Mount Vernon District Police officers were working several reports of vehicle tampering in the Belleview area on March 7 in and around the 6300 block of 10thStreet. There were at least six cars that had been broken into at that time. While in the area a lookout was broadcast for a suspicious person in the same area.
Officers found that individual and tried to speak to him. He ran to a 2016 Chevrolet Cruz and tried to drive away. He crashed a short distance away, at the intersection of 10th and I Streets. The driver/suspect, a 28-year-old man from Oxon Hill, Md., was taken into custody. He was treated at the scene by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department personnel and then taken to the detention center at the Mount Vernon District Station where he was charged with two counts of grand larceny, two counts of petit larceny, reckless driving, and fail to obey a lawful command of a law enforcement officer.
Police have tentatively linked the suspect to at least two tampering cases through property recovered.
If residents discover that a car has been tampered with or broken into, call Detective B. Smith at 703-619-4302. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus a message to CRIMES(274637) or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477).