The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating several cases of skimming devices found at local businesses around the county between June and September. Criminals use skimming devices to capture information from credit and debit cards.
Larry Pyos, Jr., of Burke, was convicted late yesterday by a federal jury on charges related to multiple armed robberies of businesses in Fairfax County and Falls Church. Pyos will be sentenced on Jan. 13, 2017.
On Oct. 20, Budder Khan, 26, of Arlington, pleaded guilty to two counts of Bank Robbery. The case relates to the robbery of the SunTrust Bank on Mt. Vernon Avenue on April 18, 2016, and Wells Fargo on Fern Street in Alexandria on April 28, 2016. Khan became known as the "Ball Cap Bandit" because of the hats worn in each robbery.
The Alexandria Police Department is investigating an industrial accident in the 700 block of Wythe Street that occurred around 7:30 a.m. today. A crane struck a live electrical wire at a construction site. The wire fell, striking a 44-year-old male construction worker. The victim suffered electrical burns and was transported to a local hospital. He is in critical but stable condition.
Domestically, 82 minors were rescued and 239 traffickers and their associates were arrested as part of Operation Cross Country X, an international effort focusing on underage human trafficking that ran from Oct. 13-16, 2016. This is the tenth iteration of FBI-led initiative, which took place across the United States and, for the first time, also in several countries around the world.
Retired General James E. Cartwright, 67, of Gainesville, Virginia, pleaded guilty to making false statements in connection with the unauthorized disclosure of classified information. The guilty plea was entered in the District of Columbia.
Kenneth Apple, 65, of Beaverton, Oregon, was sentenced today to 50 months in prison for his role in awarding $2 million in micro-dairy contracts from the U.S. government for use in Iraq. The court also ordered Apple to serve three years of supervised release, pay approximately $1.9 million in restitution, and forfeit $551,838.73.