The following information was provided to the Reporter by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

 Scam of the week

Tax refunds are going to be in the mail soon, so expect mail thefts. If possible, go for the direct deposit of refunds into your account. Please report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.

Robbery

Winding River Drive 30350 – A woman was walking back from the grocery on Dunwoody Place around 11 a.m. Feb. 8 when she a man pushed her to the ground, pulled a gun and took cash from her wallet before fleeing. She was slightly injured when he kicked her in the back.

North River Drive 30350 – A woman reported that just after 6 a.m. Feb. 18 she was on North River at Sandalwood Drive when a man forced her out of the car and drove away. The car was found minutes later, partially wrecked on a utility box. The man was gone.

Burglary

8300 block of Roswell Road 30350 – A door to an apartment was forced open Feb. 7, and several items were taken.

1100 block of Hammond Drive 30328 – A hole was cut in a wall of a business Feb. 7, and several electronic-related items were taken.

6300 block of Riverside Drive 30328 – Landscaping tools were taken from a tool shed Feb. 7.

8100 block of Roswell Road 30350 – A storage facility was broken into Feb. 8.

700 block of Spring Creek Lane 30350 – A man reported that he was out on his back porch smoking a cigarette Feb. 8 when he heard a loud bang. He went into his apartment and saw a man who had forced his door open. The intruder fled when he saw the resident. Two more burglaries were reported nearby.

500 block of Northridge Road 30350 – Someone kicked in an apartment door and ransacked the place Feb. 8.

Forest Hills Drive 30342 – Someone broke into a home by a basement window Feb. 8, forced a door open, and ransacked and damaged the home while looking for items to steal. It’s believed that some jewelry was taken.

Highland Park Trail 30328 – An apartment was burglarized Feb. 8.

3800 block of Teesdale Court 30328 – Kitchen appliances were taken from an unoccupied home Feb. 9.

5300 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30342 – Someone forced a bedroom window open Feb. 9, entered the home and took several items, including two laptops, a flat-screen TV and jewelry.

6400 block of Riverside Drive 30328 – Construction equipment was reported stolen from a residence under construction Feb. 10. The residence was not secured.

100 block of Summer Drive 30328 – A couple of computers were stolen in an apartment break-in Feb. 10.

Unit block of Cedar Run 30350 – While the victim was away from the apartment Feb. 12, someone forced entry and took a computer and TV.

Huntcliff Village Lane 30350 – A woman said she left her apartment unlocked, and when she returned about 10 p.m., several items were missing, including her two TVs, a laptop computer and a DVD player.

5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – A 42-inch television, a computer and a couple of hundred dollars in change went missing Feb. 18.

Theft

6800 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30328 – An apartment resident dropped a money order in the rent-deposit box after hours Feb. 7, and the money order was later stolen. The victim found a mousetrap with a string of yarn attached that apparently was dropped into the slot to capture paper inside the box.

800 block of Hammond Drive 30328 – A woman left her cell phone charging in a conference room while she walked out Feb. 8. When she returned, the phone and charger were gone.

4700 block of Roswell Road 30342 – A woman reported that she was having a party, so she moved her furniture outside to the breezeway of her apartment complex. She left it there overnight Feb. 7. The next day, the furniture was gone.

Hunter’s Trace Circle 30328 – A woman reported Feb. 9 that over the previous three weeks someone took jewelry and a digital camera from her home.

North Drive at Dunwoody Place 30350 – A woman said she was walking on North Drive around 7 p.m. Feb. 7 when two men came up from behind, grabbed her purse and fled to a nearby apartment complex.

North Chase 30328 – Someone broke into a garage Feb. 8 and took a 1996 Honda Accord.

5600 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30328 – A woman reported that someone took her wallet from a bag in an office area Feb. 8. A witness said a man came in from a locked back door and was in that room at the time of the theft. The woman’s credit card was used later, just before she canceled it.

