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.

Winchester Police Investigate Breaking and Entering

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering and vandalism that happened at Dollar Tree on South Pleasant Valley Road. On October 22nd around 7:30 a.m. officers responded to the store after an employee discovered a front glass pane shattered. A suspect entered the store and broke into the store’s office. Nothing appeared to be taken. It is believed that the incident happened between 3 and 6:30 a.m. Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and are investigating the incident.

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

Man Wanted on Three Warrants

The Winchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a wanted subject. Roosevelt Harry Woodson, Jr., 33, of Winchester is wanted for two counts of assault and battery and a preliminary protective order. Woodson is accused of assaulting family members on October 12th in the 1300 block of Berryville Avenue. Woodson is also the suspect in an assault that occurred early this morning in the 1300 block of Berryville Avenue.

Woodson is described as a black male, around 5’ 10” tall, 260 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Woodson’s location is asked to call Crime Solvers 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.

Roosevelt Harry Woodson, Jr.

Roosevelt Harry Woodson, Jr.

Arrest Made in Vandalism at Taylor Hotel

Winchester Police have arrested a man in connection with vandalism found at Taylor Hotel in August, after forensic evidence linked the suspect to the crime. On October 14th around 11 a.m. officers arrested Dale Marchant, 21, of Winchester and charged him with vandalism. Marchant is charged with spray painting several swastikas outside of the Cajun Experience at the Taylor Hotel on North Loudoun Street. Marchant was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where he was given a $2,000 secured bond.

Dale Marchant

Dale Marchant

Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

A 24-year-old Winchester man was arrested early Friday morning in connection with two bank robberies at United Bank. Robert Austin Scott was taken into custody around 7:30 Friday morning. He was arrested after the Winchester Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) executed a search warrant, earlier in the morning, at a residence in the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. A firearm and clothing were taken from the residence. A second search warrant was executed by detectives on a truck at the residence and clothing was taken. Scott is charged with two counts of armed robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. An investigation led detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division to Scott. He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center and is being held without bond.

Robert Austin Scott

Robert Austin Scott

Scott is charged with robbing United Bank at 2252 Valley Avenue in Winchester on September 18th and again on October 6th. During both of the robberies he displayed a gun and demanded money.

Frederick County Man Arrested After Fleeing From Police

The Winchester Police Department arrested a Frederick County man after he lead officers on a chase through the city. Officers were called to Walmart on South Pleasant Valley Road on Wednesday around 7 p.m. in reference to a shoplifting. When officers arrived the suspect left the scene in a pickup truck. The vehicle turned south on South Pleasant Valley Road and officers attempted to stop the vehicle. The truck continued travelling at a high rate of speed and made a left-hand turn onto Leicester Street where the driver lost control of the vehicle hitting a fence and porch in the 400 block of South Loudoun Street. The driver left the scene on foot and officers caught up to him. Ashby Stoneberger, 26, was arrested and taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment. He was released and taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. Stoneberger is charged with felony shoplifting, felony eluding police, obstruction of justice, reckless driving, destruction of property, driving under the influence of drugs, and additional charges may be pending.

Ashby Stoneberger

Ashby Stoneberger

Winchester Police Investigate Armed Bank Robbery

Winchester Police Detectives are investigating an armed bank robbery that happened around 2:45 Monday afternoon. Officers were called to United Bank at 2252 Valley Avenue after a male suspect walked into the bank, displayed a weapon, and demanded money. The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. He is described as a white male in his 20s, around 190 lbs., and was last seen wearing a black hat, striped hoodie, black t-shirt, and khaki shorts. During the robbery he was wearing a grey bandana across his face to conceal his identity. Detectives believe the male left the area in a green pickup truck with rust on the wheel wells and no camper on top.United Bank Robbery 10-6

No one was injured during the incident.

Units from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police responded to the scene to assist with the incident.

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

Scene Cleared Following Suspicious Package

Winchester Police were called to the scene of a suspicious package around 11:30 Saturday morning. A Walmart store employee saw the package located in a grassy area of the parking lot and called police. Officers responded to the scene on South Pleasant Valley Road and evacuated the area of the parking lot near the package. Virginia State Police’s Bomb Squad Unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. The Bomb Squad determined there was no evidence to suggest the package contained any explosive devices, however the contents of the package will be investigated. The scene was cleared around 2 p.m.

A unit from Shawnee Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department also responded to the scene.

Police Seek Information on Suspect in Larceny

The Winchester Police Department is investigating the larceny of an iPad from a local business. On July 27th just after 2 p.m. a black male walked into Valley Discount at 2260 Valley Avenue, and stole an iPad. Video surveillance shows the male who was wearing a red and white striped shirt, take the iPad, which was white in color, and tuck it under his shirt as he exits the store.

Anyone with is able to help identify the suspect in this case is asked to call the Crime Solvers HOTLINE at 540-665-TIPS.

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Suspects Sought in Theft and Attempted Fraud

UPDATED INFORMATION:  The Winchester Police Department has received information that the suspects in this incident purchased gas at Handy Mart in Front Royal.  They were believed to be in a silver convertible; possibly a Chrysler.

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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.