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.

Counterfeit Money Arrest

On July 23, 2014 at approximately 11:20 a.m. officers with the Winchester Police Department responded to a business located in the first block of South Loudoun Street for a report of a male who attempted to pass counterfeit money. The business did not accept the $100 bill and the male left the business. A detailed description of the male was provided and officers made contact with a male who matched the description in the area of Boscawen Street and South Loudoun Street. In the process of detaining the male for investigation purposes the male pulled away from the officer, and fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit the male was arrested in the 100 block of North Washington Street.

The male was identified as Joseph Davet. Mr. Davet is a 19 year old male from Winchester. Mr. Davet was arrested for Obstruction of Justice, Obtaining Money by False Pretense and Possession of Counterfeit Money and transported to the jail.

Mother Arrested for Child Neglect

On July 23, 2014 around 6 p.m. officers responded to the 200 block of South Washington Street in reference to a found child. A 3-year-old child was seen walking west on Clifford Street, by herself, in the middle of the road. After a door-to-door search of the neighborhood the child’s mother Stacey Lee Rodgers, 35, of Winchester was located at a residence in the 100 block of West Clifford Street. She was arrested and charged with child neglect. Rodgers was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where she was released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. Social Services was contacted and responded to the scene.

Stacey Lee Rodgers

Stacey Lee Rodgers

Two Hagerstown Women Charged with Prostitution

An undercover operation by the Winchester Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division nets two Maryland women for prostitution. Madison Whittington, 18, and Lauren Jones, 22, both of Hagerstown, were arrested at a location in the City after exchanging money for the promise of sexual activities. They were taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

The Winchester Police Department has been conducting undercover operations aimed at arresting those who are arranging meetings online to engage in sexual encounters. With these recent operations, the department continues to send a message that this type of activity will not be tolerated in the City.

Madison Whittington

Madison Whittington

Lauren Jones

Lauren Jones