Suspects Sought in Theft and Attempted Fraud

The Winchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two males in a recent larceny and attempted fraud incident. On September 27, 2014 just before 10 a.m. a woman was shopping at Target in Winchester when someone stole her blue Relic wallet out of her purse. At a Front Royal Target, the suspect attempted to charge a more than $2,000 transaction to a credit card that was inside the wallet. Video surveillance shows a black male approaching the victim and keeping her attention by asking questions while a second black male goes into her purse that was located in the cart. The video indicates that the two males were working together in the theft of the wallet. Target2 Target 1

Anyone who is able to help identify the suspects is asked to call Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS.

Winchester Police remind members of the public to not leave belongings like purses and wallets in a shopping cart when they are shopping, but to instead keep it on their arm or in a pocket to help avoid becoming a victim of this type of crime.

 

Winchester Woman Arrested Following Indictment

A Winchester woman is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and human trafficking following an investigation. Holly Geib, 50, was arrested just before 3 p.m. on September 24, 2014 after being indicted on the two charges Tuesday. Geib had knowledge that her 13-year-old daughter was having sexual relations with Jose Hernandez-Hernandez. Hernandez-Hernandez was also indicted Tuesday on charges of carnal knowledge of a child and indecent liberties with a child. He is being held without bond at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

Holly Geib

Holly Geib

 

Sub-section three under Code of Virginia 18.2-355 states a person can be charged with human trafficking for “being parent, guardian, legal custodian or one standing in loco parentis of a person, consents to such person being taken or detained by any person for the purpose of prostitution or unlawful sexual intercourse.”

 

 

Detectives Investigate Pair of Breaking and Enterings

The Winchester Police Department is investigating two breaking and enterings that occurred last night.

The first incident was reported at approximately 6:40 a.m. at Hopscotch Coffee located in the 200 block of Millwood Avenue. Employees arrived at the business and discovered a window on the east side of the business had been broken. It was discovered that entry was made to the business and electronics and an undisclosed amount of money was taken. This business was also broken into on August 24, 2014 and that incident is still under investigation.

The second incident was reported at approximately 9 a.m. at Ruby Tuesday located in the 1600 block of South Pleasant Valley Road. Employees arrived at the business and noticed a window on the south side of the business had been broken. Officers responded and discovered that entry was made to the business and electronics were stolen from the business.

Police are still investigating if these incidents are related.

The police department is reminding the public that if they observe any suspicious activity around a closed business, please contact the police department as soon as possible.

Police Investigate Armed Bank Robbery

The Winchester Police Department is investigating an armed bank robbery that happened just before 1 p.m. on September 18th at United Bank on Valley Avenue. The suspect walked into the bank, displayed a gun, and demanded money. The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen heading east on foot. A police canine tracked a scent behind Wards Plaza to Hope Drive where the track ended.United Bank Suspect

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20′s, around 5′ 10″ tall, 180 lbs., wearing khaki shorts, a gray fleece jacket, a white hat, and a white handkerchief covering his face.

There were four employees in the bank during the robbery. No one was injured.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS.

Winchester Man Arrested Following Double Stabbing

Melvin Eugene Robert AlexanderA Winchester man is charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding following a stabbing late Sunday night. Officers responded to the 1800 block of Henry Avenue just after 10:30 p.m. for a stabbing. When officers arrived at the residence they found two people outside with stab wounds. A 36-year-old male victim from Winchester had stab wounds to his neck. A second victim, a 26-year-old male from Bunker Hill, West Virginia, had stab wounds to his neck and his arm. Officers identified the suspect as 28-year-old Melvin Eugene Robert Alexander. Alexander was inside of a residence in the 1700 block of Henry Avenue and would not exit. The Winchester SWAT team responded to the scene and took Alexander into custody. He was taken to Winchester Medical Center and was treated and released. Alexander was arrested and taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

Deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene with their K-9 partners and assisted police units.

The incident remains under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division.

Police Seek Tips on Stolen Statue

The Winchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a statue that was recently stolen from a local resident’s front porch. Sometime between August 22nd and August 26th someone took a statue of a Native American Indian from a house in the 1300 block of Whittier Avenue. The statue stands 2 to 3 feet high and weighs about 40 pounds. The picture below depicts a statue that looks like the actual one with the exception of a shield that is on the left hand of the statue that was stolen.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Crime Solvers Hotline at 540-665-TIPS.

Native American Indian Statue

Two Juveniles Arrested for Breaking into School

The Winchester Police Department arrested two juveniles Monday for breaking into Virginia Avenue Charlotte Dehart Elementary School. The 16 and 17-year-old males, both of Winchester, are charged with burglary and grand larceny. They were taken to the Northwestern Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

Around 4 a.m. Sunday the juveniles broke into the schools and stole electronic devices. School teachers reported that items in their classroom were gone through and other items were missing.

Surveillance pictures sent in a press release Monday afternoon helped detectives identify the suspects.

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Detectives Investigate Breaking and Entering at School

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering that happened at Virginia Avenue Charlotte Dehart Elementary School. On Sunday, August 17th around 3 p.m. officers responded to 550 Virginia Avenue for a reported breaking and entering. Teachers at the school reported that items in their classrooms were out of place. Electronic devices were also reported stolen. At least seven classrooms appeared to have been rummaged through during the early morning hours.

Video surveillance shows at least two suspects. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Solvers Hotline at 540-665-TIPS.

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Breaking and Entering at Printing Company

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering that occurred at a printing company in the 700 block of North Loudoun Street. Sometime during the overnight hours between Wednesday and Thursday someone broke into Clear Choice Printing and stole an undisclosed amount of money. Officers responded to the business around 8 a.m. Thursday morning and discovered that someone had entered the business through a window.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Solvers Hotline at 540-665-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest in this case could result in a reward of up to $1,000.

Lock Your Car Doors to Prevent Larcenies

Lock DoorsIn a 12 hour time period between Saturday, July 19th and Sunday, July 20th 21 unlocked cars in the City of Winchester were rummaged through, and that’s just the number that were reported. The most recent rash of larcenies occurred on Harvest Drive, Cidermill Lane, Melvor Lane, Wayne Drive, Clayton Ridge Drive, Stoneleigh Drive, and Summerfield Lane. The Winchester Police Department wants residents to make it a habit of locking their car doors. Since June 1, 2014 the police department has received 48 reports of larcenies from motor vehicles. In most cases the thieves are looking for money including loose change, electronics, cell phones, navigation systems, wallets, and purses.

 

To deter thieves from targeting your car, residents are reminded to protect their valuables by doing the following:

  • Lock car doors and close all windows when you leave your car
  • When parking at home use your garage, if you have one, and lock your car inside your garage
  • If you don’t have a garage, try to park in a well-lit area
  • Don’t leave anything of value inside your car, even if your car is locked

If you are a victim of this crime, even if valuables aren’t taken, it is important that you report the incident to police at 540-662-4131. This information helps our detectives track trends and patterns throughout the City.

If anyone has information on possible suspects in these cases please contact the Crime Solvers Hotline at 540-665-TIPS.