Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending December 13, 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.

ANIMAL SHELTER OPEN SUNDAY 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 Sunday, December 17, from 12 to 4 p.m. in addition to regular operating hours throughout the week. Animals from a rescue-partner agency will also be available for adoption at the shelter during the event.

Sunday, Dec. 17, the Homeless Animals Rescue Team will have adoptions at the Animal Services Facility (shelter, pound, rescue center), 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 SEMINARS

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.

Persistence and Innovation Put Fairfax County Police in the Winners' Circle

The Fairfax County Police Department has taken top honors for the best overall traffic safety program among similarly sized departments in the U.S from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Two components of the overall program were singled out for special honors; the Underage Alcohol Prevention Award and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Award.

After 13 years of conducting alcohol stings at businesses that sell alcoholic beverages, this is the first time the Fairfax County efforts have won the national youth alcohol honors. The Traffic Safety Services Unit conducted 17 alcohol sting operations at 457 businesses in 2005. Seventy-two establishments sold alcohol to underage police cadets posing as customers. Officers immediately counseled or ticketed those managers and clerks. Letters of thanks and special pins, new for the 2004-2005 campaign, were sent to every manager and clerk who refused to sell to the cadets.

Another new facet of the winning campaign was the "Shut It Down" program. The Traffic Division acted on suggestions from students and established a telephone line for teenagers to call and anonymously report locations of parties where alcohol was likely to be served. Tips from the teens shut down seven parties during prom and graduation seasons and led to violations against businesses that illegally sold alcohol to minors.

The Motor Carrier Safety Unit added a unique new element to the year's inspections of 2,060 commercial vehicles operating on local, state and interstate highways within county boundaries.  During the May prom season, the officers conducted special inspections of limousine services, particularly looking for those operating unsafely, or without proper authority or insurance.

The awards, covering operations completed in 2005, were presented at the IACP conference in Boston in October.

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 SHOULD 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.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
December 7-13, 2006

HOMICIDE 

Edsall Road, 6400 Block:  A 22-year-old Alexandria-area woman was stabbed to death in her home today allegedly by an aunt. The stabbing occurred around 8 a.m. Monday, December 11 at 6416 block of Edsall Road. The victim was pronounced dead of multiple stab wounds. The aunt was medevaced to Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries. She was in critical condition on Monday afternoon. Charges are pending against her. The investigation will confirm whether or not her injuries are self-inflicted. A young man and two children were in the home at the time of the stabbing. No one else was injured. The victim of this homicide has been identified as Laquetta S. Sanders, 22, of 6416 Edsall Road.

ROBBERY 

Frontier Drive, 6600 Block:  A 22-year-old man was robbed while walking through a lower-level parking garage on December 8 about 6:30 p.m. Three men approached the victim in the 6600 block of Frontier Road and one of them brandished a handgun. The suspects took the victim's cellular telephone and cash before fleeing in a white Honda Civic. The victim was not injured. The suspects were described as black men wearing black jeans and ski masks. The first suspect was about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed approximately 140 pounds. The second suspect was 6 feet tall and weighed about 200 pounds. The last suspect was about 6 feet tall and 160 pounds.

Armed Robbery

Gunston Cove Road, 9300 Block:  47-year-old gas station clerk was robbed on Monday, December 11 about 8:40 p.m. The suspect entered Citgo gas station, located at 9308 Gunston Cove Road, and approached the clerk behind the counter. The suspect took out a handgun and held it against the victim as he demanded money. The Centreville-area victim relinquished an undisclosed amount of cash from the registers and the suspect fled. The victim was not injured. The suspect was described as black male, in his early 30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed approximately 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored zip up sweatshirt.

Bank Robbery 

Loisdale Road, 6400 Block: Two men walked into a Bank of America located at 6417 Loisdale Road in the Springfield area. They brandished guns, told people to lie on the ground and demanded keys for the vault. This occurred on Thursday, December 7 around 9:20 a.m. After assaulting one employee and pushing a second employee and a customer to the ground, they fled the area in an unknown direction. The employees did not require medical treatment at the scene. Both suspects were described as tall, black men about 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 3 inches. They wore black ski masks, black zippered fleece jackets and blue jeans. One suspect wore white sneakers and the other had black shoes or sneakers. One wore glasses underneath his ski mask.

VEHICLE TAMPERING 

Rose Hill Drive Area:  The owners of 23 cars near the Crosspointe, Huntington and Rose Hill areas awoke to find their cars had been damaged. Sometime between the hours of 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, and 8 a.m. on Friday, November 30, three adults and one juvenile shot out the windows of 23 cars, slashed the tires of two cars and damaged Christmas decorations on three houses. The total estimate of damages ranged from $3,500 to $5,000. Evidence collected during the investigation led to the arrests of Muktasid Adib, 18, of 6023 Rixey Drive in Alexandria, Usman Butt, 19, of 9920 Hagel Circle in Lorton, Kristofer Knickerbocker, 19, of 6433 Beulah Street in Alexandria and a 17-year-old boy from the Clermont Woods area. They were all charged with 5 counts of vehicle tampering and the three adults were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Off-Duty Fairfax County Police Officer Arrested

South Van Dorn Street/Oakwood Drive:  A four-year member of the Fairfax County Police Department was arrested early Tuesday, December 12. At approximately 5:40 a.m., officers responded to a crash near the intersection of South Van Dorn Street and Oakwood Road in the Alexandria area.

Investigation determined that a 2006 GMC H3 Hummer was traveling southbound on South Van Dorn Street when it rear-ended a 1993 Chevrolet delivery truck at Oakwood Drive. The driver of the truck, a 30-year-old Woodbridge man, and the driver of the Hummer were not injured. The driver of the Hummer was identified as 32-year-old Walter R. Fasci who is assigned to the patrol bureau of the Fairfax County Police Department. Fasci was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and refusal to take the breath test. Fasci was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation

LARCENIES

Arcade Street,8000 Block

  Bow and arrow stolen from residence

Backlick Road, 6100 Block

  Computer stolen from vehicle

Backlick Road, 6600 Block

  Beer stolen from business

Braddock Road, 6500 Block

  Purse stolen from school

Commerce Street, 7000 Block

  Wallet stolen from vehicle

Easton Drive, 5400 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle

Easton Drive, 5400 Block

  Cell phone stolen from business

Franconia Road, 5500 Block

  Gas stolen from business

Franconia Road, 6100 Block

  Gas stolen from business

Franconia Road, 6500 Block

  Camera stolen from school

General Washington Drive, 5700 Block

  Money stolen from business

Inlet Creek Court, 6900 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle

Lake Cove Drive, 7200 Block

  Money stolen from residence

Lane Drive, 5800 Block

  Purse stolen from business

Minor Lane, 4600 Block

  Purse stolen from vehicle

Old Keene Mill Road, 7200 Block

  Cigarettes stolen from business

Springfield Boulevard, 6800 Block

  Credit card and money stolen from business

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  Cell phone stolen from business

Victoria Drive, 6900 Block

  Rims stolen from a vehicle

VEHICLE THEFTS

Franconia Road, 5500 Block

  2006 Ford Mustang reported stolen

Larochelle Drive, 5300 Block

  1993 Lexus LX reported stolen

Perry Penney Drive, 6800 Block

  1996 Honda Passport reported stolen

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