Saturday, May 18, 2013
The scammer told a local business that their electricity would be turned off in two hours if they didn't pay $1,400.
A scammer tried to convince a victim at the El Quetzal Grill that he needed to immediately pay an enormous "overdue power bill," Manassas Park Police said. The scammer demanded $1,400 payment and told the worker that his electric company would turn off electricity in two hours on Tuesday afternoon—which would be right in the middle of the dinner hour. When the victim questioned the scammer, he named the wrong electric company for the business. The victim checked on his electric account at NOVEC, and found that it was a scam. NOVEC told the victim to report it to the police.
Some of the latest incidents reported in the Manassas Park Police jurisdiction.
Shoplifting: An employee at the Sheetz on Centreville Road reported on Thursday, just before 7 p.m., that two teenagers shoplifted $15 worth of candy and donuts. Officers were able to find the two 13-year-old Manassas Park boys, who admitted to shoplifting and were taken to the station. Police released the teenagers into the custody of their parents. Petitions are pending for petit larceny. Petit larceny: A rusty Purple Trail Works mountain bike, valued at $20, was stolen from back porch on Madera Court sometime between 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Grand larceny: An Apple iPad was stolen from an unlocked 2003 Ford parked at the Community Center sometime between 6:15 p.m. Tuesday night and Wednesday. Possession of false …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The victim was flown to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A pedestrian was flown to a hospital with unknown injuries after a vehicle accident Thursday, Manassas Park Police said. Officers responded to the accident on the 300 block of Manassas Drive Thursday. First responders took a 47-year-old male to an area hospital with unknown injuries. Police said that the injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening. The investigation continues.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The 2002 Nissan had $1200 worth of damages, Manassas Park Police said.
A vehicle was vandalized on Kirby Street during the overnight hours May 8, according to the Manassas Park Police Department. The car owner reported that someone scratched the 2002 Nissan all around the sides and hood, snapped the right windshield wiper in half, broke off the right side mirror and and ripped off the front license place bracket. The vandalism caused $1200 worth of damages, police said. Manassas Park Police ask anyone who has information on the crime to call Crime Solvers at 703-330-0330.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
A resident returned from vacation and found his air conditioning unit missing, Manassas Park Police said.
A Manassas Park resident was surprised to find his home's air conditioning unit missing after he returned from vacation. The victim returned to his home on Drake Court after being gone for more than a month, Manassas Park Police reports show. The unit wasn't connected to the house when it was stolen because a new one had just been installed, the homeowner told police. The victim didn't immediately report the theft butdecided to call police after he received a flyer from the department about thefts in the area. The missing unit is valued at $1000. No arrests have been made.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's color spectrum-like chart was retired two years ago, but should it be brought back in light of the Boston Marathon tragedy?
The color-coded Terror Alert chart that was once a mainstay in American airports was retired two years ago, but the Boston Marathon bombings has some wondering if it should be brought back. An example of how the chart looked is to the right. The five level, five color chart was introduced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2002, in light of the Sept. 11 attacks. The terror alert system, which no one seemed to be paying attention to anyway, according to CNN, was retired in April of 2011. The chart still appears on the Manassas Park Police Department website, which has the terror alert level listed at "elevated" or "yellow." It was replaced with the National Terror Advisory System which posts alerts on terror activities on the …
Monday, April 8, 2013
The Manassas Park Police Department is hosting a police academy this month.
Manassas Park Police are preparing to host a citizens police academy for city residents looking to learn more about law enforcement. The academy begins on April 25 and lasts about 11 weeks. Almost all of the classes will be on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Interested ones must meet certain requirements and pass a criminal background check to participate in the academy. Applications are on the City of Manassas Park website. The purpose of the academy is not only to subject everyday residents to training similar to that of police rookies, but to build relationships between law enforcement and the community. Citizens police academy students will learn about law enforcement operations through field trips, simulations and classes, most of …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Manassas Park Police said she gave away the gas over a period of several days on between Jan. 25 and Feb. 9.
A woman working at a Manassas Park gas station gave away more than $200 in gas to a friend, according to Manassas Park Police investigators. Ashley Nicole Tinder, 18, of Spruce Street in Manassas, is charged with embezzlement, Manassas Park Police reports show. Police said it happened over a period of several days between Jan. 25 and Feb. 9 at the Sheetz Convenience Store on Centreville Road in Manassas Park. The suspect was working as a cashier when she allegedly gave away $220 in gas to a friend, Christopher Ray Castle, 27, Manassas Park Police said. The suspect was taken into custody Feb. 22 and served with an arrest warrant for embezzlement. A $300 bond was set for Tinder. She is expected to appear in court on on March 21. Castle is …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Luetenant House Jr., of Manassas, is charged with strong armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and armed robbery.
Prince William County Police have charged a Manassas man in connection with the robberies of a local check cashing store and gas station convenience store. Detectives from the Prince William County Robbery Unit, with the assistance of Manassas Park police officers, identified Luetenant House Jr., 22, of Hood Road as the suspect involved in two robberies. The first occurred on the evening of Nov. 29, when a man armed with a knife entered the Super Check Cashing store on Festival Lane and demanded money. He fled on foot. Police said House struck again at the Super Check Cashing on Friday, when he allegedly entered the business and tried to kick open an interior office door. He did not use a weapon. That same day, police responded to the …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Emergency officials, other city personnel are all working at the EOC at the Manassas Park Police station.
Manassas Park's state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center is now activated and staffed, Frank Jones, the city's mayor said Monday morning. The center, located in the the Manassas Park Police Station on Manassas Drive, is the command center for city personnel in emergency situations. The numbers to the EOC are: 703-335-8800 and 703-361-1136. The lines are being answered by city employees and CERT volunteers, Manassas Park city manager James "Jim" Zumwalt said. If the first number doesn't answer after five rings, city officials recommend using the latter number, which is the Manassas Park Police Department non-emergency line. Manassas Park Fire Chief James Dixon and Fire Marshal Mark Joyner along with Police Chief John Evans,Zumwalt, …