Cop Briefs for October 10, 2002

Four men who identified themselves as police officers and drug enforcement agents demanded money from a couple at the Bank of America ATM at Featherstone Plaza at 1:52 a.m. Saturday, Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman, said Monday.

The robbery occurred in the 14600 block of Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge. The victims were both 26 years old, police said.

The robbers fled toward Interstate 95 in a teal Chevrolet Suburban, Mangan said.

They are described as thin, bald, black, between 6 feet and 6 feet, 4 inches tall and between 18 and 40 years old, he said.

— Daniel Drew

Man attacks woman at supermarket, steals purse

A man attacked 72-year-old woman from behind and stole her purse Tuesday at about 8:50 p.m. as she got out of her car near the Giant Food Store at 4309 Dale Blvd., said Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman.

The woman told police that she pulled back on the strap of her purse when a man grabbed it, but the shoulder strap broke when the man knocked her to the ground, Mangan said.

The thief ran away with the purse, got into a dark red vehicle and drove away, west on Dale Boulevard, Mangan said.

Woman robbed outside car on Hedges Run

A 42-year-old woman was robbed at about 6 p.m. Tuesday after she parked her car at 12445 Hedges Run Drive. said Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman.

The woman told police she noticed a thin, 5-foot-6-inch black man standing near a red or rust colored car as she walked across the parking lot with her wallet beneath her arm, Mangan said.

The man, wearing baggy blue pants and a blue T-shirt, ran up to her and hit her in the arm, dislodging the wallet. The man grabbed the wallet and ran to the car, which the woman described as a Chevrolet, possibly a Baretta, sedan with cracks in the windshield and back window, Mangan said.

Dollar store robbed by man with gun

A black man wearing a ski mask and armed with a silver hand gun robbed the Dollar General Store at 2233 Old Bridge Road at 9:43 p.m. Tuesday, said Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman.

The 55-year-old clerk, who was on duty at the time, told police the man took some cash and ran out through the back of the store, Mangan said.

The clerk told police the man was 18 to 30 years old, 6 feet tall, wearing black pants and a black fleece jacket, Mangan said.

Girls spot man videotaping them

Two young girls in the 7300 block of Spriggs Ford Court, near the Lake Jackson area, reported seeing a suspicious person videotaping in their neighborhood at about noon Tuesday, said Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman.

The girls were playing near their homes when they noticed a 30- to 35-year-old man in a white pickup truck pointing a video camera at them. The girls told police the truck had an amber light on the roof and a brown emblem painted on the side, Mangan said.

The girls went and told their mothers who called police, Mangan said.

Jewelry, cash stolen from Lake Ridge home

A home in the 3800 block of Russell Court in Lake Ridge was burglarized at about 10 a.m. Monday, said Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman.

The victim told police he noticed a four-door blue station wagon parked in front of his house when he returned home. he went to the back of the house to investigate and heard a car door slam and a car speed away, Mangan said.

A rear door had been pried open and the victim told police that a men’s diamond ring and cash, worth a total of $3,000 were missing from his home, Mangan said.

Electronics stolen

from Woodbridge home

A Gateway laptop computer, a Sony video camera, a wedding band and a gold necklace, worth a total of $3,500 were reported missing from a home in the 13900 block of Longwood Manor Court, in Woodbridge, said Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman.

The victims told police the items were taken between 6:45 a.m. and 6:10 p.m. Tuesday. there were no signs of forced entry at the home, Mangan said.

Electronics, papers stolen

from Barrister Place

A home in the 13200 block of Barrister Place was burglarized between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, said Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William police spokesman.

A rear window of the home was pried open and broken. The victims told police that a savings bond, a stereo, miscellaneous papers, a PlayStation 1 and some toy radios, worth a total of $5,650 were stolen, Mangan said.

— Keith Walker

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