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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

This Week in Crime: Forest Edge Elementary Break-In: Kids Do the Darndest Things

Some folks can't wait until Homecoming to go back to their old school and reminisce. Others, in Reston, just break in to an elementary school, as happened on the 4th of July at Forest Edge:

Police responded to a burglar alarm activation at Forest Edge Elementary, located at 1501 Becontree Lane, on Saturday, July 4 around 11 p.m. As officers arrived, a group of 20 to 25 teenagers standing outside the school fled on foot. Officers apprehended six of them: three 14-year-old boys, a 13-year-old boy, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl. An investigation determined that two or three of the other teenagers reportedly broke into a school trailer and stole some items. The teenagers were released to their parents and charges are pending. Some of the stolen items were recovered at the scene.
Yeah, those trailers modular learning units sure bring back the happy memories.

A few days later, an Arlington man was arrested for a variety of charges after leading police on a chase that ended with a wreck on North Shore Drive.
A 38-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday, July 7 after a brief traffic pursuit with the police. An officer attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic charges around 12:15 a.m. near the area of the Dulles Toll Road and the Fairfax County Parkway. The driver allegedly did not stop for the officer and a traffic pursuit was initiated. The pursuit ended when the suspect lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree on North Shore Drive near Sunder Court. The suspect attempted to flee on foot, but officers were able to subdue him after a brief struggle. He was charged with speed to elude, driving while intoxicated, driving on a revoked license, refusal to take the blood-alcohol test, resisting arrest and reckless driving.
Sweet! If we lived in LA, this whole series of events would have been televised by roving helicopters. Sadly, we'll have to settle for this transcription of events (which should be read aloud for maximum impact).


  1. So, I was walking on Fairway near North Shore and saw a collection of road signs along the curb.. some pranksters having fun I guess... I hope...

  2. From the Uplands of RestonJuly 14, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    I believe some of the school buses parked at Forest Edge ES at the end of the school year were vandalized as well. Not sure how many were hit, or the dollar amount required from taxpayers to fix the damage.

  3. There's a story about the tagging of the Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Hunters Woods.

  4. I just read the story about the tagging at the church. That pretty much ... sucks. Maybe if the tagging had been in mauve paint the RA could have called it approved decor and the church would be spared the cost of cleaning it off.

    On the other hand, this shows the problem of "doing business" with low-lifes. As long as the church's "friend" was in the area, they were under protection from him. Incredible.


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