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Posted on: June 23, 2023

[ARCHIVED] News Release - Police Incident Report 06.23.23

PURCELLVILLE, VA   June 23, 2023 



06/16/23            11:33 a.m.       761 E. Main Street                              Suspicious Incident  


Responding for a man with an axe, officers found a subject chopping up scrap metal. He reported to police that he obtained the scrap from Total Pools and was chopping it for easier transport.  The pool company confirmed that the subject took the scrap from their dumpster. They did not desire the return of the waste. Police remained on the scene until the subject cleaned up the lot and departed. 



06/19/23          4:34 a.m.         761 E. Main Street                                          Juvenile Case


While on patrol, officers observed a juvenile female crossing Main Street. They engaged her in conversation and learned that she left home at 1:00 a.m., while her mother was sleeping.  She went to a friend’s house, where she said she had lost track of time.   The mother was called and responded to pick up her daughter.  


06/19/23          9:21 a.m.         Wintergreen Drive                              Animal Complaint


Police received a call from a concerned homeowner, who reported a citing of two “hairy armadillos” in the back yard. Typically found in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, sightings are extremely rare in far West Northern Virginia.  It is unknown if the animals in question were Andean Hairy Armadillos, Big Hairy Armadillos or Screaming Hairy Armadillos, all part of the Chaetophractus genus.   Police deferred to the experts from Animal Welfare who were unable to locate the burrowing, nocturnal, solitary, pest eaters. 



The screaming hairy armadillo is named for the loud-pitched squeal it lets out when threatened. It is the smallest of three hairy armadillo species, a group that has more hair than most other armadillo species. (file photo)




06/19/23          11:03 a.m.       100 Purcellville Gateway                                Found Property


A good Samaritan turned in a found wallet containing cash and credit cards. On 06-20-23, an Officer contacted the bank listed on a debit card, who in turn contacted the card holder.  She called police and was reunited with her wallet.     



06/20/23            9:21 p.m.         Town of Purcellville                                        Domestic/Mental Health 


Officers responded for a fight that occurred between juvenile siblings. The older sibling was assaulted by the younger. They had been separated and the mother was with the victim sibling while the younger was in a bedroom.  Officers learned that the assaultive behavior may have been the byproduct of a recent medication change.  No charges were filed based on consultation with the parent and a pending medical visit for the suspect in this matter.  Juvenile and mental health authorities were notified and will work with the family to address on-going issues.  


06/21/23           2:25 p.m.         121 Bailey Lane                                              Fraud/Larceny


On June 1, 2023, a company placed a telephone order for product and payment was made via credit card.  Later that day two people picked up the order. On June 6th, a second order was placed, using a different card. Coincidentally, that same day, the vendor was notified of a chargeback from the bank on the first order, due to the fraudulent use of the credit card.  The vendor called and e-mailed the customer only to find that phone number was disconnected and receiving no reply to the e-mail. No one came to pick up the order.


On June 21st, the vendor was notified by his bank that the June 6th charge was also fraudulent.  In another coincidence, the “customer” called to say he was coming to pick up the order of June 6th. He also called back to place a third order, but was told to e-mail a photo of the credit card.  This demand elicited no response. Police staked out the business, but the “customer” was a no show.  The investigation is on-going.  



06/22/23            1:30 a.m.         1200 Wolf Rock Drive                                     Larceny


An unknown subject entered the beer cooler, picked up a case of beer valued at $24.90, walked past the counter, giving the clerk a one-finger salute, when told that beer sales were closed for the night, and walked out the door. The suspected entered a vehicle, described as a possible Subaru WRX with a small trunk lid wing, and drove off towards the Patrick Henry exit of the shopping center.  Police are awaiting access to the store’s video system and the investigation is on-going. 




911 Calls






Animal Complaint



Assist Other Agency/Fire/Rescue



Attempt to Locate



Check the Welfare



Citizen Assist



Community Policing 






Crossing Guard



Disabled Vehicle






Follow-Up Investigations



Hit and Run



Impounded Vehicle



Noise Complaint



Other Police Complaint



Parking Violation



Reckless Driver Lookout



Special Duty



Summons Service



Suspicious Incident/Vehicle



Traffic Hazard



Unsecured Building












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






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