Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending October 22, 2004

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.

A WORD TO THE WISE:

The FCPD will be conducting periodic sobriety checkpoints to get drivers under the influence of alcohol off our already congested and sometimes dangerous roads. The party season is upon us. If you drink, DON'T drive. You take your life at risk as well as the lives of others. If caught (and there are officers out there looking for you), at the LEAST, you will be heavily fined, and if your blood alcohol content is high enough, you risk jail time. Party hearty, but take a cab home.

HAIL AND FAREWELL DEPT:

Captain Jim Morris has been promoted to Major and is departing the Franconia District Station to head the FCPD Internal Affairs Division. His last official day at the station was last Friday, October 16. We wish him all the best in his new assignment - and congratulations on his promotion.

Our new Station Commander will be Captain Maggie DeBoard. Captain DeBoard's last command was the Special Operations Division, which includes the SWAT team, the Civil Disobedience Unit and the Explosives and Ordinance Disposal Unit After that command, Franconia District Station Captain DeBoard will not officially arrive until mid-to-late November, due to other Departmental duties. Until she arrives, our own, inimitable Lieutenant "Butch" Campbell will serve as interim Station Commander.

HELP!!!

The following letter was received by the Franconia District Station last week. It is NOT a scam and your assistance will be appreciated (full names have been removed to protect the identies of the needy persons):

October 13, 2004

Dear Captain Morris and Friends of Franconia Station,

First of all I wuld like to thank all of you for working so well with me during my 5 years at Springfield Gardens. I could not do my job without your help.

E. and A.(deleted) have been residents of Springfield Gardens since May 1, 2003. Six months ago, they had a baby boy named, E. (deleted). He is the cutest thing you ever saw. Until about a month ago the doctors found that he has a bad heart and he needs a transplant. This last weekend he almost didn't make it and we almost lost him. As many of the Police officers from the station know, I work very hard for my residents. Mr. V. (deleted) is the only one working to support the family. Mrs. (deleted) stays home to care for the baby. As of this weekend, Mr. V. (deleted) he has not been working and they do not know I am doing this. I am also going to (deleted) to ask for help. If there is any way that donations can be made, may it be food, toiletries or help with the rent, it will be greatly appreciated. I have never asked for this kind of help before. Anything that you can do will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact me at Springfield Gardens 703-451-2561.

Sincerely,

Blanca Roa
Property Manager, Springfield Garden Apartments

(Our note: if your organization sponsors a needy family as a part of your Christmas outreach, this family would certainly qualify. The CAC has already provided generous support, but the rest of the community is also asked to get involved.)

CAC:

The next CAC meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, November 17th, 2004 at the Franconia Government Center in the public meeting room. Mark your calendars and be sure to attend. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, pre-meeting social period begins at 7:00pm.

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 held the second Saturday of each month at the Franconia District Station. The next MODIP class is being held at the Franconia District Station located at 6121 Franconia Road, on November13, 2004, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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.

Reminder: Daylight savings time ends Sunday morning, October 31, at 2am. Do not forget to set your clocks back one hour and get an extra hour of sleep!

Weekly Incident Summary Report
October 14-22, 2004

ROBBERY

Windham Avenue, 6400 Block: A Kingstowne area man was robbed at gunpoint. At 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2004, a 22-year-old man was walking in the 6400 block of Windham Avenue in the Springfield area, when he was approached from behind by a man who displayed a handgun. The victim was ordered to the ground and he complied. The suspect took the victim’s wallet and fled the area on foot. The victim was not injured. The suspect was described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 140 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap, dark-colored sunglasses, and a dark-colored shirt and pants.

LARCENIES

Amherst Avenue, 5900 Block Political sign reported stolen from residence.
Bernard Avenue, 6200 Block Compact disc player reported stolen from vehicle.
Edsall Road, 6400 Block Beer reported stolen from business.
Franconia Road, 6400 Block Microscopes reported stolen from school.
Kingstowne Center, 5800 Block Gasoline reported stolen from service station.
Koopman Court, 7800 Block License plate reported stolen from boat trailer.
Logsdon Drive, 4500 Block Stereo reported stolen from vehicle.
Loisdale Court, 6500 Block Laptop reported stolen from business.
Meriwether Lane, 6400 Block Bicycle reported stolen from residence.
Norham Drive, 5800 Block Jewelry reported stolen from residence.
Oakridge Woods Court7600 Block DVD system reported stolen from vehicle.
Old Keene Mill Road, 7000 Block Gasoline reported stolen from service station.
Rose Hill Drive, 6100 Block Videos and games reported stolen from business.
Springfield Drive, 6800 Block County sticker reported stolen from vehicle.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Purse reported stolen from business.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Many pairs of shoes reported stolen from business.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Patrons left restaurant without paying tab.
Springfield Plaza, 6300 Block Tool bag and tool box reported stolen from vehicle.
Springfield Plaza, 6300 Block School bag reported stolen from vehicle.
Springfield Plaza, 6300 Block Jacket, cellular telephone and keys reported stolen from business.
Victoria Drive, 6900 Block Lawn chair reported stolen from residence.

VEHICLE THEFTS

Curtier Drive, 6000 Block 1997 Honda reported stolen.
Gunston Plaza, 7700 Block 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser reported stolen.
Hagel Circle, 9500 Block 1997 Isuzu Rodeo reported stolen.
Little River Turnpike, 6700 Block 1997 Ford van reported stolen.
Springfield Mall, 6600 Block 2003 Toyota reported stolen.

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