The following information was provided to the Reporter by the Sandy Springs Police Dept. and is presumed to be accurate.

Robbery

7000 block of Roswell Road, 30328 – The victim said that around 1:30 a.m. he was in his car talking to his roommate when they were approached by a black male who pulled a gun and robbed them of a wallet, some Newport cigarettes and a cell phone. The man was described as 5-11” and 170 lbs wearing a black hoodie, black jeans and a black bandana over his face.

7600 block of Roswell Road, 30350 – A 19-year old victim and his girlfriend were coming out of the workout area of the Victoria Commons Apartments when they were approached by three black males, one of whom pointed a gun at him and took a cell phone from them.

Thefts

West Spalding Drive, 30328 – A neighbor spotted a white pickup truck in her neighbor’s driveway. She saw a female driver and Hispanic man walking up the drive and to the back gated area of the porch. The man wheeled a charcoal grill, valued at $400, from the back to the car. Two other men were sitting on the back of the truck. The female driver then saw the neighbor and they drove off. The truck is an older model white pickup with “Affordable Roofing and Remodeling” written in red on the door. If you see this truck call 911. It is in reference to case number 2008-002715.

200 Sandy Springs Place, 30328 – Here are the hints: Shopping Cart-purse-wallet-credit cards-attempts to use the cards. Sound familiar?

Officer receives award

Officer Mike Dewald, K-9 officer recently attended the National Criminal Enforcement Association annual meeting in Greensboro N.C. At the meeting, Dewald received the association’s annual awards in the following street-level enforcement categories:

• Most weapons seized (22)

• Most Marijuana seized (100 pounds)

• Most Ecstasy seized (2150 tabs)

• Most Methamphetamine seized

(5 ounces)

Additionally, Dewald was named the 2007 Street-Level Interdiction Officer of the Year. Mike is one of two K-9 officers with the department. His partner is “Amos” who was presented to Mike at the NCEA’s annual meeting last year.

Thief arrested

Duane Story, AKA Duane Jett, who is homeless, was charged in connection with a number of thefts from cars over the past months. During a surveillance of a parking deck on Glenlake Parkway, Story was observed checking and attempting to enter cars that were parked and unattended. During interviews with detectives, Story admitted a number of thefts in the areas of Mt. Vernon Highway, Glenlake Parkway at numbers 1, 10, and 20, Barfield Road at Byers and IBM Companies, and a number of other locations including DeKalb Tire and Pep Boys. The investigation is continuing and detectives indicated they may clear 40-50 past theft cases with Story’s arrest.

Graffiti suspects arrested

Two adults and one juvenile have been charged in connection with the illegal spray painting of graffiti, known as “tagging” in the areas of Roswell Road from the Dalrymple Road area north to the area near Dunwoody Place. The suspects were charged with criminal street gang activity and criminal trespass. In addition, a second juvenile is facing warrants for the same charges in this same case. The tagging is being done by members of “Sox-Los” and members of “Riverside Locos” gangs. The most common scenario involves one gang spraying their names on a wall and then the rival gang crossing it out and spray painting their name over it. The gang symbols used include “SXL-13” for Sox-Los and “RS-13” or “RSL-13” for Riverside Locos.