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At least nine people are facing underage drinking charges after police broke up a large teen party in northern Arlington.

The incident happened shortly before midnight Saturday on the 3900 block of Military Road, near Fort Ethan Allen Park and Chain Bridge. The dispatched address was that of a newly built home in the Old Glebe neighborhood that’s currently listed for sale for $3.5 million.

The party was reportedly advertised on social media and discovered by the father of one of the attendees, who called police.

Officers arriving on scene told dispatchers that some 30-40 kids could be seen running from the home. In the end, seven young adults and two juveniles — all under the age of 21 — were cited and released, according to Arlington County police.

More, below, from the lastest ACPD crime report.

UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 2024-04130254, 3900 block of Military Road. At approximately 11:26 p.m. on April 13, police were dispatched to the report of a juvenile incident. Responding officers observed a large group of subjects in their teens and early 20’s disperse from outside of a home. Officers then conducted a search of the home and, during the course of the investigation, detained several subjects. Seven adults and two juveniles, who were all under the age of 21, were issued summonses for underage consumption of alcohol and were released to their parents/guardians or a designated sober driver. The investigation into the circumstances of the incident is ongoing.

Also in the crime report, police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a girl near the Wellington apartments just off of Columbia Pike on Sunday night.

INDECENT EXPOSURE (Late), 2024-04140233, 1300 block of S. Scott Street. At approximately 10:36 p.m. on April 14, a patrol officer was flagged down by the reporting party who reported a late indecent exposure. It was determined at approximately 8:55 p.m., the juvenile female victim was walking in the area when the male suspect approached her and exposed himself during which the victim ran from the area.

Additionally, at least 14 vehicles were damaged between Friday morning and early Saturday morning, in and around Rosslyn. Thieves smashed vehicle windows and stole airbags and other items, according to ACPD.

LARCENY FROM AUTO/VEHICLE TAMPERING (Series)(Late), 2024-04120116/2024-04120123, 1400 block of Wilson Boulevard/1700 block of N. Pierce Street. At approximately 12:14 p.m. on April 12, police were dispatched to the late report of destruction of property.  Upon arrival, it was determined between 8:23 a.m. and 12:14 p.m., the unknown suspect(s) smashed the passenger side windows of four parked vehicles in the area and rummaged through the interiors. Electronics, credit cards, personal items and an undisclosed amount of cash were reported stolen from one vehicle. The victim vehicles varied in make and model. There is no suspect description(s). The investigation is ongoing.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (Series)(Late), 2024-04130084/2024-04130160/2024-04130164, 1200 block of N. Scott Street/1400 block of N. Scott Street/1200 block of N. Scott Street. At approximately 9:28 a.m. on April 13, police were dispatched to the late report of a larceny. Upon arrival, it was determined at approximately 2:30 a.m. on April 13, the male suspect forced entry into 10 parked vehicles in the area and stole airbags. Personal property was reported stolen from one vehicle. The victim vehicles are Honda models.

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Police on scene of a carjacking in Pentagon City in 2021 (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Compared to 2022, vehicle thefts are trending down in all Arlington zip codes except one: 22202.

Crystal City and Pentagon City have emerged as a vehicle theft hotspot in Arlington County, accounting for about half of all stolen cars so far this year.

Vehicle thefts rose sharply in Arlington during the pandemic, reaching nearly 400 county-wide in 2022 — about an 80% increase over 2019. Last year saw a slight dip and a projection based on the first three months of 2024 points to a continued overall decrease.

The drop would be steeper if not for continued rising car thefts in Crystal City, Pentagon City and surrounding neighborhoods.

Whereas last year carjackings in that area made most of the headlines — though only a portion of the overall thefts — this year ARLnow has received numerous tips about a string of vehicle break-ins and thefts from apartment parking garages. The 22202 zip code is on pace for around 175 vehicle thefts this, up from 131 in 2023, 90 in 2022 and 33 in 2021.

