Del. Patrick Hope (D) proposed a bill in the Virginia House of Delegates to raise the minimum value of stolen money or goods that constitute a “grand larceny.”
Hope, who represents Arlington in the House of Delegates, filed HB 17 to raise the threshold from its current minimum of $200 to $500. Under current law, stealing goods or money worth less than $200 is a petit larceny.
Grand larceny, a felony, typically carries a sentence of at least a year in prison, while petit larceny is a misdemeanor so generally results in probation, fines or lesser prison sentences.
State Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem) has filed identical legislation — SB 105 — in the Virginia State Senate.
Earlier this year, research by the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts found that raising the threshold does not impact overall property crime or larceny rates, and that states that increased their thresholds reported “roughly” the same average decrease in crime as 20 states that did not.
Police have charged the man, a Burke, Va. resident, with “obscene sexual display.”
More from this week’s Arlington County Police Department crime report.
INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2017-07260139, Wilson Boulevard at N. Rhodes Street. At approximately 11:39 a.m. on July 26, police were dispatched to the report of an indecent exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined that the reporting party allegedly observed a male subject masturbating in his vehicle. Arriving officers located the subject and took him into custody. Otman El Garras, 37, of Burke, VA was arrested and charged with obscene sexual display.
Also last week, someone stole the airbags from at least seven vehicles along the 4400 block of 31st Street S., the steep road from Shirlington to Fairlington.
LARCENY FROM AUTO (Series), 2017-260058, 4400 block of 31st Street S. Between 10:00 p.m. on July 25 and 6:00 a.m. on July 26, an unknown subject(s) forced entry into at least 7 vehicles and stole the airbags. There is no subject(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.
The rest of this past week’s crime report highlights, including some that we’ve already reported, after the jump.
MISSILE INTO OCCUPIED DWELLING, 2017-07260010, 5100 block of 8th Road S. At approximately 12:38 a.m. on July 26, police responded to the report of a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect threw a rock into a residential window. There is no suspect description and the investigation is ongoing.
BURGLARY, 2017-07280046, 2900 block of 22nd Street S. At approximately 3:25 a.m. on July 28, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence and stole numerous items of value. The suspect(s) fled the scene prior to police arrival. Arriving officers established a perimeter and canvased the area with negative results. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.
BURGLARY (late), 2017-07280267, 1900 block of N. Calvert Street. At approximately 8:55 p.m. on July 28, police were dispatched to the late report of a breaking and entering. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 3:00 a.m. and 3:10 a.m. on July 27, an unknown suspect entered a residence and stole the victim’s personal belongings. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.
ROBBERY (late), 2017-07300284, 2100 block of Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 11:49 p.m. on July 30, police responded to the report of a late robbery by force. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown suspect approached the victim, asked for money, and assaulted him when the victim refused. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 30-40 years old and wearing a black and grey scarf. A canvas of the area was conducted with negative results.
ROBBERY, 2017-07310312, 4800 block of Columbia Pike. At approximately 11:27 p.m. on July 31, police responded to the report of a robbery by force. Upon arrival, it was determined that the male victim was walking in the area when two unknown males assaulted him and stole his cell phone. The suspects fled the scene on foot prior to police arrival. The victim was transported to Virginia Hospital Center with minor injuries. The suspects are described as two Hispanic males in their twenties. The investigation is ongoing.
Police said the men, both of whom are in their 20s and from Maryland, “entered and rummaged through” a dozen vehicles, stealing a number of items including credit cards.
More from an Arlington County Police Department crime report:
LARCENY FROM AUTO (Series), 2017-03310502, 2200 block of N. Tuckahoe Street. At approximately 1:46 a.m. on March 31, police were dispatched to a citizen report of suspicious subjects in the area. Responding officers established a perimeter and stopped two subjects matching the witness descriptions. During the course of the investigation, officers located approximately twelve vehicles which has been entered and rummaged through. Randolph Tyler, 27, of Temple Hills, MD was arrested and charged with credit card theft (x2), possession of burglarious tools, tampering with a motor vehicle (x4), petit larceny (x2), identity theft to avoid arrest and possession of marijuana. He was held on no bond. David Moody, 26, of Morning Side, MD, was arrested and charged with credit card theft (x2), possession of burglarious tools, petit larceny, and tampering with a motor vehicle (x4). He was held on no bond.
