Scene Cleared Following Bomb Threat

The Winchester Police Department is continuing an investigation into a bomb threat at Rubbermaid Commercial Products.  The Frederick County Emergency Communications Center received a call around 4:30 Monday morning from an individual claiming there was a bomb at Rubbermaid.  The business was evacuated and a thorough search of the building was done.

A number of neighboring law enforcement agencies assisted the Winchester Police Department in investigating the incident.  We would like to extend our appreciation to K-9 units from Virginia State Police, Mount Weather Police, and the Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office for responding to the scene and determining there was no immediate threat.  In addition to the K-9 units, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Frederick County Emergency Communications Center, and the Winchester Emergency Communications Center worked together to ensure the safety of local residents.

If you have any information on this incident please contact the Winchester Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 540-545-4704 or make an anonymous call to Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS (8477).

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Arrest Made in Breaking and Entering at Local Restaurant

Jacqueline Gutierrez

Jacqueline Gutierrez

A Hagerstown woman has been arrested for breaking into a Winchester Restaurant and stealing items.  Jacqueline Gutierrez, 30, broke into Poblanos Southwest Grill on Valley Avenue around noon on Sunday.  She took cash and electronic equipment from the business.  Gutierrez was arrested on Tuesday following an investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Winchester Police Department.  She is charged with grand larceny and breaking and entering.

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Shot Fired Into Home

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a shot that was fired overnight into a home.  Around 6:30 this morning officers were called to the 700 block of Woodstock Lane.  They found a bullet hole in a window of the front door of the residence.  The wall in the living room also had a hole in it.  At this time, it appears that someone fired a bullet through the front door.  No one was injured.

If you have any information on this incident, please contact the Winchester Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 540-545-4704 or Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS (8477).

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

City Resident Attacked by Dog

The Winchester Police Department is seeking information on a dog that attacked a city resident on March 16th around 5 p.m.  The resident was bitten by a dog that was running loose in Jim Barnett Park.  It happened near a baseball field close to the East Cork Street entrance of the park.  The dog was a German Shepherd or a German Shepherd mix and was wearing a collar with two tags.  The dog was black and tan in color and weighed about 80 pounds.  The city resident was taken to the hospital with injuries.

Please call the Crime Solvers Hotline at (540) 665-TIPS if you:

  • have seen the dog
  • are the owner of the dog
  • know the owner of the dog
  • or have any information that could assist in the investigation

Callers can remain anonymous and you could receive a reward of up to $1,000.

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Double Stabbing Under Investigation

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a double stabbing that occurred early Saturday morning.  Officers responded to the 400 block of Chase Street at 3 a.m.  They discovered two males in the area who had been stabbed.  One male sustained multiple stab wounds.  Both victims were taken to Winchester Medical Center.  One male was treated and released.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Winchester Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 540-545-4704 or Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS (8477).

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Commercial Burglary at Apple Blossom Mall

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a commercial burglary at the Apple Blossom Mall.  Just before 7 a.m. Wednesday officers were called to 1850 Apple Blossom Drive.  Three stores in the mall had been broken into including Aéropostale, Hot Topic, and The Shoe Dept.  An undisclosed amount of money was taken from one of the stores.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Winchester Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 540-545-4704 or Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS (8477).

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Residents Urged to Report any Suspicious Devices to Police

The Winchester Police Department wants to remind residents that if they see a suspicious device to immediately contact police.  Residents should not handle any such devices for their safety and the safety of others.

On February 18, 2013 officers were called to the 400 block of Merrimans Lane around 1 p.m. for a possible explosive device that was found next to a mailbox.  Officers secured the scene to ensure the safety of anyone in the area.  The Virginia State Police Bomb Squad responded to assist in the investigation and to remove the suspicious device.  It was determined that the device did contain explosive material.  This incident is a good reminder for residents to be aware of their surroundings and to notify police when there is a concern.

The incident remains under investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at (540) 665-TIPS.

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Two Arrested for DUI During Sobriety Checkpoint

The Winchester Police Department issued 20 citations Saturday during a sobriety checkpoint.  Forty-four year old Rajnish Sharma was arrested for driving under the influence and fifty-six year old Gary Lee Jenkins, Sr. was arrested for felony driving under the influence.  The checkpoint was held during the nighttime hours of Saturday, February 9th.  Four people were charged with revoked or suspended driver’s licenses, five individuals didn’t have a license, two were charged with possession of marijuana, two minors were charged with possessing alcohol, and one capias was served.  A total of 190 vehicles were stopped during the checkpoint.

When you drink and drive you put your life and the lives of others in danger.  The Winchester Police Department wants to remind residents that if they plan on drinking to make arrangements for transportation before they head out.

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Stolen Items Recovered

The Winchester Police Department has recovered items that were taken from a number of rooms at the University Inn residence hall on the Shenandoah University Campus.  The stolen property was discovered in several locations off campus.

A number of rooms at the University Inn Residence Hall were broken into between mid-December and January 10th while students were on holiday break.

Detectives are continuing to identify suspects in the case and the investigation is ongoing.  Charges are pending.

The stolen items will be returned to their owners.

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov

Man Arrested for Pointing Gun at Woman

A Frederick County man is facing charges after pointing a gun at a woman in the parking lot of a Winchester restaurant.  The incident happened on January 25th at 12:48 p.m. in the 2200 block of South Pleasant Valley Road.  Shane Matthew Koller, 23, of Stephenson is charged with brandishing a firearm.  The incident occurred following a confrontation between Koller and a woman from another vehicle.  After Koller pointed the gun at the victim she went into the restaurant to ask for help.  An officer was in the restaurant at the time and spoke with the victim.  He then stopped Koller’s vehicle on South Pleasant Valley Road.  Koller was arrested and taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office)  lauren.cummings@winchesterva.gov