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Posted on: November 22, 2019

[ARCHIVED] News Release - Police Report

PURCELLVILLE, Va. November 22, 2019 - 

 11/16/19           9:56 a.m.          220 E. Main Street                              Suspicious Circumstances

 Staff at the Purcellville Library reported finding personal items and a lawn chair in an area behind the Library. Staff felt that the items likely belonged to a man believed to be homeless, who had been in the Library earlier, inquiring how to get to the Hampton Roads area. Library staff gave him directions to the bus station on Browning Court. Officers checked the property and found clothing, toiletries and other personal items.  Given the cold weather conditions, officers left the items in place in case the man returned. They also shared the lookout for the man and responded to the bus station to see if they could find him and connect him to services for the homeless. Unfortunately, officers were unable to locate the subject. On November 17th, officers returned to the Library and collected the items left the day before and submitted them to the police property section for safe keeping. 

11/17/19           2:44 a.m.          WB Harry Byrd Hwy @ Berlin Turnpike        DUI

An officer on patrol observed a vehicle run the stop sign at West bound Route 7 Bypass at Berlin Turnpike and make a wide sweeping cross lane turn. Upon stop and approach the officer noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage and other indices of intoxication.   Failed field sobriety testing confirmed the officers initial observations and the driver was arrested for DUI.

Arrested was:    Zackery Pugh, 23, of Winchester, VA.

11/17/19           1:36 p.m.         100 Block Frazer Drive                                    Found Property

A resident found an unattended backpack.  Officers found a book in the backpack and utilizing several investigative techniques, the investigating officer was able to locate an address to go along with the name and reunite the backpack with its rightful owner.

11/17/19           6:06 p.m.         300 Block Nursery Avenue                               Domestic Dispute

An argument between parent and teenage child that started in a vehicle, escalated when the car arrived home, as the teen fled the residence on foot against the wishes of the parent.  Officers responded and checked the area but were unable to locate the teen. While still at the residence collecting investigative information, the teen returned home. Officers spoke to the teen and mediated a resolution between the teen and the parent.

11/18/19           3:06 a.m.          121 Maple Avenue                                           Narcotics Violation

Officers responded for an alarm at the McDonalds and learned that three subjects entered the McDonalds believing that the restaurant was still open, as the lights were on and employees were inside cleaning.  As no one was at the register to attend to their needs, the subjects helped themselves to soda cups and took drinks prior to leaving the store.   Officers arrived as the subjects were driving away. A traffic stop was initiated and officers discovered a smoking device (suspected crack pipe) and a container with pills.   The items were collected and submitted to the lab for testing.  The investigation is on-going.

11/19/19           2:42 p.m.         N. 21st and Baffin Place                                   Found Child

An officer on traffic enforcement observed an unattended child walk behind his vehicle.  He discovered that the child learned how to unlock the house door and exited the residence while the mother was bathing another child.  The child was returned home.  Child protective services was notified of the incident.

11/19/19           2:46 p.m.         100 Purcellville Gateway Drive                        Hit and Run

The reporting party parked his vehicle at 8:45 a.m. and returned at 2:46 p.m., and noticed damage on his vehicle. There was no note on his vehicle.  Officers canvassed the stores in the complex and found no witnesses and only one camera, which did not capture the area in question.

If anybody has information regarding this accident, they are asked to call Officer Ritter at 540-338-7422 ext. 129.

11/20/19           7:18 p.m.         1230 Wolf Rock Drive                                     Counterfeit Money

The reporting party accepted a two dollar bill in exchange for two one dollar bills.  He became concerned when he flipped the bill over and observed colorful markings including the state seal of Massachusetts and a picture of the state bird, the Black Capped Chickadee.  A search of the internet revealed that the bill was part of the Bradford Exchange $2 Statehood Bills Currency Collection. While it is no longer legal tender, the Bradford Exchange sells if for $24.95, which includes the collectors display box. 

11/20/19           11:05 p.m.        Mayfair Crown and Purcellville Road DUI

A lookout was broadcast for a vehicle swerving on Route 7 at Ivandale Road. As the address of the registered owner was in Purcellville, officers headed to the area and observed the vehicle being driven in the area of Mayfair Crown.  They stopped the car and engaged the intoxicated driver, who refused field sobriety test.  The driver was transported to the jail for an Intoxilyzer test, which indicated she was over the legal limit.

Arrested was:  Monica Mather, 35, of Purcellville, VA 


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


Hit and Run


Information Only


Juvenile Complaint


Parking Complaint-Enforcement


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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