The next-highest zip code for vehicle theft in Arlington is 22204 — the Columbia Pike corridor — which is on pace for about 75 thefts this year.

Vehicle thefts in Arlington by zip code (data via ACPD, table by ARLnow)

Isabella Gallegos, who lives in a building near the Costco and Amazon’s HQ2 in Pentagon City, says she recently was a victim of the ongoing series of car thefts. She returned from a trip out of town and couldn’t find her Kia Sportage in the building’s secure garage.

“We pay for resident parking with clicker access, so I’ve never really thought this would be an issue,” Gallegos told ARLnow. “At first, I thought I was losing my mind, but my roommate came down to help me and we were both bewildered. Then we went to talk to my building’s concierge, proceeded to call the line they put on the police page for towing, however nothing came up in their system. Then the Arlington police sent an officer to file a police report to report my car stolen.”

“The officer mentioned these things were common in Pentagon City,” she said of the theft, adding that she was neither able to get security footage nor much help from her building’s management. “I really want others to know what’s going on and that they’re not safe even in their building’s reserved parking.”

Arlington County police spokeswoman Ashley Savage tells ARLnow that the department is seeing many thefts involving Hyundai and Kia models specifically, in addition to the theft of vehicles from gig workers making deliveries.

“Thefts, including the stealing of vehicles, vehicle parts and items left unattended inside parked vehicles, are often crimes of opportunities,” Savage said. “The most common vehicle thefts reported to police include parked vehicles with keys left inside, Hyundai and Kia model vehicles where suspects bypass the ignition and start the vehicle after removing the steering column and vehicles running unattended (often delivery vehicles). No matter where you park, police encourage following the below crime prevention tips to help keep your vehicle and valuables safe.”

A week after first contacting ARLnow, Gallegos told us her car was spotted by police in the Ivy City neighborhood of D.C. and the man driving it was subsequently pulled over and arrested. In addition to a charge related to driving a stolen vehicle, the man was charged in a February robbery and shooting in Ivy City.

It’s unclear whether the car will be drivable again.

“It’s pretty trashed… still TBD if damage will be repaired,” Gallegos said.

Interior of the stolen Kia Sportage after it was recovered by D.C. police (courtesy Isabella Gallegos)

To help curb local vehicle thefts, the Arlington County Police Department is holding a pair of events over the next couple of weeks to give away steering wheel locks and, in some cases, Apple AirTags.

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A 39-year-old Arlington man with a notable criminal history is facing more charges after an incident over the weekend.

Police say Anthony Jeffers, Jr. tried to steal items from a store on the 4900 block of Columbia Pike — a block that includes a 24-hour 7-Eleven location — around 10:30 p.m. this past Saturday.

A physical confrontation with a store employee ensued, followed by a scuffle with an arresting officer that resulted in injuries to the officer and the suspect, according to Arlington County police.

More, below, from the latest ACPD crime report.

ASSAULT ON POLICE, 2024-03300250, 4900 block of Columbia Pike. At approximately 10:39 p.m. on March 30, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny in progress. Upon arrival, it was determined the male suspect allegedly entered the business, concealed merchandise and attempted to exit without payment when an employee confronted him. The suspect then pushed the employee, stole additional merchandise and left the store on foot. A lookout was broadcast and a responding officer observed an individual matching the description of the suspect in the area. The officer then attempted to detain the suspect, who actively resisted arrest, and assaulted the officer before he was taken into custody with the assistance of additional responding officers. The officer and the suspect sustained minor injuries that did not require medical attention. During a search of the suspect’s person incident to arrest, suspected narcotics were recovered. Anthony Jeffers Jr., 39, of Arlington, Va. was arrested and charged with Assault on Police, Robbery, Assault and Battery, Obstruction of Justice and Possession of Schedule I/II Narcotics. He was held without bond.

Jeffers has previously been in the news for several incidents in Arlington.

