia District Station located at 6121 Franconia Road, on Saturday, July 12, 2003, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A subsequent seminar is scheduled for August 9, 2003. Registration is required and can be done by contacting the MODIP reservations line at (703) 924-6588. The fee for this course is $10 per person for books and materials.

CAC

The next meeting of the Franconia District Citizens Advisory Committee will A PICNIC -- 6:00pm, at the Coast Guard Station on Telegraph Road. Details regarding entry clearance and parking will (hopefully) be forthcoming.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
June 12-18, 2003

BURGLARY

A burglary occurred at the Island Creek Elementary School located at 7855 Morning View Lane, in the Franconia area, about 11:00 a.m. Sunday, June 15. Officers from the Franconia District Station responded to the school after a citizen reported that one of the windows was broken. Upon their arrival, one of the officers found an open door with its window broken out. As they checked the entrance to the building, the officers heard voices outside of the school and found two juveniles. The investigation revealed that a 16-year-old Dale City area boy and a 16-year-old Landsdowne area boy were involved in the burglary. Both boys were taken to the Franconia Station and later released to their parents. Detectives will be obtaining petitions for both of the juveniles.

WEAPON VIOLATION

Lavender Lane, 7200 Block Police responded to a report of shots fired, and found shell casings from a shotgun and damage from gunshots to two houses. Investigation revealed a planned fight between two acquaintances had occurred. Several juveniles and adults were identified as being involved, and the investigation is ongoing. Abdullah Tahmas, 23, of 3938 Providence Place in Fairfax, was stopped as he drove a car in the area. He was arrested after a warrant check revealed four outstanding narcotics warrants.

LARCENIES

Backlick Road, 4700 Block Stereo taken from parked vehicle.
Bethnal Court, 7000 Block Stereo taken from parked vehicle.
Cobbs Road, 6100 Block Tire taken from parked vehicle.
Conell Court, 7900 Block Stereo taken from parked vehicle.
Edsall Road, 6400 Block Airbags taken from parked vehicle.
Elmwood Drive, 4000 Block Bicycle reported stolen.
Essex Avenue, 7300 Block Stereo and compact discs taken from parked vehicle.
Floyd Avenue, 6800 Block Bicycle reported stolen.
Franconia Court, 6400 Block Cellular telephone reported stolen.
Franconia Road, 6100 Block Gasoline taken from service station without payment.
Frontier Drive, 6700 Block Stereo taken from parked vehicle.
Giles Run Road, 10100 Block Hood taken from parked vehicle.
Gravel Avenue, 6300 Block Stereo and cash taken from parked vehicle.
Hayfield Road, 7700 Block Bicycle reported stolen.
John Marr Drive, 4500 Block Purse reported stolen.
Loisdale Road, 6500 Block Computer taken from parked vehicle.
Ravensworth Road, 4300 Block Cash taken from residence.
South Van Dorn Street, 5700 Block Compact discs and briefcase taken from parked vehicle.
South Van Dorn Street, 5700 Block Computer taken from parked vehicle.
South Van Dorn Street, 6600 Block Patron failed to pay tab at restaurant.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Shoes taken from business.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Cellular telephones taken from business.
Thomas Grant Drive, 7500 Block Chain and padlock reported stolen.
Wayles Street, 6200 Block Stereo taken from parked vehicle.

VEHICLE THEFTS

Loisdale Road, 6600 Block 2003 Toyota Prius reported stolen.
Skyles Way, 7000 Block 1995 Honda two-door reported stolen.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block 1996 Acura Integra reported stolen.

ANIMAL RELATED INCIDENTS

No incidents to report

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