Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending December 6, 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.

 

GIFT CARD SCAM ALERT!!!

If you buy Gift Cards from a display rack that has various store cards you may become a victim of theft. Crooks are now jotting down the card numbers in the store and then wait a few days and call the gift card's program "800" number to see how much of a balance is on the card. Once they find the card is "activated", and then they go online and start shopping-with your gift card balance. If you give the card to someone for a holiday present, they might find the card is worthless when they try to use it.  

You may want to purchase your card(s) ONLY from a customer service person in a shop, where they do not have the Gift Cards viewable by the public.

A Public service announcement brought to you by your friend and mine --- Norm Cherkis

 

ANIMAL SHELTER OPENS THREE SUNDAYS IN DECEMBER FOR HOME 4 THE HOLIDAYS

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will open its doors on three Sundays in December to help find homes for companion animals in need this holiday season. The shelter will be open for adoption on Sundays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17 from 12 to 4 p.m. in addition to regular operating hours throughout the week. Animals from three rescue-partner agencies will also be available for adoption at the shelter on Sundays during the event. A different group will attend each Sunday:

  • Sunday, Dec. 3              Humane Society of Fairfax County

  • Sunday, Dec. 10            Friends of Homeless Animals

  • Sunday, Dec. 17            Homeless Animals Rescue Team

Adoption fees and processes vary by group. The shelter is located at 4500 West Ox Road., Fairfax, VA 22030. Regular adoption hours are Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, contact the shelter at (703) 830-1100.

CAC:

No meeting in December. However, we will again be serving Christmas Dinner to our District Station officers who have to work on Christmas Eve. We will also be serving breakfast to those officers who have to work on Christmas morning. Call the CAC Chair via the Franconia Crime Prevention Office if you can help (number is at the bottom of this report), or, email to: sue.hotto@gallaudet.edu

Our next regularly-scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 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 January 13, 2007. 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.

SENIOR CITIZEN SAFETY SEMINAR

Given in two locations for your convenience

  • Saturday, 12/16/2006  1:00-3:00 pm
    Lynbrook Elementary School, 5801 Backlick Road, Springfield,VA 22150

  • Monday,: 12/18/06  2:00-4:00 p.m.
    Bren Mar Elementary School, 6344 Beryl Road, Alexandria, VA 22312

Presented By: MPO Allie Eggers and MPO James Nida
Fairfax County Police , Franconia Crime Prevention Unit
James.Nida@fairfaxcounty.gov and alice.bennett@fairfaxcounty.gov

703-922-8263

This lecture presentation is about prevention and strategies that seniors can use to reduce their chances of becoming a victim. Prevention tips for the individual, home and community will be discussed. Strategies for safety, to include; shopping centers, parking lots, clothing, your vehicle, personal behavior and the importance of communications will be covered. There no charge for attending. Crime Prevention is everyone's business! Don't let this opportunity pass you by.

SEXUAL ASSAULT FREE AND EMPOWERED (SAFE)

In the United States a woman is assaulted every six minutes. Three out of four women will experience at least one violent crime in their lifetimes. Could you effectively defend yourself if attacked? SAFE is a woman's self-defense program that teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. The program begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance. It then progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. To learn more about SAFE or to register for the course, please call: (703) 246-7806

CRIME DOES NOT PAY BUT CRIME SOLVERS DOES! WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Call Crime Solvers at 703-691-8888 or 1-800-673-2777 if you have information on:

  • A crime that has occurred in Fairfax County

  • The whereabouts of a wanted person

  • Stolen property or illegal narcotics

  • Respect your intuition - it could protect you from danger.

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY AND THE SECURITY OF YOUR HOME!

Personal safety:

  • Be alert and walk purposefully. Confidence deters attackers.

  • Be prepared to scream "No!" loudly and get away if threatened.

  • Avoid lonely or gloomy places, especially at night - walk with a friend, or stay with a crowd.

  • Be wary of strangers, on foot or in cars, asking directions - it's better to be rude than to be in trouble. . If someone follows you, go to a place where there are other people.

  • Carry a cell phone

In your residence:

  • Your home is your fortress-your refuge from the dangers of the world. Protect it by using the following tips:

  • Keep doors locked, when you are home or even if you are away for only a few minutes.

  • Always keep your keys in your possession. Never place them under mats, over doors, or in any other obvious hiding places. Thieves and burglars know about "key stones" (those hollow rocks that you can put into your garden inside which you can hide a key). Don't waste your money on them.

  • Install a viewer/peephole, and ask the callers' name every time you answer the door. Don't open the door until you are sure of who is there and you want to open the door.

  • If the caller claims to be an official, ask for proof of identity BEFORE you let her or him into your home. If you have any doubts, ask the person to either wait, or to call back later so that you can call the company he or she claims to be representing for verification.

  • If a stranger asks to use your telephone in an emergency, offer to make the call yourself while he/she waits out-side.

  • Have a home security check conducted by the Crime Prevention Officer in your local police district.  THIS IS A FREE SERVICE! Call 703-922-8253 to schedule a check.

