Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending December 10, 2003

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

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Mark your calendars! The next CAC meeting will be on Wednesday, January 21, 2004. The response to our request for assistance in serving Christmas dinner to the women and men of the FCPD has been fantastic and we thank all of you. If you'd like to bring some dessert or side dishes for the event, we will accept them from 5pm onward on Christmas eve.


The Fairfax County Police Department, in the interest of promoting a safe and sober holiday season, launched its "Safe December" program today. The purpose of the campaign, which will run through New Year’s Eve, is to educate the public to the dangers of irresponsible alcohol use and underage alcohol purchases. First, a group of officers will patrol the streets looking primarily for drunk drivers. These officers will work county-wide during the nighttime hours. Also, each district station, as well as the Traffic Division, will conduct weekly DWI checkpoints. Some weekends may have more than one checkpoint going on at the same time. Finally, police cadets will attempt to purchase alcohol from retail and restaurant establishments across the county.

Sobriety checkpoints will be increased in number for at least the rest of the Holiday Season. If you have been consuming alcohol at parties or at home, it is strongly suggested that you do not get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. All stations will be participating in this effort.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
December 4-10, 2003


Two men were arrested for an attempted robbery that happened in the 6900 block of Ellingham Circle yesterday (December 3) at 9:30 pm. A 29-year-old Kingstowne area man opened his front door to what he believed was a pizza delivery man. After the victim stated he did not order a pizza, Mondell Opoku, 22, of 7506 Mullingar Court in the Springfield area, put his hand in the pizza bag to indicate he had a weapon. The victim slammed his door shut and Opoku ran to a Chevy van and ! sped away. The victim then ran to his own vehicle and chased the van to Beulah Road where Opoku ran the victim off the road. A lookout was given and officers stopped Opoku on Frontier Drive near Springfield Drive. Opoku and a passenger in the van, Phuc Pham, 22, of 8335 Magic Leaf Road also in the Springfield area, were arrested and charged with attempted robbery. Both are being held without bond.


Springfield Mall, 6500 Block: On December 5 at 1:30 p.m., a man entered the J. C. Penney store and went to the small appliances. He pulled out a crumpled J. C. Penney bag, and took a Kitchen-Aid mixer off of the shelf and placed it in the bag. He proceeded to the register, where he presented a receipt and stated he wanted a cash refund. The clerk complied, as store security officers watched the incident via store video cameras. The security personnel summoned police as the man left the store. He got into a waiting gold 2000 Lincoln Navigator driven by another man and the pair left the mall. A traffic stop was conducted, and both men were arrested without incident. Investigation revealed the SUV the men were driving had been reported stolen in 1999 from a car dealership in South Carolina. Germain Thompson, 38, and Byron K. Renn, 28, both from Cheraw, South Carolina, were charged with larceny by false pretense and grand larceny auto. Each man was held on a $10,000 bond.


Backlick Road, 7200 Block Television and radio taken from parked vehicle.
Belmont Landing Road, 7600 Block Kitchen appliances taken from construction site.
Belvoir Woods Parkway, 9100 Block Window screen taken from business.
Bitternut Drive, 6000 Block Jewelry taken from residence.
Brocketts Crossing, 6300 Block Christmas decorations taken from residence.
Brookview Drive, 6000 Block Wallet taken from business.
Curtier Drive, 6000 Block Snow blower taken from business.
Eaton Place, 4700 Block Christmas decorations taken from residence.
Edsall Road/Industrial Drive Radio taken from parked vehicle.
General Washington Drive, 5700 Block Television and VCR reported stolen.
Gildar Street, 6300 Block Stereo taken from parked vehicle.
Hagel Circle, 9700 Block Gun reported stolen from residence.
Kerrybrooke Drive, 4500 Block Christmas decorations taken from residence.
Kingstowne Towne Centre, 5900 Block Sweater taken from business.
Kingstowne Towne Centre, 5900 Block Purse taken from business.
Lake Parcel Drive, 9100 Block Refrigerator taken from construction site.
Larno Drive, 4900 Block Christmas decorations taken from residence.
Loisdale Court, 6500 Block Wallet taken from business.
Loisdale Court, 6600 Block Laptop computer taken from business.
Pioneer Drive, 6200 Block License plate taken from parked vehicle.
Skyles Way, 7000 Block Camera reported stolen from parked vehicle.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Cell Phone reported stolen.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Wallet taken from business.


Backlick Road/Commerce Street 1988 Dodge Reliant reported stolen.
Craig Street, 5900 Block 2001 Hyundai Sonata reported stolen.
Terminal Road, 8200 Block 2000 GMC truck reported stolen.
Wimsatt Road, 7100 Block 2002 Ford van reported stolen.

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