Crime Briefs

Crime Briefs

<sh>Dobbs' Bond Revoked

<bt>Joseph Matthew Dobbs' bond was revoked after a Fairfax County Circuit Court judge tallied that Dobbs is potentially facing more than 100 years of prison time.

Dobbs, 25 of Fairfax, pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a child, 10 counts of possession of child pornography, and multiple counts of use of a computer to facilitate certain offenses involving children, according to court records.

On Aug. 24, 2005, Dobbs went to the Old Keene Pool in Burke with the intention of having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met on the Internet, according to police reports. When Dobbs showed up, the girl notified a lifeguard and a police investigation began. Dobbs was arrested on Sept. 30 after he turned himself into to Fairfax County Police.

Dobbs was charged with carnal knowledge of a 14-year-old girl and with attempting to solicit sex from three additional girls under the age of 15, according to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jenna Sands. Police found more than 100 photos of child pornography in his home.

Dobbs is scheduled to be sentenced later this year.

<1b>— Ken Moore

<sh>Burke Man Charged with Indecent Liberties

<bt>Fairfax County Police have arrested a Burke man for using his cell phone to send sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old.

According to a police release, Lucas Beal of the 7400 block of South Reach Drive in Burke was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Fairfax Station.

Beal, 27, met the victim while working as a substitute teacher at Fairfax County Public Schools, said Fairfax County Police Department spokesperson Mary Mulrenan. Beal asked for her cell phone number and sent her a number of text messages over the next few days, one or more of which were sexually explicit, said Mulrenan.

According to a police press release, Beal asked the victim for sex on Jan. 25. She set a time to meet at 10:15 p.m., in an empty field near the 8200 block of Roseland Drive in Fairfax Station. The victim had reported the messages to her mother, who told the school resource counselor, who in turn told Fairfax County Police on Wednesday, said Mulrenan. When Beal arrived at the location that night, detectives from the Child Exploitation Unit of the Fairfax County Police Criminal Investigations Bureau met and arrested him. He was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and charged with custodial indecent liberties with a minor, and use of a communications device to solicit a minor for sex, the release stated.

Anyone with information about this incident or suspect is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Bureau at 703-246-7800.

<sh>Man Charged in OxyContin Robberies

<bt>A Burke-area man was arrested Thursday, Jan. 26 after attempting to rob a drug store. According to a Fairfax County Police Department press release, Les Burrows, 38, entered the Rite Aid Pharmacy in the 6100 block of Rose Hill Drive in Franconia and began speaking with an employee. Burrows then threatened the victim and demanded the prescription drug OxyContin. The employee, a 58-year-old Alexandria woman, went into the back of the store and called the manager for help, at which time the suspect left the store without the drug and fled in a vehicle, said Fairfax County Police spokesperson Shelley Broderick. Witnesses were able to spot the license plate numbers and police used them to find Burrows, who lives in the 9500 block of Burdett Road in Burke, the release stated.

Police charged Burrows with attempted robbery for the incident. After officers spoke with Burrows and conducted further investigation, they were able to connect him with several other OxyContin robberies and attempted robberies in the area, said Broderick.

Burrows was also charged with another count of attempted robbery for a Tuesday, Jan. 24 incident at the CVS Pharmacy in the 6100 block of Franconia Road in Springfield, according to the release. According to police, he was charged with three counts of robbery for an incident at the same CVS in Springfield on Wednesday, Jan. 18, one at a Safeway pharmacy in the 9500 block of Braddock Road in Burke on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and one at an Eckerd Drug store in the 8400 block of Lee Highway in Merrifield on Monday, Dec. 19.