FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2017
Contact: Kraig Troxell, Public Information Officer, 703-771-5278
Alex Kowalski, Public Information Officer, 703-777-0625
LCSO Reminds Residents to Lock Vehicles, Remove Valuables after Rash of Thefts in Dulles South Area
Loudoun County, VA –
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to be vigilant in locking their vehicles following an increase in auto thefts, larcenies from vehicles, and other related thefts over the past several days in the Dulles South area.
On Saturday, two residents reported their vehicles were stolen from the South Riding community during the overnight hours from May 20-21, 2017. The first victim reported that their unlocked vehicles parked in the 43000 Block of Spyder Place were entered, rummaged through, and one car was stolen, a 2000 Honda Accord. A second resident reported that their unlocked vehicle was entered two blocks away in the 42000 Block of Spyder Place, from which a checkbook and credit cards were stolen. A third victim stated that their vehicles were rummaged through while parked in the 25000 Block of Donovan Drive and a 2001 Chevy Tahoe was stolen. In addition, two bicycles were stolen from the 26000 Block of Kimberly Rose Drive which were later recovered in a common wooded area nearby.
Similar incidents were reported last week during the overnight hours of May 16 to May 17, including when a 2014 Lexus SUV was entered and stolen from the area of the 42000 block of Pelican Drive. The suspects(s) used the vehicle’s key which was left inside to steal the SUV. An exterior residential surveillance camera was also tampered with at a nearby residence.
In light of these cases, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is offering residents several tips for deterring thefts:
•KEEP YOUR VEHICLE LOCKED. Most stolen items are taken from vehicles that are left unlocked.
•Do NOT keep any keys inside vehicles or locations that a suspect(s) can access them easily.
•Remove all items from your vehicle, including garage door openers, when not in use. When you cannot do this, put the items out of sight (inside a lockable glove box or trunk). If your vehicle has an integrated garage door opener, please try to park your vehicle in the garage.
•Park inside your garage, if available, and keep the garage locked. Or, try to park
your vehicle near or under an illuminated area.
•Report suspicious activity immediately by calling the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 703-777-1021.
If you have any information regarding these cases you are asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021.