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Brief: Springfield Area Roundups 5/15

Six Month Investigation Nets Several Suspects

As a result of numerous ongoing investigations, after following up on helpful tips from the public and tracking down a myriad of leads, police have arrested six individuals, to date, in connection with a series of thefts from vehicles parked at parks and recreation centers.

Police noted a substantial increase in cases where credit cards were stolen from purses and wallets from vehicles where owners would likely be away for predictable time periods. Typically, the victims were either running, walking or exercising. Parking lots at South Run, Audrey Moore Rec-Centers and Burke Lake were targeted in particular.

Station detectives worked closely with the agency’s Financial Crimes Unit to track down locations where stolen credit cards were being used to fraudulently purchase items (stores such as Best Buy, the Apple Store, even gas stations). Suspects were charged with numerous offenses, such as larceny, fraud, credit card theft and drug charges.

Following the series of arrests in recent weeks, the criminal activity has reduced; however police urge exercisers to continue vigilance with their valuables. The investigations are still ongoing and there are likely other thieves looking for opportunities to steal.

With the warmer weather of spring and summer and park usage on the rise, police warn car owners to securely stow items out of sight or leave them at home if they are not needed.

Cycle Fest Ride on Sunday, May 19

The community is invited to join the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) for its fourth annual Cycle Fest ride on Sunday, May 19. The ride benefits Wounded Warriors Project and Hazon, who creates healthier and more sustainable communities in the world and beyond. There are three ride distances from which to choose: 65 miles, 50 miles and 30 miles. All rides begin at the JCCNV, 8900 Little River Turnpike in Fairfax, at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Fees include a Cycle Fest T-shirt, rest stop with tasty treats, SAG vehicle support, mechanical support and light food. For registration information, visit www.active.com or e-mail Paula at PaulaC@jccnv.org. Riders should be experienced; suggested minimum age is 12. Call 703-537-3049 or visit www.jccnv.org for details.