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Posted on: August 20, 2021

[ARCHIVED] News Release - Police Report August 20, 2021

NEWS RELEASE                                                                   Contact:  Deputy Chief Dave Dailey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                , 540-338-7422


PURCELLVILLE, VA. August 20, 2021






08/13/21           4:103 p.m.        100 Block of Bailey Lane                                 Fraud 


A subject arrived at Loudoun Lumber in a rental truck and attempted to pick up lumber valued at approximately $ 9600.00. He presented two credit cards, the first of which was denied and the second came back with a fraud alert.  The police were called and the responding officer spoke to the subject, who presented him with a Maryland driver’s license, bearing a different image.  The LCSO was called and responded with a fingerprint reader. The results confirmed that the driver was providing false information. The subject was transported to the Sheriff’s Office, where the Purcellville Officer and a LCSO investigator conducted an interview with the subject.   Upon conclusion of the interview, the subject was transported the Adult Detention Center, where he was served with warrants for Possession of a Stolen ID, Falsely Identifying Himself to Law Enforcement and Driving without a license.   The investigation is on-going and further charges are pending.  


08/13/21           8:32 p.m.         Town of Purcellville                                         Mental Health Crisis                                                                

Police were called to a residence for a dispute between a teen juvenile mental health consumer and a parent.  The initial officer on the scene was familiar with the teen from pervious encounters and was able to calm him down. The parent has tried a variety of treatment plans so far without success.  Fortunately, the involved officers have developed a good rapport with the teen and have been able to restore calm and order.  The family continues to explore long term options.


08/13/21           2:03 a.m.          Hirst Road at 287                                            Curfew Violation


Officers on patrol spotted two teens, both 14 years old, on bicycles.  They boys said that they were going to visit a third teen but changed their minds and were instead going to 7-Eleven to buy candy, Police drove both boys home to Hamilton and turned them over to their respective parents. 



08/14/21           10:31 p.m.        1000 Block of E. Main Street                           DUI

 Officers on patrol observed a speeding vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Upon approach to the vehicle, they noticed an odor of alcoholic beverage, emanating from the interior, where the driver was the only occupant.  The driver failed a battery of standardized field sobriety tests and was transported to the Adult Detention Center, were testing yielded a BAC of .14.  The driver was charged with DUI and was issued a summons for speeding. 



08/15/21           2:32 a.m.          631 W. Main Street                                          Larceny                                                            

Three w/m teens entered the 7-Eleven and stole two six-packs of beer valued at $24.98 and fled in vehicle that had been parked down the street.  Officers are awaiting access to the video security system and the investigation is on-going. 



08/18/21           6:46 a.m.          100 Block of S. Nursery Avenue                       Destruction of Property


Two intoxicated men were at a residence, leased by one of them.   The non- resident became disorderly and at approximately 3:30 a.m. as was removed by the resident. The resident heard a loud noise but did not get up to investigate until morning, when he noticed that his storm door was broken.  The investigating officer found a broken bottle nearby that was likely the implement of destruction.  The complainant only knew the first name of his drinking companion but provided a phone number. From this officers were able to determine a last name.  Later in morning, while investigating a complaint of disorderly conduct at Main Street and Maple Ave, the officers encounter the suspect. 


08/18/21           7:37 a.m.          609 E. Main Street                                           Drunk and Disorderly  


Police responded to a business where an intoxicated employee arrived at work. His manager took his car key at which point the employee became disorderly before leaving.  The suspect returned while the officer was still present.  He was arrested and transported to the Adult Detention Center, where he was ordered to be held until sober. 


08/18/21           11:49 a.m.        700 E. Main Street                                           Petit Larceny


The complainant reported that an unknown male wearing a funny hat and an unknown female, wondered about the store and left without stopping at the register. After serving other customers, the complaint looked at the store video and saw that the man with the funny hat and the woman placed items from the cooler into a bag.  The investigation is on hold until the store completes an inventory of the cooler. 


08/18/21           1:23 p.m.         Main Street@ Maple Avenue                           Drunk in Public  


Officers were on patrol looking for the suspect in the funny hat from the aforementioned larceny from 700 E. Main Street, when they encountered an intoxicated subject, who matched the description from the aforementioned destruction of property in the 100 block or Nursery Avenue. Lo and behold, it was one in the same. He denied being involved in the destruction of property, but was arrested due to his state of intoxication.  He was transported to the Adult Detention Center, where he was ordered to be held until sober.                                                  


08/18/21           4:18 p.m.         1000 E. Main Street                                         Trespassing                                                                        

The loss prevention officer had suspected a subject of taking wine into the bathroom and drinking it.  He observed the subject pick up a bottle and followed him to the restroom, but remained outside.  When the suspect exited the bathroom, the loss prevention officer entered and found the empty bottle of wine. He did not detain the subject, who left the store prior to police arrival. The store completed a trespassing notice that will be served if the subject returns to the property. 






Officers also responded to the following calls for service:


911 Calls




Animal Complaint


Assist Fire/Rescue/Other LE


Bike Patrol


Check on the Welfare


Citizen Assist


Civil Complaint




DUI Lookout


Follow-up investigation




Identity Theft


Impounded Vehicle


Juvenile Complaint


Noise Complaint


Other Police Complaint


Reckless Driver Lookout


Suspicious Incident/Person/Vehicle


Unsecured Building


Vehicle Lockout




In addition, officers also conducted the following:


Building Check


Directed Patrol


Foot Patrol


Traffic Stops



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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 13th year. The Town was reaffirmed as a AAA rated community by S&P Global Ratings, the highest credit rating possible, and is ranked “Safest City” in Virginia in 2020. 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


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