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Posted on: July 29, 2022

News Release - Police Incidents Report 7/29/22

NEWS RELEASE                                                                             Contact:  Major Dave Dailey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         , 540-338-7422







PURCELLVILLE, Va. July 29, 2022 


7/22/22             9:34 a.m.         800 Block of East Main Street                         Grand Larceny 


On or about July 15, 2022 staff at Browning Equipment noticed that a zero turn mower was missing. They delayed in reporting it to the police since that wanted to conduct a thorough check of sales and inventory records to confirm that it had not been moved or sold. Upon confirmation that it was missing, police were notified.  A canvass of the area found that a nearby camera captured a possible suspect vehicle with equipment on a trailer.  The investigation is on-going.   Anyone with information about this matter is asked to call Officer Josh Calhoun at 540-338-7422 x 2126


07/25/22          3:23 p.m.         105 Purcellville Gateway Drive                       Hit and Run


The complaint reported that sometime between 3 and 4 pm on July 5, 2022 her vehicle was damaged in the parking lot in front of Harris Teeter.   The victim’s car, a 2015 BMW had a small dent on back bumper. The report was filed at the direction of the complainant’s insurance company. 


07/26/22          7:32 p.m.         17000 Block of Pickwick Drive                        Suspicious Incident  


On July 25, 2022, a man walked into a therapists’ office and asked to speak to a counselor. None were immediately available but one of the therapists gave the man a business card. At 5:00 p.m., she contacted that man and had a lengthy and disturbing phone call with him in which he alluded to very violent behavior. A search on-line revealed that subject had prior contact with law enforcement and the mental health system. He previously had access to firearms but those were removed and remain in the possession of law enforcement.   A family member confirmed the mental health issues of the subject but did not believe he had access to any more firearms. Extra checks were conducted at the office. 


07/26/22          2:57 p.m.         1000 E. Main Street                                        Found Property


A concerned party found a wallet in the Giant and dropped it off at the police station. A fast on-line search unearthed contact information from the owner who sent her husband to collect her wallet. 


07/26/22          9:24 p.m.         400 Block of S. 11th Street                               Domestic Dispute


Officers responded to a residence where a couple who are dissolving their marriage but still cohabitate called regarding a dispute over a child’s bedtime routine. There was an allegation of a possible hip-check or incidental contact between the parties but nothing could be substantiated.   One subject agreed to leave for the night, but changed his mind and returned home.   Police did not need to respond back to the residence. 


07/27/22          8:15 a.m.         320 W. School Street                                       Found Property


Staff at the community center found a jacket on the property that contained a credit card, socket wrench and a .223 bullet in the pocket.  An officer collected that jacket and determined that it belonged to an 18 year old resident of Round Hill.  The officer met with the young man’s mother and returned all items but the bullet, which was turned in for destruction.  


07/27/22          1:50 p.m.         1000 E. Main Street                                        Narcotics Violation


A customer reported to the store manager that a subject may have been selling drugs in the parking lot.  No one was on scene when police arrived. Extra Patrols will take place in the lot. 


07/27/22          5:52 p.m.         100 Block of N. 16th Street                               Death Investigation


Police were called by a man to check on the welfare of his father, who was suffering from a variety of serious medical conditions. Neither the family nor the man’s doctors were able to reach him. After getting no response to phone calls, shout outs and door knocking, the responding officers obtained a key from the apartment management, entered and found that the man had died.  Nothing suspicious was noted and the decedent’s physician agreed to sign a death certificate. The family accepted condolences from the Police Department but did not require any additional support.   


07/28/22          9:16 p.m.         220 E. Main Street                                          Suspicious Person


Police received a call about a man sleeping outside the library. Officers found a man laying down against the building in the upper parking lot, his phone plugged in and charging in a nearby outlet.  He self-described as homeless and was passing through the area on his way to Chicago.  He had been in Leesburg earlier in the day and his next way point was going to be Winchester, but it was late and he was tired.  He chose the library as it was a public space. An officer called the Loudoun homeless shelter but learned that they were not accepting walk-ins. The man decided to move on and headed east on Main Street.  



Officers also responded to the following calls for service:


911 Calls




Animal Complaint


Assist Other Agency/Fire/Rescue


Check the Welfare


Citizen Assist


Civil Complaint


Community Policing 






Follow-Up Investigations


Funeral Escort




House Check


Keep the Peace


Other Police Complaint


Parking Violation


Protective Order


Reckless Driver Lookout


Road Rage


Suspicious Activity


Temporary Detention Order


Traffic Complaint


Vehicle Lockout


Wanted Person




In addition, officers also conducted the following:


Building Check


Directed Patrol


Foot Patrol


Traffic Stops




The Town of Purcellville, Virginia

“Purcellville-your small Town, where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” is an award-winning town of approximately 10,000 residents located in Loudoun County, approximately 50 miles west of Washington, DC. Having received the 2021 Virginia Municipal League Innovation Award for Environmental Sustainability and in years past, the prestigious Siemens Sustainability Award for Small Communities, Purcellville continues to be honored for innovation and green initiatives.  The Town most recently received the Tree City USA Award for the 14th consecutive year. The Town was reaffirmed as a AAA rated community by S&P Global Ratings, the highest credit rating possible, and was 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