In 2021 he was charged with sexual battery after following a woman onto an elevator in the Virginia Square neighborhood and touching her inappropriately. He pled guilty was sentenced to 4 months in jail, with another 8 months suspended, according to court records.

Last year Jeffers and another man were arrested after allegedly walking down the middle of N. Glebe Road near Ballston while drunk. Charges against Jeffers were subsequently dropped, according to court records. The other man arrested with Jeffers posted bond and was arrested a few months later after allegedly stealing an Arlington ambulance and crashing into some 20 vehicles during a wild police chase.

Most recently, Jeffers was charged with resisting arrest in Arlington on Feb. 9 and was released pending his next court date, scheduled for this Wednesday, April 3, records show.

Jeffers also has a criminal history in Fairfax County that includes theft, drug and resisting arrest charges. He was arrested on March 18 and charged with petty theft, resisting arrest and spitting in public, according to court records. He was released pending a scheduled court date of May 29.

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An Alexandria man is facing a battery of charges after police say he tried to take an officer’s gun while being arrested for theft.

The incident happened around 6 p.m. this past Friday in the Courthouse area. The alleged shoplifting took place on the 2000 block of Clarendon Blvd, which includes a 7-Eleven and an Ace hardware store.

More, below, from the latest Arlington County Police Department crime report.

ASSAULT ON POLICE, 2024-03220226, 2000 block of Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 6:10 p.m. on March 22, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined the male suspect allegedly entered the business, selected merchandise and exited the store without payment. A lookout was broadcast and a responding officer located an individual matching the description of the suspect in the area of Clarendon Boulevard and N. Rhodes Street and gave him commands to stop. The suspect disregarded the officer’s commands and attempted to leave the area. The officer then attempted to detain the suspect who actively resisted arrest, grabbed the handle of the officer’s firearm and kicked the officer. The officer deployed pepper spray and took the suspect into custody. Medics transported the suspect to an area hospital for medical evaluation. The officer sustained minor injuries and did not require medical attention. During the course of the investigation, it was determined the suspect stole merchandise from the same business during a separate incident. [The suspect], 30, of Alexandria, Va. was arrested and charged with Assault on Police, Attempted Disarming a Police Officer, Petit Larceny (x2) and Obstruction of Justice. He was held without bond.

The same suspect was previously arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest in Arlington in 2020, but charges were dropped, court records show.

Also this past weekend, an Arlington man was arrested and charged with slashing a male acquaintance during an argument Saturday night.

MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 2024-03230236, 800 block of S. Frederick Street. At approximately 11:11 p.m. on March 23, police were dispatched to the report of a suspicious person. Upon arrival, it was determined the male suspect and male victim, who are known to each other, became involved in a verbal dispute that escalated into a physical altercation during which the victim suffered a laceration from a sharp object. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was located in the area by responding officers and was taken into custody. [The suspect], 27, of Arlington, Va. was arrested and charged with Malicious Wounding.

On Sunday night, police say a male victim was confronted along Columbia Pike by a group of five juvenile male suspects he knew.

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An 18-year-old Arlington woman is facing a litany of charges after an reported bike theft led to violence.

The incident happened Sunday evening near the intersection of S. Walter Reed Drive and S. Glebe Road.

Police say they were called after a woman entered a home and stole a bike. Confronted by a victim a couple of blocks away, the woman allegedly “assaulted him, attempted to steal his jewelry, damaged a watch and struck him with a bottle.”

The suspect is also accused of kicking two of the police officers who subsequently took her into custody.

More, below, from the latest Arlington County Police Department crime report.

