Loudoun County, VA (July 5, 2015) – The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to lock their vehicles and close garage doors after several burglaries have been reported in the Dulles South area where a garage door was used to gain entry.
Since June 4th, there have been four burglaries in the Ashburn area. In all four cases the residents were home during the burglaries and the suspect(s) gained entry through an exterior garage door and an unlocked interior garage door. In two of the cases it appears the suspect(s) used a garage door opener from unlocked cars parked in a driveway to gain access to the homes.
In light of these recent cases, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to close garage doors when you are not outside, lock your vehicles or park them inside a closed garage door, and secure all exterior windows and doors.
“Securing your windows and doors will greatly reduce the opportunity for a burglar to enter your home,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “We encourage residents to remain vigilant and report all suspicious activity,” Sheriff Chapman added. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office asks residents to report any suspicious activity, persons, or vehicles immediately by calling the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour non-emergency line at 703-777-1021.
The first burglary of the series was reported on June 4th after a resident reported he was in his home in the 22500 block of Forest Manor Drive when around 1:30AM an unknown male walked into the home. The victim yelled at the suspect and he fled the home. The garage to the home was left open and the interior garage door was unlocked. A wallet was taken from the victim’s vehicle.
Between June 11th and June 12th, unknown suspect(s) entered a home in the 21700 block of Poole Court. It appears the suspect(s) gained entry to the home using a garage door opener from the resident’s unlocked car parked outside. A tablet, jewelry and purses were taken from the home.
A third burglary occurred between June 27th and June 28th at a residence in the 42700 block of Red Shale Court. In this case it appears the suspect(s) entered the home through an open garage door and unlocked interior garage door. Cash and wallets were taken from the home. Some of the stolen wallets in this case were recovered in the Sterling area.
The fourth burglary also occurred between June 27th and June 28th in the 21900 block of Auction Barn Drive. It appears the suspect(s) gained entry to the home using a garage door opener from an unlocked car. Antique coins, jewelry and a firearm were reported taken from the home.
As part of the agency’s efforts to prevent crimes in the community, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Section also offers free home security surveys. To schedule a security survey of your home or business, please contact Major John Fraga, Commander of the Operational Support Division, at John.Fraga@loudoun.gov.
If you have any information regarding these cases you are asked to contact Dulles South Station Detective R. Schmidt at 703-777-0488.