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Posted on: January 10, 2020

News Release - Police Report

PURCELLVILLE, Va. January 10, 2020 -             


01/03/20           9:20 a.m.          701 W. Main Street                                          Larceny from Auto


The complainant parked his unlocked vehicle on the west side parking lot, leaving his wallet in the car. Upon return to the vehicle, he noticed that his wallet, containing cash and credit cards was missing from the vehicle.  The investigation revealed that the credit cards, prior to being canceled, were used at locations in Leesburg and Sterling, VA.  Law enforcement in both of the impacted jurisdictions were notified and the investigation is on-going.

01/03/20           12:00 a.m.        761 E. Main Street                                           Disorderly Conduct


Management at the Walgreen’s called to report a disorderly subject.  A customer in the drive thru line was upset because he was unable to fill a subscription due to an insurance snafu.  The pharmacist asked the customer to return the next day as he was unable to reach a representative of the insurance company. The customer refused and remained in his vehicle at the drive thru window, blocking access to other customers.  The responding officer explained the situation to the upset customer, who eventually left without incident.

01/03/20           10:08 p.m.        500 Block of Gentlewood Square                     Domestic Dispute


A husband, upset over his wife’s drinking, locked the storm door, preventing her from entering their mutual residence.  Undeterred, the allegedly intoxicated spouse located a brick, which she utilized to defeat her husband’s attempts to keep her from coming inside.   The responding officer suggested unsuccessfully that one party, at the mutual agreement of the spouses, leave for the night.  Instead, they promised to behave and stay in separate parts of the residence.   This compromise appeared to work as no return visit by law enforcement was required.   


01/03/19           9:34 a.m.          Harry Byrd Hwy at Berlin Turnpike               DUI-Drugs


A Purcellville officer responded to the Route 7 West Bound ramp to Berlin Turnpike for the report of a driver passed out behind the wheel of a running motor vehicle.  Upon arrival, the officer, along with medics, observed a woman passed out behind the wheel, motor running, with the transmission in drive and her foot on the brake. Visible was a glassine bag holding several small plastic vials, commonly connected with heroin storage.  The public safety team was able to wake the driver, who complied with commands to shift the car in park. The driver was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.  The officer obtained a search warrant of the driver’s blood.  She was charged with DUI-Drugs and released via summons at the hospital, where she was admitted for treatment. 

Arrested was: Rachel Aterrado, 26, of Middletown, VA


01/04/20           4:08 p.m.         125 N. Maple Ave                                                        Extortion 


Officers were dispatched to check on the welfare of an elderly woman at an ATM machine.  Upon arrival, they found the woman on speakerphone with a subject claiming to have abducted her daughter in New Mexico and threatening to kill the daughter unless money was sent,via money order.  The responding officers were able to confirm that the victim’s daughter was safe at home in another state. No money was exchanged.   Federal authorities were notified of the incident.

01/04/20           11:29 p.m.        800 Block S. 15th Street                                    Assault and Battery


An elderly female suffering from dementia called the police to report that a resident of the home needed to be removed. It was clear to the responding officer that the complainant was in need of caregiver assistance. The officer was able to locate an adult child who responded to care for her mother for the remainder of the night and put together a family caregiver schedule.  The officer provided contact information for Adult Protective Services and Project Lifesaver.


 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


Drunk in Public


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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