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Police Investigate: Neighbors Clash Over Trash Bin, Phony Tax Call, Tree Service Fraud

Vienna Police headquarters sign; Patch file photo
Vienna Police headquarters sign; Patch file photo

The following summary contains various incidents of general interest as well as vehicular crashes handled by the Town of Vienna, Virginia Police Department from Jan. 3 to Thursday.

Readers are reminded that an “arrest” is based upon probable cause and does not always mean that someone was physically taken into custody. Furthermore, it does not mean that an individual is automatically guilty of a crime. 
Some cases are not included at all due to ongoing investigations. Please contact MPO Gary Lose, at glose@viennava.gov, for more information.

INCIDENTS

  • Fraud: 200 Block West Street, NW; between Jan. 6, 2013 at 12 p.m. and Jan. 9, at 12:17 p.m. A resident reported that someone had made fraudulent charges against her credit card without her knowledge. This case is being investigated.
  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle: 300 Block Branch Road, SE. Between Nov. 3, 2013 at 9 a.m. and Jan. 3, 2014 at 8:34 p.m. A resident reported that his niece had taken his vehicle and was refusing to return it. This case is being investigated.
  • Animal Case: 9600 Block Counsellor Drive, NW; Dec. 31, 2013 12:20 a.m. A resident reported that while her mother was visiting, from out of state, her mother’s dog bit her on the lip. Her mother and the dog have since returned to their home state. ACO Barker contacted the mother and informed her of the quarantine process. She stated the dog was current on its rabies vaccinations and she would comply with the process.
  • Open Door: 300 Block Mill Street, NE, Dec. 31, 2013 5:07 p.m. A citizen reported that the “Open” sign had been illuminated at a business however the front door had been left unlocked and there appeared to be no one inside. PFC Lyons along with Officer Reedy responded and after checking the business determined that nothing appeared to be out of place. An employee also responded and stated nothing had been taken or damaged and that another employee must have left the door unlocked.
  • Petit Larceny: 600 Block Creek Crossing Road, NE; between Jan. 1 at 12:01 a.m. and Jan. 6 at 6 p.m., a resident reported that someone had taken the “Vote No on Proposition 432” signs from his front yard.
  • Vandalism: Yeonas Park, 1319 Ross Drive, SW; between Jan. 1 at 8 a.m. and Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m., a citizen reported that a vent had been removed from the side of a building and he was concerned that someone may have gained access into the building. Officer Reedy responded and searched the building and determined that nothing had been taken or was out of place.
  • Medical Case: Maple Avenue at Beulah Road, NE; Jan. 3 12:05 a.m. Sgt. Elias was on patrol when he was approached by a female who was visibly upset and was requesting to be taken to an area hospital. PFC Myers responded and assisted the female with making it safely to the hospital.
  • Suspicious Event: 600 Block Glyndon Street, SE, Jan. 3 9 a.m., a resident reported that his wife had received a telephone call from an individual claiming to be an agent with the Federal Bureau of Crime Investigations. The caller informed the resident that she owed past taxes and unless the taxes were paid she would be arrested. The resident contacted her husband who in turn contacted the caller and informed him that his taxes were current and he would not make any payments without proof of the delinquency. He informed the caller that he had notified the Vienna Police Department and filed a police report at which time the caller hung up and has not made any other calls to the resident.
  • Found Property: Park Street at Maple Avenue, NE, Jan. 3, 2 p.m. a citizen responded to the Vienna Police Station to turn in a credit card he had found. PFC Vazquez responded to the bank that issued the card and spoke with an employee who stated the cardholder had been notified. The bank employee then destroyed the credit card.
  • Disorderly Conduct: 900 Block Shady Drive, SE, Jan. 4, 9 a.m.; a resident reported he had placed a large trash bin in front of his home which is under construction. He stated his neighbor exited his house and aggressively approached him while cursing and using offensive hand gestures. The resident stated he felt threatened by his neighbor’s actions. PFC Vazquez responded and spoke with the neighbor who stated he had become upset with the resident because he had parked his truck blocking his driveway. PFC Vazquez informed the neighbor to contact the Vienna Police Department if his driveway was blocked and the police would respond to assist in maintaining the peace between the neighbors.
