Extra Patrols in Place for Holiday Shopping

As shoppers gear up for Black Friday Winchester Police are reminding you to not let your safety get lost in the shuffle. The police department will have extra patrols out as shoppers head to the stores Thanksgiving night and Black Friday. As you make your shopping list, make sure you’re checking it twice and include the following safety tips.Woman with Shopping Bags

  • Park in well-lit areas of store parking lots.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Lock your car doors.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
  • Shop with a friend or group.
  • Place shopping bags in your trunk and do not leave packages visible in your car
  • Leave your purse at home to avoid purse snatchers and pickpockets. Carry your ID and credit cards in a front pocket. If giving up a purse is out of the question, choose one with a long strap that can be worn over your head and covered with a jacket for safety. Do not leave your purse in your car.
  • Be extra cautious when driving through parking lots and be aware of people who are walking to and from stores.

Winchester Police have received eight reports of car windows being smashed in and purses stolen since November 3rd. Officers are stressing the importance of taking your valuables out of your car. Residents are reminded to immediately report any suspicious activity or persons to the police department by calling the non-emergency number at 540-662-4131.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for our area on Wednesday, November 26th from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drivers are reminded to be extra careful as you head out and to allow extra time to get to your destination.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Winchester Man Arrested Following Pursuit

Winchester Police responded to the 600 block of Dunlap Street just before 11 p.m. Wednesday night for a motor vehicle theft. A resident was in her home when she heard her vehicle being started up and saw it leave her driveway. An officer saw a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle in the 600 block of Berryville Avenue and witnessed the driver accelerate abruptly and travel eastbound on National Avenue. The vehicle then turned right onto Boyd Avenue and was travelling southbound. The officer attempted to pull over the vehicle, but it continued travelling down Boyd Avenue, onto Woodstock Lane, and then onto Purcell Avenue. In the area of Purcell Avenue and East Lane the driver exited the moving vehicle and ran towards Christopher Drive. The officer ran after the suspect and eventually used a Taser in an attempt to stop the suspect. The male continued to run, but was arrested in the 100 block of Christopher Drive.

Jackie Teter, Jr.

Jackie Teter, Jr.

Jackie Teter, Jr., 37, of Winchester was arrested and charged with eluding police, possession of stolen property, driving suspended, DUI, motor vehicle theft, 3 counts of grand larceny, 3 counts of credit card theft, resisting arrest, and hit and run. He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where he was held without bond.

An investigation determined Teter also had committed some larcenies from motor vehicles.

Two Martinsburg Residents Face Charges in Armed Robbery

Winchester Police have active warrants on two suspects in an armed robbery that happened early Tuesday morning. Around 12:45 a.m. officers responded to the 2200 block of Taft Circle for a report of shots fired. An investigation revealed that 25-year-old Thomas King and 19-year-old Toni Ashby, both of Martinsburg, had robbed two victims at gunpoint and wouldn’t allow them to leave their apartment. One of the victims, a 41-year-old male from Winchester fired one shot striking King below the abdomen. King received treatment at a hospital in Martinsburg and was released later in the morning. King and Ashby are both currently being held at a jail in West Virginia on unrelated charges. Warrants for armed robbery and abduction will be served prior to their release.

The second victim in this incident is a 22-year-old female from Summit Point, WV.

The incident remains under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division.

King and Ashby are also connected to an incident that occurred early Monday morning in Frederick County and charges are pending in that case.

Incident with Suicidal Male in Parking Garage Ends Peacefully

Winchester Police responded to the George Washington Autopark located at 131 North Kent Street just after 11 a.m. for a suicidal male. A 55-year-old male from Winchester was on the fifth floor of the parking garage and was threatening suicide. Kent Street was blocked at Piccadilly Street while members of the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and SWAT Team responded to the scene. A Winchester Police Officer and Winchester City Sheriff’s Deputy who are trained in crisis negotiation were the first units who responded to the scene and started negotiations.

The Winchester Police Department’s SWAT Team utilized less-lethal means to subdue the male and take him into custody. The male was taken into custody at 12:48 p.m. and transported to Winchester Medical Center for a mental health evaluation. The male has active warrants for grand larceny and a capias.

Don’t Leave Valuables in Plain Sight

Detectives Investigate Three Reports of Smashed Windows and Purses Taken

The Winchester Police Department has received three reports of car windows being busted out and purses, that were left in plain sight, being stolen from the vehicles. All three incidents happened in parking lots outside of businesses in the 100 block of Tevis Street. On November 3rd around 4 p.m. a victim reported that she discovered her front passenger window had been shattered and her purse was missing. The incident happened between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The second report was received on November 8th just before 4:30 p.m. The victim in this case reported that between 3 p.m. and 4:23 p.m. someone had broken out the passenger side front window of the vehicle and taken a purse.