ASSAULT ON POLICE, 2024-03170214, 1700 block of S. Walter Reed Drive. At approximately 7:15 p.m. on March 17, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, it was determined the female suspect allegedly entered the victims’ home and was verbally confronted by Victim One. The suspect then stole a bicycle, exited the home and fled the scene. Victim Two located the suspect with the stolen bicycle at 18th Street S. and S. Monroe Street and approached her. The suspect subsequently assaulted him, attempted to steal his jewelry, damaged a watch and struck him with a bottle. The suspect then assaulted a witness who attempted to intervene. As responding officers were detaining the suspect, she kicked two of the officers. Victim Two reported minor injuries and did not require medical treatment. [The suspect], 18, of Arlington, Va. was arrested and charged with Assault on Police (x2), Assault and Battery (x2), Malicious Wounding, Burglary, Destruction of Property and Attempted Robbery. She was held without bond.

Another notable burglary incident happened early Sunday morning in the Cherrydale area. A man tried to force entry into four homes before police were called and a 38-year-old suspect was taken into custody, according to ACPD.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARY (Series) , 2024-03170063/2024-03170064/2024-03170087, 4000 block of Vacation Lane/3900 block of Lorcom Lane/3700 block of Lorcom Lane. At approximately 3:20 a.m. on March 17, police were dispatched to the report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, it was determined the female victim was inside her residence when she heard loud banging and observed the male suspect allegedly attempting to force entry into her home by kicking a door. The suspect then left the scene and a short time later, three additional victims in the area reported an individual matching the description of the suspect attempt to force entry into their homes before fleeing the scene. A lookout was broadcast and responding officers canvassed the area and located the suspect. The suspect ran from officers and was subsequently located in the 2400 block of N. Lincoln Street and taken into custody. [The suspect], 38, of Arlington, Va. was arrested and charged with Attempted Burglary (x4).

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Suspect struggling with police officer as off-duty officer stops to help out (courtesy Dave Statter)

A wild incident involving a theft suspect in Pentagon City over the weekend was caught on camera.

It happened around 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, a block away from the Pentagon Centre shopping center. Police say a 31-year-old man stole items from a nearby store and then tried to fight an officer who tried to take him into custody.

An off-duty officer driving by saw the struggle and stopped to help.

More, beloe, from today’s Arlington County Police Department crime report.

ASSAULT ON POLICE, 2024-03090121, 1200 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 1:41 p.m. on March 9, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined the male suspect entered the business and allegedly concealed merchandise before exiting the store without payment. A responding officer located the suspect in the area of 15th Street S. and S. Fern Street and attempted to detain him. The suspect resisted arrest, pushed the officer away and attempted to strike them during which an off-duty officer who was driving in the area observed the struggle and exited their vehicle to assist in taking the suspect into custody. The suspect sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention. [The suspect], 31, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Assault on Police, Petit Larceny and Obstruction of Justice.

The scene was caught on camera and posted to social media by local public safety watcher Dave Statter.

Today’s crime report also details a trio of robberies, in the Pentagon City, Rosslyn, and Courthouse areas.

The first, Saturday night, involved a knife-wielding man stealing money from a tip jar. The second, Sunday morning, involved a man who drove by a woman in a parking lot and stole her phone out of her hand. The third, Sunday night, involved a theft of cigarettes from a store by a pair of robbers, one of whom reportedly had a gun.

More from ACPD:

ROBBERY, 2024-03090186, 1000 block of S. Hayes Street. At approximately 7:02 p.m. on March 9, police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, it was determined the male suspect entered the business, approached an employee at the counter and demanded cash. When the employee refused, the suspect brandished a knife and stole money from a tip jar before leaving the scene on foot. No injuries were reported. A lookout was broadcast and responding officers canvassed the area for the suspect yielding negative results. The suspect is described as a Black male, approximately 40-50 years old, 5’10”-6’0” wearing all dark clothing. The investigation is ongoing.

ROBBERY, 2024-03100095, 1100 block of Arlington Boulevard. At approximately 11:03 a.m. on March 10, police were dispatched to the report of a robbery by force. Upon arrival, it was determined a dispute ensued after the male suspect, who was driving in a parking lot, honked at the female victim, who was walking. The suspect then drove next to the victim with his window down and stole her cellphone from her hand before fleeing the scene in his vehicle. No injuries were reported. During the course of the investigation, the cellphone was recovered in the area. The suspect is described as an older white male driving a blue sedan. The investigation is ongoing.

