Police briefs for Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002

Two New York teens charged with grand larceny

Two New York teenagers were arrested after a traffic stop in the area of Old Bridge Road and Colby Drive in Lake Ridge on Monday at 4:50 p.m.

The two 16-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were charged with grand larceny and are being held at the Juvenile Detention Center, said Prince William police spokesman Detective Dennis Mangan on Tuesday.

The teenagers were stopped by Officer Mark McCoy for speeding, Mangan said. McCoy noticed that the teenagers looked nervous, Mangan said. Police said the pair told them they were driving from New York to Richmond to visit an aunt. The boy was the driver of the black 2000 GMC sports utility vehicle police officials said.

Police determined the SUV they were traveling in was stolen from a Suffolk County, N.Y., address, Mangan said. Suffolk is in the eastern portion of Long Island.

City fire marshal investigates two car fires

Manassas City Fire Marshal Richard Boyd is investigating two separate car fires believed to be caused by arson, Sgt. Marc J. Woolverton, Manassas police spokesman said in a Monday press release.

“Both fires took place near a residence in the 10200 block of Magnolia Grove Court,” Woolverton said in the release. “The same family owns both vehicles.”

The first fire occurred Nov. 28, at 4:35 a.m., destroying a 1994 Toyota MPV. The second fire damaged a 1995 Nissan Sentra in the “early morning hours” Dec. 3.

“In the second crime, apparently someone used a liquid fuel and tried to ignite the vehicle from the outside,” Woolverton said in the press release. “There were scorch and burn marks on the right rear of the car.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Marshal Boyd at (703) 257-8233. Manassas City Crime Solvers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. The 24-hour confidential tip-line is (703) 330-0330. Tips may also be left at www.manassascity.org/pub_safety/crime.html.

Restaurant burglarized twice within days

The Queen’s Gambit Restaurant at 12700 Black Forest Lane in Woodbridge was burglarized Monday for the second time within days. The incident occurred between 3 and 11:30 a.m., said Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman Tuesday.

Burglars, who made off with $300 in cash, entered through a rear sliding glass window, police officials said.

Cell phone stolen from Nascoby Lane home

A cellular telephone valued at $30 was stolen from a home in the 13400 block of Nascoby Lane in Dale City on Monday between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman said Monday.

There was no sign of forced entry.

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