Woodmen of the World Make Donation to Honor Guards

On Monday, October 27th Woodmen of the World Chapter 34 made a generous donation to the honor guards of the Winchester Police Department and Winchester Fire and Rescue Department. The donation will allow the honor guards to purchase equipment to include flags, flag poles, flag pole stands, and harnesses. Representatives from the organization presented checks to both honor guards. The honor guards are available to present colors at community events, high profile special events, funerals for an officer who is killed in the line of duty, memorial services, and parades. To request the Winchester Police Department’s Honor Guard to attend an event visit http://winchesterpolice.org/honor-guard.

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Woodmen of the World Donation3


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.

Halloween Safety Tips

Safety is the number one priority as children of all ages head out trick-or-treating on Friday for Halloween. The Winchester Police Department will have extra patrols on the streets of Winchester to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters. Officers want to remind parents of several safety tips they should keep in mind as their children head out trick-or-treating.

Costumes should be:

  • Light colored or have reflective tape.
  • Flame-retardant so little ones aren’t in danger near candlelit jack-o-lanterns.
  • Short to prevent trips or falls.

Costumes should not:

  • Include masks; instead use makeup. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Include fake weapons.

Trick-or-treaters should:

  • Be accompanied by an adult.
  • Carry a glow stick or flashlight.
  • Stay within the neighborhood.
  • Never enter a stranger’s house or car.
  • Watch for traffic.
  • Look both ways, and only cross at corners or crosswalks, not between parked cars.
  • Only accept wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Go only to houses with exterior lights on.

Residents welcoming trick-or-treaters should:

  • Turn on your porch light.
  • Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch as they could pose a safety risk to children.
  • Remove any objects from the yard that may present a hazard.

Trick-or-treating will take place in the City of Winchester on Friday, October 31st. Winchester Police recommend your children conclude trick-or-treating by 9 p.m. Residents are reminded to drive slowly all evening and look for children crossing the road. If you see any suspicious activity, report it immediately to the police department.

The Winchester Police Department is teaming up with the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department for a Public Safety Truck-or-Treat on Wednesday, October 29th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Friendship Fire Company on North Pleasant Valley Road. The event will include games, prizes, and fun for everyone.

As the weekend approaches the Police Department is also reminding residents who may be going to Halloween parties to call a cab or designate a driver if you will be drinking.

We wish everyone a safe Halloween!

Trunk or Treat 2014

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.

Surveillance Video Captures Shoplifting Suspect

The Winchester Police Department is investigating a shoplifting from Skyline Paintball and Laser Tag. On October 17th around 4:30 p.m. officers responded to the 2000 block of South Loudoun Street in reference to a paintball gun that was stolen. Video surveillance shows a male suspect come into the front door, take a paintball gun off the shelf, and then run outside to his vehicle and drive away. The incident happened on October 14th. The suspect is described as a white male, with dark hair and facial hair driving a golden or tan Chevy Trail Blazer.    Skyline Paintball2 Skyline Paintball1

Anyone with information on the suspect in these pictures 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.Skyline Paintball3

Phone Scams Target Local Residents

The Winchester Police Department is educating local residents on two phone scams targeting people in our area. On October 16th an officer responded to a call in reference to a phone scam. The victim reported receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be from Criminal Investigations with the Internal Revenue Service. The victim was told she would be arrested for not properly filing her taxes. The caller told her that in order to avoid being arrested, she needed to wire $1,000. The victim did not comply. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS you should hang up and call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.Phone Scam Pic

On October 6th a Winchester resident called the Winchester Police Department to report being a victim of fraud. The individual stated he received a phone call from a person claiming to be his grandson who was supposedly involved in an accident. The victim says the caller sounded just like his grandson. The caller told the victim to send $1,300 to bail him out of jail. The victim got a money gram and sent the money to an individual in the Dominican Republic.

There are a number of variations of these scams and fraudsters put a lot of time into being convincing. The Winchester Police Department reminds residents of these tips to prevent from becoming a victim of phone scams:

  •  If you receive a call, and have caller ID, look at your caller ID. If it is a number that you don’t recognize or if the number is blocked it is best not to pick up the phone. If it’s someone who needs to get in touch with you they will leave a message.
  • Be suspicious of any request for you to wire money or load money onto a prepaid card.
  • Never give your personal information to anyone over the phone.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you believe you have been a victim of a phone scam contact the police department to make a report.


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.