ROBBERY, 2024-03110001, 1800 block of Wilson Boulevard. At approximately 11:56 p.m. on March 10, police were dispatched to the report of a brandishing. Upon arrival, it was determined the two male suspects entered the business, selected merchandise, approached the counter and asked for cigarettes to be added to the transaction. A verbal dispute between the employee and suspects ensued during which the suspects attempted to steal the cigarettes before exiting the store. The employee confronted the suspects outside the business during which one suspect brandished a firearm before both suspects entered a silver sedan and fled the scene. No injuries were reported. The suspects are described as white males, approximately 5’6”-5’7”, 130-180 pounds with black or brown hair. The investigation is ongoing.

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Four masked men allegedly broke into an Arlington apartment building early Tuesday morning and stole mail from the mailroom.

The theft happened at the Camden Potomac Yard apartments, on the 3500 block of S. Ball Street, near the Alexandria border.

“At approximately 2:07 a.m. on March 5, police were dispatched to the report of a suspicious person,” Arlington County police spokeswoman Ashley Savage tells ARLnow. “The preliminary investigation indicates four male suspects entered the residential building and stole mail and packages.”

“An employee observed the suspects and called police. The suspects then fled the scene in a white SUV prior to police arrival,” Savage continued. “The suspects are described as Black males with slender builds, approximately 5’10”, wearing ski masks and all black clothing. The investigation is ongoing.”

Savage said police are investigating whether the suspects might be responsible for other mail thefts.

“Mail addressed to other locations were recovered during the course of the investigation into the larceny,” she said, in response to an ARLnow inquiry about other mail thefts in the county. “As part of the ongoing investigation, detectives are working to determine if other similar incidents occurred at additional residential buildings.”

Arlington residents whose mail or packages are stolen should file an online police report, Savage said.

Local public safety watcher Alan Henney posted on social media the following memo to residents, from building management, about the mail theft.

Last night at approximately 2:07 AM 4 masked individuals entered the north mail room and broke into several mailboxes. Our on-duty concierge immediately contacted Arlington County Police who arrived at 2:18 AM after the individuals fled minutes before. A police report has been filed and Officer Laprise and Costello-Mays have requested that any residents with missing mail to contact them directly to make a report. The officers that responded also informed us that this was not an isolated incident, but this occurred at multiple properties in the local area.

Although our building does have cameras and controlled access, crime can still occur. Please be mindful of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to Arlington County Police at 911 or non-emergency at 703-558-2222.

Henney had previously posted about a vehicle theft from the building’s parking garage, which happened over the weekend.

ACPD confirmed the incident to ARLnow, sharing the following crime report item.

STOLEN VEHICLE, 2024-03020072, 3500 block of S. Ball Street. At approximately 10:23 a.m. on March 2, police were dispatched to the report of a stolen vehicle. The preliminary report indicates that at approximately 7:18 a.m., the suspect entered the residential garage and stole the victim’s vehicle, a gray 2013 Honda CRV with Virginia license plate TUA9377. The suspect is described as a Black male wearing a beanie, dark colored coat, sweatpants and black shoes. The investigation is ongoing.

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An Arlington man is in jail after police say he threatened another man with a gun along Langston Blvd.

The incident happened just before noon this past Friday, near the intersection of Langston Blvd and N. Kirkwood Road. It started, police said, as a dispute inside a business.

More, below, from an Arlington County Police Department crime report.

BRANDISHING, 2024-03010111, 3100 block of Langston Boulevard. At approximately 11:52 a.m. on March 1, police were dispatched to the report of an assault in progress. The preliminary investigation indicates the suspect and male victim were inside a business when they became involved in a verbal dispute. Following the dispute, both parties exited the business and entered their respective vehicles. The suspect then allegedly circled the victim’s vehicle while brandishing what appeared to be a firearm before parking the vehicle and fleeing the area on foot. Responding officers established a perimeter, located the suspect and took him into custody without incident. [The suspect], 36, of Arlington, VA was arrested and charged with Brandishing and Driving while DUI Suspended. He was held without bond.

