Home Invasion Suspects Arrested

Hundel Ganthier

Hundel Ganthier

James Ganthier

James Ganthier

Two suspects in a Winchester armed robbery were arrested Wednesday morning.  Officers arrested Hundel Ganthier and James Ganthier at the Winchester Police Department around 10 a.m.  They are charged with breaking and entering with a deadly weapon, assault and battery, brandishing a firearm, robbery, grand larceny, and using a firearm while committing a felony.

On April 21st around 6 p.m. officers responded to the 600 block of Watson Avenue for the report of a home invasion with firearm.  Two black males broke into a home and assaulted a female.  A gun was displayed.  Officers identified the males as Hundel Ganthier, 34, and James Ganthier, 29, both of Winchester.

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

Phone Scam Update

Local residents are continuing to receive calls from an automated message claiming to be from Winchester Federal Credit Union.  Residents are reminded to hang up when they receive these calls.  If you hang up and have not given your information on these calls, there is no need to call the police department.  If you have given your information including your credit card number, please contact your bank immediately and then call the Winchester Police Department Non-Emergency number at (540) 662-4131 to file a police report.  We appreciate your cooperation in this matter as our dispatchers are experiencing a very high call volume due to Apple Blossom Festival.

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

Drug Bust

Louis Clemons

Louis Clemons

A Winchester man is charged with distribution of marijuana following a joint effort by the Winchester Police Department’s Community Response Team, Probation and Parole, and the Northwest VA Regional Drug Task Force.  On May 1st around 2:30 p.m. officers were conducting a probation check on Louis Clemons in the 200 block of West Street.  Officers found 108 plastic individual sealed bags containing Marijuana.  There was also a large amount of money found.  Clemons, 33, of Winchester was arrested and charged with Distribution of Marijuana and a Probation Violation.

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

Phone Scam

The Winchester Police Department wants to warn area residents of a phone scam.  Residents are receiving calls claiming to be from Winchester Federal Credit Union.  The automated message states that your debit card information has been restricted or compromised.  This is a scam.  Last week some residents received text messages with a similar message. Some of the numbers return to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico or are listed as “unknown”.  These calls and text messages are an attempt to obtain personal account information.  Please do not respond to these calls or give out any of your personal information over the phone or through other electronic means.  Winchester Federal Credit Union and other financial companies will not leave a phone message such as this and would not ask for your personal information over the phone.

If you have responded to these messages and given your personal information out, please call (800) 528-2273 to have your card blocked.

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

Operation Valley Venue

A special operation conducted by the Northwest VA Regional Drug and Gang Task Force cracked down on illegal narcotics in the area.  The eight hour operation aimed at identifying, targeting and arresting individuals responsible for the distribution, manufacturing, and transportation of illegal narcotics.  The North End Team covered the City of Winchester and Frederick County.  Agents conducted 21 searches of residences with probation officers.  The Task Force was assisted by six agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Winchester Police Department, Virginia State Police, Probation and Parole, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.  The group also visited 15 residences of interest.  The following arrests were made:

  • Jeremy Simpson for probation violation – 200 block of Millwood Avenue, Winchester
  • Matthew Hoenig for possession of narcotics and probation violation – 500 block of North Kent Street, Winchester
  • Terry Johnson for providing false information to a law enforcement officer – 100 block of Lamden Avenue, Winchester
  • Carroll Smith for possession of marijuana, 200 block of Ash Hollow Drive, Frederick County
  • Bradley Martin for probation violation, 1300 block of Pitcock Lane, Frederick County
  • Kathleen Stickley for possession of marijuana, 200 block of Cougar Trail, Frederick County

The following drugs were found during searches of homes; heroin, marijuana, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and prescription drugs.  Agents had encounters with four known gang members.  More than $900 of U.S. Currency was taken from a home in the 100 block of Lamden Avenue.  Five homes were cited with code violations and a residence on Bellview Avenue was deemed uninhabitable by Zoning and Inspections.

This was the first operation of its kind conducted in Winchester and Frederick County and is part of the Task Force’s effort to get drugs off our streets and make our area a safer place to live.

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

Home Invasion

Hundel Ganthier

Hundel Ganthier

James Ganthier

James Ganthier

The Winchester Police Department is looking for two suspects in an armed robbery.  On April 21st around 6 p.m. officers responded to the 600 block of Watson Avenue for the report of a home invasion with firearm.  Two black males broke into a home and assaulted a female.  A gun was displayed.  Officers have identified the males as Hundel Ganthier, 34, and James Gantheir, 29, both of Winchester.  The men left the scene on bicycles heading towards Smithfield Avenue.  Both men are charged with breaking and entering with a deadly weapon, assault and battery, brandishing a firearm, robbery, grand larceny, and using a firearm while committing a felony.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these individuals should call the Winchester Police Department Criminal Investigation 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

Beware of Internet Scams

In tough economic times people often look for creative ways to seek employment which sometimes can make them more susceptible to scams.  A Frederick County woman is speaking out after becoming a victim of fraud in hopes of preventing it from happening to anyone else.  She placed ads on Craigslist seeking employment as a nanny and as a senior care worker.  The 40-year-old received e-mails in response to her posting, offering her employment as a personal assistant.  In the e-mails the supposed employer asked her to cash checks that they would mail her, and she was told to send the money by various means to other accounts.  The scam involved cashier’s checks.  The victim is now out more than $2,400.

Craigslist offers tips on its website to prevent from becoming a victim of fraud and scams.  It suggests dealing locally, never wiring funds, and never giving out financial information.  There is also information on Craigslist on how to recognize a scam.

The Winchester Police Department reminds residents to be vigilant about over the phone or e-mail based financial transactions, especially ones that are unsolicited.  If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, you should file a police report.

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

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