LCSO makes arrests in armed robbery, vehicle burglaries

LCSO makes arrests in armed robbery, vehicle burglaries

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announced two majors arrests over Thanksgiving weekend – one as the result of an armed robbery and an attempted armed robbery Nov. 20 and one from a string of vehicle and home break-ins involving garage door openers.

A Fairfax County man was arrested in connection with the incidents at two Sterling pharmacies.

Shawn C. McMahon, 34, of Great Falls, is facing charges of robbery and attempted robbery for the two incidents Nov. 20.

According to a release from LCSO, the two incidents occurred about an hour apart.

About 11 a.m., the suspect entered the Rite-Aid in the 46000 block of Cedar Lake Plaza and handed the pharmacist a note which implied he had a gun. The note demanded prescription medication. The suspect left empty-handed.

Shortly after noon, the same suspect entered the CVS located in the 400 block of Enterprise Street. He again handed the pharmacist a note implying he had a gun and demanded prescription narcotic medications. The suspect was given prescription medication before fleeing.

McMahon was identified as being involved in the robberies during a traffic stop conducted by the Fairfax County Police Department. McMahon was charged in Fairfax last night with possession of a Schedule I Narcotic and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After his arrest in Fairfax County and a subsequent investigation, Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants in Loudoun County for felony charges of robbery and attempted robbery.

McMahon was being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

The other arrest involved more than two dozen charges involving several of the myriad reports of vehicles being entered an item stolen. In several of these reports, a garage door opener found in the vehicle was used to enter a residence.

Robert M. Williams-Dixon, 33, of no fixed address, was arrested last week on 26 charges connecting him to 11 burglaries in the Eastern Loudoun area. Williams-Dixon is facing 11 counts of burglary, 11 counts of grand larceny, two counts of credit card larceny and two counts of credit card fraud.

Over several weeks dating back to September, daily LCSO incident reports showed a pattern of a handful of vehicles being entered in the same neighborhood during overnight hours. Items including weapons, tools, computers and workplace security badges were stolen, and when a garage door opener was found it was either stolen or used to enter the residence of the vehicle’s owner.

William-Dixon was charged in connection with three burglaries. Additional charges are anticipated as the investigition continues.

While these charges involve burglaries in Loudoun County in the Sterling area north of Route 7, there were also clusters of the same type of burglaries reported in neighborhoods in Purcellville, Hamilton and Ashburn.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is working with detectives in several neighboring jurisdictions to determine if similar cases reported in their areas are related.

Williams-Dixon was being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.

Joseph Dill