During last week’s Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, Sully District Station commander Capt. Rachel Levy told residents what’s been happening lately in their area.
“We’re still plagued with larcenies from vehicles,” she said last Wednesday, Feb. 8. “Thieves are stealing valuables left in cars in plain sight or taking them from unlocked vehicles.” Also warning people not to leave their keys in their cars, she told them, “A new car with the keys inside was stolen this morning. Luckily, we were able to recover it nearby.”
Meanwhile, in Centreville’s Crofton Commons community, said Levy, there’s recently been a series of vehicle fires in the Flamborough Road area. She said they’re being investigated by the Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s Office.
Regarding incidents that fall under the domain of the Sully District police, she said residents here are in good hands. “The officers know people in this district so well that, when a crime happens, they often know who did it and can quickly make an arrest,” said Levy. She said this was the case, for example, after a recent burglary of a laundromat where the suspect broke in and stole coins from the machines there.
MPO Sabrina Ruck, the station’s crime prevention officer, also noted that “A catalytic-converter thief was arrested the other night, thanks to an alert member of the community. This person called us right away, and the thief was caught with several catalytic converters in his truck.”
Ruck then advised residents about two, upcoming events for their benefit:
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