Alexandria Police Investigate Residential Burglaries and
Larcenies from Autos
The Alexandria Police Department has seen an increase in residential burglaries and larcenies from autos over the last month, especially in the Del Ray section of the City. The residential burglaries have occurred during the daytime hours, usually between 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The suspect(s) have been using force to gain entry into rear or side doors. Laptops, jewelry, televisions and cash are the items mostly targeted.
All but one of the homes was unoccupied at the time of the burglaries. In that case, a resident in the 200 block of W. Windsor Avenue was in an upstairs office when she heard a banging on a door downstairs. When she went to investigate the noise, she came face to face with the suspect who then ran out a rear door. The victim was not injured and nothing was taken from the residence.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately five feet six inches tall, weighing 150 pounds. He was wearing a puffy jacket with a hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans.
Between January 9 and January 11, there were also six larcenies from autos in the Del Ray area of the City. All of the vehicles were left unlocked and most were parked in the victim’s driveway. The suspect(s) took loose coins from the interior of the vehicles.
To decrease the chances of becoming a victim of a larceny from your automobile, the police department reminds everyone to remove all valuable items from the vehicle and lock all doors and windows, even when parked in your own driveway.
Also, when leaving a residence for any period of time, lock all doors and windows and set the alarm if one is available. Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity or suspicious persons by calling the Police Department at 703.838.4444.
Incorporating any or all of these suggestions will help deter thefts and decrease your chances of becoming a victim.
For further information, contact the Media Services Unit at 703.838.4636.