Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending July 20, 2005

Police Officer Philip Edwards
Crime Prevention Unit
Fairfax County Police ~ Franconia Station
6121 Franconia Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22310-2508

Main Desk:





703.719.6436   ~ Fairfax County Police Department  ~ Virginia Crime Prevention Association
Officer Edwards e-Mail:

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.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT—“Taking Back The Night”

On Tuesday evening, August 2nd, 2005, neighborhoods throughout Fairfax County are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “22nd Annual National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out will involve over 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases around the world. In all, over 34 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ on August 2nd.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (2) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back!

On August 2nd, residents in neighborhoods throughout Fairfax County and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police between 7 and 10 p.m. Many neighborhoods throughout Fairfax County will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from Police, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anticrime rallies in effect, joining the nation in an enormous  “Giving Crime & Drugs A Going Away Party.

Fairfax County historically has had 10-20 small groups per station that have events in their community. Our Chief of Police and Board of Supervisor members will participate and travel around the community, visiting with as many groups as possible.

For further information or to organize a local party, call our Franconia District Station Crime Prevention Officer, PFC Phil Edwards at: 703 922-8263 or email him at:


No meeting in August. Have a great summer!


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 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 August 13, 2005 and September 10, 2005. 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.


On July 15, Fairfax County Police Command Staff recognized our own PFC Michelle Rowling, who recently completed a 22-week Spanish language immersion program. Nine officers from other stations also completed the course and were likewise recognized. This pilot program was conducted in an effort to enhance our communications and outreach efforts to the Hispanic communities in Fairfax County.


Lieutenant "Butch" Gamble, our Deputy Station Commander and intrepid mainstay at the Franconia District Station is being reassigned. He will be departing shortly for a new assignment within the FCPD, as Commander, School Liaison Office (SLO). We wish him good luck and much success in his new position. Upon Lt Gamble's departure, the new Deputy Station Commander will be Lt. Charles "Charlie" Bond. Lt. Gamble will assist Lt. Bond in assuming Franconia Station command duties prior to departing for the SLO.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
July 14-20, 2005


Springfield Mall-Parking Lot:A 22-year-old woman was the victim of scam artists in the Springfield area. On Monday, July 18 around 2:00 p.m., a woman was approached by a man and woman in the parking lot of Springfield Mall. The suspects told the victim they had found money in a bag they suspected was from gambling. The suspects convinced the victim that the found money needed to be exchanged so as to “launder” it. The victim then withdrew a large amount of cash from her bank and gave it to the suspects. The suspects then fled in an unknown direction.

The first suspect was described as a black male, in his 40s, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 280 pounds. He had black hair, brown eyes and wore a khaki shirt and khaki pants. The second suspect was described as a black female, in her 30s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and 170 pounds. She had black curly hair, brown eyes and was wearing an orange skirt and multi-colored blouse.


Topsails Lane, 6000 Block:   A man exposed himself to a 10-year-old girl in the Franconia area. On Sunday, July 17 around 8 p.m., in the 6000 block of Topsails Lane a girl was in her home when she heard a noise at the back door. She looked out the door and saw a man exposing himself. The girl ran to tell her parents and the police were summoned. The suspect was described as a white man, 19-25 years old, blonde hair, wearing a dark t-shirt, jeans, and a black baseball cap.  He was approximately 5-feet 8-inches tall and had a thin build.


Old Colchester Road, south of Gunston Road:   A 23 year-old Woodbridge man died in a fatal crash last Friday evening. On July 15, around 6:15 p.m., Michael D. Hammond was driving 1993 Lexus sedan southbound on Old Colchester Road, south of Gunston Road. Hammond was driving at a high rate of speed and lost control of his vehicle, driving off the road and striking several trees. Hammond was dead at the scene. Speed is considered a factor in the crash. The investigation is continuing.


Amherst Avenue, 6000 Block

Toolbox, tools, bicycle and electric tree trimmer stolen from residence.

Axton Street, 7400 Block

Power tools stolen from residence.

Blackford Street, 7400 Block

License plate stolen from vehicle.

Bostwick Drive, 6700 Block

Three bass guitars and amplifiers stolen from residence.

Braddock Road, 6900 Block

Wallet stolen from business.

Brandon Avenue, 6100 Block

License plate stolen from vehicle.

Brandon Avenue, 6400 Block

Purse stolen from hotel.

Camberly Avenue, 5900 Block

Power washer stolen from residence.

Cherokee Avenue, 5500 Block

Gold chain, ink pens, and cash stolen from business.

Collins Meade Way, 7500 Block

License plate stolen from vehicle.

Coverdale Way, 5900 Block

Four rims stolen from business.

Debra Lu Way, 6600 Block

Compact disc player and a two way radio stolen from vehicle.

Flora Street, 7400 Block

Tools stolen from residence.

Franconia Road, 5100 Block

Three car batteries stolen from business.

Franconia Road, 6100 Block

Food stolen from restaurant.

Hastings Street, 7400 Block

Power tools stolen from residence.

Gunston Plaza, 7700 Block

Playstation system stolen from business.

Gunston Road, 9800 Block

Beer stolen from business.

Highland Woods Court, 7600 Block

Wheels stolen from vehicle. 

Kingstowne Center, 5800 Block

Gasoline stolen from service station.

Old Beech Court, 9200 Block

Traffic cones stolen from residence.

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

Stereo and compact disc changer stolen from vehicle.

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

Wallet stolen from business.

Wolford Way, 7700 Block

Trailer stolen from vehicle.


Loisdale Road, 6700 Block

2000 Mitsubishi Diamante reported stolen.

Reservoir Road, 7100 Block

1995 Honda Civic reported stolen.

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