Manassas City Police Department
February 13, 2017
Attempted Larceny from Auto
On Feb. 11, 2017, at approximately 3:29 a.m., Manassas City Police responded to the 10300 block of Amberleigh Ct for a report of a suspicious event. Officers spoke with a resident who observed three male subjects trying to enter vehicles. The citizen stated the male subjects fled the area when they noticed they were being watched. The citizen also reported the suspects left the scene in a vehicle which resembled a red or burgundy colored Geo Prizm.
Senior Police Officer C.D. Sharp, Community Services Section/Public Information Officer, provided these tips.
Crime Prevention Tip:
Larcenies from vehicle, theft of motor vehicle parts, and vandalisms to auto are the most commonly reported property offenses in the City of Manassas. During the holiday season, larcenies can easily spike if gifts and other valuables are left within plain view inside a vehicle, tempting a criminal to gain access whether by opening an unlocked door or smashing a window. To avoid becoming a victim of larceny, residents are strongly urged to consider the following tips:
1. Lock all vehicle doors and windows. (It doesn’t hurt to double-check. Many victims thought they had left their vehicles locked before the theft took place. “Before you sleep, make sure it beeped!”)
2. Park your vehicle in a well-lit and/or in a populous location
3. Conceal all valuables before arriving at your destination. Never underestimate the value of something to someone else. Even spare change can entice a thief to break in and steal other items once inside.
4. Report all suspicious activity by calling 703-257-8000. It never hurts to have a pen and paper ready by the phone in the event you are able to provide a description of what you saw.
On Feb. 11, 2017, Manassas City Police met with a resident on the 8800 block of Early Street for a report of a burglary. The reporting party told officers sometime between Feb. 8 and Feb. 9, someone entered his garage and stole several tools valued at approximately $5,000.
Anyone with information about these events is encouraged to call the Manassas City Police Department Investigative Services Division at (703) 257-8092 or Crime Solvers. The Manassas City/Manassas Park Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward up to $1000 for information that leads to an arrest in these cases. The confidential 24-hour tip line is (703) 330-0330.