Meanwhile, another series of break-ins was reported Monday morning, this time in the Fairlington area. Officers said the suspects entered at least three cars that were left unlocked overnight.
Police say “numerous items of value” were stolen from the cars, which were parked on the 1800 block of N. Quinn Street.
More from this week’s Arlington County crime report:
LARCENY FROM AUTO (series), 2017-0220059, 1800 block of N. Quinn Street. Between 9:00 p.m. on February 19 and 6:45 a.m. on February 20, an unknown subject(s) entered at least four vehicles in a one block radius and stole numerous items of value. There is no suspect(s) description.
The rest of the past week’s ACPD crime report highlights, including some that we’ve already reported, after the jump.
BURGLARY, 2017-02160237, 3000 block of N. Monroe Street. Between 4:15 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. on February 16, an unknown subject(s) forced entry into a residence and stole several items of value. There is no suspect(s) description.
ATTEMPTED MALICIOUS WOUNDING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, 2017-02150218, Arlington Boulevard at N. Fillmore Street. At approximately 5:15 p.m. on February 15, an officer on routine patrol was driving south in the 200 block of S. Fillmore Street when a vehicle crossed the double yellow line and allegedly attempted to strike the marked patrol vehicle. The officer was able to avoid the collision and activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The suspect vehicle continued on, striking a vehicle traveling northbound. The suspect vehicle continued to drive north on S. Fillmore Street and entered the intersection with Arlington Boulevard against a red light. The suspect vehicle then struck two other vehicles. The officer was then able to stop the vehicle and take the driver into custody without further incident. Sulaiman Kanu, 27, of Alexandria Va, was arrested and charged with Attempted Malicious Wounding of a Law Enforcement Officer and Attempted Malicious Wounding (3 X). He is being held without bond. One victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
BURGLARY, 2017-02140046, 1800 block of Fort Myer Drive. At approximately 6:03 a.m. on February 14, officers responded to the report of a burglary. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown subject forced entry into a business and stole numerous items of value. The suspect is described as male, approximately 6’0″ -6’03” tall and weighed 150-170 lbs. He was wearing a dark mask/hood, black jacket, white shirt, dark gloves, black pants, and black sneakers.
ATTEMPTED BURGLARY, 2017-02140142, 5600 block of Lee Highway. At approximately 1:44 p.m. on February 14, officers responded to the report of a late attempted burglary. Upon arrival, it was determined that an unknown male subject attempted to gain entry into a business, but was unsuccessful. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’9″-5’11” tall and weighed 160-190 lbs. He was wearing dark thick plastic framed glasses, a knit beanie, scarf, gloves, a dark jacket, and khaki pants.
The break-ins were reported this morning in the area of the 4600 block of 41st Street N.
“Overnight approximately 15 unsecure vehicles were entered and rummaged through for valuables,” said ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage. “At this point in the investigation, no significant items have been reported missing. Police remain on scene investigating and are canvassing the area.”
“If anyone has additional information regarding this investigation, they are asked to call the non-emergency number at 703-558-2222,” Savage added.
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Last week, at least four cars were broken into and one was reported stolen in Fairlington. All of the cars broken into were unlocked, and the car that was stolen was reportedly unlocked with the keys left in the ignition.
Also last week, items were stolen from a number of cars within a one block radius of the 2000 block of S. Eads Street, in the Crystal City area, according to a crime report.
This past weekend, at least 16 cars were broken into in the City of Falls Church, according to the Falls Church News-Press.
Arlington County Police are continuing to remind residents to lock their cars and to not leave any valuables in plain sight within the vehicle when it’s parked.
Police say 11 vehicles were found with smashed rear passenger windows Thursday morning. The car interiors had been ransacked, with some items stolen — mostly coins and cash but also small items from a Bic lighter to an iPod, according to police reports.
The break-ins happened in parking lots and streets around Pentagon City, including the 1100 block of Army Navy Drive, 1500 block of S. Fern Street, and the 1200 and 1900 blocks of S. Eads Street.
So far, no arrests have been made.
