Two Suspects Charged in Auto Break-ins

Police determined that on February 2, 3, and 10, the two suspects forced entry into three vehicles parked in the 1400 block of Key Boulevard by smashing the cars’ windows. The suspects then allegedly stole personal property. Felony warrants have been obtained for two suspects. Both are being held in D.C. pending extradition to the Virginia.

Utilizing various investigative resources, including witness accounts and surveillance video captured in the area, detectives developed information on possible suspects.

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Dominon Power Phone Scam

Dominon Power Phone Scam
Calls claiming to be from Dominion Power saying your account is overdue and your power will be shut off “today” or “in 30 minutes” are fake.

Police Advice on Auto Thefts/Break-ins

To help residents keep their vehicles and property safe, the Arlington County Police Department is sharing ways we can work together to reduce and prevent property crimes in our community.

The identification and apprehension of suspects is just one step in reducing crimes of opportunity. Thieves are looking for easy, low effort opportunities to steal. Thieves often target multiple unlocked vehicles parked on streets, in driveways and in garages to rummage through personal property and steal items of value as well as vehicles with keys left inside.

Method of Theft
Larcenies from auto are often crimes of opportunity with thieves taking advantage of unsecured doors and windows to steal items left unattended or out in plain view.

Based on surveillance video, witness accounts, interviews with victims and interviews with suspects apprehended in past cases, the evidence suggests that the suspect(s) are trying door handles and entering those vehicles that are found to be unlocked.

Arlington County Police, as well as our regional law enforcement partners, do not have any confirmed cases in which thieves have entered vehicles using sophisticated electronic technology.

When and Where Thefts Occur
Larcenies from auto have been reported in nearly all neighborhoods across Arlington County, typically during the overnight hours and can occur on any day of the week. Suspects will often commit a series of larcenies from auto by targeting numerous vehicles at a time.

Public Education
The Department is deploying electronic signboards in various locations throughout the County as a high-visibility community reminder to lock vehicles and safeguard personal property. The signboards are part of a public awareness campaign and will be periodically moved to different neighborhoods to help spread important crime prevention messaging.

A signboard deployed in your neighborhood doesn’t necessarily mean that larcenies from auto have been reported in the area.

Take Action with these Crime Prevention Tips
No matter where you live, follow these crime prevention tips to help reduce the likelihood for criminal activity.

Never assume your home or neighborhood is immune from criminal activity as criminals will purposely seek out homes or neighborhoods that they believe present easy targets.

● Close and lock all windows and doors when you park. Pull on the door handle to verify it’s locked.

● Keep your garage door closed and locked. If a thief can get into a vehicle, they can have access to a garage door opener and can gain access to your home.

● Park in well-lit areas and activate exterior lights at your home.

● Never leave the area while your vehicle is running. Doing so is illegal in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

● Take all valuables out of your vehicle.

● Do not leave your keys, key fobs, or valet keys in your vehicle. This includes keys to a secondary vehicle.

● Consider installing effective home surveillance cameras. Be mindful that if a home surveillance system captures a larceny from auto in progress, they do not always provide the overwhelming evidence needed to prosecute a case.

● Participate in the #9PMRoutine and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to do so too.

Report Suspicious Activity to Police for Investigation
Arlington County Police officers proactively patrol Arlington’s neighborhoods to identify and prevent criminal activity.

The department’s efforts are enhanced by the active involvement of residents. When residents call to report suspicious activity, they aid not only the police, but help make their neighborhoods a safer place to live and work.

Suspicious activity is an occurrence that is out of place in your neighborhood. Common suspicious activity factors in larcenies from auto cases include observing individual(s) looking into your or your neighbors’ cars, individual(s) walking down the street and trying multiple vehicle door handles, and vehicles with open doors with the interior dome lights on.

Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. The public should report only suspicious behavior and situations rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas or expressions.

Residents observing suspicious activity should contact the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222.

If you see a suspect in your vehicle, do not approach them and dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Captain W. Vincent, Arlington County Police Department

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Police Announce Auto Thieves Identified

Arlington County Police announced charges against 3 suspects responsible for multiple auto theft and larceny cases throughout the County.

Multiple warrants were obtained for Michael A. Brunner III, 18, of Washington, D.C. His charges include felony Stolen Auto, Grand Larceny and Credit Card Larceny, as well as misdemeanor Vehicle Trespassing and Petit Larceny.

