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

Winchester Man Arrested for Grand Larceny

The Winchester Police Department arrested a man Thursday evening for stealing a number of items from a home in the city. Matthew James Elliott, 27, is charged with grand larceny. On July 8th officers responded to the 300 block of Fairview Avenue for a burglary. A resident said he came home to find that someone had broken into his house and stolen a number of his firearms, a knife, a gaming system, and lawn equipment. An investigation led detectives to Elliott. He was arrested on Thursday, July 10th around 6 p.m. and taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where he was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

All of the items taken from the home on Fairview Avenue were recovered. Additional charges are pending.

Four Arrested for Counterfeit Money Scheme

Nicholas Alma

Nicholas Alma

David Pabon

David Pabon

Frankie Ramirez

Frankie Ramirez

The Winchester Police Department arrested four people last night for passing counterfeit $100 bills.  On June 29th around 5:30 p.m. officers were called to 1850 Apple Blossom Drive for a report of counterfeit money being passed.  Dispatchers provided an officer with a description of a male suspect.  The first officer on the scene saw a male matching that description, and made contact with him.  The male was identified as Frankie Ramirez, 19, of New York.  An investigation revealed that Ramirez had passed several counterfeit $100 bills at two stores in the mall.  Ramirez also had hundreds of dollars’ worth of counterfeit $100 dollar bills.  Ramirez was arrested and charged with two counts of felony obtaining money by false pretenses, two counts of felony conspiracy, one misdemeanor count of obtaining money by false pretenses, and one felony count of possessing forged bank notes.  He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center and held without bond.

An officer on the scene provided information on possible suspect vehicles from prior incidents of counterfeit bills being passed in the city.  With that information officers were able to locate a vehicle with New York registration and determined there were three other suspects in this incident.  David Pabon, 19, of New York was arrested and charged with counterfeit conspiracy and conspiracy to obtain money by false pretenses.  Nicholas Alma, 20, of New York was arrested and charged with identity theft, conspiracy to obtain money by false pretenses, conspiracy to possess forged bank notes, and possession of forged bank notes.  A 17-year-old juvenile from New York was taken to the juvenile detention center and charged with obtaining money by false pretenses, possession of counterfeit notes, and two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.

The businesses involved in this incident were able to determine the bills were counterfeit by using a counterfeit money detector pen and employees also indicated the money did not feel real.  The Winchester Police Department recommends that businesses protect themselves by taking these necessary precautions.

Thousands of dollars of the fake money has been recovered.  Officers ask that anyone who suspects they received counterfeit money to call the Winchester Police Department at 540-662-4131.

Winchester Man Arrested for Abduction

A Winchester man was arrested this afternoon and charged with abduction after an incident on Green Street. At 2 p.m. officers were called to the 600 block of Green Street for an attempted abduction.  Officers were told that 25-year-old Margarito Cigarrora-Reyes of Winchester physically picked up a 9-year-old female as she was getting into a vehicle. The female’s caregiver yelled at the male and he left the area on foot. A fast-acting officer identified the male within two minutes of the call being dispatched, based on a description given by an emergency communications specialist.  Cigarrora-Reyes was arrested in the 300 block of Green Street. He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center and charged with abduction.  The 9-year-old female was not injured.

The quick actions of the caregiver, Emergency Communications Specialist III Adrianne Williams, and Master Patrol Officer A.J. McCoy led to the successful apprehension of the suspect in this incident.

Margarito Cigarrora-Reyes

Margarito Cigarrora-Reyes