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Public invited to crime prevention workshop in Middleburg

Wednesday, Feb. 6 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Police talk to a capacity crowd at The Plains fire hall about home security. - Photo by Randy Litzinger
The Middleburg Police Department, Fauquier County Sheriff's Office and Loudoun County Sheriff's Office invite Fauquier and Loudoun residents to a crime prevention workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Middleburg Community Center on West Washington Street.

Last month, more than 100 people crowded the fire hall at The Plains to attend a community meeting about a rash of day-time burglaries in northern Fauquier County and western Loudoun County. The burglars stole jewelry and silver from unoccupied homes. On Jan. 25, Fauquier sheriff's deputies obtained a warrant for the arrest of Damian Scott Francis Falero, 29, of Farmville, Va., after a burglary attempt on Halfway Road. Richmond police found and arrested Falero Jan. 27 after they discovered him at a Richmond motel.

Authorities believe Falero was involved in the burglary spree, and that an accomplice is still at large.

Prompted by the burglaries, law officers encouraged the attendees of the community meeting in The Plains to upgrade their home security and to immediately report suspicious activity to police. At the upcoming workshop in Middleburg, police will give out more information on how residents can minimize the risk of burglars breaking into their homes.
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