Safe Communities Take Teamwork

January 30, 2012


Safe Communities Take Teamwork


                Fair Oaks Police District A 92-year-old woman was watching television in her living room of her Greenbriar area home, around noon, not long ago when an unfamiliar man appeared. She called to him and he abruptly fled.

            A few days earlier, a 74-year-old woman in a nearby neighborhood arrived home around 5 p.m. to find her back door ajar and items from several rooms in the home disturbed, amiss and missing. Several pieces of missing jewelry were of sentimental value so the victim distributed flyers around the neighborhood in an effort to track down a suspect.

            With investigative leads, detectives were able to link the cases. Along with helpful neighborhood tips, efforts from officers from the Fair Oaks Bike Team, and the dynamic sensory performance of K-9 Bloodhound team Shnoz and handler, Officer Pete Masood, suspects were subsequently developed and two people were arrested on January 23. Michael Harkins, 19, 12729 Marboro Lane was charged with two counts of burglary and one count of grand larceny. A 17-year-old juvenile was also charged with the same offenses. The investigation continues.

            Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

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