Call about car break-in helps catch Vienna credit card theft suspect
A woman's decision to call police when she spotted men breaking her car window -- and then follow them when they left -- led to the arrest of a man who was charged with credit card theft and fraud in a separate case.
According to a news release, a woman called the Vienna police when she saw two men breaking the window of her car, which was in the 200 block of Lawyers Road NW about 8:11 p.m. on Jan. 29. She then followed them while on her cellphone, police said.
Two officers responded to her call, catching one man. The second man was not found after a search that included dogs and a helicopter, police said.
The man caught was charged with destruction of property. After an investigation, he was found to be using a fake name and identification, police said; they also noticed that he had items with him that were attached to another case.
Ultimately police charged Erick Gonzalez, 30, of destruction of property and possession of false government identification.
Police also searched a residence in the 100 block of Lewis St. NW, finding evidence that allowed them to charge Gonzalez with credit card fraud and theft associated with a report that a car was broken into in the 300 block of Windover Ave. NW on Jan. 20 and a wallet and GPS unit stolen.
Gonzalez is being held in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on $7,500 bond.
-- David P. Marino-Nachison
Washington Post Editors
February 5, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
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