News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County.
COUNTY POLICE SEEK TO IDENTIFY SMASH-AND-GRAB ROBBERS: Fairfax County police are asking for the public’s help in identifying men who have conducted a series of smash-and-grab robberies at local shopping malls.
On Sept. 8 at 2:45 p.m., three men entered Prince Jewelers in Tysons Corner Center, destroyed display cases and stole high-end watches and jewelry.
On Sept. 18 at 1:06 p.m., two men entered Henzley Jewelers in Fair Oaks Mall, destroyed the display case and stole a number of high-end watches.
Preliminarily, detectives believe the same three men are responsible for those two incidents. In each case, they used hammers to destroy the display cases and fled the scene in stolen vehicles, which police found in nearby parking lots.
Detectives continue to investigate and are conducting an extensive review of surveillance footage. The suspects are described as black men, about 6 feet tall and with average builds. In both incidents, the suspects wore gloves and masks.
On Sept. 20 at 11:50 a.m., two men entered Sonia’s Jewelers & Boutique at 6681 Backlick Road in Springfield. The first man was let into the store under the guise of shopping for jewelry.
Once inside, he presented a handgun and instructed employees to let the second man inside. The two men used hammers to destroy the display cases and fled the scene in a black Lexus SUV with stolen license plates.
One suspect, who wore a white robe, is described as black, 5’11”, with a thin build and a beard. The other suspect, who wore a red-and-black sweatshirt, is described as black and 6 feet tall, with a medium build.
Detectives continue to investigate to determine if the three robberies are related. No injuries have been reported from these incidents.
Police ask anyone with information about these cases, or others possibly related, to contact detectives at (703) 246-7800, option 3.
FATHER REPORTS SON ASSAULTED AFTER SCHOOL: A man told Vienna police on Sept 18 that three teens after school on Sept. 16 between 2:30 and 3 p.m. had assaulted his son at Waters Field, 130 Cherry St., S.E..
VIENNA POLICE CITE MAN WHO PUNCHED HOLE IN GRANDMOTHER’S WALL: A woman living in the 400 block of Nutley Street, N.W., told Vienna police on Sept. 19 at 12:07 p.m. that her grandson had punched a wall, causing damage to the property.
Police advised the resident of the eviction process to remove the grandson from her home.
Police also issued a summons to the 36-year-old man, charging him with destruction of property. The man agreed to leave the house and stay with a friend for the day.
VIENNA POLICE SERVE MAN WITH STALKING WARRANT: Vienna police officers on Sept. 19 at 3:17 p.m. went to a residence in the 200 block of Locust Street, S.E., to serve a Fairfax County police warrant.
Police issued a summons to a 22-year-old man charging him with misdemeanor stalking, served him with an emergency-protection order and released him on his signature.
MAN STEALS BOTTLE OF ALCOHOL FROM ABC STORE: An employee at the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) store at 419 Maple Ave., E., told Vienna police that, on Sept. 17 between 10:18 and 10:24 a.m., a man took a bottle of alcohol and left the store without paying for it.
IRATE CUSTOMER BANNED FROM VIENNA BUSINESS: An employee at the AT&T store at 211 Maple Ave., E., told Vienna police on Sept. 17 at 1:08 p.m. that a customer who was upset about service provided by the employees was refusing to leave the business.
The customer left the store and police told him he would be charged with trespassing if he returned.
VIENNA RESIDENT REPORTS CATALYTIC CONVERTER TAKEN: A resident living in the 200 block of Locust Street, S.E., told Vienna police that, sometime between Sept. 10 and 17, someone stole the catalytic converter from the victim’s vehicle.
VIENNA POLICE TO AGAIN PARTICIPATE IN DRUG-TAKEBACK INITIATIVE: In conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and state and local law-enforcement agencies, the Vienna Police Department again will participate in a one-day initiative to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from area homes.
On Oct. 29 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Vienna police will provide a collection site for old, expired, unused or unwanted medications.
Prescription medications, controlled or non-controlled substances and over-the-counter drugs can be turned in anonymously at the collection point inside the Vienna Police Department’s temporary facility located at 301 Center St., S., which formerly was Faith Baptist Church.
(Vienna police now are in the process of moving into their brand-new headquarters building, located a chip shot away at 215 Center St., S.)
Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing it and disposing of it directly into the collection box. If an original container is used, the donor should consider removing any identifying information from the prescription label. Liquid products should remain sealed in their original container to prevent leakage.
DEA will collect vape pens or other e-cigarette devices from individual consumers only after the batteries are removed from the devices. The DEA is not responsible for removing the batteries from the devices.
Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to associated hazards. (The only exemption is Epipens.)
Commercial businesses, pharmacies or other medical facilities cannot use this event as a means to discard expired medications or medical waste.