Loudoun County news in brief

April 28
Restaurant’s patrons urged to check credit card bills

A New York man was arrested this month on charges of “skimming” credit cards of patrons at a South Riding restaurant, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said.

Yaoliang Gao, 22, an employee of Moca Asian Bistro in the Eastern Marketplace Plaza, was confronted by a customer April 8 after the customer saw Gao handle the patron’s credit card suspiciously. There is no indication that the restaurant’s owner or any other employees were aware of the activity, the sheriff’s office said.

Anyone who used a credit or debit card at the restaurant between March 11 and April 8 should check his or her credit card or bank statements for fraudulent charges. If such a charge is found, the card owner is asked to contact Detective T. Sheffer at 703-737-8203.

Anyone who has had contact with the suspect or thinks that a credit card may have been compromised is asked to e-mail the sheriff’s office at crimeinfo@loudoun.gov.

May 5 deadline for Loudoun property tax payments

The deadline for payments of the first half of Loudoun County personal property tax is May 5, county Treasurer H. Roger Zurn Jr. said in a statement. Payments postmarked after May 5 will incur a 10 percent late payment penalty, Zurn said. Payments not received within 60 days of the due date will incur an additional 15 percent penalty.

Payments can be made with an electronic check, VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover; online at www.loudoun.gov/ppt; by phone at 800-269-5971, 24 hours a day, or 703-777-0280 during regular business hours; by mail to County of Loudoun, P.O. Box 1000, Leesburg, Va. 20177-1000; or in person at 1 Harrison St. SE, first floor, Leesburg, or 21641 Ridgetop Cir., Suite 104, Sterling.

Residents who have not received a bill should contact the treasurer’s office at 703-777-0280 or taxes@loudoun.gov.

W.Va. man is charged with having explosive materials

A man was charged Monday with possession of explosive materials after authorities found explosives in a work vehicle parked in Loudoun County, the county Fire Marshal’s Office said in a statement.

Travis A. Coleman, 39, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was identified as the last known driver of the vehicle in which the explosives were discovered, authorities said. Investigators from the fire marshal’s office and a Loudoun sheriff’s deputy interviewed Coleman, who admitted to taking explosives from a former employer, the statement said.

Although no additional threats are thought to exist, the case remained under investigation by the fire marshal’s office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, authorities said.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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