Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending July 12, 2006

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

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.

CAC

No meetings in July and August.

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 August 12, 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.

New Dogs are Ready to Sniff Out Crime

Spicey and Lightcap, two male Labrador retrievers, have joined the Explosive Ordinance Division (EOD) of the Fairfax County Police Department and are putting their noses to good use.

Spicey has been partnered with Officer Bryan Cooke of the Operations Support Division. Lightcap is assigned to Franconia District Station with Officer Brian Buckholtz. They stay with their handlers 24 hours a day, whether on or off duty.

They were originally raised by prisoners in a program called “Puppies Behind Bars.” They were placed into guide dog programs but were not a good fit. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) trained the dogs, and they have since joined the Fairfax County Police Department. 

The dogs graduated from the ATF Explosive Detection Canine Course on April 12. They received ten weeks of training with their handlers and an additional six weeks of individual training. Spicey and Lightcap are qualified to detect firearms, ammunition, explosives and fireworks. They have already been used on several incidents including bomb threats and a stolen gun investigation.

Gracie, a female Labrador retriever, is currently in training and will graduate on August 23. She will then be stationed at Sully District Station with Officer Joseph Clerkin.

Officer Wayne Hirst retired on May 19, 2006 after 25 years of service to Fairfax County. His 9-year-old dog Kisco retired with him after patrolling the streets of Fairfax County for approximately six years.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
July 06-12, 2006

ARMED ROBBERY

Rose Hill Drive, 6600 Block:  On Thursday, July 6 at approximately 11:00 p.m., a man was walking his dog in the 6200 block of Rose Hill Drive when he was approached by two men. One of the men brandished a gun and demanded money. The suspects began to search through the victim’s pockets and took a pocket knife. The victim relinquished jewelry to the suspects and they fled the area. The victim was not injured. The suspects were described as black men, in their 20’s, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and about 170 pounds.  The first suspect wore a light colored shirt; dark pants and a dark colored bandana over his face. The second suspect wore a light colored shirt, dark pants and sunglasses

BURGLARY AND ASSAULT

Rolling Creek Way, 6800 Block:  Police are looking for a man who allegedly entered a home and assaulted a 12-year-old girl inside.  Officers responded to the home, located in the 6800 block of Rolling Creek Way in the Kingstowne area, around 11:20 p.m. on Friday, July 7.  An investigation determined the victim was sitting on her couch in the basement of her home when she heard a noise behind her.  She turned around and saw a man.  The suspect grabbed her but the victim was able to scream, alerting other family members upstairs.  The suspect fled out the basement door.  The victim had no apparent injuries. The suspect was described as a black man.  He was 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build and a goatee.  He was wearing a blue baseball cap and a red and white shirt.    

BANK ROBBERY

Telegraph Road, 7700 Block: A BB&T Bank was robbed in the 7700 block of Telegraph Road today. At approximately 2 p.m., the suspect entered the bank and hopped behind the counter. He took an undisclosed amount of money from several teller stations. The suspect then fled the bank. The suspect never brandished or implied he had a weapon and nobody was injured. The suspect was described as a light-skinned black or Hispanic male, in his mid-20s, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, dark pants, gloves, a mask and a baseball cap with a “NY” emblem.

LARCENIES

Backlick Road, 5700 Block

Tools stolen from vehicle

Backlick Road, 5700 Block

Purse stolen from vehicle

Backlick Road, 6100 Block

GPS unit stolen from business

Bismach Drive, 5600 Block

Money stolen from residence

Braddock Road, 6900 Block

Purse stolen from business

Brandon Avenue, 6200 Block

Compact discs player stolen from business

Brookfield Plaza, 7000 Block

Checks stolen from business

Clifton Knoll Court, 7000 Block

Golf clubs taken from residence

Cumberland Avenue, 6100 Block Backpack stolen from business

Edsall Road, 6400 Block

Appliances stolen from residence

Ferndale Street, 5200 Block

Tools stolen from vehicle

Fort Hill Drive, 3700 Block

Wallet stolen from business

Franconia Road, 6100 Block

Purse stolen from business

Gadsby Square, 7400 Block

Bicycles stolen from residence

Gatton Square, 7000 Block

One license plate stolen from vehicle

General Washington Drive, 5500 Block

Laptop stolen from vehicle

Hayfield Road, 7600 Block Money stolen from vehicle

Heming Avenue, 5700 Block

Money and jewelry stolen from residence

Kingstowne Center, 5800 Block

Beer and diapers stolen from business

Kingstowne Center, 5800 Block  Money stolen from business

Little River Turnpike, 6600 Block

Drivers’ license and credit cards stolen from business

Locust Way, 6600 Block

Appliances stolen from residence

Melia Street, 6400 Block

Stereo stolen from vehicle

Point Replete Drive, 9100 Block

Watch stolen from residence

Ravensworth Road, 4300 Block

Purse stolen from vehicle

Richmond Highway, 9100 Block

Wallet stolen from business

Rose Hill Drive, 6100 Block

Purse stolen from business

Springfield Plaza, 6400 Block

Board games stolen from business

Victoria Drive, 6900 Block

Luggage stolen from vehicle

Woodfield Estates Drive, 5900 Block

Bricks stolen from residence

VEHICLE THEFTS

Franconia Road, 6100 Block

1999 Ford Crown Victoria

Telegraph Square Drive, 7200 Block

2005 Toyota Tacoma

ANIMAL CONTROL DIVISION

EXTRAVACATZA

More than 820 people attended the first weekend of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s ExtravaCATza! adoption event, resulting in 28 shelter animal adoptions—15 cats and kittens, 12 dogs and 1 bird. Adopters are taking advantage of the free spay or neuter being offered for the first 100 cats and kittens adopted in July as part of the ExtravaCATza!

This event marked the first of four weekends that the shelter will add special Sunday hours to provide the public with additional time to visit animals available for adoption. The shelter will again be open Sundays, July 16, 23 and 30 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Each Sunday, at least two different rescue groups will also be at the shelter featuring their cats and kittens available for adoption. Upcoming groups include the following:

July 16  Northern Virginia SPCA, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
July 23  Fancy Cats, AdvoCATS
July 30  Friends of Homeless Animals, Humane Society of Fairfax County

The adoption fees and processes vary by group. The ExtravaCATza! is being co-hosted by DC Metro No More Homeless Pets, a local non-profit animal welfare organization.

The shelter is located at 4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030. For more information, contact the shelter at (703) 830-1100 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/animalservices.

In addition to the ExtravaCATza! adoption event, the shelter also hosted a low-cost rabies clinic on Sunday, July 9. Nearly 100 dogs and cats were given rabies vaccinations for $10. The next rabies clinic will be September 10, 2006, at the shelter from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

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