Thieves Enter Via Garages

Six times in the past month homes in Sterling and Ashburn have been burglarized after intruders entered undetected through garages, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

Five of the cases, including the most recent, on Thursday, took place in Sterling near Algonkian Parkway. Each time, the garage doors were open.

In the sixth case, in Ashburn, the garage door opener was taken from an unlocked car and was used to raise the door, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Each time, residents were at home and credit cards were stolen from purses left near doors or inside unlocked cars.

Officer Breaks Leg in Chase

A Leesburg police officer broke his leg Tuesday as he tried to arrest a man suspected of speeding.

Charles Henry Puller, 41, of Aldie was pulled over by police near Heritage High School after his vehicle was recorded traveling at 67 mph in a 35-mph zone, a police spokesman said.

Puller led officers on a brief foot chase, the spokesman said, during which the injury occurred.

Puller was taken into custody and faces a felony charge of driving while being declared a habitual offender and misdemeanor charges of obstruction of justice and reckless driving.

VDOT Warns of Backups

The Virginia Department of Transportation is warning motorists to expect considerable backups on Interstate 66 this week because of Thanksgiving traffic.

On the basis of historical traffic patterns, VDOT said heavy congestion is likely on I-66 westbound from U.S. 29 in Prince William County to U.S. 17 in Fauquier County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Moderate congestion is likely from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

For real-time traffic and travel information, call 511 from any phone within Virginia or visit

Holiday Closings at Landfill

The Loudoun County landfill will be closed Thanksgiving day. It will close at noon Dec. 24 and remain closed until Dec. 27 for the Christmas holiday and will be closed Dec. 31 for New Year's.

The landfill's normal operating hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The landfill is at 20939 Evergreen Mills Road (Route 621), about four miles south of Leesburg. For more information, call 703-777-0187 or visit

New Hours at Surplus Store

The Loudoun County Surplus Store will follow a limited schedule for the rest of 2005 and begin a new schedule in January.

The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2, Dec. 7, Dec. 16 and Dec. 21. Beginning on Jan. 6, the store will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first, second and third Fridays of the month and the last Saturday of the month.

The store, at 14 Cardinal Park Dr., Suite 106, in Leesburg, sells excess government property and items that were confiscated by the Sheriff's Office and have not been claimed. For more information, visit

DMV Closed for Holiday

All Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles customer service centers will close at noon Wednesday and remain closed Thursday and Friday. Online and telephone services will be available. For more information, call 888-337-4782 or visit

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