Such guys are “office creepers,” who find access, pose as workmen, maintenance employees or “lost” customers, and wander from office to office, looking for an isolated area where they can steal purses or easy-hit electronics such as laptops. The hardest targets are secured with video and card-key systems. If you’re in business and don’t have it, check the latest in video security. It’s cheaper than ever, and we make a lot of arrests because companies send us good video.

Summit Springs Drive 30350 – A woman reported that she broke up with her boyfriend and suspects he took her laptop and a couple of other items from her apartment.

Brentwood Way 30350 – Two people at an apartment had a guest stay over Feb. 12. The next morning, he and two computers were gone.

6900 block of Roswell Road 30328 – Around 4:30 p.m. Feb. 12, two women in a car saw a man carrying two bags of groceries through the snow. They felt sorry for him. They gave him a ride to the back of an apartment complex. He got out and told them to call him sometime. They left and later found that a wallet belonging to one of the women was gone. A credit card from the wallet was used.

5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – Target employees said they noticed a man on video removing a 26-inch TV and taking it to a back storage area. When they went to that area, the man had left. They got word that the man had done the same thing in Roswell. He was nice enough to leave his cell phone, with a good photo of him on it. The photo matched the video.

8000 block of Roswell Road 30350 — A woman reported that someone stole her digital camera at Tony’s Sports Bar around 2 a.m. Feb. 12.

1100 block of Mount Vernon Highway 30328 – A man put his canvas wallet on the floor while working out at LA Fitness on Feb. 12, and someone swiped it.

7700 block of Spalding Drive 30350 – Someone stole a 2003 BMW from the Publix parking lot Feb. 12. The owner said he may have left his keys in the car.

1100 block of Perimeter Center West 30328 – A woman reported that she left her wallet in her desk and went to lunch Feb. 15. When she returned, the wallet was gone.

Summit Springs Drive 30350 – A woman reported she was in a friend’s car Feb. 18 and left her purse in it. She has not been able to get in touch with him since.

1100 block of Hammond Drive 30328 – Three laptops were reported missing from an office Feb. 18.

7000 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30328 – Someone stole a laptop and camera Feb. 18.

Theft from vehicle

Items were stolen from vehicles broken into at the following locations:

• 5500 block of Glenridge Drive 30342, Feb. 7.

• 7800 block of Stratford Lane 30350, Feb. 7.

• 500 block of Abernathy Road 30328, three incidents, Feb. 8.

• 8800 block of Roswell Road 30350, Feb. 9.

• 5600 block of Roswell Road 30342, Feb. 10.

• 600 block of Spring Creek Lane 30350, Feb. 11.

• 5900 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30328, Feb. 11.

• 1100 block of Mount Vernon Highway 30328, Feb. 11.

• 7000 block of Roswell Road 30350, Feb. 12.

• 5600 block of Roswell Road 30342, Feb. 12

• 900 block of Telfair Close 30328, Feb. 12.

• 4900 block of Roswell Road 30342, Feb. 12.

• 8000 block of Roswell Road 30350, Feb. 16.

• 6300 block of Powers Ferry Road 30339, Feb. 17.

Fraud, forgery and ID theft

5600 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30342 —  2/12

The doctor’s office was contacted by a CVS pharmacy Feb. 12 and told that someone was passing a prescription for a painkiller. The prescription turned out to be fraudulent.

A man reported that someone hacked into his computer and accessed several personal accounts. He said the culprit charged just over $7 to his Wachovia account.

Assault

1000 block of Brentwood Way 30350 – Cops spoke to a woman who said she and her girlfriend got into an argument Feb. 7 and fought over the girlfriend’s possible involvement with another woman. One party was hit; the other kicked. Both were jailed and will probably go on to live full and happy lives knowing that it’s better to be happy than to be jailed.

300 block of Summit Place 30350 – A guy said another guy punched him in the face Feb. 12.

Arrests

Northridge Road 30350 – Officers were called to the Waffle House about 3:45 a.m. Feb. 7 in regards to a large fight in the parking lot. The fight had stopped when they arrived, but witnesses said one of the customers was approached by another who was drunk and rowdy. The aggressor made a number of loud, profane comments about the sexual orientation of the victim. The cops arrested the drunken man.

