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Woman Charged with Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses

Fairfax County police have arrested 39-year-old Vanessa Laurel Preston-Adams and charged her with obtaining money under false pretenses.

Preston-Adams, of 7576 Aspen Park Road in the Lorton area, was a certified foster care and respite provider through Family Advocacy Services, which is a private organization who places children in foster care.

Preston-Adams lived with a convicted juvenile sex offender and between April of 2000 and August 2001, she had children placed in her house and received funds without ever revealing to the agency that she lived with the offender.

She was taken to the Adult Detention Center and held on a $1,500 bond.

Restaurant Robberies Investigated

Fairfax County police are investigating two robberies in which employees of Burger King restaurants were robbed of night deposit bags after closing time.

The first incident occurred about 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at 8232 Gunston Corner Lane in the Gunston area. The second robbery occurred about 11:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13, at 9120 Richmond Highway in the Fort Belvoir area.

In each case, the victim employee closed the restaurant and was approached by a man in the parking lot. The man displayed a weapon and demanded the deposit bag. The suspect fled with the money. He is described as black, 19-24 years old, five feet eleven inches to six feet two inches tall, and weighing between 175-185 pounds.

A second man accompanied the suspect during the May 13 robbery. He is described as black, about 19-24 years old and about five feet seven inches tall and weighing between 160-170 pounds. The same man is believed to be responsible for three robberies at Burger King restaurants in Prince William County since December 2001.

Anyone with information should call police at 703-691-2131.

Man Robbed

Fairfax County police are investigating a robbery that occurred in the 8600 block of Sacramento Drive in the Woodlawn area at about 11:30 p.m. last Sunday.

A 28-year-old man was walking home when he was approached by five men who demanded money. One of the men struck the victim in the face and the others went through his pockets, removing an undisclosed amount of money. The men then fled the area.

The victim was taken to Inova Mount Vernon Hospital where he was treated for his injury. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 703-691-2131.

Woodlawn Area Robbery

A 45-year-old Woodlawn area woman was robbed on a trail near the 8700 block of Richmond Highway at about 1:30 p.m. this past Monday.

Police said the woman was walking when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her purse. He pushed her against a tree and fled westbound behind the Woodlawn shopping Center. The suspect is described as black, in his late teens or early 20's and standing around five feet ten inches tall.

Drug Store Robbery

The Rite-Aid drug store at 6711 Richmond Highway in the Groveton area was robbed early Tuesday morning. Police said a 44-year-old Hybla Valley area man employed at the store, told two men who entered the store and went behind the counter, to move away. One of the men lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun in the waistband of his pants. The employee went to the store office to inform the manager and the suspects took several cartons of cigarettes. They fled in an unknown direction. No one was injured.

The armed suspect is described as black, in his 30's, five feet seven inches tall and weighing 160 ounds. The second suspect was described as white, in his 30's and standing six feet tall and weighing 180 pounds.

Another Dog Bite

County animal control officers responded to the area of Arlington Drive and Richmond Highway at about 1:50 p.m. last Tuesday for a report of a dog bite.

Police said a 17-year-old Alexandria area girl was walking down the street when a white and brown female pit bull with a black studded collar ran up to the girl and bit her on both legs. The girl ran from the dog and was able to get away. The victim was taken to Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and treated for her minor injuries. Neither dog or owner were found.

Anyone with information about the dog or the owner is asked to call the Fairfax County Police Animal Control at 703-266-6490.