The third incident was reported on November 11th at 2 p.m. Again, in this incident the victim found the front passenger side window smashed and a purse was taken.

All of these incidents remain under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division. Lock Doors

In all of these incidents purses were left inside of the vehicles in plain sight. Residents are reminded to not leave any valuables inside of their vehicles. You are reminded to lock your valuables in your trunk or leave them at home.

Anyone with information on these incidents or a possible suspect in these cases is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS.

If you are a victim of this crime you are urged to file a police report no matter how small the loss may be.

Two Juveniles Charged in Breaking and Entering

Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division have charged two juveniles in connection with a breaking and entering at Caribbean Food Store. The 16-year-old and 12-year-old male juveniles from Winchester are charged with breaking and entering, petty larceny, and conspiracy to commit a felony. The two juveniles are accused of breaking into the store at 226 Kern Street on October 27th. An employee discovered the door to the business open and the store had been rummaged through. The two suspects were identified through an investigation.

Winchester Police Investigate Hit and Run

The Winchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit and run. On October 26th around 1:30 p.m. officers responded to the 2800 block of Papermill Road in reference to a hit and run. The officer was informed that a vehicle was seen travelling at a high rate of speed on Papermill Road, crossed the northbound lane, and struck a mailbox in the 2800 block of Papermill Road. The driver of the car is described as a white male, between 20 and 30 years of age, 170 to 190 pounds, and had short brown hair.

The suspect’s vehicle is believed to be a silver or gray 1999-2000 year model Mercury Cougar like the one pictured below. The vehicle sustained damage to the bumper and fog light during the hit and run.

This is not the exact vehicle involved in the hit and run.

This is not the exact vehicle involved in the hit and run.

Anyone with information on the suspect or suspect’s vehicle involved in this incident is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS.

Woodmen of the World and Jones Funeral Home Make Donation to Honor Guards

On Monday, October 27th Woodmen of the World Chapter 34 and Jones Funeral Home made a generous donation to the honor guards of the Winchester Police Department and Winchester Fire and Rescue Department. The donation will allow the honor guards to purchase equipment to include flags, flag poles, flag pole stands, and harnesses. Representatives from the organization presented checks to both honor guards. The honor guards are available to present colors at community events, high profile special events, funerals for an officer who is killed in the line of duty, memorial services, and parades. To request the Winchester Police Department’s Honor Guard to attend an event visit http://winchesterpolice.org/honor-guard.

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Woodmen of the World Donation3

 

Detectives Investigate Burglary

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a burglary at Caribbean Food Store. On October 27th around 8:30 a.m. officers responded to 226 Kern Street in reference to a breaking and entering. When officers arrived on scene an employee informed them that the door to the business was found open and the business had been rummaged through. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the business. The breaking and entering happened between 9 p.m. on October 26th and 8:30 a.m. on October 27th.

Anyone with information on this breaking and entering is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS. Individuals who are able to provide information that leads to an arrest in the case could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Halloween Safety Tips

Safety is the number one priority as children of all ages head out trick-or-treating on Friday for Halloween. The Winchester Police Department will have extra patrols on the streets of Winchester to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters. Officers want to remind parents of several safety tips they should keep in mind as their children head out trick-or-treating.

Costumes should be:

  • Light colored or have reflective tape.
  • Flame-retardant so little ones aren’t in danger near candlelit jack-o-lanterns.
  • Short to prevent trips or falls.

Costumes should not:

  • Include masks; instead use makeup. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Include fake weapons.

Trick-or-treaters should:

  • Be accompanied by an adult.
  • Carry a glow stick or flashlight.
  • Stay within the neighborhood.
  • Never enter a stranger’s house or car.
  • Watch for traffic.
  • Look both ways, and only cross at corners or crosswalks, not between parked cars.
  • Only accept wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Go only to houses with exterior lights on.

Residents welcoming trick-or-treaters should:

  • Turn on your porch light.
  • Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch as they could pose a safety risk to children.
  • Remove any objects from the yard that may present a hazard.

Trick-or-treating will take place in the City of Winchester on Friday, October 31st. Winchester Police recommend your children conclude trick-or-treating by 9 p.m. Residents are reminded to drive slowly all evening and look for children crossing the road. If you see any suspicious activity, report it immediately to the police department.

The Winchester Police Department is teaming up with the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department for a Public Safety Truck-or-Treat on Wednesday, October 29th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Friendship Fire Company on North Pleasant Valley Road. The event will include games, prizes, and fun for everyone.

As the weekend approaches the Police Department is also reminding residents who may be going to Halloween parties to call a cab or designate a driver if you will be drinking.

We wish everyone a safe Halloween!

Trunk or Treat 2014