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UPDATE: Teens To Be Charged For Break-ins At Area Churches, Stores

Fairfax County police helicopter assisted officers early Monday morning after reports of two area church burglaries

Update, Friday, Jan 20

Police believe they've identified the teens involved in a string of burglaries and attempted burglaries over the past few weeks, according to Fairfax County Police Department spokesperson Lucy Caldwell.

Detectives anticipate charging four juveniles and one adult, 19-year-old Rachel Forbes of Burke, Va. Charges include destruction of property, larceny and burglary. 

In addition to the two churches reported earlier, Caldwell said detectives believe the group is responsible for the attempted burglaries at the and .

Originial Story, Tuesday, Jan. 17

Police are investigating two apparent burglaries at area churches from over the weekend.

Police responded to a report of a break-in at  in Fort Hunt on Monday at around 12:30 a.m. The county police's helicopter assisted officers on the ground. 

There was also a report of a burglary at  on Popkins Lane. 

"Some juveniles were arrested," according to Fairfax County Police Department spokesperson Lucy Caldwell. "But we believe there are some who fled and got away. Hence the helicopter."

Caldwell said police are looking into whether the juveniles involved in the apparent church burglaries were also involved in incidents in the Hollin Hall neighborhood.

"Our detectives are investigating whether or not the suspects in the case may have been involved in other burglaries and vehicle tamperings in the Hollin Hall area over the past month."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers:

  • Phone: call 1-866-411-TIPS or 703-691-2131. 
  • Web: go online.
  • Text: text “TIP187” and your message to CRIMES (274637).

This investigation is ongoing. Patch will update readers as new information becomes available.

ET1221 January 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Thank you for the update! The police car sirens and helicopter noise had several family members up and curious/worried...
Cindy January 20, 2012 at 06:52 PM
These kids need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Breaking into a church to steal is disheartening, especially since these churches do so much to help the poor. I only hope they catch all of the juveniles and print their names so we know who they are. Disgusting.
Tom January 20, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Is this the same crew that broke into the Hollin Hall Barber Shop last Thursday?
Brian C. Krebs January 20, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Tom, I checked with my source at FCPD. The detectives believe the barber shop break-ins "may be linked" to the others in Hollin Hall. Thanks for reading and your insightful comment -B

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