Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending December 17, 2003

Police Officer Philip Edwards
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
Edwards e-Mail: philip.edwards@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.

For Your Information:

SANTA'S RIDE:

Seeing Santa and his elves in the shopping centers might not surprise you, but what about riding on a Harley Davidson? The Fairfax County Police Motorcycle Squad, in cooperation with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Vienna Police Department and Virginia State Police, conducted the 15th annual "Santa’s Ride for Children" on Tuesday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 17. Members of the motor squad dressed up as Santa and his elves, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. New toys we recollected from different sites throughout the county and then were delivered to sick and needy children to lift their spirits and brighten their day. Money was also collected, which was used to purchase equipment for the Children's Ward at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Over the years, the response has been so overwhelming that the program has expanded and now shares toys with the needy and less fortunate children of the Hispanic Committee of Virginia. Officers picked up toys and donations collected at police stations, schools and other government agencies between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. The toys were distributed to the children on December 18.

FYI:

Thefts of holiday displays, trees and ornaments are on the rise in Fairfax County. If you see persons who are not known to you removing these displays from your neighbors' property, please call 911 immediately to report a larceny-in-progress.

CAC:

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.

SAFE DECEMBER PROGRAM:

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 countywide 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. ANOTHER ONE WILL DEFINITELY BE COMING TO THE FRANCONIA DISTRICT VERY SOON! 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. Last week, the Mount Vernon District checkpoint resulted in 15 arrests, 12 of which were for Driving under the Influence of Alcohol.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
December 11-17, 2003

ALCOHOL STING:

The Traffic Safety Services Unit, along with the Franconia District Neighborhood Patrol Unit, conducted an alcohol sting at 40 locations within the Franconia District on Wednesday, December 17. The sting is part of the Youth Alcohol Campaign and was conducted using underage Fairfax County Police Cadets, dressed in plain clothing, who attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages. The following locations improperly sold alcoholic beverages:

7-Eleven 7225 Old Keene Mill Road in the Springfield area
Super Mart Convenience Store 7032 Commerce Street in the Springfield area
Rite Aid 7764 Gunston Plaza in the Alexandria area
Virginia ABC Store 7200 Little River Turnpike in the Annandale area
7-Eleven 9804 Gunston Road in the Alexandria area

Thirty-five other locations did not sell alcoholic beverages to the cadets. Five arrests were made in the five establishments where alcohol was sold to the cadets.

PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC FATALITY:

A fatal crash in the Franconia area took the life of Jennifer Wood, 36, of the 5700 block of Thomas Edison Court, on Saturday, December 13. About 11:45 a.m., 44-year-old Jose Santiago-Narvaez, of 11417 Bay Vista Drive, apartment 101, in the Woodbridge area, was driving a Lowe’s delivery truck (1999 Chevrolet box truck) westbound on Franconia Road. As he approached Brookland Road, he swerved to the right to avoid stopped traffic and drove up over the curb. The driver continued up onto the sidewalk hit two signs and then the victim. Ms. Wood was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is still under investigation.

LARCENIES:

Backlick Road, 6400 Block Gasoline taken from service station without payment.
Beverly Park Drive, 7200 Block Laptops taken from residence.
Exmore Street, 7300 Block Christmas tree taken from residence.
Heming Avenue, 5600 Block Christmas decorations taken from residence.
Loisdale Road, 6500 Block Wallet reported stolen.
Old Keene Mill Road, 7200 Block Construction equipment reported stolen.
Pine Drive, 7300 Block Tools taken from parked vehicle.
Rock Ridge Lane, 7100 Block Stereo equipment taken from parked vehicle.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Temporary license plate taken from parked vehicle.
Vine Street, 5600 Block Money taken from parked vehicle.
Westchester Street, 5900 Block Cellular phone taken from parked vehicle.
Whernside Street/Wilma Lane Stereo taken from parked vehicle.

VEHICLE THEFTS:

Hubbardton Way, 6500 Block 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier reported stolen.
King Edward Court, 4500 Block 1994 Honda Civic reported stolen.
Lee Valley Drive, 6500 Block 2003 Dodge Ram reported stolen.
Leewood Forest Drive, 7000 Block 2000 Honda Civic reported stolen.

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