Arlington Resident Advances at Wimbledon — Denis Kudla, an Arlington resident, has advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon. Kudla, 22, is the last American man standing at the tennis tournament. He will face the Croatian Marin Cilic at 10:30 (ET) this morning. [Sporting News, ESPN]
Dog Gone From Penrose — A Penrose resident is working to find her dog, a redbone coonhound, after it got loose and ran away during a party on the Fourth of July. [Facebook]
Fake Valet Takes Man’s Car — A man posing as a valet drove off with the car of a disabled man who was heading to lunch meeting in Crystal City last week. The phony valet even took a $5 tip from the victim. [NBC Washington]
County Bolsters At-Risk Support System — After winning a competitive award from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown, Arlington County is embarking on a six-month project that seeks to strengthen collaboration among County agencies that serve at-risk youth and families. [Arlington County]
Flickr pool photo by Rob Cannon
According to Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck, the lockers in the men’s locker room were all locked with digital locks, and it’s unclear how the suspect was able to open them.
“We’re not sure if the suspect watched people in the locker room put in their codes, or if there’s a way of getting around the digital locks,” Sternbeck said.
One of the larceny victims said the robbery happened over the course of just a few minutes.
“I was working out for about 15 minutes, went back to my locker to change into my swimsuit and it was gone,” Mark Slobodien told ARLnow.com this morning. His wallet, ID and some jewelry were also stolen. “It feels like [the gym] was responsible, at least partly. I was using their locks to secure my property.”
Sternbeck said the department doesn’t keep statistics for thefts from gym lockers — they’re usually reported as larcenies — so he couldn’t say how frequent locker room thefts are. He did say, however, that most of the thefts are from lockers that were not secured by a lock.
There is no suspect description. All of the items stolen, Sternbeck said, appeared to be wallets, cash and other valuables that can easily be concealed.
Slobodien said L.A. Fitness staff told him similar larcenies had happened “once or twice” in the last couple of years. L.A. Fitness management did not return a request for comment.
Police say they caught a man they suspect of breaking into dozens of cars in Rosslyn “red-handed” over the weekend.
The arrest happened around 1:40 a.m. Saturday, on the 1100 block of Wilson Blvd.
Arlington County police officers were conducting a plainclothes detail in Rosslyn, in response to the break-ins, when they spotted a man who looked like a “person of interest” seen in earlier security camera images.
The man, 54-year-old Antoine Kennedy, was “caught red-handed attempting to break into a vehicle with a screwdriver,” according to ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.
Kennedy, who is homeless and was known to stay in the Rosslyn area, is suspected of “at least 50 vehicle break-ins in the month of February,” Sternbeck said. Police are continuing to investigate whether Kennedy might have been responsible for even more break-ins.
Kennedy has been charged with habitual petit larceny, possession of burglarious tools and felony destruction of property. He was held without bond.
Nearly 20 cars were broken into in the Rosslyn area over the weekend.
According to police, the front passenger side window was smashed and items were stolen from at least 14 cars in a parking garage on the 1600 block of Clarendon Blvd. The break-ins happened early Saturday morning.
These break-ins followed a series of 17 car break-ins in Rosslyn during the prior weekend, in which passenger side windows were also smashed.
Police told NBC 4 (above) that the break-ins may be related but so far they haven’t been able to catch the suspect or suspects on surveillance camera. The thieves are looking for small items of value that can be easily concealed, so one way to protect yourself is to remove any such items from your car when leaving it parked overnight.
Someone smashed a half dozen car windows to steal some pocket change last week.
The crime happened overnight in the North Rosslyn area, according to police. From this week’s Arlington County crime report:
LARCENY FROM AUTO/DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (SERIES), 141112016-021, 1600 BLOCK N COLONIAL TERRACE, Sometime between 1700 hours on 11/11/14 and 0720 hours on 11/12/14, an unknown subject(s) smashed the front passenger windows of six vehicles and stole loose change. There are no witnesses and there is no suspect information at this time.
The rest of the weekly crime report, after the jump. All named suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
BURGLARY 141113038, 3600 block of N Nelson St., Sometime between 2100 hours on 11/12/14 and 1309 hours on 11/13/14, an unknown subject(s) kicked in the back door of a vacant house. Unknown if anything stolen.
BURGLARY 141114051, 200 block of N Cleveland St., Sometime between 1315 hours and 1500 hours on 11/14/14, an unknown subject(s) entered unlocked house and stole electronics.
ROBBERY141116045, 900 block of S Dinwiddie St., On 11/16/14 at 1856 hrs, subject reported being robbed by known suspect. The investigation continues.
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (series), 300 block of Army Navy Dr., On 11/15/14 at 1730 hrs, suspect slashed tires. Suspect may be known; investigation continues.
