Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending July 27, 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.



The Franconia District Station Detectives Bureau has informed us that there have been 23 cases of larceny, involving items stolen from garden / storage sheds, garages and commercial vehicles since May 1, 2005. the West Springfield Station had reports of ten similar incidents on July 27, 2005 all on the same day. There are criminals who have been stealing tools and other personal items from unlocked sheds and garages, including expensive lawn mowers, pruners, chainsaws, string trimmers, bicycles, etc. If you value your property, take heed and lock up your property. The inconvenience of looking for a key is inexpensive, compared to having to replace your property.

Other tips from the Detective Bureau: If you see any suspicious persons loitering around or entering your backyard or that of a neighbor, call the police immediately! If you see a suspicious vehicle cruising your neighborhood several times in a single day, call the police immediately! The FCPD does not mind responding to what YOU might think is "nothing." Call the Non-Emergency Number: 703-691-2131 and report the incident. Finally, if you have any information regarding these crimes, the Franconia District Station Detectives Bureau wants to hear from you. Call 703-922-0889 (and, if you don't want to wait for the entire recorded message to play out, just hit the zero button on your phone as soon as the message starts, and you will be immediately transferred to the Front Desk). Ask to speak to a detective and you will be given priority.

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.”

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 safe, 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.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
July 21-27, 2005

BURGLARY/STALKING WITH ARREST:  Walhaven Drive, 6000 Block:

In the early morning hours of July 26, a woman in the 6000 block of Walhaven Drive in the Franconia area was awakened by noises inside the house. She got up to investigate and found a man near her teenage daughter’s room. The woman recognized the man from a previous incident involving her 17-year-old daughter. The woman and other household members challenged the man causing him to run out of the house. 

Officers arrived and broadcast a lookout for the suspect. An officer saw the man driving away from the scene in a Toyota Mini Van without headlights.  The officer pursued the vehicle to the intersection of Franconia Springfield Parkway and Backlick Road where he was taken into custody after a short car pursuit.

Albert Varela, 19, of 7824 Garner Drive in Manassas was charged with the following four charges;

  • Burglary with intent to assault (felony)

  • Stalking (misdemeanor)

  • Violation of protective order (misdemeanor)

  • Speed to elude (felony)

He was held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING  Commerce Street, 7200 Block:

On Sunday, July 24 about 5:00 p.m., police responded to a report of the stabbing of a 20-year-old Springfield-area man. Investigation revealed that the victim and his friends were walking on Commerce Street when they were approached by another man. Words were exchanged between them and the other man brandished a knife, stabbing the victim in the upper body. The victim and his friends chased the suspect on foot but lost sight of him a short distance away. The suspect was described as approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds. He had black hair and wore a yellow shirt with black pants. The suspect’s hand may have been injured in the incident. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police believe this incident was gang-related.


Bath Street, 7300 Block

Tools stolen from residence.

Burwell Street, 6400 Block

Compact disc player stolen from vehicle.

Brookfield Plaza, 7000 Block

Beer stolen from business.

Commerce Street, 6700 Block

Cash stolen from business.

Dickenson Street, 7300 Block

Weed-whacker and leaf blower stolen from residence.

Dickenson Street, 7300 Block

5-gallon tank of gasoline and air compressor stolen from residence.

Erving Street, 5900 Block

Credit cards stolen from vehicle.

Exmore Street, 7400 Block

Compact discs and player, keys, speaker and amplifier stolen from vehicle.

Franconia Road, 6400 Block

Stereo stolen from vehicle.

General Washington Drive, 5600 Block

Driveway emissions sticker stolen from vehicle.

Hanover Avenue, 5800 Block

Tools stolen from residence.

General Washington Drive, 5600 Block

License plate stolen from vehicle.

Gunston Plaza, 7700 Block

Cash stolen from business.

Gunston Cove Road, 9300 Block

Gasoline stolen from service station.

Higham Drive, 6300 Block

Papers and keys stolen from vehicle.

Julian Street, 6200 Block

Tools stolen from residence.

Julian Street, 6400 Block

Two chain saws stolen from residence.

Julian Street, 6400 Block

Tools stolen from vehicle.

Landsdowne Center, 6400 Block

Gasoline stolen from service station.

Keyser Way, 6900 Block

Cash and credit cards stolen from residence.

Major Street, 6500 Block

Bowling ball and compact disc head unit stolen from vehicle.

Patent Parish Lane, 6600 Block

Shoes and DVD’s stolen from residence.

Ravensworth Road, 4300 Block

Coin collection stolen from vehicle.

Ravensworth Road, 4300 Block

Keys stolen from residence.

Rock Ridge Lane, 7100 Block

License plate stolen from vehicle.

Springfield Plaza, 6400 Block

Beer stolen from business.

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

Cash stolen from business.

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

EZ pass stolen from vehicle.

Terminal Road, 8200 Block

Tools stolen from construction site.

Villa Del Rey Court, 6900 Block

Bicycle stolen from residence.

Villa Park Road, 6800 Block

Playstation system and games stolen from residence.


Jayhawk Street, 7400 Block

1997 Honda Civic reported stolen.

Little River Turnpike, 7100 Block

2001 Honda reported stolen. 

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