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Posted on: February 19, 2021

News Release - Police Incidents Report 2.19.21

NEWS RELEASE                                                                    Contact:  Deputy Chief Dave Dailey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         , 540-338-7422





PURCELLVILLE, Va. February 19, 2021


02/14/21          10:08 a.m.       500 Block of Rosemary Lane                          Unattended Death


Officers responded with medics for a report of an unresponsive person. Upon arrival, medics made a death pronouncement. Officers secured the scene as the Sheriff’s crime scene unit and investigators were responding.   The State Medical Examiner was contacted and will conduct a post mortem exam to help determine the manner of death. 


02/15/21          12:08 a.m.       100 Block of N. 21st Street                               Suspicious Person


Officers responded for a report of a person sleeping in the doorway. Officers arrived and discovered a man who appeared to be homeless. The man declined their offer of transport to a cold weather shelter and left the area.    Officers discovered that the man had been there the night before and claimed that he was the brother of another resident.  Officers were unsuccessful in their efforts to speak to the resident who may have been related to the man.     


02/15/21          5:19 p.m.         100 Block of Misty Pond Terrace                    Suspicious Incident 


The complainant reported that she was receiving text message from an unknown phone number, of screen shots of images from her computer. There is a known suspect, who had access to the complainant’s computer.   The investigation is on-going. 


02/15/21          6:41 p.m.         On-Line                                                           Fraud


The complainant purchased a dog on line and sent money via the Zell app.  The buyer was contacted by the transportation company and was told to send additional money, which the buyer did once again using the Zell app. The buyer received a third call and this time purchased gift cards and provided the numbers to the transportation company. At this point, the victim feeling that she may have been scammed looked up and called the transportation company, noting that the phone number she found on-line was different then the number she had been contacted from. They confirmed that she had been scammed by someone using their company name. Fortunately, the victim did not provide any personal or bank account information.  She contacted bank security as she had used their Zell app to facilitate the money transfers. 


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02/16/21          4:26 a.m.         900 Block of Devonshire Circle                       DUI


An officer and deputy responded for a suspicious vehicle that was on the street, occupied and running. Upon arrival the officer noted a man, unresponsive to knocking on the widow, passed out in the driver’s seat. The officer opened the door and awoke the man, who thought he was in Lansdowne.   Noting a strong odor of alcoholic beverage and a bottle of open wine, he asked the man to do field sobriety testing. The man declined, was arrested and requested a blood test. After being transported to the jail, he requested a breath test and blew a .18 BAC. He was arrested and charged with DUI.


Arrested was: Zachary Miller, 30, of Purcellville, VA 


02/16/21          11:40 a.m.       700 E. Main Street                                          Hit and Run


At approximately 9:30 a.m. the victim parked his vehicle in the lot on the west side of the 7-Eleven store. He returned to his vehicle at 11:32 a.m. and discovered a long dent on the driver’s side rear quarter panel extending to the driver’s door. There was white paint transfer on the vehicle. The store’s camera system was checked, but no cameras covered the area where the victimized vehicle was parked. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Officer Lauren Ritter at 540-338-7422x 129.  


02/16/21          3:10 p.m.         100 Block of N. 16th Street                               Check the Welfare 


The complainant received a call from his sister, who told him that she received a text message from his wife, in which she indicated that she was under house arrest by her husband (the complainant). The complainant reported that the two are discussing a divorce but that his wife was free to come and go.  He wanted the police to check the welfare of his wife and children. Upon arrival, the responding officer spoke to the wife and children, finding that all were fine and the home was neat and orderly. The wife reported that she is unable to leave the house because her husband, who is the sole listed owner of their vehicles, took her name off of the insurance. She said that she texted her sister-in-law using a translation app and that something was likely lost in translation. Based on the information from all parties, no additional police intervention was required.  


02/16/21          6:44 p.m.         610 W.   Main Street                                        Petit Larceny


At approximately 6:44 p.m., three people, two females and one male entered the 7-Eleven store and picked up multiple items. Two of the subjects went to the register and paid for some of the items, the third subject, exited the store without paying for any of the items. At the register, the male subject told the clerks that it was rude to watch them while they were shopping and when leaving told her that she did not need to get their tag number. She ignored this and wrote down the tag, as the vehicle fled west bound on Main Street, which was registered to an address in Prince William County. Police in Prince William responded to the address but did not locate the suspects or the vehicle.   


02/17/21          4:32 p.m.         220 E.   Main Street                                         Lost Property


The complainant was at the library on 2/15/21 when she last saw her wallet. She searched her vehicle without success and in checking with the library, no one had turned in a wallet.  Anyone finding lost property is asked to call the Emergency Communication Center at 703-77-1021 to request an officer be dispatched to collect the property.   



Officers also responded to the following calls for service:


911 Calls


Abandoned Vehicle 




Assist Fire/Rescue/Other Agency


Attempt to Locate


Check the Welfare


Follow-up investigation


Information Only


Keep the Peace




Other Police Complaint 


Parking Violation


Suspicious Person/Vehicle/Event


Traffic Complaint


Vehicle Lockout


In addition, officers also conducted the following:


Building Check


Directed Patrol


Foot Patrol


Traffic Stops




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