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Alexandria Police Investigate Bank Robbery at Virginia Commerce Bank

This was sent to us by Alexandria eNews:

Alexandria Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred Friday, October 8 at the Virginia Commerce Bank, located at 1414 Prince Street.

Around 5:45 P.M., a man walked into the bank and approached the teller.  He handed the teller a bag, demanded cash and brandished a handgun.  The teller complied.  The suspect fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.  No one was injured.

The suspect is described a black male, 5 feet 9 inches with a thin build.  He was wearing a black baseball cap, dark gray or black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans.  The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.838.4444 or the Crime Solvers tip line at 703.838.4858.

Detectives would like to remind witnesses that they can remain anonymous.

Metro Blue and Orange Lines Cut In Two This Weekend

WASHINGTON DC (WUSA) -- It could be a stressful Columbus Day weekend for Metro riders going through downtown Washington. Metro will close three stations along the Blue and Orange Lines in order to install new track switches, track fasteners, replace old tracks, install safety lights, and repair platforms.

The closure will begin around 10:00 Friday evening. It will last all day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, which is the Columbus Day federal holiday. Service will be back to normal by the time service begins Tuesday morning.

OFFICIAL WORD: Read Metro's press release on the Columbus Day Weekend work

Chantilly Man Convicted of Using Business as Front for Cocaine Trafficking Ring in NOVA

The following was sent to us by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia:

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Jamin Dodamin Oliva-Madrid, 30, of Chantilly, Va., was convicted by a federal jury of conspiring with his brothers and other individuals to distribute cocaine throughout Virginia. In addition, Esteban Salguero-Ortiz, a/k/a Cadejo, 41, of Philadelphia, Pa., was also convicted today of conspiring with members of the trafficking ring in Northern Virginia to expand their distribution into Philadelphia.

        Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Ava A. Cooper-Davis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, made the announcement.

Leesburg Hosts Police Mountain Bike Training Course

From the Town of Leesburg, VA – The Town of Leesburg recently hosted the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy’s Police Mountain Bike basic training class.  Nineteen officers from Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, the City of Manassas Park, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Metro Transit Police, Loudoun County and the Town of Leesburg participated in the four-day class which took place during the last week of September.

Old Town Alexandria Plans To Change Parking Meters

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Utter the words 'parking meter' and even the mild mannered can simmer over.

"It's crazy, it's crazy. It's straight crazy. I just want them to get it together. Whoever's in charge, get it together!," said Quan Davis, who works in Alexandria.

Quan Davis lost a pocketful of coins in an Old Town Alexandria parking meter.

"It's terrible. I've lost over three dollars today. Because I have to put coins in for the company vehicle. And I lost over three dollars. So I was coming from the store actually getting change so I could put it into the machine so I wouldn't get a ticket," said Quan.

Davis is not alone. The city's parking meters display specific instructions: 'valid coins only.' But nowhere do they say what constitutes a valid coin.

Man Found Shot In Metro Station Parking Lot


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax County Police detectives plan to interview a man they found suffering from a gunshot wound at a Metro Station parking lot.

Police say the unidentified victim was discovered at the Huntington Metro Station in Alexandria at just before 10:30 p.m. Monday. A woman called police concerned about a family member she was meeting. She said the man was not there.

Fairfax County Police say they don't know if the man was shot at the station or somewhere else.

Officials tell 9 NEWS NOW the victim remains in the hospital, however his injuries are no longer life threatening.

 

 

 

 

Thieves Target Alexandria ATMs Using Cameras, Skimmers

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Video of thieves show how they set up a camera and skimming device on an ATM.

The video was released by the LINK, the company connecting ATMs throughout the UK. It's exactly what criminals are doing in the greater Washington area.

The ATM a Suntrust bank on Beauregard Street was hit, and the Wachovia Bank along King Street in Alexandria was targeted back in February.

"The bank had over 60-thousand dollars worth of fraud," said Jody Donaldson, Commander of Media Services for Alexandria Police.

He said thieves custom make skimming devices to place over ATM card inserts. Customers credit and debit cards are swiped twice. Once "by the skimmer and by the ATM itself," Donaldson said.

To get the PIN number, thieves attach a camera to the ATM.

"They're tiny, they can be the size on a pencil head," he said.

He said customers will notice something different about the ATM if they take a close look.