Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending December 14, 2005

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
Officer Edwards e-Mail:

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.

Nasty Statistics: TRAFFIC DIVISION

Yearly fatal crash totals to date (December 15, 2005):56 People have been killed in crashes on our roadways! (Same time last year: 62)

Commonwealth of Virginia to date:

 889 deaths

Commonwealth of Virginia – 2004:

 943 deaths

2004 Fairfax County total:

 65 deaths

2005 Fairfax County deaths under age 21:


2005 Fairfax County Pedestrians Killed:


Other 2005 Traffic Fatality Facts:

At least 13 of the crashes were alcohol-related; 2 were drug-related.

 5 motorcyclists have been killed.

 1 collision with a deer resulted in a fatality.


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.



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 12th 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.


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 6-14, 2005

Auto Theft – ARREST Assisted by Police Dog

Two teenagers were taken into police custody Saturday night after fleeing in a stolen vehicle from police. On December 10, just after midnight, an officer was on patrol on northbound Route 1 near Interstate 95. He observed a car traveling at a high rate of speed and began to follow it. When the officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, it sped up and tried to elude the officer. It turned south on Fairfax County Parkway, north on Loisdale Road and onto Newington Road. It turned into a townhouse complex on Shannon’s Landing Way, ran over a snow embankment, drove on the sidewalk and around the back of the townhouses. Two occupants then fled the car on foot. Other officers responded to the scene and K9 officer Toby and his handler found the two teens hiding under a car in the complex. One 17-year-old Alexandria-area female and a 14-year-old Woodbridge-area male were taken into custody and released to adult relatives. Charges are pending and could include receiving stolen property, speed to elude, reckless driving and others.

Alcohol Sting Results – ARRESTS

Fairfax County police conducted an alcohol sting as part of the ongoing Safe December campaign. Fairfax County Police cadets entered several businesses in plain clothing and attempted to purchase alcohol. Officers charged clerks who sold alcoholic beverages to the cadets.

On Wednesday, December 7 members of the Franconia District Station and the Traffic Safety Services Unit conducted stings at 31 locations in the Franconia, Lorton and Springfield areas of Fairfax County. Six arrests were made at the following businesses:

Giant Food

6980 Backlick Road



7214 Beulah Road


Food Lion

7760 Gunston Plaza


Express Food Mart

4713 Backlick Road


Express Mini Mart #2

6619-G Backlick Road



Gunston Road, 9800 Block:On Thursday night, December 8 around 11:30 p.m., two men walked into the 7-Eleven, located at 9804 Gunston Road, in the Mason Neck area. One of the suspects pointed a gun at a clerk, a 46-year-old Woodbridge-area man, and demanded cash. The second suspect walked behind the counter and took cash from the cash drawer, Newport cigarettes and possibly scratch-off lottery tickets. They fled south on Gunston Road before reportedly getting into a car and driving north on Route 1. Both suspects wore black ski masks. One suspect was 5 feet tall and wore blue jeans and a green jacket. The second suspect was 5 feet 6 inches tall and wore a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans.


Blacksburg Road, 5400 Block

Package stolen from residence.

Cherokee Avenue, 5500 Block

Computer and phones stolen from business.

Cherokee Avenue, 5500 Block

Computer Equipment stolen from business.

Elder Avenue, 6500 Block

Keys stolen from person at school.

Electronic Drive, 6700 Block

Leaf blower stolen from vehicle.

Franconia Road, 6100 Block

Gasoline stolen from service station.

Hayfield Road, 7800 Block  (Two times)

Holiday presents stolen from vehicle.

Mooregate Court, 9500 Block

License plate stolen from vehicle.

Pratt Court, 5800 Block

License plate stolen from vehicle.

Racetec Court, 6400 Block

County decal stolen from vehicle.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center

Shoes stolen from business.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center

Wallet stolen from person at business.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center

Purse stolen from person at business.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center

Medication stolen from business.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center

Money stolen from person at business.

Springfield Plaza, 6300 Block

Money stolen from business.

Springfield Plaza, 6300 Block

Alcohol stolen from business.

Tammy Drive, 6100 Block

Emergency kit stolen from vehicle.

Windham Hill Run, 6100 Block

Videogame, television and internet router stolen from vehicle.


Deer Ridge Trail, 6100 Block

1993 Honda Civic reported stolen.

Exmore Street, 7400 Block

2005 Acura reported stolen.

Larkspur Drive, 6100 Block

Nissan Frontier reported stolen.

Patent Parish Lane, 6600 Block

Toyota Highlander reported stolen.

Taliaferro Way, 6200 Block

Nissan Quest reported stolen.

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