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Crime Hits Hard in the Penn Daw Area

Two bank robberies remain unsolved.

Fairfax County Police Captain Larry Moser, commander of the Mount Vernon District Station, wants information, some leads on who robbed the Provident Bank two weeks ago. He'd also like to know who robbed the Wachovia Bank and the Eckerd Drugstore on Richmond Highway this week.

The robbery at the Provident Bank occurred about 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Two men walked into the bank, which is located inside the Shoppers Food Warehouse at 6228 North Kings Highway, and approached the two tellers. One of the men pointed a gun and demanded money while the other man stood by and watched. One of the tellers handed over money and the men fled on foot.

The man with the gun was described as black, in his twenties, 6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighing 200 pounds. He had short black hair with a thin mustache and wore a black heavy denim coat and Redskins ball cap. The second man was described as black, in his twenties, 6-feet, 3-inches tall and weighing 185 pounds. He also had black hair with a thin mustache, and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

THIS WEEK there were two robberies in one day. About 10:40 a.m. on December 1, a man approached a 19-year-old Burke area woman employed as a teller at the Wachovia Bank branch located at 6300 Richmond Highway in the Penn Daw area. He demanded money, and grabbed at his coat, implying he had a weapon. The victim relinquished the cash in her teller drawer, and the man fled the bank, heading toward North Kings Highway. The suspect was described as black, about 25 years old, six feet tall and weighing 240 pounds. He had a mustache and a chipped front tooth. He was wearing a baseball cap and a tan and brown jacket.

Moser said that the Eckerd Drugstore on Richmond Highway was robbed later that day, at 4:35 p.m. It was reported that a black male in his late 30's, 5-foot, 8-inches tall, and weighing 150 pounds, entered the drugstore, demanded cash and then fled on foot after an undisclosed amount was turned over to him.

"We do think it's important to get this information out there," said Moser. "I also want to remind people that during the holiday period we do tend to see spikes in robberies, so you should use caution and lock your cars."

Moser said that his district is providing an anti-theft detail and using plainclothes police to monitor commercial establishments.

Anyone with information about any of the above incidents is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131 or Crime Solvers at 703-691-8888.