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Homes robbed while owners shoveled snow

Fairfax police say anyone who still hasn't finished digging out from the snowstorm should be aware they could be targeted by a thief.

That happened Monday to a 56-year-old woman who was busy shoveling snow outside her Belle Haven area house when a man entered through a side door, police said.

He walked through her house and stole credit cards from her purse. (The credit cards were later used "extensively" at the Potomac Yards retail center, according to police.)

A similar crime happened Nov. 18, police said. This time the thief entered an unlocked door while the resident, a 64-year-old woman, was outside doing yardwork. Credit cards were taken from her purse.

In both cases, a suspect is described as a black man in his 20s who is about 6 feet 1 and 200 pounds.

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.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  December 23, 2009; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Maria Glod , Personal Safety  
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"a suspect is described as a black man in his 20s"

Hahaha... you don't say?

Posted by: tmi1 | December 23, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"In both cases, a suspect is described as a black man in his 20s who is about 6 feet 1 and 200 pounds."

Wow, what a shocker. I'm sure everyone is floored by that revelation. Meanwhile in other news, a black guy was caught for raping 3 women, a black guy is wanted for robbing an armored truck and 2 black guys are wanted for the fatal robbery in DC and, well, black men are wanted for 99% of all the crimes reported in this rag of a newspaper. But don't stereotype, cause that wouldn't be PC.

Posted by: savethepcbs | December 23, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I love it when people say its racist to claim that the suspect is a black in all these crimes...what do you really think that victims make up the race of a suspect and just decide to pick on black folks? If the crimes reported portray 99% have suspects who are black men, then guess what? its probably because black men are commiting most of the crimes. victims don't typically make that up, and that also goes for the larger number of blacks in prison as well. Now if you want to talk about the reasons why they commit crimes, thats a whole other issue, but lets not pretend that they are not commiting the crimes!

Posted by: pennv | December 23, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

for the sake of the holiday season, we will pretend it was a swede.

Posted by: proudgaycuban | December 23, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The suspect is black?....You've got to be must be a mistake!

Posted by: msg8568 | December 23, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

So glad to see that there are such astute commenters out there that they can turn a story about being careful to secure one's home when outside into a stupid, petty, racist tirade about the race of suspects.

Posted by: aboveallfreedom | December 23, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

White male rapes child and beats spouse. No joke that is what white men do right?

Posted by: jvd1 | December 23, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

of course white men have to do all the child and spouse abuse....all the swedes are locked up in prison.....

Posted by: proudgaycuban | December 23, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

You won't find white people defending white criminals.

Posted by: uncivil | December 23, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with this picture another dumb black man robbing an old woman, brother get a job, listen home boy how much money can you get from old woman shoveling snow, if she was rich she would be living behind a gate if she was middle or uppper income, she would have Jose and Juan doing the snow. Listen to me dumb black, why go jail for stealing from an old little woman. What has gotten into these young black men. Are you that dumb.

Posted by: nativeva1 | December 24, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

You know if they saw a black man walikng in Fairfax county they would have called the police, they would have stopped what they where doing as well.

Posted by: talldarkbald | December 24, 2009 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Dont do the crime if you cant do the time, not all criminals are black, but blacks seem to get caught more...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | December 24, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Lock your doors always. But,do be aware that the statistics are true about us black dudes and I will not call the white boyz racist on this blog,but I would not eat pizza or ice tea with you either. Scared you might pass something to me and set me up...just kidding but the truth is the light and lies figure but figures don't lie. Now go figure!

Posted by: foxxmacpryor | December 24, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

anonymity only emboldens racism.

Posted by: leetee1955 | December 24, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

"well, black men are wanted for 99% of all the crimes reported in this rag of a newspaper. But don't stereotype, cause that wouldn't be PC." never seems weird to you that that seems to be the case?

You think that 99% of all the crimes reported in this paper were committed by black men. Just think about what you're saying.

I've got an alternate theory for you. These two women run-up massive holiday-related charges on their cards and need a patsy to take the blame. you just think that they would see a black guy walking down the street while they are out doing yardwork in front of their house, see him make any sort of move to their house and then just...keep doing yardwork in front of their house? And then it never occurs to them to use much less check their purses and credit-cards for how many days afterwards? And last but not least their own credit-card companies raise no suspicions, do no validation of any charges made on their card when someone rings up what, thousands of dollars worth of charges on them?

Naw. It was just some black guy wandering through who took it up on himself to just walk into their homes, walk through their homes and steal their credit-cars out of their purses but leave the purses behind. Sure. Makes perfect sense...entirely believable. Especially since Belle Haven is a mostly-black neighborhood.

Posted by: dubya1938 | December 24, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

...last but not least, where and how exactly is a homeboy going to go and use an old white lady's credit-card?

Posted by: dubya1938 | December 24, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

...I'll tell you, man, oldest trick in the book is high-class "white folk" blaming blacks for their problems when they're in a pinch. Never fails to amuse me.

So quick to take credit for and talk up all their accomplishments in life. "Now if they could just get rid of the blacks, their lives would be just swell". Sure. Because, you know, the homeboys are just keepin' them from gettin' to their proper *station* in life!

Jesus you'd think that if there were no blacks in the DC area, that all the crime would just go away.

Posted by: dubya1938 | December 24, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I see no mention in the article of the race of the victims -- why did everyone assume the victims were "old white ladies?" Not saying they weren't, just saying I have no way of knowing.

Also, am amused and confused that everyone is calling someone in her mid-50's "old."

Posted by: warmfuzzymom | December 28, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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