Reports dated through Jan. 8.
The following information was provided to the Reporter by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.
4500 block of Roswell Road 30342 – Rite Aid reported that a robbery occurred about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3. An employee walked out of the store with the evening’s cash in a deposit bag when he was approached by a man who pulled a gun, took the bag and ran.
I had a friend who owned a convenience store, and every day at the same time he would put the money in a plastic bag, to fool the thief, and walk some 50 yards to the bank deposit box next door. I told him it doesn’t matter what you carry the money in; unless the bad guy is a complete fool, he’s going to know what you’re doing because you’re walking straight to a bank deposit box. Sure enough, he eventually lost a bunch of cash when someone figured out the time of the money drop and robbed him. If it’s a lot of money, have the armored car service arrange a pickup, or at least have a security plan involving more than one person. Never get predictable when moving money from place to place.
300 block of Carpenter Drive 30328 – A man reported that just before 6 a.m. Jan. 4, he went to his car to start it, and when he returned and closed his apartment door, two men kicked the door open. The two men went through the apartment and possibly took some costume jewelry.
4500 block of Roswell Road 30342 – Someone accessed an unlocked bedroom window and took several items from the apartment Jan. 1.
1100 block of Hammond Drive 30328 – Someone smashed a front window to Rite Aid and took several cartons of cigarettes Jan. 1.
300 block of Jefferson Drive 30328 – Someone pried open an apartment door Jan. 2 and took, among other items, a 50-inch television, two laptops, a PlayStation 3 game system and a camera.
1000 block of Brentwood Drive 30350 – An apartment resident reported that when he arrived home Jan. 3, he found a window smashed out and his 42-inch television and other electronic items missing.
700 block of Amster Green Drive 30328 – Someone entered a garage and the car inside it and stole an Apple iPod on Jan. 4.
5300 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30328 – A man said someone forced entry to his apartment Jan. 6 while he was sleeping. Nothing appeared to be missing. A second burglary was reported in the area.
5500 block of Glenridge Drive 30342 – A woman returned home from work Jan. 7 and found that someone had forced entry to her apartment. Some jewelry and $100 in change were taken.
6300 block of Roswell Road 30328 – Officers responding to a store alarm Jan. 4 found forced entry to the front door, where a man had backed a vehicle and then stolen a 52-inch television.
1000 block of Johnson Ferry Road 30342 – A man reported that a golf cart was stolen from Northside Hospital after Dunwoody police contacted him about a drunken guy in a golf cart they stopped near Hammond Drive and Perimeter Circle. Coincidentally, motorists reported seeing a golf cart on I-285 about the same time the cart was stolen. The cart driver was charged with being drunk and having some weed on him.
9200 block of Roberts Drive 30350 – An apartment complex employee called police Jan. 3 in regards to the attempted theft of rent checks. Someone attached two card-stock cards, loaded with a sticky substance, to a string, then lowered the cards into the after-hours rent drop box with the hope of pulling out a check or two. Apparently it didn’t work because the string and cards were left inside the box. (I don’t even know if they like you to do this, but I would take my rent check to the office during business hours and hand it to someone.)
6300 block of Powers Ferry Road 30327 – A woman reported her cellphone stolen Jan. 3. She was with a group of friends who stopped by the elevator about 3:15 a.m. and took some photos. She placed the phone on the ground and forgot to pick it up. She returned to the elevator at 3:45 a.m., but it was gone.
6200 block of Barfield Road 30328 – Several construction storage containers were broken into Jan. 4, and a number of plumbing items were taken.
River Oaks Place 30350 – A woman reported Jan. 1 that two rings were stolen from her kitchen table. She suspects a roommate she gave a 30-day notice to move.
8800 block of Roswell Road 30350 – The clerk at the North River Bottle Shop said a woman placed a bottle of vodka into an oversized purse and then without paying Jan. 2. She drove off with a man in a beige Pontiac Grand Am with a Michigan tag whose number was obtained.
