News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County this week:
COUNTY POLICE REPORT SPATE OF COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES: Fairfax County police last week reported five commercial burglaries within the area covered by the McLean District Station.
• On Feb. 27 at 1:02 a.m., a man forced entry into the Sunoco service station at 8030 Lee Highway and took property, police said.
• On March 2 at 8:03 a.m., three people forced entry into the Grand Mart store at 6326 Arlington Blvd. and took property, authorities said.
• On March 3 at 2:02 a.m., three people forced entry into Ba Le Bakery at 2822 Graham Road and took property and cash, police said.
• On March 3 at 5:20 a.m., someone forced entry into the Exxon station at 2081 Chain Bridge Road and damaged property, authorities said.
• On March 4 at 3:54 a.m., someone forced entry into Macy’s at Tysons Corner Center and took property, police said.
VIENNA POLICE ARREST FAIRFAX WOMAN ON OUTSTANDING WARRANT: An employee at 7-Eleven, 427 Maple Ave., E., told Vienna police on Feb. 28 at 11:28 p.m. that a suspicious person was outside the store.
Upon the officers’ interaction with the woman, they determined she had an active warrant against her in Alexandria.
Police arrested the 54-year-old Fairfax woman and transported her to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities served her with the warrant charging her with failure to appear in court on a trespassing charge. Authorities held her without bond.
AIR CONDITIONER, FURNACE STOLEN FROM VACANT VIENNA HOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION: A local resident told Vienna police that, sometime between March 2 at 5 p.m. and March 3 at noon, someone forced entry into a vacant home in the 100 block of Casmar Street, S.E., that the complainant is renovating and took an air-conditioning unit and furnace.
WOMAN BANNED FROM VIENNA APARTMENT AFTER TRYING TO ENTER VIA WINDOW: Vienna police officers responded on March 2 at 8:55 p.m. to a reported dispute between a resident and his ex-girlfriend in the 200 block of Cedar Lane, S.E.
The woman reportedly had come to the apartment to discuss a personal matter. When the resident refused to speak to her, she reportedly began trying to enter his room through a window while the resident struggled to close the window.
The window screen was damaged during the altercation, police said.
The resident did not wish to pursue charges, but requested the woman be banned from the apartment.
Police advised the woman that she may be charged with trespassing if she returns.
VIENNA POLICE ARREST MAN ON OUTSTANDING MARYLAND WARRANT: Vienna police officers responded on March 4 at 8:29 a.m. to the report of a suspicious person near Cameo Coins & Collectibles, 444 Maple Ave., E.
Upon the officers’ interaction with the man, they determined there was an active warrant for him in Prince George’s County for failure to appear in court on an assault charge.
Police arrested the 44-year-old man of no fixed address and transported him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where authorities charged him as a fugitive from justice. The magistrate released him on a $2,000 unsecured bond.
GREAT FALLS FIRE CAPTAIN HONORED AS ‘FIRST RESPONDER OF THE QUARTER’: The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce recently honored Capt. Mike Allen of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s Station 12 in Great Falls as the “First Responder of the Quarter.”
Allen, who has served as the station’s captain for almost 10 years, uses his experience as a lifelong Great Falls resident to prepare, train and respond to emergencies, department officials said.
The Reston area is a busy and challenging area for emergency services, given its variety of large and small communities with different needs. Its structures vary from older, small single-family dwellings to high-rise buildings, officials said.
The area has one-way, single-lane roads leading to major highways, Metrorail, multiple parks and the Potomac River. A portion of the area does not have fire hydrants, so water must be brought long distances for fire emergencies, officials said.
Capt. Allen has invested his time and energy to educate and train himself and his crew and mentor firefighters, officers and chief officers who are not familiar with the area, officials said. He takes time to explain operations and take people on field trips, driving them around to show them the challenges and response plans for these unique areas, they said.
Allen actively is engaged in the community and goes above and beyond what is expected, particularly on non-emergency events, officials said. When the derecho wind storm struck in June 2012, Capt. Allen provided lifesaving water to horses in the area when well pumps did not have power for days, they said.