Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Police Notes and Birds

Police Notes for Buckingham
Editor’s Note:
I haven’t been as vigilant as I should have been with my coverage of crime in the neighborhood, so now I’m posting the crime reports again. I’ve missed about a month worth of coverage, so there’s going to be quite a few postings. Sorry that it seems like a crime spree when it’s just bad reporting on my part. –Steve.

You may notice four residential burglaries; the police have posted a bulletin with the same information posted
to this site on Feb. 7 (see it below) about this burglar.

In another story, the police have arrested
Dwayne Waddell Johnson for commercial burglary. The police report that they caught him as he was exiting a closed restaurant that he did not own.

March 2:
Attempted Burglary, 400 block of N. George Mason Dr. Between 11 and 11:32 p.m., a resident of an apartment reported that while she was sleeping a man removed a window screen, poked his head inside her bedroom and then fled.

Breaking and Entering, 400 block of N. George Mason Dr. At approximately 11:32 p.m., someone entered an apartment through a kitchen window. A resident heard the suspect walk around the home and then exit through a living room window. Nothing was taken.

Feb. 23:
Residential Burglary, 4400 block of N. 4th Rd. At approximately 6:20 a.m., a woman left her apartment door unlocked while she ran an errand. When the woman returned a few moments later, she discovered a man in her apartment. When the woman screamed, the man fled. The suspect is described as a white Hispanic male in his 20s, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, wearing a dark-colored zip-up fleece jacket, dark-colored pants, and a gray woolen hat with ear flaps.

Residential Burglary, 2900 block of N. 4th St. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., someone entered a home by forcing a rear basement door and took cash and jewelry.

Feb. 18:
Malicious Wounding, 300 block of N. Glebe Rd. At approximately 2:09 a.m., two men got in to an argument and one stabbed the other in the arm with a corkscrew. The victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for a deep laceration. The suspect was located in the area and arrested. Mario Augusto Alfaro-Lopez, 20, of Arlington, was charged with malicious wounding and held without bond.

Commercial Burglary, 800 block of N. Glebe Rd.
Between 5 p.m. and 11:33 p.m., someone entered a business by damaging the lock on the front door and may have taken cash.


While we’re speaking of the police…
Tuesday morning, March 5, I saw a police car make a right turn through an intersection that a pedestrian had just entered at the corner of N. Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard. The surprised pedestrian, no more than a few feet from the car, looked up suddenly, then took a step back and then another onto the curb where he shook his head. I shook my head with him.


For the record, I saw my first robin, a small, bedraggled looking thing, on Sunday Feb. 25 (meant to report this last week), just before our surprise snow. On Monday, March 5, a flock of them landed in the backyard to find some bugs and worms. Spring is coming.

As well, my family and I participated in the National Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb. 25 (a record breaking year for this, the society reports on its web site). We saw goldfinches and sparrows, mourning doves and starlings, nuthatches and juncos. Alas, no northern goshawks swooped down to the feeder.

You should've gotten the police car's license plate number!

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