Two juvenile suspects have been arrested for Grand Larceny Auto.

Since July, 882 car breakins have been reported to police.

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LV Prowler (Video)

Caught on video, this guy is simply walking around Lyon Village in the middle of the night trying doors. No burglar tools, just looking for someone who forgot to lock up. Keeping lights on all night does not seem to bother him. Security cameras are typically mounted too high to get a clear shot of his face and do not take very clear pictures in low light.

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Malicious Wounding: 900 block of N. Jackson Street

MALICIOUS WOUNDING: 900 block of N. Jackson Street.
At approximately 2:37 a.m. on January 18, police were dispatched to the report of trouble unknown. Upon arrival, it was determined that a dispute between multiple subjects inside of a business moved outside, escalated and became physical. The suspects stole the victim’s jacket and phone, entered a vehicle and attempted to flee, striking two additional victims. The parties became reengaged in the dispute and a suspect struck the vehicle with a metal pole, causing damage. The victims sustained minor injuries which did not require medical treatment. The investigation is ongoing. 2020-01180044

Armed Robbery on Highland St

Where: 1800 block of N. Highland St (near LV Park)
When: Approximately 3:36 a.m. on November 16, Saturday
ROBBERY, 2019-11160049, 1800 block of N. Highland Street. At approximately 3:36 a.m. on November 16, police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was walking in the area when he was approached by three unknown suspects, who each displayed a firearm and demanded the victim empty his pockets. The suspects stole the victim’s personal belongings and fled prior to police arrival. The suspects are all described as black males, 18-20 years old, 5’10”-6’0”, wearing dark colored hoodies, dark pants and dark masks. The investigation is ongoing.

ACPD Crime Report

ACPD: How to Guard Your Auto

Vehicle theft is a multi-billion-dollar crime that costs victims time and money. According to the FBI’s Uniformed Crime Reporting Program, there was an estimated 773,139 thefts of motor vehicles nationwide in 2017. Motor vehicle thefts in Arlington rose 15% last year (ACPD 2018 report).

By educating yourself on the common methods of theft and taking some simple precautions, you can reduce the risk of having your vehicle become a target.

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Safety Tips from ACPD

Recap from Sept 9, 2019 General Meeting
Thanks to Sgt. Tom Rakowski and Officer Kristen Oesterling of the The Arlington County Police Department who spoke to LVCA members at the Sept 9 General Meeting.

  • Police Emergency Number: 911
  • Police Non-Emergency Number: 703-558-2222
    • Safety Tips

    • Do not hesitate to call if you see something suspicious or are fearful. Your calls help ACPD fight crime. Do not assume someone else will call. Think about what could happen if you fail to call.
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    Combatting Car Break-Ins

    Over the summer, there have been several car break-ins in Lyon Village. It is a crime of opportunity. The thieves are typically out late at night looking for cars with unlocked doors and visible valuables. When you exit your car, be sure to always lock it and don’t leave any valuables inside. Try to leave your car parked in a lighted area and be attentive to any suspicious activity.

    If you see or hear something, call the police immediately, either on the non-emergency number 703-558-2222 or 911 for emergencies.

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    Vehicle Break-ins in LV

    There were 9 reported break-ins of unlocked vehicles on Friday night on Key, Highland, Johnson, and 17th. Many more have been reported in the past few months within Lyon Village.

    Be sure to keep parked vehicles locked and not leave valuables in them.

    Police request that you contact Officer Black #1662 at rsblack@arlingtonva.us if you…

    • Have any security camera video from Friday night/Saturday morning that shows attempted or actual break-ins or of a dark sedan dropping off possible perpetrators.
    • If you find any belongings dumped in your yard.

    The Case Number is 2019-07200138

    Phishing Attack Hits Lyon Park

    Recently, Lyon Park residents received emails from someone impersonating the president of their citizens association requesting that they purchase and send gift cards. Everyone should take extreme care if they receive such emails.

    Do not respond to such emails quickly (or at all) and check them out.

    • Consider if the request makes sense.
    • Consider if you are someone who would be contacted for this purpose.
    • Check that the sender address matches the ostensible sender.
    • Confirm with the ostensible sender by other means (like by telephone).

    There is a useful guide about this at NextDoor…

    How To Avoid Fraud, Phishing & Spam