Stolen Vehicles Prompt Home Security Reminders

Detectives from across the county are investigating a series of stolen vehicle reports that have occurred since the beginning of June. These vehicles have primarily been stolen overnight, and it appears the suspects mainly entered unlocked vehicles with keys inside.

Detectives have also determined these suspects have used garage door openers or forced entry to gain access to at least three homes. In these incidents, the suspects entered the homes and stole personal belongings as well as vehicle keys. The suspects then proceeded to steal one or more vehicles from home.

The suspects in these cases typically travel in groups of two or three. In several instances, the suspects have been described as black men, ranging from their teens to 30 years old. Detectives believe the suspects may be armed.   

The chart below shows the number of cases reported in each police district. The majority of cases are in the McLean District. 

District Cases 
Mount Vernon 
McLean 15 
Reston 
Franconia 
West Springfield 
Fair Oaks 
 Total         27 

Detectives have discovered commonalities with these vehicle thefts and are looking into the possibility of other related incidents. Some of these vehicles have been recovered in surrounding jurisdictions. The Criminal Investigation Sections from our district stations are working together, using visible and non-visible resources to help solve these crimes. Our officers and Neighborhood Patrol Units are conducting extra patrols and remain dedicated to keeping our community safe.

Here are a few ways to help and stay safe: 

  • Keep your vehicle locked at all times 
  • Remove keys and garage door openers from vehicles 
  • Lock the door to an attached garage 
  • Keep all doors and windows to your home locked 
  • Keep the perimeter of your home well lit 
  • Keep vehicle keys out of view

Please be on the lookout for suspicious people, cars and noises. Do not hesitate to call our non-emergency number, 703-691-2131, to report suspicious activity or 911 for an emergency. 

If you have any information about these crimes, we encourage you to reach out to your local district station or submit your tip anonymously through Crime Solvers.  Tips can be submitted by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web –Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.  

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