In another gun-related incident, police say a 24-year-old driver who got out of their car and shouted at a police officer in Crystal City had a concealed, loaded gun.

The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

From ACPD:

WEAPONS VIOLATION, 2024-03020218, 23rd Street S. at S. Clark Street. At approximately 11:28 p.m. on March 2, a patrol officer observed a vehicle improperly stop in the roadway before the suspect, who was the driver, exited the vehicle, approached the cruiser and began to shout at the officer. The officer then activated his emergency equipment and made contact with the suspect. During the course of the investigation, it was determined the suspect was operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s license. During an inventory search of the vehicle prior to towing, a loaded firearm was recovered. [The suspect], 24, of Washington D.C. was charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon and released on a summons.

Also on Saturday, several cars — all Hondas — had their airbags stolen in the Waverly Hills neighborhood.

More from the crime report:

LARCENY FROM AUTO (Series), 2024-03020079, 4400 block of 16th Street N. At approximately 11:08 a.m. on March 2, police were dispatched to the report of a larceny. Upon arrival, it was determined the unknown suspect(s) forced entry into the victim’s vehicle and stole the air bag. Responding officers canvassed the area and located two additional vehicles, in the 1500 block of N. Wakefield Street and the 4300 block of 15th Street N., with stolen air bags. The involved vehicles are Honda models. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.

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A 39-year-old man has been arrested and charged with “simulated masturbation” after an incident in Rosslyn.

Police responded to the area of Langston Boulevard and N. Oak Street shortly after 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, for a man who was reportedly exposing himself.

From an Arlington County Police Department crime report:

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 2024-02010140, Langston Boulevard at N. Oak Street. At approximately 1:11 p.m. on February 1, police were dispatched to the report of an exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined the victims were walking in the area when they observed the male suspect allegedly exposing himself. Responding officers located the suspect on scene and took him into custody. Channing Ballinger, 39, of No Fixed Address was arrested and charged with Public Masturbation. He was held without bond.

The exact charge is “simulated masturbation,” according to the Arlington General District Court website, which also notes that the suspect remains in custody. The suspect has no past criminal history in Arlington, though a man of the same name and approximate age was previously charged with assaulting a police officer in Western New York, per a TV news report.

There have been a number of police dispatches to Rosslyn for reports of public masturbation in recent months, including at least two in the area of the H-B Woodlawn school at 1601 Wilson Blvd, per scanner traffic.

Police tell ARLnow that no arrests have been made in the previous incidents.

“As part of the investigation, officers will work to determine if [the suspect] is linked to any other incidents in the county,” said ACPD spokeswoman Alli Shorb. “Regarding your request related to North Rosslyn incidents, no arrests have been made.”

Separately, ACPD is investigating a series of airbag thefts along Columbia Pike from over the weekend. Six vehicles — all Hondas — were damaged.

From the latest crime report:

LARCENY FROM AUTO (Series) (Late), 2024-02030091, 3800 block of Columbia Pike. At approximately 8:33 a.m. on February 3, police were dispatched to the late report of a larceny from auto. Upon arrival, it was determined between approximately 10:00 p.m. on February 2 and 8:33 a.m. on February 3, the unknown suspect(s) forced entry into six vehicles by damaging the driver’s side door handle and stole airbags. Tools and electronics were also reported stolen from one of the vehicles. The victim vehicles are Honda models. There is no suspect description(s). The investigation is ongoing.

Arlington officers on the weekend nightlife detail, meanwhile, reportedly made an arrest early Sunday morning following a fight outside of a bar in Clarendon.

The fight was caught on video and posted to social media by public safety watcher Dave Statter.

