UPDATE: No Additional Cougar Sightings

UPDATE: No Additional Cougar Sightings

Animal Control Officers and personnel from the Animal Services Division have been in the Mount Vernon Road area throughout the day. They have neither received any additional reports nor observed any additional signs of large cat activity. They have reviewed footage from surveillance cameras that were placed in the area overnight and there was nothing suspicious present. Additionally, the agency has been in contact with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and made them aware of the possible sightings.

Officials will continue to monitor the situation. Animal Services staff reminds residents: If you see this animal, do not approach it. Get to a safe location and call the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. An animal control officer will be dispatched.

(Sept. 11, 2014) Possible Cougar Sighting in Fairfax County— Precautions Being Taken

Over the past 48 hours, Fairfax County Animal Control has received two reports of early-morning sightings of a large cat, possibly a cougar, near Riverside Elementary School on Old Mount Vernon Road in Alexandria. Animal Control Officers searched the area of the reported sightings but found no evidence confirming the presence of the animal.

The cat was described sand or orange color and was estimated to be the size of a large dog with a tail equal to the length of its body.

The Police Department’s Wildlife Management Specialist is working with Animal Control to set up wildlife cameras around the area and animal control officers will be patrolling the area tonight and early tomorrow morning, in case the animal is still in the area. Teachers and parents at this school have been made aware and are taking precautions to ensure that children are kept safe.

If you see this animal, do not approach it. Get to a safe location and call the police non-emergency number

The Daily Police Blotter for September 12, 2014

This report is published every weekday, except county holidays. The information in each report covers significant criminal incidents generally from the day before; reports published on Monday cover the preceding Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Some incidents may appear a day or two after the occurrence.

The report contains selected crimes, including animal-related incidents and property crimes. The information is organized by police district station. Addresses shown indicate blocks and not specific locations. This report is not a comprehensive list of every police event in Fairfax County in the stated time frame.

Note: Information contained in the Daily Blotter is generally based on initial reports made to the police department. Follow-up investigations may reveal different or additional information.

 

SULLY DISTRICT STATION

None reported.

 

MOUNT VERNON DISTRICT STATION

BURGLARY, 2700 block of Beacon Hill Road, 09/11/14. An employee reported someone entered the business and took property.

LARCENIES:

7100 block of Huntley Creek Place, purse from vehicle.

3100 block of Lockheed Boulevard, wallet and electronic equipment from business.

8200 block of Richmond Highway, merchandise from business.

8600 block of Richmond Highway, merchandise from business.

 

MCLEAN DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

1900 block of Cherri Drive, property from residence.

2000 block of International Drive, wallet from business.

8400 block of Lee Highway, merchandise from business.

1800 block of Old Meadow Road, wallet and property from vehicle.

1300 block of Northwyck Court, property from residence.

STOLEN VEHICLES:

8300 block of Leesburg Pike, Nissan Sentra.

 

MASON DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:
3900 block of Bentwood Court, property from vehicles.

4100 block of Daniels Avenue, property and electronic equipment from residence.

STOLEN VEHICLES:

7500 block of Parkwood Court, 2000 Toyota Tundra.

 

RESTON DISTRICT STATION

None reported.

 

FRANCONIA DISTRICT STATION

STOLEN VEHICLES:

5800 block of Craig Street, 2004 Chrysler Town and Country minivan.

 

WEST SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT STATION

LARCENIES:

8600 block of Ardfour Lane, license plate from vehicle.

8400 block of Briar Creek Drive, property from vehicle.

STOLEN VEHICLES:

8400 block of Briar Creek Drive, 2004 Honda Accord.

4700 block of Declaration Court, 2004 Landrover Discovery.

 

FAIR OAKS DISTRICT STATION

None reported.

 

Commuter Lots ONLY for Commuters

West Springfield Police District – Police remind residents that commuter parking lots are to be used only for the purposes of commuter parking (and authorized user) purposes. Residents in the Saratoga neighborhood of West Springfield have reported that an auto club has been using the Barta Road commuter lot in the late evening hours in recent weeks.

Police have been, and will continue, to respond to the noise and other complaints of community disruption. Signs have been posted.

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Carjacking and Robbery in Falls Church area

Mason Police District – Police responded a report of a carjacking on Thursday, September 11 at around 11 p.m. in the 7100 block of Kenfig Place, Falls Church. A 26- year-old woman was texting and listening to her radio when a man approached her car window, opened her door and demanded she get out. She complied. The man grabbed her purse, got in the car and sped away. She ran for help and called police.

Police spotted the car travelling at a high rate of speed on Kenfig Place heading towards Hewett but lost sight of the vehicle in traffic after several miles of following him. The suspect vehicle entered Maryland and was last seen on Indian Head Highway near Livingston Road in Prince Georges County.

The suspect was described as around 5 feet 5 inches tall, thin, and in his 20’s. There was a second man with him who fit, roughly, the same description. The victim’s vehicle was a blue Saab 9000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

 

*Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Msg & data rates may apply. Go to crimesolvers.net for Terms & Conditions.

 

 

 

Possible Cougar Sighting in Fairfax County

Precautions Being Taken

Over the past 48 hours, Fairfax County Animal Control has received two reports of early-morning sightings of a large cat, possibly a cougar, near Riverside Elementary School on Old Mount Vernon Road in Alexandria. Animal Control Officers searched the area of the reported sightings but found no evidence confirming the presence of the animal.

The cat was described sand or orange color and was estimated to be the size of a large dog with a tail equal to the length of its body.

The Police Department’s Wildlife Management Specialist is working with Animal Control to set up wildlife cameras around the area and animal control officers will be patrolling the area tonight and early tomorrow morning, in case the animal is still in the area. Teachers and parents at this school have been made aware and are taking precautions to ensure that children are kept safe.

If you see this animal, do not approach it. Get to a safe location and call the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. An animal control officer will be dispatched.

Read more about cougars in our region: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/information/?s=050112