A 36-year-old Manassas man was arrested by Fairfax County police and held yesterday in lieu of $26,000 bond in connection with charges that he stole a van and attempted to steal other vehicles, according to authorities.
Police identified the man as Charles L. Blevins of 7405 Albemarle Rd. He was charged with grand larceny, robbery, abduction, attempted burglary and attempted grand larceny after a chase with officers, a spokeswoman said.
The incident began Tuesday night when a man tried to pass a check for $90 at a Safeway store in Vienna but left as the clerk was trying to verify the check, according to Vienna police.
The clerk got the tag number of the 1984 van the man was driving; the vehicle had been reported stolen in Arlington, the spokeswoman said.
Fairfax police, alerted to watch for the van, attempted to arrest the driver at a convenience store on Chain Bridge Road but he got away and tried to force a woman from her car so he could take it, according to officials. He then attempted to break into a house in the area and tried to steal a car in its driveway. He then allegedly accosted a couple at knifepoint and tried to steal their car, but police arrived and arrested him, with the help of a police dog, the spokeswoman said.