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GREAT FALLS, Va. (WUSA) - "We need to get in habit of doing these things," said Master Police Officer Patrick Lucas who is a crime prevention specialist.   He says people need to remember to make sure their doors are locked and their garage doors are closed before leaving home or going to sleep.

The serial burglar, who may responsible for as many as 100 break-ins or attempted break-in through Northern Virginia, uses the path of least resistance.  He's entered most homes through unlocked doors.

"He seems to be very cash-driven oriented only," said Officer Lucas.  It may be more than one thief or  copy cat thieves.  The thief is using gloves, leaving behind little forensic evidence.  He is generally not stealing property  or credit cards, both of which could be traced back to the owner.

Tysons Corner Traffic Changes

TYSONS CORNER, Va. (WUSA) -- Lanes on 495 north will shift Wednesday for bridge demolition slated for this weekend which will force shut down of Route 123.

VDOT says demolition is not scheduled to shut down Route 123 past this weekend.

The new traffic pattern will allow road workers access the "hot lanes" on 495 for this project.

A VDOT spokesperson says the headaches will be worth it because the road work will allow a simpler route in the future.

This particular road project is scheduled for two years according to VDOT.

To learn more about the traffic changes here.

Hunter Mill Road Near Reston Closing at Night Oct. 11-15; Detour Planned

From the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project:

Drivers who use Hunter Mill Road near Reston will experience significant delays on or about Oct. 11-15, when the road will be closed at the Dulles Toll Road between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., weather permitting.

Drivers going south on Hunter Mill Road will need to detour by turning right on to Sunset Hills Road, left on Wiehle Avenue, then left on to Sunrise Valley Drive to reconnect with Hunter Mill Road south.

If traveling north on Hunter Mill Road, drivers should use the reverse of the southbound detour. They will be directed to turn right on Sunrise Valley Drive, right on Wiehle Avenue, then right on Sunset Hills Road to access northbound Hunter Mill Road.

The closing is necessary for safety reasons while steel is erected on a new bridge that will carry tracks for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project in the median of the Dulles Toll Road over Hunter Mill Road.

Residents Reminded to Lock Up Doors and Windows

This was sent to us by Loudoun Sheriff:

Loudoun County, VA: In light of a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries in neighboring Fairfax and Prince William County, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit and Criminal Investigations Division are reminding residents to lock their doors and windows; this includes garage doors. 

In Fairfax County serial burglaries have been reported throughout the Sully, Fair Oaks, Reston, Mason and McLean police districts. Similar incidents (burglaries, attempted burglaries & larcenies from vehicles) were reported in the Haymarket area in Prince William County.    

Stealthy Burglar Strikes Again

OAKTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Nearly 90 actual or attempted home and car break-ins have Fairfax County Police searching for a serial burglar.

The crimes have happened mainly in Reston, Fair Oaks, Mclean and Sully.

But on Friday, the burglar hit the Annandale area. Police say there were three break-ins and one attempted break-in on Prosperity Avenue and Morningside Drive.

Police believe they are all connected and the thief or thieves strike mainly between midnight and 6 a.m.

The first break-ins happened August 6th and the most recent happened Friday morning, October 1st.

Eight of the break-ins happened Thursday morning in the Oakton and Fair Oaks area.

Jan Dombroff has gone to great length's to secure her home.
She has a metal gate, surveillance cameras, even a doberman guard dog trained in Germany and three terriers. They were no match for the stealthy intruder.

Minimal Invasive Back Surgery

RESTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Melba Purkey, a 71-year-old Chantilly resident, had been coping with back pain her entire adult life. It was so bad and hurt her so much she could barely walk or stand up straight.

Melba strained her back from years as a nurse and long hours on her feet. "I would say the last 2 years it has been very gradual the curve it started developing and getting worst it is just unbelievable how much pain you can have when you have those nerves," she said.

Melba was diagnosed with degenerate disk disease and scoliosis. But for Melba undergoing major traditional back surgery worried her. She didn't want to be laid up for months.

Parents save 70% on clothes, toys, furniture at consignment expo

LOUDOUN, VIRGINIA (WUSA)-- Angie Goff finds out how parents and moms-to-be can save big this weekend on kids and baby goods and clothes.

VIDEO: Angie with big deals at JBF Sale

Susan Gill of 'Just Between Friends' says families will find great deals on more than 40,000 new and gently used items at this Fall's big consignment extravaganza.

Consignors price and tag their own goods and earn up to 70% and shoppers save big. Gill showed us a brand new Baby Gap velvet dress that only cost $6. In addition to clothing, shoppers will find DVDs, toys and furniture to outfit the home.