Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending November 01, 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.

Special Robbery Alert

CAC:

Our next regularly-scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, November 15, 2006, in the Helen Wilson Community Room at 7:30 pm in the Franconia Governmental Center. A social period (7pm-7:30pm) precedes the meeting.

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 November 11, 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.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
October 26-November 1, 2006

PURSE SNATCHING ALERT

Several purses have been snatched around the region in recent months. Some of these offenses have occurred in supermarkets and department stores, where unsuspecting women left their purses in their shopping carts and went down an aisle to find an item. The perpetrator(s) need only a moment to see the unattended purse, grab it and exit the store. Additionally, robbers will sometimes grab a purse in a crowed store, even if the owner is present. One solution, relayed by District 6 (Franconia) Station Commander, Captain Maggie Deboard at this month's CAC meeting, is simple, and might prevent you losing your purse (and possibly, your identity):

Most shopping carts have seatbelts to strap in toddlers. USE THAT SEATBELT by putting it through the purse strap and clicking it shut. A would-be thief that grabs the purse and makes a run for it will get a big surprise when he finds that he is running with a shopping cart attached to the purse in his hand. The best solution, of course, is to NOT LEAVE YOUR PURSE UNATTENDED,  but this practice will double your chances of not becoming a victim. This season is a particularly active one for thieves and robbers, because they are aware that people might be carrying extra sums of money around to make holiday purchases.

Another opportunity for purse snatchers presents itself at self-service gas stations. So far, several unsuspecting victims have left their purses on the seats of UNLOCKED cars while pumping gas. The perpetrators needed only a moment to open the door, grab the purse and run. If you are going to leave your purse on the seat, make sure you LOCK YOUR CAR DOOR, and take your keys when you get out of the car to pump gas or pay for it.  Beware and be aware.

BANK ROBBERY

Franconia Road, 5200 Block:  On Wednesday, November 1 around 4:32 p.m., a man walked into the BB&T Bank located at 5203 Franconia Road in the Rose Hill Shopping Center. He approached a teller and demanded money. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money after which he fled the area. There was no weapon seen or implied. Detectives believe this is the same suspect who, on Tuesday, October 31 and Wednesday, October 25, robbed the Wachovia Bank located at 6300 Richmond Highway. The suspect is described as a white man about 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall and 35 to 40-years-old. He had a medium to heavy build, black hair and a mustache. He wore a blue sweatshirt and blue jeans. Surveillance photographs have been broadcast on local television stations.

If you have any information about this suspect, call Crime Solvers at: Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477 or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131. A reward is offered and you do not have to give your name!

LARCENIES

Commerce Street, 6800 Block

  Soda stolen from business

Commerce Street, 7200 Block

  Bicycle stolen from business

Craig Street, 5900 Block

  Pager and identification badge stolen from vehicle

Dickenson Street, 7400 Block

  Jewelry and piggy bank stolen from residence

Farnum Street, 7400 Block

  Compressor and pipe machine stolen from business

Franconia Road, 6500 Block

  Cell phone stolen from school

Frontier Drive, 6500 Block

  Machine stolen from business

Hagel Circle, 9600 Block

  Jewelry stolen from residence

Hill Park Court, 7900 Block

  Stereo and speakers stolen from vehicle

Manchester Boulevard, 7000 Block

  DVDs stolen from business

Manchester Boulevard, 7000 Block

  Food stolen from business

La Vista Drive, 5500 Block

  GPS stolen from vehicle

Rose Hill Court, 6200 Block

  Jewelry and electronics stolen from residence

Rose Hill Drive, 6100 Block

  Razors stolen from business

Silver Lake Boulevard, 7100 Block

  Purse stolen from business

Sipes Lane, 7200 Block   Computer and credit cards stolen from business

Skyles Way, 7000 Block

  One temporary license plate stolen from vehicle

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  Cash stolen from business

VEHICLE THEFTS

Backlick Road,6200 Block

  2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle reported stolen

Shepherd Hills Drive, 9500 Block

  1999 Acura Integra reported stolen

Webbwood Court, 7600 Block   Honda Accord reported stolen

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