Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending December 08, 2004

Police Officer Philip Edwards
Crime Prevention Unit
Fairfax County Police ~ Franconia Station
6121 Franconia Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22310-2508

Main Desk:





703.719.6436   ~ Fairfax County Police Department  ~ Virginia Crime Prevention Association
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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.

HO!, HO!, HO! Department

"Santa's Ride" takes place next week. On December 15 and 16, personnel from the FCPD will be traveling around the County, stopping at Fairfax County Government offices and Police Stations, collecting donated NEW toys, games and books to distribute children in hospitals and other care facilities. If you can help by providing these materials, or want to make a cash donation, it will be accepted by the Crime Prevention Office at Franconia and other FCPD District Stations. Franconia's "visit" is scheduled for 9am on December 16th, so donations have to be at the station not later than 6pm on the 15th. Thanks in advance for your continued support.


Somebody wearing blue pants and a gray shirt is watching and making sure you're being safe and sane! The FCPD "Safe December" operation is well on the waythis year, trying to make your driving experiences safer by getting drunk drivers off the streets. Arrests (thus far) exceed last year's numbers. In addition to increased DUI and DWI checkpoints all across the County, ten (10) patrol officers have been put on a special DUI patrol. Their function is singular--to get drunk drivers off the road.

Finally, the FCPD will conduct alcohol "stings" across the County, sending underage Police Cadets into stores to attempt making alcohol purchases. If the Cadet succeeds, the person who sells the alcohol risks heavy fines and possible imprisonment for repeat offenses. The LAW is clear -- no alcohol is to be sold to persons under the age of 21. Likewise, it is illegal for a person over the age of 21 to purchase alcohol intended for persons under the age of 21. The County had a fatality last week, where a "legal" citizen purchased beer for a 16 year-old woman, who was subsequently involved an a fatal wreck.

This is the party season. Party hearty! But if you take a "cup of kindness," take a taxi home.


No meeting in december! We're taking the opportunity, once again this year, to provide dinners on Christmas Eve and breakfast on Christmas morning to those of your Police Department who have to work during those tmes, instead of celebrating with their families. If you'd like to donate a dessert or side dish, we'd be glad to receive it. Please call CAC chairperson, Sue Hotto, to coordinate your donation at: (703) 354-1988.

The next CAC meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, January 19, 2005, 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.


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 classes are being held at the Franconia District Station located at 6121 Franconia Road, on December 11, 2004, and January 8, 2005, 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.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
December 02-08, 2004

SERIAL BURGLAR CAUGHT: Springfield Plaza, 6300 Block: A serial burglar was caught in the act breaking into a business through the roof fan. On Tuesday, November 30, around 11:45 a.m., Fairfax County police officers, with the assistance of detectives from Montgomery County police, determined that a burglar was breaking into the Park Dry Cleaners, located at 6302 Springfield Plaza. Fairfax County police and a police K-9 unit established a perimeter around the business, and the Fairfax County Police helicopter was able to locate a man on the roof of the business. Patrol officers commanded the man to come down from the roof and he was taken into custody. Investigation revealed that the man had gained entry into the business through the roof fan.

Steven W. Tipton, 33, of 10 Steven Court in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was charged with breaking and entering and held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Police believe Tipton may be connected with 28 similar cases throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, 9 of which were in Fairfax County. All these cases have had similar methods of entry and have also targeted commercial cleaning businesses.


Backlick Road, 5500 Block Gasoline reported stolen from service station.
Backlick Road, 5800 Block Laptop computer reported stolen from business.
Backlick Road, 6100 Block Fishing equipment reported stolen from business.
Belvoir Woods Parkway, 9100 Block Cash reported stolen from residence.
Cherokee Avenue, 5500 Block Credit cards reported stolen from business.
Cinder Bed Road, 7700 Block Cash reported stolen from residence.
Cinder Bed Road, 8500 Block Laptop computer reported stolen from business.
Elmwood Drive, 3400 Block Lug nuts reported stolen from vehicle.
Franconia Road, 5500 Block Gasoline reported stolen from service station.
Franconia Road, 6100 Block Gasoline reported stolen from service station.
Leewood Forest Drive, 7000 Block License plates reported stolen from vehicle.
Little River Turnpike, 7000 Block Computer mouse reported stolen from residence.
Logsdon Drive, 4600 Block Stereo reported stolen from vehicle.
Richmond Highway, 9100 Block Gasoline reported stolen from service station.
Stoddard Court, 6000 Block Airbags reported stolen from vehicle.
Telegraph Road, 6500 Block Trailer reported stolen from business.
Wolford Way, 7600 Block Airbags reported stolen from vehicle.


Cherokee Avenue, 5500 Block 1996 Saturn sedan reported stolen.
Comet Circle, 6600 Block 1993 Honda Accord reported stolen.
Edsall Road, 6300 Block 2000 Dodge Intrepid reported

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