Police in Fairfax, Virginia are issuing a warning about a series of burglaries recently reported in the area. These incidents, referred to as “rose ruse” burglaries, have caught the attention of authorities. The investigations began on December 28th and there have been a total of five similar cases reported so far.
The modus operandi of these burglars involves a woman approaching a home with flowers and knocking on the front door. If there is no answer, she returns to an awaiting vehicle and two men proceed to break into the house, making off with valuable items. In four of the cases, this pattern was followed, leading the Fairfax County Police Department to believe that it is a coordinated series of crimes.
Jewelry, cash, and purses have been reported stolen from the targeted homes. The suspects attempted to conceal their identities by wearing masks and obstructing home surveillance cameras, suggesting a level of planning and sophistication. This has left the homeowners and authorities concerned about the possibility of future incidents.
The burglaries have taken place in various neighborhoods, including Great Falls, Oakton, McLean, and Reston. Farm Road, Lance Lane, Windrock Drive, Dominion Reserve Drive, and Bishopgate Way are the specific locations that have been targeted.
As a result, the police are urging residents to be on alert and are seeking the community’s assistance in identifying any suspicious individuals. Anyone who has encountered a woman attempting to sell flowers at their door is encouraged to come forward and provide information to the investigation team. Detectives can be reached at 703-556-7750, or anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Solvers at 703-246-4676 or via the web.
It is essential for the community to stay vigilant during this time and remain cautious of any unexpected visits or activities in their neighborhoods. By working together, residents and law enforcement can help prevent further incidents and ensure the safety and security of the community.