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Posted on: October 16, 2020

News Release - Police Incidents Report 10.16.2020

PURCELLVILLE, VA., October 16, 2020



10/10/20          3:23 p.m.         Town of Purcellville                                       Missing Juvenile


A family reported that a 16 year old suffering from emotional distress left home did not return. The investigation indicated that the juvenile was considering self-harm.  Officers and Deputies began a search of likely locales in the area where the missing teen had been known to frequent.  In the early evening, officers received a tip as the possible whereabouts of the teen, who was located and transported to the hospital for evaluation.   


10/11/20          12:15 p.m.       10 Patrick Henry Circle                                 Found Property


A student turned a found wallet into staff at PHC, who in-turn, called the police.  The responding officer mined social media and located the wallet’s owner, who reported leaving it on the hood of her car, while gassing her vehicle and driving off without removing it.  Gravity and centrifugal force (thank you Sir Isaac Newton) took over and the wallet was tossed from the car.  The owner was reunited with her wallet, which still contained all of its contents. 





10/12/20          10:50 p.m.       1000 E. Main Street                                       Hit and Run 


The victim parked his truck in the Giant parking lot at 10:15 a.m. and entered the store. While shopping he heard an announcement over the PA system, requesting the owner of a specific vehicle report to the management office.  As it was his car, he did so and learned that a vehicle described as a Gold Chevrolet Avalanche struck his vehicle and left without proving any contact information. The investigating officer is awaiting access to the store’s security video footage.    


Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Officer Lauren Ritter at 540-338-7422 x 129


10/12/20          2:32 p.m.         100 Block of Amalfi Court                             Neighborhood Dispute/Loud Dog


A resident discovered a note in her mail box, written in neat script, in which unknown author, wrote of the distraction that her constantly barking dogs caused to the rest of the neighbors, many who are now teleworking and suggesting that she be a good neighbor and quell the dogs barking lest proper authorities be called.  The responding officer interviewed neighbors, all whom denied being the author of the letter, but all agreeing that the dogs in question were a nuisance. 



10/14/20          9:50 a.m.         W & OD Trail                                                Check on Welfare


An officer was dispatched to the bike trail near the intersection of Berlin Turnpike and Hirst Road for the report of subjects in a tent.   Upon arrival the officer identified two known subjects, an adult male and adult female, who comprise a couple.   With them was an unknown 13 year old female, who is the cousin of the adult female.   The juvenile was transported to the Police Station until a parent could be located.  The officer spoke to the juvenile’s mother who confirmed that the adult female was in fact the juvenile’s cousin, although she thought that they were staying at the cousin’s residence in Winchester, not in a tent in Purcellville.    The mother responded to the station and took custody of her daughter.  


10/15/20          9:40 a.m.         405 Browning Court                          Destruction of Property


Upon reporting to work, a staff member found that a BB had been shot into window of the north side of the business, sometime between 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. The projectile was not located and the window was intact with the exception of a spider web crack and a small hole.  


The investigation is on-going. 



Officers also responded to the following calls for service:



911 Call/Hang Up




Assist Fire/EMS


Automobile Crash


Check the Welfare


Community Policing


Disabled Vehicle


Follow-up investigation


Information Only


Juvenile Complaint


Other Police Complaint 


Parking Violation


Suspicious Person/Vehicle/Event


Traffic Hazard


Vehicle Lockout




In addition, officers also conducted the following:


Building Check


Directed Patrol


Foot Patrol


Traffic Stops



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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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