The following information was provided to the Reporter by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.
5600 block of Kingsport Drive 30342 – Shortly after midnight July 8, a man parked his car at his girlfriend’s apartment complex. As he got out, a dark-colored Ford Expedition pulled up. A young man with a pistol got out and ordered the victim to lie down, then emptied the victim’s wallet of $80 and fled.
Saddle Ridge Drive 30350 – A man reported July 5 that while he was out of town, someone forced his front door open, entered the home and stole several items.
8300 block of Roswell Road 30350 – Several items were reported stolen from a rental storage area July 5.
400 block of Monterrey Pkwy 30350 – Apartment residents said cameras, jewelry and other electronic items were stolen July 6. The front door had pry marks.
1700 block of Marsh Trail 30350 – A man reported that his wife left for work just after 8 a.m. July 7 while he was sleeping. Later, he found that someone had entered the apartment and taken his wallet, a computer, a PlayStation3 game system and other items.
5500 block of Glenridge Drive 30342 – Someone forced entry into an apartment July 7 and took several items while the victim was at work. A second burglary was reported nearby.
1900 block of Monterrey Parkway 30350 – The resident found a back window forced open and a DVD player and PlayStation3 game system gone July 8.
400 block of Windridge Drive 30350 – A man said he went to the apartment pool July 8, and while he was there, someone entered his apartment through the unlocked sliding door and took his video game system.
6500 block of Roswell Road 30328 – The manager of Steak and Shake said several men left the restaurant without paying the bill, which was slightly more than $4.
6800 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30328 – A man reported July 8 that he hired two men on Craigslist to move him to another residence. A box with his camera and gear was taken during the move.
It’s worth the money to hire an established moving firm that has a track record and is insured and bonded in case you lose items. Do your homework.
5500 block of Glenridge Drive 30342 – Someone stole a TV from the apartment complex’s fitness center July 8.
5700 block of Long Island Drive 30342 – Someone stole a construction trailer from a private school July 8.
400 block of Morgan Falls Drive 30350 – A Yamaha motorcycle was stolen from an apartment complex July 4.
6300 block of Roswell Road 30328 – A store clerk said a woman in a GMC Yukon pulled up July 4 and asked for the gas pumps to be turned on. The clerk did so without getting payment first. The woman pumped more than $57 of gas into the sport-utility vehicle and drove off.
Winterthur Ridge 30328 – The resident reported that someone stole a 23-foot 2000 Boston Whaler boat from his driveway July 7.
5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – A man stole a set of earphones from Target. The security staff said the video shows the man is someone who previously stole items from the store. Security obtained his vehicle tag number. The car is registered to a man living across the street from the store.
2100 block of Sandalwood Drive 30350 – A red-and-white Mongoose bicycle was stolen from an apartment July 4.
3800 block of Spring Creek Lane 30328 – A man reported a 9mm pistol stolen from his apartment July 5.
Unit block of Northwood Drive 30342 – A car was stolen July 5.
Lancaster Loop 30328 – A woman reported July 5 that someone stole jewelry from her home nine months ago.
6000 block of Glenridge Drive 30342 – Someone accessed the inside of a business and took an air-conditioning condenser and copper tubing July 6.
7700 block of Colquitt Road 30350 – Air-conditioner parts were stolen July 6.
Angus Trail 30328 – A trailer was stolen July 6.
Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30328 – A man reported that when he checked out of a hotel, he left his pistol in the bedside drawer. He asked the staff to check the drawer and was told the gun was gone.
Gettysburg Place 30350 – A lawn chair was stolen from a condo patio area July 7.
A woman reported that she hired a person to do information technology work for her company. She gave the man $480 to buy a computer. He has not been seen since, but the check was cashed.
A man and woman hired a man to fix their refrigerator. He looked at the refrigerator and said he needed money to buy a part. They wrote him a check for $480, and he left to buy the part. He has not returned.
Here’s the deal: The person or company doing repair work for you should have the budget to make the purchases and bill you for the work and parts after the work is done. A request for upfront money for parts should be a “red flare” that you should say thanks and goodbye. You can find online repair services, as well as sites that rate them. Although you don’t want to take the anonymous words on review sites as gospel, given that anyone can write anything, they’re a good gauge.
Theft from vehicle
Items were stolen from vehicles broken into at the following locations:
• 8300 block of Jett Ferry Way 30350, July 4.
• 8000 block of Saddle Ridge Drive 30350, July 5.
• 3500 block of Spring Creek Lane 30350, July 6.
• 4600 block of Roswell Road 30342, July 7.
• 800 block of Crest Valley Drive 30342, July 8.
Fraud, forgery and ID theft
6000 block of Ferry Drive 30328 – A woman reported July 6 that a 90-year-old in Athens was trying to fill a prescription using her name, Social Security number and other personal information.
700 block of Hammond Drive 30328 – A man said someone got his debit card number and ran up charges at QuikTrip in Doraville and a couple of Mexican restaurants.
7100 block of Roswell Road 30350 – A woman said someone accessed her debit card number and bought two Six Flags tickets and a couple of movie tickets online.
A man reported that someone accessed his checking account number and presented a check on the account for more than $1,100 at a store in Augusta.
