Officers and retail security teams are working hard at area shopping malls this month; helping keep visitors safe this holiday season.
At least five people in two separate incidents were charged with offenses at malls over the weekend.
Police personnel from the Tysons Urban Team were contacted by store security at Bloomingdales around 8:45 p.m., Friday, December 18. Two men were reportedly using altered credit cards to purchase items. The men were seen leaving the mall, driving around, and entering another department store, again using the altered cards. Officers made a traffic stop in the parking lot and the two men were charged. Over $14,000. in merchandise was recovered and over $6,300. in gift cards purchased with the fraudulent credit cards was seized. The suspects were both from Oakland, California.
Demario Markell Cain, 25 was charged with credit card theft, credit card forgery, and drug possession. The other suspect, Paul Anthony Walker II, 26, was charged with credit card theft, credit card forgery, credit card fraud, and larceny by false pretenses.
In another incident, police were alerted by staff of the Sunglass Hut, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, of a theft in progress. Staff reported they saw a man taking property around 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 19. When officers attempted to charge the suspects, two of them resisted and assaulted the officers before they were taken into custody. The officers were not injured and did not require medical treatment. Two men and one woman were charged. Montana Artis, 19 of unknown address, was charged with grand larceny, assault on a police officer, and drug possession. Oscar Veal, 22, of Alexandria was charged with assault on a police officer. Amber Roberson, 19, of Alexandria, was charged with obstruction of justice and assault on a police officer.
The three suspects were transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
Stay safe this holiday season; report all suspicious criminal activity to police or retail personnel.