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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

This Week in Crime: Fox Mill Giant Armed Robbery Attempt Foiled By Annoying Shakira Ringtone

Good grief. Just because the stock market's gone down several trillion points and the global economy is melting down and most of us are wondering if appliance cartons are sufficiently mauve to fall within Reston's design covenants doesn't mean there has to be a MASSIVE CRIME WAVE in Reston. But after the carjacking and the shooting and the armed holdups and the attempted mugging, now we learn that the Fox Mill Center Giant was nearly robbed on Saturday night.

One female employee of a Giant Food store in Reston was assaulted and another was tied up in an apparent robbery attempt shortly after the grocery closed Saturday night, but the two suspects fled without taking any money after receiving a phone call, Fairfax County police said.

The masked suspects apparently waited inside the Giant in the Fox Mill Center, 2551 John Milton Dr., until it closed at 11 p.m. About 10 minutes later, police said, the men appeared in one of the aisles, brandished a gun at one of the two female victims and assaulted her.

The women were ordered at gunpoint to the store office, where one was bound, and the men demanded money. The suspects then received a call on a cellphone and left, police said. The victims did not require medical treatment.
Note to would-be robbers: When planning a brazen grocery store robbery, set your cell phone to vibrate.

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