  • If you return to your residence and you think it has been entered illegally, DO NOT ENTER THE PREMISIS. Call the Police at 911!

  • Don't advertise. Never leave a note on the door stating you are not at home. Use only your last name and first initial on the door, the mailbox, and in telephone books. Consider excluding your street address from directory listings.

  • Establish a buddy system with a neighbor. Each should be wary of anything out of the ordinary, in and around the others' premises. Let your neighbor know when you will be arriving home late. Take in each others' mail and newspapers in the event of vacations or absences for more than a day. This procedure amounts to a mini-Neighborhood Watch program.

  • Use a timer for lamps or a radio to give your residence an occupied look or sound.

  • Never answer personal questions on the telephone and never provide any financial information or your Social Security number over the telephone, unless it is to a financial institution and then ONLY if you have initiated the call. The state and national Internal Revenue Services NEVER ask for personal information unless it is in the form of a letter delivered by the US Postal Service. They NEVER use email to contact you. Never admit that you are alone or that you live alone.

  • Draw your curtains or blinds after dark.

  • All entrances to your home should be well lit.

  • Become involved with your Neighborhood Watch.

  • Report any suspicious sounds, activities, automobiles or behavior that you see to the Police Emergency phone number (911) for all crimes in progress, or the Non emergency phone number: 703-691-2131 for any other suspicious behavior, automobile accidents WITHOUT physical injury, etc (IF THERE ARE ANY PHYSICAL INJURIES OR FIRE, DIAL 911).

Weekly Incident Summary Report
November 30-December 6, 2006

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATIONS UPDATE

Bostwick Drive, 6620,Block:  Investigation has led detectives to link the Marion Marshall and Marion Newman homicides. The same suspect is believed to have committed the murders and may have ties to the Crestwood and Edsall Park communities in the North Springfield area. Police are asking for assistance from the community to identify the suspect. He took an unusual ring from Marion Newman and may have displayed, sold or traded it to someone in the area. The custom-made ring is described as white gold with a three diamond setting; the diamonds are side-by-side. There is a leaf design in the band. The murders are believed to be crimes of opportunity; police encourage the community to take safety precautions. Safety tips are listed on the Fairfax County Police Department Web site.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING

Bloomfield Drive, 5600 Block:  Two men were shot early Sunday morning after an altercation inside a home.  Police were called to the home, located in the 5600 block of Bloomfield Drive, at 12:04 a.m. on December 3. Officers located a 32-year-old Alexandria-area man and a 30-year-old Woodbridge-area man inside with gunshot wounds to their lower bodies. Both victims were transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital and treated for their injuries. An investigation determined the victims were at the apartment throughout the night with the resident and several of her friends.  During the evening an argument occurred between the victims and the other men at the home.  Those men left the home but returned later with baseball bats.  The men entered the apartment and assaulted the two victims with the bats.  One of the suspects brandished a handgun and shot the victims before fleeing.

ROBBERY

Accotink Road, 8300 Block:  A 40-year-old Newington-area woman was robbed on Friday, December 1 around 9:30 p.m. in her driveway. The woman was coming home and walked up her driveway when a man came up behind her and grabbed her purse, knocking her down. The suspect fled. The victim was not injured. The suspect was described as a black man, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans, a black jacket, ball cap and brown shoes.

BURGLARY

Elan Court, 4400 Block:  On Friday, December 1 at 8:30 p.m., a man came home to find burglars in his house. He noticed that lights were on and the door was not locked properly. He went inside and heard noises in the basement. He yelled down the stairs and saw a man running out his back door. The victim chased him until the suspect got into a blue SUV, possibly a Nissan Xterra. Upon further inspection, the victim realized some of his belongings had been stolen. The suspect was described as a dark-skinned man about 5 feet 9 inches tall with medium build. He was wearing a dark blue jacket, white running pants and a blue bandana on his head.

LARCENIES

Amherst Avenue, 6500 Block

  Tags stolen from business

Backlick Road, 5500 Block

  Tags stolen from business

Ferber Place, 7500 Block

  Money stolen from residence

Frontier Drive, 6700 Block

  Money and radio stolen from business

Gresham Street, 7400 Block

  Front tag stolen from residence

Hagel Circle, 9500 Block

  Tag stolen from residence

Kingstowne Towne Center, 5900 Block

  Purse stolen from business

Lewis Chapel Circle, 7800 Block

  Necklace and house key stolen from residence

Loisdale Road, 6500 Block

  Money and credit cards stolen from business

Loisdale Road, 6700 Block

  Salon owner defrauded

Minor Lane, 4600 Block

  Purse stolen from business

Rose Hill Drive, 6100 Block

  Groceries stolen from business

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  Cellular telephone stolen from business

Springfield Mall, 6600 Block

  Merchandise stolen from business

Springfield Mall, 6600 Block

  Innkeeper defrauded

Wescott Hills Way, 5900 Block

  Tag stolen from residence

VEHICLE THEFTS

Lavender Lane, 7200 Block

  1994 Acura Integra stolen from residence

Metropolitan Center Drive, 6722 Block

  1994 Mercury Sable stolen from residence

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