Cimarron Parkway 30350 – A woman reported Jan. 2 that her Jack Russell terrier was stolen by her roommate, a guy named Needles, because he thinks she took his laptop. Personally, I’m not likely to rent to a guy who tells me his name is Needles. Sure, he might be into knitting, but odds are I’m turning this guy down.
7200 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30328 – The leasing office of the Hawthorne Gates Apartments was broken into Jan. 3, and a computer was taken.
Cedar Run 30350 – Someone stole a rented 2010 Chevrolet Malibu from an apartment parking spot Jan. 5.
Theft from vehicle
Items were stolen from vehicles broken into at the following locations:
• 8800 block of Roswell Road 30350, Jan. 2.
• 1000 block of Crestline Parkway 30342, Jan. 4.
• 6300 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30328, Jan. 4.
• 5500 block of Roswell Road 30342, Jan. 5.
• 5800 block of Roswell Road 30328, Jan. 5.
• 300 block of Virginia Road 30328, Jan. 5.
• 6800 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30328, Jan 5
Fraud, forgery and ID theft
A resident of north Sandy Springs reported that someone accessed his checking account numbers and wrote fictitious checks at Best Buy and Macy’s totaling more than $2,800.
5800 block of Roswell Road 30328 – An employee of Cocktail Cove reported Jan. 2 that someone passed counterfeit $10 and $5 bills the previous night.
Allen Road 30328 – A man said a collection company called him regarding a past-due $22,000 loan taken out in 2005. He said the loan signature was not his.
4700 block of Roswell Road 30342 – A resident filed a report Jan. 3 that her friend stole two checks from her and cashed them for more than $400. She said her friend has done the same thing to other people.
Summit Springs Drive 30350 – Police responded to a report of a person stabbed Jan. 2. They met with the victim, who had a non-life-threatening cut to his upper arm. He said two men tried to rob him when he took out the trash. He thinks they knew he normally wears a gold necklace.
5800 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30328 – A woman reported that she was at the apartment of a friend Jan. 2 when an ex-roommate hit her under her eye. She said he hit her because of some past issues with his infidelity.
8000 block of Roswell Road 30350 – A woman reported that she and her husband began drinking around 6 p.m. Jan. 3. Later in the night, for no reason, her husband punched her in the face and left.
2700 block of Monterrey Parkway 30350 – A woman reported Jan. 3 that she was dating a man but broke it off after finding out he was married. The offender wanted to continue to date her, leading to an incident in Gwinnett County in which the man was charged. He showed up at her apartment and threw her to the ground, ripped her wig off, and threatened to harm her if she went through with the prosecution in Gwinnett.
Hammond Drive 30328 – Officers arrested a man suspected of impaired driving Jan. 1 after responding to a hit-and-run complaint. The driver of the other car followed the suspect, who tried to escape by driving through several parking lots. He blew out his tires and ran from the car. Several witnesses subdued the man until police arrived. He was charged with DUI, following too closely and reckless driving.
5800 block of Roswell Road 30328 – Officers responded to a medical call around 2 a.m. Jan. 1 and encountered a man who was loud and using abusive language. The officers asked the man to calm down. He replied, “I’ll do what I want when I want,” which in police language means, “Please take me to jail!” A woman approached the officers and demanded they not take the man to jail. She refused orders to step back during the man’s arrests, and she too ended up in jail.
Ga. 400 south at the North Springs MARTA station – A patrol officer pulled a car over for a traffic offense at night. The computer information showed the man was wanted in Alabama for auto theft. He was arrested.
600 block of Londonberry Drive 30342 – Around 11 p.m. Jan. 1, officers responded to a complaint of fireworks and a loud party. They found a lot of cars parked along both sides of the road, which is a no-no, big time, because we cannot get emergency vehicles, namely firetrucks, into the area. The officers determined that the home was for sale and apparently rented to someone who was holding a party and charging $20 at the door. A shuttle service brought people from the Northside-Powers Ferry Road shopping center. (Sound familiar?) The officers estimated 500 to 700 people were at the house, including 50 waiting in line to get in. Officers shut down the party and arrested the two organizers, charging them with running a disorderly house.
