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89-Year-Old Woman Scammed by Car Thieves

This was sent to us by Fairfax County Police Department:

McLean Police District – Police are searching for a stolen car they believe was taken by two men who scammed an 89-year-old woman out of an undisclosed amount of cash and then stole her car on Thursday evening, September 31. The investigation determined the victim was driving in the morning and got lost in the Leesburg area. Two men offered to escort her home in her vehicle for a fee. She agreed and the men returned the victim to her home in the area of Hopewood Drive and Rosecroft Place, where she handed over the cash. The next day, family members visited the victim and noticed her car was missing. Further investigation revealed that the car key had been taken off of the key ring.

Serial Burglar Tops 100 Crimes

HAYMARKET, Va. (WUSA) -- There has been a false sense of security on Riding Club Drive and Gables Green Way in Haymarket.

They are gated, high end neighborhoods where some homeowners leave the cars and homes unlocked.

But security was breached Monday into Tuesday morning when a burglar attempted to or successfully broke into 14 homes.

These break-ins sound eerily similar to the 90 incidents Fairfax County is investigating. The burglar has a penchant for large homes and cash from designer purses. Investigators haven't said the recent Haymarket crimes are connected to those in Fairfax County, but they are treating it as such.

9NEWS NOW found Chris Barbosa drying out her Louis Vuitton after finding it in a puddle of water in her yard.

Barbosa says, "As soon as I saw it in my side yard I knew what happened."

The crook had entered her garage door and got the purse out of her car where she left it with the cash gone.

Leesburg Hosts Police Mountain Bike Training Course

From the Town of Leesburg, VA – The Town of Leesburg recently hosted the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy’s Police Mountain Bike basic training class.  Nineteen officers from Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, the City of Manassas Park, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Metro Transit Police, Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg participated in the four-day class which took place during the last week of September.

Armed Robbery of Athey's Getty Mart on Rt. 15 South of MD/VA Line

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has released a video of an armed robbery under investigation. The robbery took place this morning at 5:30 a.m. at Athey's Getty Mart, which is located at 13232 James Monroe Highway. Athey's Getty Mart is located on Route 15 immediately south of the Maryland/Viriginia line. 

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing black pants and a black jacket. His face was obscured with a ski hat and a t-shirt. The suspect fled in a 4-door car, possibly a silver Buick, north on Route 15 towards Maryland.

If you have any information please call 703-777-0475.

Leesburg Trash Collection Schedule Unchanged for Columbus Day Holiday

From the Town of Leesburg, VA – Trash collection in the Town of Leesburg will not be affected by the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, October 11, 2010.

On Monday, October 11, 2010, residential customers in the Southwest and Southeast Quadrants of Town, including South King Street and West Market Street, will have trash collected.  Trash will also be collected for curbside commercial customers in the Historic District on Monday, October 11, 2010.  Customers are requested to place their trash at the curb after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 10, and before 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 11.

Residential customers are reminded that extra yard waste collection days have ended.  Yard waste is collected only on regular recycling collection days.  Fall bulk leaf collection will begin on Monday, October 25, 2010.

Area Residents Lose Money In Advance Fee Scam

LEESBURG, Va., (WUSA) -- Law enforcement in Leesburg is warning residents not to cash the check.

The community has been recently hit with a rash of secret shopper scams.

Crooks mail out fake checks.  You deposit it into your account.   But days later, the bank notifies you that the check is no good.  And, you're on the hook to replace the cash.

This advance-fee fraud usually starts when a person responds to an advertisement to work as a secret shopper. 

Advertisements for this type of work can be found websites such as Craig's List, monster.com as well as in local newspapers. 

It usually works like this, after responding to ad, the person is mailed  via FedEx or UPS a check that they are asked to cash.   Once the check is cashed, they're directed to use a local Western Union or Money Gram location to forward the majority of the money to a third party at a U.S. location.

Advance-Fee Fraud in Leesburg

From the Leesburg Police Department:

In recent weeks there has been an increase in fraud scams in the Leesburg community.  One particular scam is known as advance-fee fraud.

While most scams begin with a spam email request for assistance in unlocking frozen assets, this fraud usually begins when a citizen responds to an advertisement to work as a ‘secret shopper’. Ads for this type of work can be found on-line on sites such as craigslist.org as well as in local newspapers. On a few occasions citizens have been contacted pursuant to placing their information on job finder websites such as monster.com.