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Residents report thefts of exhaust systems from vehicles to Manassas city police

Thefts of Motor Vehicle Parts
On November 10, 2017, the Manassas City Police Department received reports of thefts of motor vehicle parts at residences located on Sandalwood Drive and Magnolia Drive. Both victims reported portions of their exhaust system were removed from underneath their vehicles. On November 13, 2017, the Manassas City Police Department received an additional report from a victim on Battlefield Drive. Their vehicle’s catalytic convertor was cut from the vehicle. These incidents are believed to have occurred sometime during the evening hours of November 9 and the early morning of November 10.

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. Valuables left in plain sight inside a vehicle offer a tempting reward for criminals, especially if gaining access could be as simple as opening an unlocked door. 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.

DUI/Destruction of Property-ARREST
On November 11, 2017 at approximately 2:02 a.m., the Manassas City Police Department responded to the 8900 block of Tudor Ln for a report of a single-vehicle crash. The investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle struck a utility box and pole. Officers located the suspect vehicle at Powers Street near Signal Hill Road and initiated a stop. Through investigation, it was determined the driver was operating the vehicle while intoxicated and was arrested.

Arrested:
Dante Antonio HARRIS
26-year-old resident of Manassas
Charges: Driving Under the Influence 2nd in 5 years, Refusal of Breath Test, and Destruction of Property.

Fraud
On November 11, 2017 at approximately 10:00 p.m., the Manassas City Police Department responded to 10090 Dumfries Road (Velocity Wings) for a report of a fraud. The complainant, a restaurant employee, stated that a male individual entered the restaurant and paid for a to-go order with a $100 dollar bill, which was later determined to be counterfeit. The suspect was given change and left the location. The suspect was described as a white male with a light colored beard. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and sweatpants.

Larceny
On November 13, 2017 at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Manassas City Police Department responded to 8805 Liberia Ave (Home Depot) for a report of a shoplifting. Upon arrival, officers met with loss prevention personnel who had detained a subject for leaving the business with merchandise he did not purchase. The subject was issued a summons for petit larceny and released.

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 $1000.00 for information that leads to an arrest in these cases.  The confidential 24-hour tip line is (703) 330-0330.

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