Roswell and Pitts roads 30350 – After a traffic stop for a suspended tag Jan. 4, a K-9 officer and dog recovered heroin from the occupants. Several arrests were made.
5800 block of Roswell Road 30328 – Officers responded to Cocktail Cove just before 2 a.m. Jan. 1 after EMS and fire personnel were called about an injured woman. The woman said she was standing in the parking lot next to the woods when someone kicked her in the back, sending her down the hill and into the thicket. She didn’t see who kicked her, but her boyfriend, who was inside the bar when the officers arrived, came outside with a bloody lip and scratches. He said he did not kick her, but a witness said he saw the man kick a Toyota truck the woman owns. Several people were later arrested for disorderly conduct.
5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – Target security employees called Jan. 1 after they observed a man randomly place numerous items into his shopping cart and wheel the cart around the store. They became suspicious because the man never checked any prices on the items he placed into the cart. The man pushed the cart past the checkout area but left it inside as he walked outside. He then re-entered the store through the exit door and tried to recover the cart to make his getaway. He was arrested.
8000 block of Roswell Road 30350 – During a traffic stop Jan. 1, a patrol officer found that the driver was wanted in Harris County for a probation violation. She was arrested.
6700 block of Roswell Road 30328 – Shortly after midnight Jan. 2, a man reported that his ex-girlfriend was outside his condo, screaming at him, probably because his current girlfriend was with him. Officers found that the ex had jumped on his BMW and his girlfriend’s Nissan Maxima. The ex also had spread cake on the cars. The ex was arrested after the officers found her and she yelled wildly and created a disturbance.
7900 block of Roswell Road 30350 – Police received a call of a person who had been thrown off a second-story balcony Jan. 2. They spoke with a man who said he and his girlfriend got into an argument, and she hit him on the head with a lamp, then walked to the balcony, jumped off and fled. The man was arrested for possession of marijuana.
Lake Forrest and Allen roads 30328 – After an accident Jan. 2, the driver of one of the cars was arrested for not having a license and insurance.
Northside Drive 30327 – A patrol officer stopped a car going the wrong way Jan. 3. The driver did not have a license. He was arrested.
Heards Creek Drive 30328 – After an accident Jan. 3, a driver was arrested for DUI. He told the officer that a car tried to pass him, causing him to lose control and strike a curb.
1100 block of Hammond Drive 30328 – A patrol officer found a woman passed out behind the wheel of a car around 4:30 a.m. Jan. 4. She was arrested for DUI.
People with issues
400 block of Spring Creek Lane 30350 – A woman reported Jan. 1 that she had gotten into an argument with her soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend over his taking her laptop. During the argument he put her out of the apartment. The officer spoke to the man, who said the two were ending their relationship, and he was about to go out for New Year’s, and he took the laptop so she wouldn’t take his stuff from the apartment while he was out. The officer had the man return the laptop and called the woman’s sister to pick her up. Both were cited for disorderly conduct.
A man called the police New Year’s Day and reported that his wife and son were kidnapped. Officers contacted her and found that she and her son were having lunch with a friend. She told the officers she and her husband were having domestic problems.
5700 block of Roswell Road 30328 – A clerk at the Shell station reported Jan. 1 that a man took 12- and 18-packs of beer and tried to leave without paying. The store employee activated the magnetic locks, locking the man in the store. The man took several bottles of beer and threw them against the glass door until the glass shattered. He then fled through the door.
1300 block of Monterrey Parkway 30350 – A woman reported Jan. 3 that during a birthday celebration at her apartment, a guest lighted a cigarette, and she had to push the guest outside. The guest then kicked and damaged her door.
Lost and found
If you lost a wallet on or near Roberts Drive, an officer found one Jan. 4 and turned it into the police property room.