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Posted on: July 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] News Release - Police Report 07.03.2020

NEWS RELEASE                                                                               Contact:  Major Dave Dailey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         , 540-338-7422



PURCELLVILLE, Va. July 3, 2020

06/26/20          1:37 p.m.         900 Block of Devonshire Circle                     On-Line Fraud


The victim called the police to report that he was the victim of an on-line fraud. On 06-24-20, he purchased a puppy from an on-line website, Shihtzuhomes and sent them two payments via Zelle totaling $640 dollars.  He later received an e-mail with a confirmation number with shipping information.  The shipper requested $900.00 with a vague promise of an 80% refund.  At this point the victim realized that he was being scammed.  An officer from PPD contacted the police in Minneapolis, the alleged location of the company, who confirmed that the address was valid. A Zillow search found that the house recently sold.  A google search revealed that the shipping company, First Class Shipper was also a scam.  

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06/27/20          11:30 p.m.       Bailey Lane and Hirst Road                                      Narcotics Violation


An officer observed a vehicle operating without headlights, stopped the car, and noted an odor of marijuana emanating from the passenger compartment.  The driver produced a small baggie of marijuana. He was issued a summons for possession of same. 

06/28/20          1:33 a.m.         100 Block of N. 16th Street                             Domestic Argument 


Neighbors called in the sounds of an argument coming from a nearby apartment.  Upon arrival, officers located the apartment and spoke to the two arguing parties. Officers learned that the two used to be a couple but following a breakup, continued to cohabitate, as they were locked into a lease.  One party was upset because the other party brought home a gentlemen caller.  The argument was verbal only, mostly from the male who was upset over unrequited love and the challenging living arrangement. 

06/29/20          9:46 a.m.         Hatcher Avenue at the W & OD Trail          Destruction of Property


The reporting party was on the trail when he spotted a sticker, with images of a hate group, on a trail sign. Officers walked the trail and found one other sign that had been defaced.  Town staff responded and removed the offending stickers from the signs.

07/01/20          8:24 a.m.         761 E. Main Street                                         Attempted Prescription Fraud.  


The pharmacist at Walgreens reported that on 06/30/20, they received a call from a subject who provided a fake phone number and address, who was trying to purchase tramadol.  He later placed a second call at which time the pharmacist reported that the doctor who allegedly prescribed the medicine did not have a patient with the name given. 

07/01/20          12:13 p.m.       650 Old Dominion Terrace                            Domestic Argument


Three subjects were in the process of moving out of an apartment when one became upset when her glass table broke, accusing her roommate of doing it on purpose.  The roommate, who walked away to avoid confrontation, reported that the table broke while being moved. He said that he his fiancée and the owner of the broken table were going to continue living together at another apartment in Winchester.  As the moving truck was loaded, the parties dispersed without additional incident.

07/01/20          1:15 p.m.         100 Block of N. 16th Street                             Check on Welfare


Workers from Child Protective Services requested that police check on the welfare of two juvenile residents as their father had overdosed recently.  The officers found nothing to be amiss with the state of the children and informed CPS of their findings.

07/01/20          2:44 p.m.         100 Block of West Main Street                                  Assault


An uninvolved party observed an argument between two subjects and called the police. Prior to police arrival the subjects had dispersed, however, one lived nearby and was located. He reported that earlier he had been driving on Main Street, following a truck that was traveling at 10 mph.  He honked his horn multiple times to get the attention of the slow moving vehicles.  Both vehicles arrived at their destinations, home and Market Burger respectively and took the opportunity to speak to each other.  The driver of the truck, upon learning that the subject to with whom he was speaking was the same subject who was earlier honking, slapped him lightly on the back and told him, that he needed to “Chill Out.”  After the calling party stepped out to intervene, the truck driver left to points unknown.  

07/01/20          4:20 p.m.         600 Block Wintergreen Terrace                    Water Larceny


A resident observed a truck place a water meter on a hydrant and fill up the truck with water. The observant resident obtained a tag and reported it to authorities. Officers spoke to the owner of the company who reported that he had a valid Loudoun County water meter and his driver filled up the truck thinking they were allowed to do so.   An officer checked the hydrant and discovered that there was no metal ring on the meter, which alerts potential users that attaching a water meter is prohibited.  

On 07-02-20, the company owner responded to Town Hall and paid the bill for the purloined water.

07/01/20          5:21 p.m.         100 Block N. 16th Street                                 Check on Welfare


An officer met with a worker from Child Protective Services (CPS) while she check on the status of three children who just changed custodial parents.  The check was conducted and nothing was found to be amiss. No additional police support was required.

07/02/20          4:50 a.m.         100 Block of N. D Street                                Juvenile Complaint


An early morning jogger observed four or five juveniles allegedly entering vehicles. Upon arrival, all fled, except one.  He reported that they were at a sleepover and snuck out. He denied entering vehicles, but indicated that they were riding a razor scooter that they found on the end of the driveway when the police arrived.  The scooter was still at the scene. The young man and his father responded with police to the location of the sleepover. The surprised parents at the residence confirmed the sleepover.  All involved went back to the original location, found the scooter, which was returned to its owner, who declined prosecution.    The subjects were left in the hands of their parents and are awaiting sentencing from the parental justice system. 

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Officers also responded to the following complaints:

911 Hang up/Open Line




Animal Complaint




Assist Fire/EMS


Automobile Crash


Check the Welfare


Citizen/Public Assist


Disabled Vehicle




Domestic Disputes


Drunk in Public




Emotionally Disturbed Person




Follow-up investigation


Found Property






Gun Fire




Hit and Run


Information Only


Juvenile Complaint


Keep the Peace




Lost Property


Missing Person


Narcotics Complaint


Noise Complaint




Parking Complaint-Enforcement




Reckless Driver


Suspicious Person/Vehicle/Event


Threats (Verbal/Written)


Traffic Hazard




Violation of Court Order


Warrant/Summons Service



In addition, officers also conducted the following:

Building Check


Directed Patrol


Foot Patrol


Traffic Stops


The Town of Purcellville, Virginia

“Purcellville-your small Town, where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” is an award-winning town of over 10,000 residents located in Loudoun County, approximately 50 miles west of Washington, DC. Having received the prestigious Siemens Sustainability Award for Small Communities, Purcellville continues to be honored for its green initiatives with most recently being the Tree City USA recipient for the 12th year. The Town was reaffirmed as a AAA rated community by S&P Global Ratings, the highest credit rating possible, and is ranked “Safest City” in Virginia in 2020. Once a stop along the W&OD rail line, which has been converted to a multi-use trail from Alexandria, VA to Purcellville, the Town has maintained its historic old-town feel through the restoration and maintenance of its many downtown structures, reflecting the Victorian architecture popular during the early 1900s. Today, Purcellville is the economic hub of western Loudoun County and a popular weekend destination for antiquing, equestrian activities, farmer’s markets, wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants. More info at


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