A woman reported that she received a letter from the IRS that she owed more than $1,000 on her 2008 taxes. She traced the W-2 to a landscaping company in Florida that had hired someone using her name and personal information in 2008.
A woman reported that someone used her personal information to file a 2009 federal tax return. The IRS contacted her, and she confirmed the fraud before a refund was issued.
A man reported that someone used his name, Social Security number and other personal information to open accounts in his name at Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Sears. The culprit ran up charges of more than $600 in Mississippi near Memphis, Tenn.
A woman responded to a Craigslist ad for a nanny from a man who said he was in England and was planning to move. He requested personal information, including bank account information, for the purpose of doing a background check on the woman. He sent a check for more than $3,000 for her to deposit into her account, but her bank found the check to be fraudulent.
The scam otherwise would have played out with the man in England asking her to write a check for just under $3,000 to him at another address for his moving expenses, while she kept the rest of the funds. Her check would have been cashed before the bank learned that the check she deposited was phony. But her bank was on the ball.
Don’t ever forward funds or release sold property until the buyer’s check clears the bank. Craigslist is a great place to buy and sell, but unless you absolutely cannot do it, make your transactions cash only.
Oh, there were plenty of assaults, but most were either domestic violence reports or drunken guys at the bar pretending they could fight.
2100 block of Summit Springs Drive 30350 – Cops got a call of a gunshot fired around midnight. They spoke to a man and woman who admitted having an argument but denied hitting each other. The man did say he got mad and fired a gun into the air one time. He also had some weed on him, so he was arrested.
Peachtree-Dunwoody and Abernathy roads 30328 – Just before 11 a.m. July 4, cops got a call of a nude man running down the road. They found the man and, after a brief struggle, got him into custody. He told the cops he was losing it and was bipolar. He also admitted doing cocaine and “eating some marijuana.” He was taken to a hospital and was charged.
Cimarron Parkway 30350 – Cops responded to a domestic violence call July 4 and spoke with a man who had scratches on his face, neck and back. He said his wife attacked him while he was sitting on the toilet. The fight apparently started over $20 and included the man calling the woman a name that didn’t sit well with her. The toilet was demolished.
5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – Officers responded to a disturbance at Taco Mac on July 4. They met with a man and woman. The man said the woman stole $50 from him. The woman allowed the cops to check her purse, but they found no money. Police told the couple to go home. In the wee hours, the police got a call of a man yelling. It was the same man. The woman had locked him out of the apartment because she was afraid he would hurt her. The man would not calm down and was yelling loudly. After the cops asked him to calm down six times, they arrested him.
5900 block of Roswell Road 30328 – A driver in a traffic stop July 5 was found to have a suspended license. She was arrested, and the car was impounded.
Ga. 400 30328 – A woman was arrested during a traffic stop July 5 after the officers found that her car was uninsured. The car was impounded.
A car was clocked going 90 mph in a 55 zone. The driver had a suspended New York license and was arrested.
Those traffic arrests are just a sample of the dozens we make each week for no insurance and suspended or no driver’s license. A lot of people out there are driving without insurance.
Ga. 400 near Abernathy Road 30328 – A man was standing naked next to his car at 1 p.m. July 6. The cops arrived and asked why he was doing that, and he said only that he had embarrassed himself. He was arrested.
Spalding and Roberts drives 30350 – A K-9 officer made a traffic stop July 6. The dog alerted on something in the car that was found to be THC. The driver was arrested.
Wingate Drive 30350 – The Police Department’s Tip Line (770-551-3300) contained a message of drug activity at an apartment. After an investigation, police obtained a search warrant and arrested the residents of the apartment.
5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – Target’s security staff observed a man remove a phone from the plastic package July 6. Police found the man in the frozen-foods section and spoke with him about the $59 phone. The man had ditched it. He said he had thought about stealing it but changed his mind. He later was arrested. Concealing an item, even if you’re still in the store, is considered shoplifting.
Glenridge and Spalding drives 30328 – An officer stopped a man on a motorized minibike after he ran a stop sign July 6. The man gave the officer a name but said he didn’t have his license on him. The officer asked several questions of the man, who later presented a driver’s license in another name. The man had a small baggie of what looked like cocaine, but he said the substance was an over-the-counter medicine. The officer field-tested the substance, which turned out to be cocaine. The man then acknowledged it was cocaine but said it was “for personal use.” The man was charged and taken to jail
6600 block of Roswell Road 30328 – Officers were called to Applebee’s on July 6 and were told that a man bolted after running up a food tab of more than $20. He was last seen on Roswell Road just south of Abernathy Road. Two women who were seen in the restaurant eating with the man were outside in the parking lot. They said they had picked the man up at Lenox Square but knew him only as “David.” They said they didn’t know where he ran. But one of the women later picked up the man. An officer spotted the car, and the man ran from the car. The woman was charged in connection with the food theft, but the man escaped.
5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – Target security staff called about a man who stole some headphones and left the store July 7. Police found a man matching the thief’s description on Roswell Road. He said he stole the headphones but threw them away. He was arrested.
5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – Cops arrested a man on gang-related charges July 8 after security personnel at an apartment complex found him and another man painting “RSL-13,” which is Riverside Locos gang graffiti. The two painters ran, but the arrested man tripped and fell. He’s a known gang member with several prior offenses.