Purcellville police reports for the week ending December 25, 2020

12/20/20           12:57 a.m.        200 Block of Croft Square                              Overdose 

Police responded with medics for a possible overdose. A subject in medical distress initially denied then admitted to ingesting and possessing fentanyl. As there were children in the residence, he told the officer where he could find the stash of the drug.  It was located, secured and turned into the police property vault.  The subject was transported to the hospital. Police alerted Child Protective Services of the incident.  

12/21/20           8:41 p.m.         100 Block of Oliver Court                                Vandalism/Mischief 

The complainant discovered that an unknown subject or subjects threw a large burrito at her garage door.  A search of the neighborhood found no camera footage of this action.  The reason for the burrito tossing remains a mystery as Mexican found has a popularity index score of 59, making it the second most popular ethnic food, trailing only Chinese food, with a popularity  index score 64.   

12/21/20           1:46 a.m.          121 N. Maple Ave                                            Alarm 

A door dash driver entered the McDonalds to pick up an order and found neither employees inside nor his order. Unbeknownst to the driver, this branch closes at midnight on Saturday. A Purcellville officer responded and rechecked the restaurant before securing the door that appeared not to have been shut completely. 

12/21/20           4:00 p.m.         400 Block of Crossman Court                          Narcotics Violation 

A homeowner excitedly opened recently delivered packages to ensure that all ordered Christmas gifts arrived on time.  However, she was surprised to see that one package, with a different address, inadvertently left at her residence, contained marijuana.  This was not the stocking stuffer she had hoped to receive.  Police were called, took possession of the drugs and will be contacting the intended recipient, whose name appears on Santa’s naughty list. 

12/21/20           7:14 p.m.         125 Hirst Road                                                Larceny 

The reporting party, the owner of a landscape company, reported that approximately $1000.00 was missing from an envelope in his pick-up truck. The reporting party stated that he and his crew, all long term employees were working at a location in Loudoun County. He left the location and purchased food at Manhattan Pizza, paying for it using money from the envelope. He went back to Manhattan Pizza at 5:00 p.m. and realized the envelope was missing.  He learned from the staff at the restaurant that no one had turned in the envelope, which also contained his license and ATM card. At the conclusion of the work day, the complainant drove his crew to the Purcellville Police Department to speak with an officer.  Each man denied knowledge of the whereabouts of the missing money and cards.  Police then assisted the complainant in re-searching his truck, but no money was located.   

12/22/20           3:27 a.m.          Town of Purcellville                             Mental Health Crisis 

The complainant reported that her juvenile teenager had an emotional outburst, in which suicidal ideations were expressed. A PPD officer and a Deputy from the LCSO responded and discovered that the teen had recently smoked marijuana and was agitated. Medics responded and the teen, accompanied by his mother, voluntarily responded to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. 

12/22/20           2:06 p.m.         100 Purcellville Gateway                     Police Information 

The complainant parked her car near Coaches Corner restaurant at 1:40 p.m. and went inside.  She returned to her car at 2:05 p.m. and noticed a note on her windshield that had the letters “F.U” written on it.   She also reported that on 12/05/20, she parked in the same location and found a note that read, “white lives matter too you racist!!!”  She believes that the notes were left because she displays a Black Lives Matter sticker on her car.    

12/2320            12:44 p.m.        1000 E. Main Street                             Hit and Run 

The complainant was backing from a parking space when she felt a “nudge” on her rear driver’s side quarter panel.  She exited the car, but the other vehicle drove away. The complainant was unable to provide a description of either the car or the driver.  That location in the parking lot is not covered by any security cameras.  Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call Lieutenant Barry Dufek at 540-338-7422 x 104. 

12/23/20           9:43 p.m.         251 N. 21ST Street                                Fraud 

The restaurant manager received a call from someone who was purported to be a Federal Investigator investigating counterfeiting. She was instructed to buy gift cards and provide the numbers to the person on the phone.  She complied but later learned after speaking with her boss that she had been scammed.  Fortunately they were able to cancel four of the five gift cards.  No law enforcement or government agency will ever ask someone to purchase gift cards for payment or to demonstrate cooperation with an investigation.  For more information please see,  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/paying-scammers-gift-cards

12/23/20           9:44 p.m.         141 E. Main Street                               Suspicious Person 

The owner of Purcellville Guns reported that an unknown subject, walking a dog was observed shining a flashlight in parked cars in the store parking lot.  He was later observed on the front porch shining the flashlight into the window.  The activity was captured on the store camera system.  The actions of the unknown subject did not constitute a violation of the law. 

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