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Looking for Suspect

<bt>The Sheriff’s Office has released a surveillance video still of a suspect involved in a larceny from the Croson’s Store near Aldie.

On Sunday, July 29, an unknown subject removed cash from the convenience store that is located in the 42380 block of Route 50. The suspect was seen in the store around 10 a.m. and is described as an adult black male, 40 to 50 years old, with a heavy build. He has short hair with a receding hairline. A suspect vehicle is a possible small, dark-colored SUV or pickup with a camper shell. The vehicle was further described as having graphics on it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator D. Orr of the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. If the caller wishes to remain anonymous, contact Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information leads to an arrest and indictment the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

<sh>Community Forum

<bt>A community forum on the development of a planned development-mixed use business zoning district is scheduled for 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, at Mercer Middle School, 42149 Greenstone Drive in Aldie.

Loudoun County and its consultant on the project, AKRF Inc., will host the public forum to present and discuss the draft text of the proposed zoning district and the consultant's report that summarizes the research and analysis done for the district and its potential use along the Route 50 corridor.

On July 17, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved the Resolution of Intent to amend the zoning ordinance to add the new planned development-mixed use business zoning district for use along the Route 50 corridor, as well as for use in other areas of the county as appropriate.

The county has contracted with AKRF Inc. to develop proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance necessary to create the new district, along with supporting products such as flow charts, maps and a development review process for landowners that would seek rezoning to the district. The project includes extensive public review and input from stakeholders.

<sh>Found

<bt>A Purcellville teen missing since July 25 was located unharmed Tuesday afternoon in Minnesota, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Jennifer Schilling, 16, left her Purcellville home on Harper’s Ferry Road. According to the Sheriff's Office, the teen apparently met a 24-year-old Perham, Minn., man over the Internet. It is unclear at this time how long Schilling has been in Minnesota.

She was located around 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14. Authorities are working on returning her back to her family in Loudoun County. The 24-year-old man is facing charges in Minnesota.

<sh>Gas Leak

<bt>On Friday, Aug. 10, at 9:55 a.m., fire-rescue units from Leesburg, Ashburn, Dulles South Haz Mat and the Office of Emergency Management responded to 161 Fort Evans Road in Leesburg for a reported ruptured natural gas line.

First arriving units confirmed that a contractor's backhoe had breached a 6-inch gas main while excavating. Washington Gas responded to the scene, as well as Leesburg Police Department, staff from the Loudoun County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Leesburg Public Works and additional fire and rescue command staff.

Due to an odor of gas and unsatisfactory meter readings in the vicinity, approximately 20 occupants from surrounding commercial properties and 35 residents from nearby homes were evacuated. Although a temporary evacuation center was established at the Plaza Street police station, no evacuees took advantage of the shelter.

Washington Gas temporarily shut off gas supply to a grid that included four commercial properties so that repairs could be made.

The last fire and rescue units cleared the scene around 1:30 p.m. There were no injuries reported.

<sh>Fraud Suspect Arrested

<bt>A man wanted on multiple charges for prescription fraud turned himself over to authorities Friday, Aug. 10. Nathan A. Hill learned he was wanted by authorities and turned himself in.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Hill, 31, was charged with five counts of prescription fraud. Hill allegedly called in prescriptions for the controlled pain medication Ultram (Tramadol). According to the Sheriff's Office, on Monday, Aug. 6, the suspect attempted to pick up a prescription at the Target store in Sterling. Hill was held on a $10,000 bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

<sh>Night Out

<bt>Communities across the county came together Tuesday, Aug. 7, to tell criminals they are not welcome in their neighborhoods during the 24th annual National Night Out.

The events in Loudoun, held in Leesburg, Lovettsville, Purcellville, South Riding and Sterling, promoted involvement in local crime-prevention activities, strengthened police-community partnerships and encouraged neighborhood camaraderie.

The South Riding community celebrated its fifth annual event and the Sterling community held their first National Night Out at Potomac Falls High School. Hundreds of residents turned out for the events in Sterling and South Riding. Those in attendance met with members of the Sheriff’s Office K9 unit, the Underwater Search and Recovery Team, the Motor Unit, the Loudoun County Bomb Squad and representatives from Fire & Rescue Services.