Security camera footage of a Pride flag being stolen on Jan. 27, 2024 (via Michelle Logan/X)

Two men — including one with an apparent military connection — have been arrested in connection with a series of Pride flags stolen from an Arlington couple, police announced Friday evening.

Twenty-year-old Matthew Henshaw was arrested and charged with three counts of bias-motivated unlawful entry and three counts of petit larceny for incidents occurring on Sept. 16 and Sept. 30 and Jan. 27. ACPD said he resides at Fort Myer, suggesting he has military ties. Henshaw was released on a secured bond.

Joseph Digregorio, 23, of Bay Shore, New York, was charged with one count of petit larceny for an incident occurring on Jan. 21 and was released on a summons.

Penrose residents Michelle Logan and her partner Jenna Burnett took to social media late last month to ask for community help identifying who has stolen Pride flags from their home on five occasions over the last five months, using security camera footage. The couple also filed police reports and told their story on local TV news broadcasts.

ACPD announced its property crimes unit made the arrests one week after telling ARLnow its investigation was ongoing.

“Between September 2023 and January 2024, the Arlington County Police Department received five online reports for larcenies in the 200 block of S. Courthouse Road,” ACPD said in a statement. “In each incident, a male suspect approached the property during the early morning hours and stole a Pride flag from outside the residence before leaving the scene. During the course of the investigation, detectives reviewed evidence and conducted witness interviews which led to the identification of the suspects.”

ACPD says this remains an active criminal investigation.

“Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Arlington County Police Department’s Tip Line at 703-228-4180 or [email protected],” the police department said. “Information may also be reported anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).”

Photo via Michelle Logan/Twitter

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Michelle Logan and Jenna Burnett’s dogs watch over their Pride flag from the second floor of their home in Penrose (courtesy of Michelle Logan)

Michelle Logan and her partner Jenna Burnett celebrated their moving in together and the end of Pride month last July by displaying a rainbow flag in front of their house.

But two months later, while looking out the window of their Penrose home one morning, the couple noticed the flag had vanished. All that remained was a mangled flag pole.

Upon reviewing footage from their Ring camera, the couple observed a man dressed in a cowboy hat forcefully remove the flag from its resting place around 2:35 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2023. He can then be seen fleeing with two other people on foot, heading north along S. Courthouse Road.

After that night, the couple would have their Pride flag stolen from their porch four more times. Logan has posted four of the five incidents to the social media site X, formerly Twitter, and provided regular updates on Reddit.

“To us, this isn’t just about a flag being stolen. Each time this happens is really violating and scary,” Logan told ARLnow in an email. “It’s a reminder that a lot of work still needs to be done for LGBTQ+ communities to feel comfortable and supported being their full selves, and loving who they want to love.”

Although the footage didn’t provide a clear view of the culprit, Logan and Burnett said they filed a police report.

In defiance of the vandal, the couple purchased a new flag pole, and several friends, along with the Arlington-based community organization The Kindness Activist, donated flags.

Two weeks later, they again faced the theft of their Pride flag by a man in a cowboy hat. This time, in addition to reporting the incident to Arlington County police, Logan and Burnett shared the footage on Nextdoor, hoping the community could help identify the individual.

“Our friend even made a funny ‘Have you seen this anti-LGBTQ+ cowboy?’ flag and we hung it up to make light of the situation,” Logan said.

A flag mocking the cowboy hat-wearing Pride flag thief (courtesy of Michelle Logan)

After a third flag was stolen on Dec. 16, Logan and Burnett appeared on WUSA9 to raise awareness about the multiple incidents. They pledged to donate $100 to the Trevor Project, an international suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ youth, for each previous and subsequent theft of their flag, for a total of $300.

“We then put another flag up because we didn’t want to let him stop us from being ourselves and sharing who we are,” Logan said.

The fourth theft took place last Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2:14 a.m. This time, the thief’s face was captured on camera but it is unclear whether this individual was the same person seen wearing a cowboy hat during the initial two thefts.

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