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Posted on: August 9, 2019

[ARCHIVED] News Release - Police Report

PURCELLVILLE, Va. August 9, 2019 - 

08/02/2019   1:00 p.m.                        609 E. Main Street                            Petit Larceny

On 08-02-19 an officer responded to the above location for a report of petit larceny.  The owner of the Vape Lot reported that at approximately 1:00 p.m. a woman described as a white female, late 20’s to early 30’s with brown hair and highlights was being shown items from a display case by a staff member. When the staff member left to assist another customer, the suspect concealed a smoking device valued at $20.00 and left the store without paying. The investigation is on-going.

08/03/2019   11:23 p.m.                      600 Block W. Main Street                  Eluding

On the above date and time, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for passing two vehicles by crossing over a double yellow line.  The officer activated his emergency lights and siren in an effort to stop the offending vehicle.  At one point the fleeing driver shut off his headlights in an effort to lose the police car. The vehicle ultimately stopped just of Alder School Road. A warrant was obtained for felony eluding

Arrested was: Jacob Powers of Purcellville, VA

8/04/2019    1:40 a.m.                         121. N. Maple Avenue                                    Drunk in Public 

Officers responded to McDonalds for the report of disorderly intoxicated subjects.  Upon arrival officers encountered two intoxicated subjects who prior to police arrival had leapt over the counter and were pushing buttons on the cash register.  They were asked by management to leave the restaurant but refused to do so. 

Arrested were:  William McDonald of Hamilton, VA and Matthew Schroeder, of Purcellville, VA

08/04/2019    10:58 p.m.         300 Block of S. 11th Street                  Domestic Dispute

Officers responded to a residence in the 330 Block of S. 11th Street for a report of loud arguing.  The officers located two subjects, male and female who identified themselves as boyfriend/girlfriend. The both admitted separately that they were arguing over something stupid, in this case, a bottle of sports drink. As there was no physical altercation and tempers cooled, the officers left and no further action was taken.


08/05/2019    1:20 p.m.                       105 Purcellville Gateway Drive         Crash/DUID

An off-duty Loudoun County Deputy observed a vehicle on Harry Byrd Highway driving in a manner consistent with DUI and followed the vehicle as it exited onto Berlin Turnpike and entered the Chic-Fil-A parking lot, where the suspect vehicle rear-ended another car. The suspect vehicle pulled away and stopped in the Harris Teeter lot. The Deputy detained the driver until Purcellville Police Officers arrived on scene. The driver who admitted to taking medicines that affect her ability to drive. She failed at battery of field sobriety tests.

Arrested was: Ann McLaughlin of Purcellville, VA

08/06/2019    8:18 p.m.                       1200 Block Wolf Rock Drive                         Fraud

The victim reported that on August 1st, he received a few requests via snap chat by friends to help locate other friends.  By August 2nd he realized that his snap chat had been hacked and he was locked out.  On August 5th he was contacted by his mother regarding unusual activity with his bank account.  He attempted to access the account by discovered he was locked out. He contacted the bank and froze his accounts.  During the investigation, officers learned that several of the victim’s friends had been victimized by the same scam, which appears to originate from the Atlanta, Georgia area.  

08/06/2019    10:49 p.m.         700 E. Main Street                             Suspicious Person

Police units responded to the Seven-Eleven for the report of a subject with a gun stuck in his waist band.  Responding officers located the subject in the parking lot and observed a gun in a man’s waistband as described. The officer identified the subject, discovered he was not wanted and was legally able to possess a weapon. The man offered that he did not want to leave the gun in the car with his windows down. After consultation with the officer, the subject locked the vehicle in his trunk.

08/07/2019    2:25 a.m.                       32nd Street @ Nursery Ave                Drunk in Public

Officers on patrol on Nursery Ave, noticed two young male subjects near the intersection at 32nd Street.  As the officers approached on foot, they noticed the odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from the young men. One was clearly more intoxicated and was charged with being drunk in public. The second subject was taken to his residence and turned over to his parents.  

Arrested was Noah Patterson of Purcellville, VA

08/08/2019    12:47 a.m.         105 Purcellville Gateway                   Suspicious Person

Officers were dispatched to the Harris Teeter for the report of a suspicious person in the store. The manager reported that a man had been sitting in an electric cart in the front of the store seemed to be “out of it.”  The subject left the store just prior to police arrival. Another officer found a man in the 100 Block of S. Maple Avenue who matched the description of the subject from Harris Teeter. Officers engaged the subject who self-described himself as homeless and suffering from multiple mental health issues. At this time however, the subject was lucid and did not represent a danger to himself or others.  He did not require nor request assistance and no further police action was taken.

Officers also responded to the following complaints:

911 Hang up




Animal Complaint


Assist Fire/EMS


Automobile Crash


Check the Welfare


Civil Complaint


Disabled Vehicle




Domestic Disputes


Information Only


Juvenile Complaint


Parking Complaint


Reckless Driver


Suspicious Person/Vehicle/Event


Traffic Hazard


In addition, officers also conducted the following:

Building Check


Directed Patrol


Foot Patrol


Traffic Stops


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