Fairfax County Police said Tuesday they suspect the same person of burglarizing 28 Subway shops across the region, since November. All of the burglaries are taking place while the shops are closed and before 4 a.m.
In at least one case, the glass door to the store was smashed and the store's computer system was destroyed.
Police are seeking tips from the public regarding the series of burglaries, nine of which occurred in Fairfax County, and two of those in McLean, including what appears to be the first "hit" in the crime spree.
The first of the 28 Subway burglaries that police are aware of took place in McLean on Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving, at 6829 Elm St.; the third burglary took place Feb. 13, a day before Valentine's Day, at 6216 Old Dominion Dr. at the Chesterbrook Shopping Center.
In addition to the Fairfax County burglaries, other Subway store burglaries took place in the City of Alexandria and in Maryland. Police suspect the same person across the board.
The most recent burglary took place yesterday (Monday, April 7) around 2 a.m. Someone broke the door to the restaurant, located at 8960 Burke Lake Road, and stole cash.
The Fairfax County burglary dates and locations are:
- Nov. 29, 2013: 6829 Elm St., McLean
- Jan 1 or 2: 6711 Spring Mall Drive, Springfield
- Feb. 13: 6216 Old Dominion Dr., McLean
- March 6 or 7: 13926 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Chantilly
- March 10 or 11: 6230 Rolling Road, West Springfield
- March 11 or 12: 6991C Backlick Road
- March 17: 5810 Kingstowne Center, Kingstowne
- March 19 or 20: 6110 Rose Hill Dr., Rose Hill
March 25: 275 S. Van Dorn St., Alexandria
A report on crimereports.com says the burglar smashed the front glass door, stole cash and destroyed the computer system at the Van Dorn Street location.
The suspect in the Burke Lake Road burglary is described as male, unknown race, wearing a light-colored hoodie and dark pants. Police said the description is similar to the 27 other Subway restaurant burglaries since November 2013.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.