The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office again is urging residents to lock their vehicles and remove valuables even while running errands or dropping off children. In the past two weeks, three vehicles were entered and items were stolen at schools and daycare facilities in the Ashburn area.
The suspects are targeting purses left inside vehicles parked at daycare centers and schools. In some of the cases the suspects quickly entered the victim’s vehicle while they picked-up their children inside.
Detectives released surveillance video stills of one suspect and a suspect vehicle from the Sept. 20 thefts at a preschool on Research Place in Ashburn. The thefts occurred between 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. when two vehicles were entered and purses were stolen. The suspect, a black male wearing a white tank top and black shorts, is seen in the video exiting a rear passenger door of a black Audi crossover SUV. The SUV has dark tinted windows and a thick roof rack on top.
A similar theft was reported Sept. 11 at a middle school on Gloucester Parkway.
To deter the thefts, the Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to:
- ensure that their vehicles are locked and secured, even when running errands and dropping off children at day care centers or schools.
- never leave cars unlocked when unattended, even if it is for a short time, and remove any valuables.
- keep checks and identity documents securely with you or at home. Do not leave them in a vehicle where someone has a moment or chance to take them.
- contact law enforcement and financial institutions if checks, money, credit cards, or identification are stolen.
Anyone with any information regarding the suspect in the Ashburn case is asked to contact Detective M. Wealand at 571-209-7730. You may also submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app.
Posted by Blanca Mirabile on Thursday, September 21, 2017