The following Fredericksburg police blotter is a compilation of the police activity in Fredericksburg, Virginia, from January 17-20, 2009.
A Mercury Topaz was reported missing by a Fredericksburg resident this past weekend. The ’93 red vehicle was last seen parked in the lot of the owner’s apartment building located at 1900 Woodlyn Drive. The car had Virginia license plates that may have been switched after the car was taken.
No residents of the apartment complex were able to shed light on the alleged theft. Police are continuing to investigate in hopes of recovering the car.
Another Fredericksburg local reported her car had been broken into and a large sum of money, mostly coins, as well as her purse had been taken. It appears the perpetrator broke into the vehicle by smashing in the passenger window while the car was parked at 400 Bridgewater Street in Fredericksburg.
After checking with nearby businesses for witnesses, officers determined the perpetrator may have cashed in the coins at a nearby Bottom Dollar’s Coin Star change conversion machine. The manager reported finding more than $100 worth of coin wrappers in a trash bin located within the store.
Unfortunately, no one was able to give a clear description of the man who used the machine. No additional witnesses have been identified and no arrest as been made at this point.
A gentleman reported his gym locker was opened while he worked out at Gold’s Gym on Plant Road on Monday afternoon. The thief made off with the individual’s wallet as well as his clothing.
Officers talked with other gym patrons but were unable to find any witnesses to the crime. There are no current suspects.
Keys and an iPod were taken from a locked vehicle at 1100 Century Oak Drive while the owner was engaged in a party on the Sunday night. No one witnessed the supposed crime and no leads have been identified at this time.
A college student, attending another party, this time at the 1600 block of College Avenue, reported that her cell phone had been stolen. However, she could not report with certainty exactly where the phone was at the time of the supposed theft. The suspect list remains empty at this point.
Another local resident reported his car’s license plates had been taken. They were apparently lifted early on Saturday morning while the car was parked at 1000 Forest Village. No one appears to have witnessed the crime and the police have no leads.
Ryan Ostlund was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly vandalizing a local tavern. The manager of the establishment, located at 406 Layfayette Boulevard, called the police after the individual was asked to leave and refused to do so without incident. Instead, he put his fist through one of the tavern’s windows on his way out.
Ostlund was arrested on premises after officers located him hiding near the tavern. He was taken to the hospital and treated for his hand injuries before he was taken to Rappanhannock Regional Jail.
Hit and Run Reports
Taili Evans, a Stafford County resident, was taken into custody Saturday after hitting a parked vehicle while leaving the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings at 1638 Carl D. Silver Parkway. Multiple witnesses told the police officers dispatched to the scene that the man made no attempt to inform the car’s owner about the damage.
Although the man fled quickly, without looking back, one of the individuals who witnessed the accident was able to get his license plate number; making it easy for the police to track him down after the fact. Evans remains in the Rappahannock Regional Jail until a $1,000 bond can be posted on his behalf.
Another Fredericksburg resident also reported hit and run damage to her car after someone hit it while it was parked at 1400 Charles Street. The perpetrator struck her red Honda as he attempted to move onto the road from his parked location on Hawke Street. After the accident, he was seen fleeing the scene; abandoning his own vehicle. Damage to the front end of his car verified that it was definitely the car that struck the Honda.
An additional patrolman, as well as a canine team, were brought to the scene. While the trail was hot from the point of impact for a short distance nearby, it then grew cold. Police were not able to find the driver of the car who may not have been the vehicle’s owner. The investigation remains open at this time.