Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending October 08, 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:

Mature Operators 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, October 11, 2003, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A subsequent seminar is scheduled for November 8, 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

Mark your calendars! The next CAC meeting will be on Wednesday, October 15. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm, social period begins at 7:00 pm in the FCPD ROLL-CALL ROOM (the meeting room is being used for absentee balloting in the November election) of the Franconia Government Center.

Helicopter Division’s 20th Anniversary

Each year, the Fairfax County Police Helicopter performs over 3000 missions. Over 250 of those missions are medivacs. No mission is too trivial for the Helicopter Division; they fly to save lives as well as follow drivers from the sky that may be intoxicated. The division was established on October 4, 1983. It is currently made up of six pilots, two of which are sworn police officers, eleven flight officers, and two mechanics and supervised by a lieutenant. Presently, the division is fortunate to have two identical, fully functioning helicopters.

The helicopter is not only beneficial to Fairfax County but to nearby jurisdictions as well. The Fairfax County Police helicopter has assisted Prince William County, Loudoun County, and Culpeper County, among other jurisdictions. On September 11, 2001, the helicopter division played a major role in assisting those injured at the Pentagon.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
October 2-8, 2003

BANK ROBBERY

Saturday, October 4, 2003, at approximately 2:25 p.m., a man approached a bank teller at the Sun Trust Bank inside the Safeway store at 5980 Kingstowne Center in the Kingstowne Shopping Center and presented her with a note. The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money and he left the store, driving away in a dark colored, older model sedan. No weapon was displayed. The man is described as black, in his late 30’s, six feet tall, weighing between 160 and 180 pounds, with a thin beard and mustache. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, light gray hat and aviator glasses.

BIAS CRIME

Fairfax County Police are investigating an apparent bias crime that slightly injured a Woodbridge woman. The 47-year-old woman was loading packages into her car at the Springfield Plaza, 6300 Springfield Plaza, on October 5, 2003 at approximately 1:00 p.m., when she felt a pain in her upper body. At the same time she felt the pain she heard a man make a religious and ethnic slur to her and then leave. The victim was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect is described as white, in his teens, wearing baggie jeans, a blue top and a dark blue baseball cap.

ANIMAL CRUELTY/ASSAULT

A cat was beaten by several men, then thrown into a wheelbarrow and set afire. A woman living in the 9500 block of Hagel Circle in the Lorton area reported that just before 1:00 a.m., Sunday, (October 5, 2003) she observed about seven or eight men using sticks to beat a black and white cat. Officers responded to the area, but the suspects had already fled, and the cat was not found. The following morning at about 11:00 a.m., the burned carcass of the cat was located in the wheelbarrow behind the Lorton Library, located at 9520 Richmond Highway. A Fairfax County Fire Marshall determined that a flammable liquid had been used to set the cat afire. One suspect was described as black, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. He had a white and brindle-colored Pit Bull on a leash. A second suspect was described as Hispanic, in his late teens, with dark hair pulled up in a bun.

Anyone with information about ANY OF THESE INCIDENTS is asked to call police at (703) 691-2131, or Crime Solvers at (703) 691-8888.

LARCENIES

Backlick Road, 6600 Block License plates taken from parked vehicle.
Backlick Road, 6600 Block Wheels taken from parked vehicle.
Bitternut Drive, 6100 Block (Two reports) Compact discs taken from parked vehicles.
Calamo Street, 7100 Block Jewelry taken from residence.
Edsall Road, 6400 Block Beer taken from business.
Ellingham Circle, 6900 Block Stereo taken from parked vehicle.
Franconia Road, 5500 Block Gasoline taken from service station without payment.
Giles Run Road, 10100 Block Citizen’s band radio taken from parked vehicle.
Gunston Plaza, 7700 Block Cellular telephone reported stolen.
Heather Ridge Court, 9200 Block Briefcase taken from parked vehicle.
Kingstowne Boulevard, 5700 Block Athletic shoes taken from business.
Kingstowne Towne Center, 5900 Block Cash reported stolen.
Kingstowne Towne Center, 5900 Block Cellular telephone taken from business.
Lewis Chapel Road, 9200 Block Wallet reported stolen.
Manchester Boulevard, 7000 Block Stereo taken from parked vehicle.
Rock Cliff Lane, 6000 Block Tire taken from parked vehicle.
Springfield Boulevard, 6800 Block Wallet reported stolen.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Purse reported stolen.
William Edgar Drive, 6200 Block Purse reported stolen.
Villa Del Rey Court, 6900 Block Bicycle reported stolen.

VEHICLE THEFTS

Eaton Place, 4700 Block 1990 Toyota Camry reported stolen.
Farrington Avenue, 6100 Block 2001 Freightliner FL70 truck reported stolen.
Ravensworth Road, 4500 Block 1993 Honda Civic reported stolen.
Rock Ridge Lane, 7100 Block 1998 Acura Integra reported stolen.
Rock Ridge Lane, 7100 Block 1995 Acura Integra reported stolen.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block 2002 Honda Civic reported stolen.
William Edgar Drive, 6200 Block 1990 Geo Prism reported stolen.

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