  • Petit Larceny: 1000 Block Mountfort Court, NE, between Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 5 at 1:02 p.m. A resident reported that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle and had taken an iPod, an undisclosed amount of cash and a bag of M&M’s.
  • Domestic Dispute: 200 Block Tapawingo Road, SW, Jan. 5, at 8 a.m., a resident reported that her husband and daughter had been involved in a heated argument that escalated when the father slapped his daughter across the face. Officer Reedy responded and spoke with all the family members that were involved. The father and daughter agreed that the father had slapped her and she had thrown a bowl of cereal at him. The father and daughter agreed that this type of incident would not happen again.
  • Animal Case: Holmes Drive at Lawyers Road, NW, Jan. 5, 3:15 p.m. A citizen responded to the Vienna Police Station to turn in a dog she had found. Officer Reedy was able to locate the dog’s owner and the two were reunited.
  • Suspicious Event: Giant Food Store, 359 Maple Avenue, East on Jan. 5, 6 p.m., Officer Digan responded to the Giant Food Store in reference to a caller who had called 911 then hung up the telephone. Officer Digan located a female who stated she had made the call after she and her boyfriend became embroiled in a heated argument. The female stated the argument had not turned physical and her boyfriend had left the area prior to the arrival of the police.
  • Narcotics Violation: Park Street at Tapawingo Road, SE, Jan. 5, 11:34 p.m. Sgt. Farhan was on patrol when he came upon a suspicious vehicle. He approached the vehicle and immediately detected the odor of marijuana. After speaking with both of the occupants he located an un-measurable amount of marijuana. After counseling both individuals on the dangers of marijuana use they were released.
  • Petit Larceny: 900 Block Country Club Drive, NE, Jan. 6 between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., a resident reported that someone had taken her “Oppose 432 Bus Route” sign from her front yard.
  • Animal Case: The Hope Center, 140 Park Street, SE, Jan. 6 at 9 a.m., an employee reported that she had been bit by a dog while attempting to perform a medical procedure. ACO Barker determined that the dog resided in Fairfax County. He contacted Fairfax County Animal Control who agreed to follow up with the case.
  • Telephone Case: 100 Block Wilmar Place, NW, Jan. 6, 1:30 p.m. A resident reported he had been receiving annoying telephone calls almost daily. The resident stated the calls were very short and the caller never speaks. PFC Myers informed the resident to contact the telephone company and have the number blocked.
  • Open Door, Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street, SE Jan. 6, 11:02 p.m. An alarm company reported that an alarm had been activated at the Community Center. MPO Shaw responded and located an unsecured door. After searching the building he determined that nothing appeared to be out of place. An employee responded and secured the door.
  • Suspicious Event, 400 Block Hine Street, SE on Jan. 7, 7:52 a.m. MPO Simon responded to a unoccupied residence that had smoke coming from the chimney. MPO Simon searched the residence and found no one inside however he did discover that the furnace had been running causing the smoke. The owner of the home was contacted and informed of the incident.
  • Fraud: 500 Block Beulah Road, NE, Jan. 8, 12 p.m. A resident reported that a tree service had solicited to perform landscaping services for her aunt. The niece stated that her aunt had paid a down payment to the tree service however no work had been completed. This case is being investigated.
  • Open Door: Metro Eyes, 260 Maple Avenue, East, Jan. 8 1 p.m. An alarm company reported that a business alarm had been activated. PFC Lyons responded and located an unsecured door. An employee also responded and stated that nothing was out of place.
  • Domestic Assault: 100 Block Patrick Street, SE, Jan. 9, 1:42 p.m. A resident reported that he and his son had been involved in a heated argument that escalated with the son pushing his father and the father striking his son. PFC Lyons responded and spoke with both the father and son who provided the same description of the event as it occurred. PFC Lyons informed the father and son of the process to obtain warrants should they wish to pursue charges. The son stated he would leave the house to allow for a cooling down period.
  • Medical Case: Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Road, SW, Jan. 9 at 5:12 p.m. An employee reported that a female had gone into the Church and was in need of medical attention. MPO Seitz responded and after speaking with the woman she agreed to be transported to an area hospital.

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