North River Parkway 30350 – An officer stopped a car for a window tint violation Feb. 7 and found that the driver didn’t have a license. He was arrested.

6100 block of Roswell Road 30328 – Just after 3 a.m. Feb. 8, an officer observed a car driving through a parking lot with a man running beside it, beating on the car. The officer stopped the car and man. The woman driving the car said she did not know the man. The man, who was drunk, was arrested.

5700 block of Roswell Road 30342 – An officer stopped a car Feb. 8 because the children in the back seat, ages 2, 5 and 6, were not buckled in. The driver didn’t have a license on him. After much computer work, the officer found that the driver was from Michigan and had a warrant for his arrest. Michigan didn’t want to extradite him on the traffic warrant, but the driver was arrested because the officer couldn’t verify a residence for him.

 If you don’t put your kids in state-approved restraint devices, you need to rethink a lot of priorities. As many fatalities as I have worked in my career, the absolute worst that is still burned into my tiny brain killed five kids and their mother. None was belted in. Even if you are going down the block, don’t take the chance.

6300 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30328 – Officers met with Costco employees and a woman who was suspected of shoplifting Feb. 9. The woman apparently went to the video game section and took an Xbox game, valued at more than $50, and with a pair of scissors cut the plastic container and placed the game in the front of her pants. A female officer checked the suspect for weapons. She found the following in the woman’s pants: a package of socks, two blouses, and two boxes of Frontline flea control. The woman was arrested. Her boss’s car, which she drove to the store, was impounded. Animal control took the dog that was in the car, to be released to the woman at a later time.

8300 block of Roswell Road 30350 – After a traffic stop Feb. 9, the officer checked the driver’s name on a computer database and found that he was wanted in Sandy Springs on warrants for simple battery, disorderly conduct and obstruction of a 911 call. He was arrested.

5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – An officer, responding to patrol requests to discourage loitering by day laborers, spoke to three men loitering in front of a business. He checked all three on the crime computer and found that one was wanted on a Sandy Springs court probation warrant. He was arrested.

5500 block of Glenridge Drive 30342 – A patrol officer stopped a car for a tag violation Feb. 10. Inside were three men, one of whom had no ID. The officer and his backup began noticing the smell of marijuana. The guy who didn’t have an ID bolted and got away. The others revealed the man’s real name and address. The man is from out of town and most likely returned.

Cliftwood Drive 30328 – An officer responded Feb. 11 to a report of a pedestrian chasing a car. The officer found a man matching the description. The man was approaching a car when the car sped off with the man again chasing it. The officer ordered the man to stop. The man kept running until he was tackled by another officer. The man continued to resist but was secured and handcuffed. Turns out the man was stalking another man’s wife. That woman and her husband were in the car that sped off. The husband previously was assaulted by the man in DeKalb County. The car chaser was taken to jail.

7200 block of Roswell Road 30350 – A patrol officer said he saw a man running out of a liquor store with something in his hand Feb. 11. He then saw another man running after the first man, so the officer ran after both of them. The first man had stolen two 1.75-liter boxes of Belvedere vodka and tried to scale a fence. He didn’t make it and was arrested.

A patrol officer responded to an accident and noticed a man sitting in the back seat of his car. The officer also noticed several air fresheners throughout the car and detected the smell of marijuana. The man was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Treelodge Parkway 30350 – Officers answered an argument call and spoke to a man and woman. He took a call from another woman. She got mad. He grabbed her by the neck and arm. She hit him in the face. Both were arrested.

Long Beach Circle 30350 – A man climbed over a fence Feb. 12 and tried to pry a sliding glass door to a nearby townhome. The  resident was home. The man said he was looking for his dog. He was arrested.

7000 block of Roswell Road 30350 – Officers received a fight call at the Celebration Apartments. A lookout was placed on a white Nissan leaving the complex. One officer spotted and stopped the car. The three occupants appeared to have been fighting because they had blood on their clothes. Apparently, they had crashed a party. The victims identified them, and they were arrested.