LARCENY FROM AUTO (series), 1500 block of Arlington Bl.,between 2400 hrs on 11/15/14 and 1017 hrs. on 11/16/14, multiple vehicles had windows smashed and items stolen.
LARCENY FROM AUTO (series), 1600 block of N Queen St,between 2000 hrs on 11/15/14 and 1053 hrs. on 11/16/14, multiple vehicles had windows smashed and items stolen.
RAPE, 141117080, 6000 block of N Wilson Bl., Victim reports that known suspect attempted to rape her on November 13. The investigation is on-going.
AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY, 141118001, 1500 block of N Pierce St., Victim had been sexually assaulted by known suspect. The investigation is on-going.
LARCENY (series), 3500 block of S Clark St., On 11/14/14 between 1730 hrs and 2037 hrs, unknown suspect broke into lockers and stole items. No suspect information.
BURGLARY, 141117100, 100 block of N Abingdon St.., Between 1030 hrs and 2229 hrs on 11/17/14, unkonw suspect entered home via unlocked sliding glass door and stole electronics, jewelry and coins
BURGLARY, 141117098, 5700 block of 36 St N, Between 0815 hrs and 2146 hrs on 11/17/14, unknown
11/13/14, MD/5BF5554, 2012 Toyota Camry
4200 block of Wilson Bl
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA,141112014, 800 block of N Frederick St
FOUND PROPERTY, 141112022, 1000 block of N Stafford St
TAMPERING, 141112026, 2800 block of S Lang St
VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER, 141112029, 2600 block of 16th St S
EXTORTION, 141112030, 2200 block of N Glebe Rd
SHOPLIFTING, 141112031, 2500 block of 9th St S
CHINS, 141112034, 1600 block of S Eads St
GRAND LARCENY, 141112035, 700 block of N Glebe Rd
DOMESTIC DISPUTE, 141112037, 1000 block of S Jefferson St
BIKE LARCENY, 141112042, 1000 block of N Stuart St
GRAND LARCENY, 141112044, 2100 block of Wilson Blvd
PWID MARIJUANA/FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE, 141112046, 400 block of N George Mason Dr
FRAUD, 141112052, 5500 block of Columbia Pike
ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 141112053, 1000 block of N Quincy St
BREAKING AND ENTERING, 141112054, 2900 block of S Buchanan St
DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY, 141112055, 5100 block of 8th St S
CREDIT CARD FRAUD, 141112056, 2500 block of 9TH St S
CREDIT CARD THEFT, 141112058, 5400 block of 4TH St S
DEFRAUDING AN INNKEEPER/IDENTITY THEFT, 141112060, 1500 block of Wilson Blvd
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA/RECKLESS DRIVING, 141112061, 1800 block of N Quaker Lane
ASSAULT,141113008, 1500 block of N Quinn St
LARCENY FROM AUTO,141113009, 5600 block of 2nd St S
LARCENY,141113012, 2300 block of 24th St S
TRESPASSING, 141113026, 4500 block of Lee HW
GRAND LARCENY,141113027, 4300 block of Fairfax Dr
FORGERY,141113033, 3200 block of N Washington Bl
ASSAULT,141113017, 200 block of N Glebe Rd
ASSAULT,141113028, 1300 block of S Dinwiddie St
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 141113041, 900 block of N Stuart St
POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS,14113047, 7200 block of S I-66
ATTEMPT B&E,141113061, 1500 block of 19th St N
FRAUD,141113062, 1300 block of S Randolph St
FRAUD,141113064, 1200 block of S Courthouse Rd
ATTEMPT B&E,141113070, 1300 block of S Arlington Ridge Rd
FRAUD,141113073, 1600 block of S Eads St
POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS,141114009, 800 block of S I-395
ASSAULT,141114013, 4300 block of Columbia Pk
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 141114023, 800 block of N Quincy St.
TRESPASSING,141114027, 1000 block of N Nelson St.
LARCENY,141114035, 3500 block of S Clark St.
LARCENY,141114040, 1100 block of S Hayes St.
