Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending December 5, 2005

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.

Santa's Ride for Children
December 14, 2005

For the 17th year, the Fairfax County Police Department's Motor Squad will conduct Santa's Ride for Children on December 14, 2005. For those of you who haven't been lucky enough to see this amazing event, throughout the day, Santa, Mrs. Santa, his elves, and characters like The Grinch and Teddy Bear, along with their police escorts travel throughout the county, Fairfax City, Vienna, and this year the City of Falls Church.  The Motor Squad visits schools, businesses, the Government Center, and district stations picking up donations of stuffed animals, games, books, bicycles, and money along the way to give to children who are hospitalized in local hospitals on December 15th and 16th, 2005.

Motor Squad officers dress up as Santa and elves and ride on their reindeer--I mean motorcycles (handlebars – no antlers).  VIPS and civilian employees dress up as Mrs. Santa and the characters.  Throughout the day at the different pick up locations, small children greet the entourage.

If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause, bring unwrapped presents to the Franconia District Station prior to the morning of December 14. The “Santas” will arrive at 9:30am (0930) and depart at 9:45am (0945).

Annual “Safe December” Campaign Continues

The Fairfax County’s “Safe December” campaign began on Thursday, December 1. “Safe December” is an annual departmental initiative designed to promote a safe and sober holiday season. Select officers form a roving squad that will identify and arrest drunk drivers county-wide every night. The Safe December Squad has traditionally arrested well over 100 drunk and impaired drivers during past campaigns. 

“The Fairfax County Police Department is serious about enforcing Virginia's DUI-related laws and our officers know exactly what to look for. When we find you driving while impaired we will arrest you. No warnings, no second chance,” warns Captain Jesse Bowman, Commander of the FCPD Traffic Division.

As part of the campaign, weekly DWI checkpoints will be conducted and possibly more than one checkpoint per weekend. In addition, police cadets in plain clothing will attempt to purchase alcohol from retail and restaurant establishments across the county to thwart sales to underage drinkers. 

On the first three nights of the campaign, 24 motorists were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol !!!,

CAC:

THERE WILL BE NO MEETING IN DECEMBER.

However, the CAC will again host a Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day breakfast for our police officers who are working those evening, night and morning shifts and cannot be with their families. This will be our 11th year, and if you are interested in helping out, we can always use side dishes and dessert items. The CAC take care of providing the turkey and ham dinners and the breakfast items. Contact us at this email address if you can assist us. We will also accept monetary contributions that will go toward the meals. Any overage will go into the CAC general fund for future events.

Our next CAC meeting will be held at the Franconia Government Center, 6121 Franconia Road, on Wednesday evening, January, 18, 2006, in the big meeting room.  A Social Period begins at 7pm, with the General Meeting beginning at 7:30pm.

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 seminars are scheduled at the Franconia District Station, located at 6121 Franconia Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on January 14, 2006 and February 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
December 1-5, 2005

Solicitation-Attempted Murder-Arrest

An Alexandria-area woman was arrested for allegedly attempting to hire someone to kill her boyfriend. On Tuesday, November 29 around 9:30 p.m., an undercover Fairfax County police officer met with 33-year-old April Shiflett, of 8515 Greenleaf Street. While meeting somewhere in Fairfax County, Shiflett paid the officer to have her 22-year-old Alexandria-area boyfriend killed. Shiflett was arrested and charged with solicitation to commit murder. Shiflett was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and held without bond.

LARCENIES

Backlick Road, 6400 Block

License plates stolen from vehicle.

Backlick Road, 6400 Block

Gasoline stolen from service station.

Backlick Road, 6400 Block

Jacket stolen from person.

Beulah Street, 7200 Block

Beer stolen from business.

Edsall Road, 6400 Block

Purse stolen from vehicle.

Frontier Drive, 6800 Block

Bicycle stolen from metro station.

Industrial Road, 6900 (Block

6 reports) Radio stolen from vehicle.

Industrial Road, 6900 Block

Stereo stolen from vehicle.

Langleigh Way, 6500 Block

Purse stolen from vehicle.

Loisdale Road, 6600 Block

Money stolen from business.

Oriole Avenue, 7100 Block

Vending machines stolen from business.

Rappahannock Place, 5100 Block

Money stolen from vehicle.

South Van Dorn Street, 5700 Block

Purse and money stolen from hotel.

Springfield Plaza, 6300 Block

Table saw and tools stolen from vehicle.

Springfield Plaza, 6400 Block

Compact disc player stolen from business.

Sunset Lane, 4900 Block

Radio stolen from vehicle.                                 

Waldren Way, 8900 Block

License plate stolen from vehicle.

VEHICLE THEFTS

Burgundy Road, 3700 Block

Honda Civic reported stolen.

Cobbs Road, 6100 Block

2002 Toyota Sienna reported stolen.

Elan Place, 4400 Block

1995 Honda Accord reported stolen.

Glenallen Street, 5500 Block

1993 Lincoln Town Car reported stolen.

Jayhawk Street, 7400 Block

Ford F350 truck reported stolen.

Jervis Street, 7300 Block

1998 Honda Accord reported stolen.

Pohick Road, 7400 Block

1978 Pontiac station wagon reported stolen.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center, 6500 Block

1994 Lincoln Town Car reported stolen.

Terminal Road, 8200 Block

U-Haul truck reported stolen.

ANIMAL CONTROL DIVISION

Barry Road, 7100 Block:    An animal control officer responded to the report of an injured raccoon in the 7100 block of Barry Road in the Franconia area. The officer located the lethargic animal nearby and euthanized it. It was transported to the Animal Shelter and tested positive for rabies.

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