NEWS RELEASE Contact: Major Dave Dailey
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-338-7422
PURCELLVILLE, Va. February 14, 2020
02/07/20 9:00 p.m. 105 Purcellville Gateway Destruction of Property
At approximately 9:00 p.m., a witness called police after observing a group of teenagers pushing a shopping cart in the lot of Harris Teeter that got away from them and struck the side of an unoccupied parked car. The teens ran away and ultimately entered a vehicle that pulled into the lot and left. The witness snapped a photo of the kids and the tag. This led police to an address in Round Hill, where the father of one of the kids in the group reported that he picked them up at the shopping center and dropped them at a residence in Purcellville. He did not know the names of the kids in the photo but identified them as part of the group he gave a ride to. Back to Purcellville, where police met with the host parents of a large sleep over. They identified the kids in the photo as being present at their house. Calls were made to the appropriate parents and the kids, after initially denying their involvement, admitted to what happened. The parents of the two involved kids were put in touch with the owner of the damaged vehicle. Due to parental justice and civil remedies, no further criminal justice action was taken.
02/08/20 12:30 a.m. Main Street Circle at W.T. Druhan Blvd. DUI
Two officers observing traffic N. bound on Berlin Turnpike at Harry Byrd Highway saw a car exit onto S. bound Berlin Turnpike at a high rate of speed. By the time the officers turned around and got to Hirst Road, the only thing visible of the suspect vehicle were its taillights as the car proceeded to W.T. Druhan Boulevard. The officers check Druhan but did not find the car. Meanwhile another officer was exiting his car at the parking lot of the Purcellville Baptist Church when a vehicle with no headlights entered the lot, circle the police car and fled, driving through the culvert back onto Druhan, towards Main Street. The officer followed and caught the vehicle as it drove towards Hamilton on Colonial Highway. The suspect slowed his car, exited the moving vehicle and fled on foot towards Culbert Elementary School. The vehicle veered right and came to rest in a field. The officer pursued on foot and captured the suspect. The suspect had cuts on his hands as a result of contact with the asphalt roadway during is jump from the car. He was transported by medic to the Hospital. Warrants were obtained for DUI, Hit and Run, and Eluding.
Arrested was Gregory Brooks, 24, of Hamilton, VA
02/08/20 12:39 p.m. 300 Block of Bill Bower Court Fraud
The reporting party was selling a dining room set via Craigslist, and communicated via text with a subject who indicated that he had no cash, but was going to send a cashier’s check above the asking price, so that the seller could pay the moving company that the buyer was sending to pick up the merchandise. Upon receipt of the check, the buyer became suspicious, due to the low quality of printing. The seller did not try to cash the check, and stopped all contact with buyer.
The Purcellville Police remind our residents to use caution when engaging in on-line sales transactions and never accept an overpayment for merchandise you are selling. For more information regarding consumer on-line safety see, https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2004/12/ftc-warns-consumers-about-check-overpayment-scams
02/09/20 1:11 a.m. 300 Block of S. Maple Avenue DUI
On officer on patrol observed a vehicle operating without headlights. He stopped the car and approached the driver, noting a strong odor of alcoholic beverage about the person. The driver was offered and failed a battery of field sobriety tests. He was arrested and charged with DUI
Arrested was: Benjamin Holden, 28, of Purcellville (Loudoun County), VA
02/09/20 10:22 a.m. 761 E. Main Street Prescription Fraud
The Walgreen pharmacist called to report that on 02-08-20 a women arrived at the store to pick up a prescription for a controlled substance and was denied because it had been picked up on 01-20-20. The woman denied picking up the prescription. Police reviewed store video and discovered that the pick-up was made via the drive-thru. The vehicle in the video did not match the description of any vehicles registered to the woman trying to pick up the prescription. The woman told police that she recently fired an employee who would have known enough information to pick up the prescription.
This investigation is on-going.
02/10/20 2:00 p.m. 200 Block of S. 20th Street Suspicious Circumstances
The head of the security team for Blue Ridge Bible Church reported that on Sunday, February 9, 2020, during the 9:30 and 10:30 services, an unknown male was overly loud and seemed to be disturbed. Security teams monitored him and following the second service, engaged him in conversation. He told Church staff that he had been sent by God and that he wanted to meet with the President’s lawyer and that he and the President are persecuted because they are Christians.
02/10/20 6:25 p.m. 105 Purcellville Gateway Found Property
A Good Samaritan found a purse in the Harris Teeter parking lot and called the police. At the direction of the responding officer, using the information from an ID in the purse, the store manager summoned the property owner via the store PA system. Not receiving a response, the officer responded to the owners address and returned the found purse to a grateful owner who confirmed that no property was missing.
02/11/20 2:36 p.m. 813 Kinvarra Place Unlawful Entry
A nearby resident report to police that an unknown subject used a pipe to pry open a door at the Town owned barn. Officers assisted by a Deputy from Loudoun County searched the barn but did not locate anyone inside. They found evidence that someone had been drinking in the barn and noticed pry marks on the door of another structure on the property. Town staff re-secured the property.
The investigation is on-going.
02/13/20 11:02 p.m. 220 E. Main Street Police Information
Staff at the Purcellville Library reported that a customer who appeared to be mostly non-verbal and communicated by typing messages on his cell phone approached the library staff and typed, “Library card, private person and emergency”. Staff tried to communicate with the subject who became frustrated and left in his vehicle. Staff thought that the man was staying at a homeless shelter in Leesburg. They were unable to discern what emergency the customer was referring to but they found no indications of a problem at the Library.
02/13/20 4:55 p.m. 300 Block of E. Street Domestic Dispute
An officer responded to a residence for a dispute between husband and wife regarding a dog. The husband reported that a dog recently adopted by the wife was aggressive and tried to nip him. The wife reported that, the dog is not aggressive and reported that there are medical personnel in and out of the house all day and it is not aggressive to anyone else and was likely startled by her husband. Before leaving, the officer provided the wife with information to a social service provider in case she felt the need for additional assistance.
02/13/20 9:55 p.m. 1020 E. Main Street Suspicious Person
Officers responded to Main Street Coffee and the behest of staff who reported that a suspicious person. The subject, who staff felt may have been homeless and suffering with mental health issues, asked a staff member if he could use their home address to renew his driver’s license. He left the coffee shop but remained in the parking lot. Officers encountered the subject in the parking lot and conducted an interview. He made several statements that the officers found to be unusual but determined that he did not appear to be a danger to himself or others. The business owners did not wish to take any additional action.
The subject in question is the same subject that had an encounter with Library staff earlier in the day.
Officers also responded to the following complaints:
911 Hang up
Check the Welfare
Drunk in Public
Hit and Run
In addition, officers also conducted the following:
The Town of Purcellville, Virginia
“Purcellville-your small Town, where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” is an award-winning town of over 10,000 residents located in Loudoun County, approximately 50 miles west of Washington, DC. Having received the prestigious Siemens Sustainability Award for Small Communities, Purcellville continues to be honored for its green initiatives with most recently being the Tree City USA recipient for the 12th year. The Town was reaffirmed as a AAA rated community by S&P Global Ratings, the highest credit rating possible, and is recognized as one of the safest towns in Virginia. Once a stop along the W&OD rail line, which has been converted to a multi-use trail from Alexandria, VA to Purcellville, the Town has maintained its historic old-town feel through the restoration and maintenance of its many downtown structures, reflecting the Victorian architecture popular during the early 1900s. Today, Purcellville is the economic hub of western Loudoun County and a popular weekend destination for antiquing, equestrian activities, farmer’s markets, wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants. More info at www.purcellvilleva.gov.