SEXUAL BATTERY,141114043, 1700 block of S Jefferson Davis HW
HARASSING PHONE CALLS,141114042, 2100 block of Clarendon Bl
UNLAWFUL ENTRY,141114044, 2300 block of N 18 St
FRAUD,141114045, 1200 block of N Garfield St
LARCENY,141114049, 1200 block of S Fern St
LARCENY,141114053, 1400 block of S Hayes St
LARCENY,141114055, 700 block of N Glebe Rd
FRAUD,141114056, 1100 block of S Hayes St
LARCENY,141114057, 1300 block of S Joyce St
FRAUD,141114072, 1600 block of S Eads St
TRESPASSING,141114073, 4900 block of Columbia Pk
ASSAULT,141115003, 3100 block of Wilson Bl
LARCENY FROM AUTO,141115023, 2500 block of N John Marshall Dr
TRESPASSING,141115025, 5600 block of S 7 St
LARCENY FROM AUTO,141115027, 5500 block of S 7 St
LARCENY FROM AUTO,141115039, 1700 block of N Roosevelt St
LARCENY FROM AUTO,141115047, 4100 block of N Glebe Rd
ASSAULT,141116006, 3600 block of S 24 ST
ASSAULT,141116012, 700 block of N Wayne ST
ASSAULT,141116013, 500 block of S Jefferson ST
LARCENY,141116018, 1100 block of S Hayes St
LARCENY,141116032, 2600 block of S Jefferson Davis HW
FRAUD,141116033, 1400 block of N Courthouse Rd
LARCENY,141116040, 3000 block of S Columbia Pk
EMBEZZLEMENT,141116041, 1000 block of S Hayes St
LARCENY,141116044, 900 block of N Kenmore St
ASSAULT,141116046, 4500 block of 31 St S
LARCENY,141117020, 3000 block of Wilson Bl
LARCENY,141117027, 3100 block of N Wilson BL
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, 141117025, 900 block of S Dinwiddie St
LARCENY FROM AUTO,141117071, 5900 block of N 9 St
EMBEZZLEMENT, 141117073, 1300 block of S Joyce St
FRAUD,141117076, 1200 block of S Eads St
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY,141117082, 1600 block of Clarendon Bl
ASSAULT,141117086, 800 block of S Dickerson St
GRAND LARCENY,141117087, 2700 block of Wilson Bl
LARCENY, 141117088, 2900 block of Columbia Pk
FRAUD,141117093, 5100 block of Wilson BL
FRAUD, 141117094, 4200 block of Wilson BL
POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 141118004, 700 block of S I-395
LARCENY FROM AUTO, 141118018, 4400 block of 1 St S
LARCENY,141118019, 1400 block of S Hayes St
TRESPASSING,141118040, 500 block of S Army Navy D
The department created an infographic with statistics about two common types of theft — residential burglaries and larcenies from auto — for the first seven months of 2013.
Armed with knowledge like the most common day and time for break-ins, and the most commonly stolen items, police say residents can make smarter choices — for instance, making sure GPS units and laptops aren’t left in plain sight for thieves to find.
An average of 14 homes are burglarized in Arlington each month, with an average stolen item value of $854. An average of 68 vehicles are broken-into each month, with an average of $286 worth of items stolen.
“We’re informing the residents of Arlington County of some of the trends we’re seeing in the first half of 2013 calendar year,” ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said of the graphic. “We’re deploying resources based on this information.”
Justin Honaker, 33, of Falls Church, is suspected in a string of residential larcenies in Arlington and Fairfax counties, police said this afternoon.
“Employed by a window cleaning crew, Honaker stole jewelry and prescription drugs from numerous residences in Arlington and Fairfax counties during work hours,” according to a police press release. He’s wanted on grand larceny charges.
Honaker is described as a 5’10” white male, weighing approximately 185 pounds. Police say Honaker might have targeted additional houses, and are asking anyone else who might have been burglarized to come forward.
“If anyone has information on the whereabouts of this individual, please contact Detective Patricia Pena of the Arlington County Police Department’s Burglary/Larceny Unit at 703.228.4183 or at [email protected],” the press release said. “To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).”
Falls Church police say the man in the surveillance images (left) stole more than $2,000 from a “money transfer store” on the 6000 block of Wilson Boulevard.
“At approximately 3:28 p.m. on Friday, January 4, an unknown male entered a store unnoticed and removed $2,324 cash from a locked drawer behind a counter,” police said. “He appeared to leave in a black Ford Fusion.”
Anyone with information about is asked to contact Detective J.M. Elliott at 703-248-5068 or [email protected]
Photo courtesy City of Falls Church Police Department