The following incidents and arrests are some, but not all, of the reports filed with SSPD over the listed period, dated through Oct. 19.

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

8300 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On Oct. 15, an employee reported that between Aug. 2 and Oct. 11 of this year, his business lost just over 6,000 gallons of gasoline due to someone gaining access to the pump and disabling the control panel that registers the gallons and dollar amounts. He said someone could have taken gas from the underground gas tank but would have to have a large gas truck.

Other reports:


 8300 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On Oct. 15, the victim reported that someone entered a storage unit and took several vacuum cleaners and an air compressor.

5500 block of Glenridge Drive 30342 – On Oct. 15, someone entered the victim’s apartment through a back window that was unlocked. Two laptops are missing.

4500 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On Oct. 15, someone entered the victim’s house through a screened window. Missing is a laptop.

8400 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On Oct. 16, wooden benches and a bike were taken from inside a residence.

7300 block of Hunters Branch Drive 30328 – On Oct. 16, the victim reported that two bikes and an iPod were stolen from the carport.

8400 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On Oct. 16, while the victim was at work, someone entered her apartment between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and took several items. Her front door had been opened by force. Two televisions and a laptop were among the items taken.

300 block of Underwood Drive 30328 – On Oct. 17, a man reported that his guitar was missing. His girlfriend said that she left the patio door unlocked one day while she was at the park.

300 block of Highland Park Trail 30350 – On Oct. 17, a man said someone knocked on his door. He didn’t know the person, so he didn’t answer it. Shortly thereafter, the man began kicking the door. The suspect then fled before entering.

700 block of Huntcliff Village Drive 30350 – On Oct. 17 someone came in through an unlocked patio door and took a TV, iPad and game console.

300 block of Carpenter Drive 30328 – On Oct. 18, someone forced an apartment door open and entered the victim’s home. Several pieces of jewelry were taken.

5000 block of Gables Lane 30328 – On Oct. 18, someone entered the victim’s home while she was out of town. Missing is a bed, TV, china, sewing machine, women’s shoes (six pairs,) an iMac and iPod.


Abernathy Road 30328 – On Oct. 15, a 7×16 trailer belonging to CW Matthews Contracting Company was stolen from a construction site.

4900 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On Oct. 15, a 91-year-old woman reported that she was approached by a man in the cleaning aisle of the Kroger store. He asked her about the products. Either he or someone working with him took her wallet from her purse. She said the man was in his 50s, but no further description was given. The victim’s credit card was used at a Walgreens for $93, Shell gas station for $12, and an unsuccessful attempt at a QT store.

9400 block of Roberts Drive 30350 – On Oct. 15, a 60-year-old man reported that he was at his neighbor’s apartment having a drink with several women. One of the women asked him if they could go back to his apartment. He said she solicited him for sex. He said he didn’t pay for it. She then asked if she could spend the night. He said okay and they went to his apartment. Once there, he undressed and entered his bathroom. When he came out, the woman was gone as was his wallet, $260 cash and his iPhone.

4600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On Oct. 16, a man reported that he hired a man to repair three lasers. The man charged him $12,000 and told the victim one of the lasers needed to be taken in. He left with the laser (and the money) and has not been seen since.

Theft from Vehicles

Articles were stolen from vehicles on the following dates:

8800 block of Roswell Road 30350, Oct. 15.

200 block of Fieldsborn Court 30350, Oct. 15.

1100 block of Hammond Drive 30328, Oct. 16.

5600 block of Roswell Road 30342, Oct. 17.

5800 block of Kayron Drive 30328, Oct. 19.


A woman reported that she was contacted by a collection company about money owed on a T-Mobile account that was opened in July of this year. The account was opened using a Logan Street, Atlanta, address. She did not open the account. It was closed shortly thereafter.

4400 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On Oct. 15, a 68-year-old woman was approached by another woman, about 20 years old and heavyset.  She told the victim she found a bag of money that was not hers. The woman, who was with another woman in a van, said they should go to her lawyer’s office. The victim gave the woman a ride and was told that the lawyer’s suggestion was to each put up some money and then they could split it. The victim was asked to put up $25,000 which she eventually did. She gave the money to the woman in the van.

Bottom line: The victim is out the money. Asked why she went ahead with it, she responded that the women would not take ‘no’ for answer and she was in fear for her life. This is a found money scam that’s traditionally called a “Pigeon Drop.” The scam always targets a female senior citizen and begins with a bag of money found. The victim is asked to drive the suspect to a place, where the suspect talks to her boss or other unknown person who advises them to put the money away but pay up on taxes or earnest money. If you are approached by someone who said they found money, know two things: One, this is the beginning of a scam; and,  Two, why would they want to split found money with anyone?

 A woman reported that she sent off for hair extensions. The ones that arrived were not the right ones so she sent them back, but now her calls are not returned and no money has been refunded.

A man responded to a Craigslist ad to take care of someone’s grandmother. He was contacted by a man who said the grandmother would travel to Georgia and stay at a hotel for four months. He would be paid $600 each week. The victim was sent a check for $2,360 which he was to cash, keep some, and send the balance to an address out of town. He did so. He later was told by the bank the check was not good and he was responsible for the funds that he forwarded to the suspects via Western Union.

6600 block of Roswell Road – A restaurant employee reported on Oct. 18 that another employee was changing tip amounts on several credit card receipts by adding a dollar or so on each. Once they found out, the restaurant chain compensated each customer whose receipts were affected. This happened over a two-week period.


A man reported that he was at his attorney’s office when his attorney got upset and pushed him twice. He attempted to leave, but the attorney would not let him. Another man who was present in the room then stepped in and the man was allowed to leave. The man yelled “I’m suing you!” The attorney yelled back “I’ll represent you!”

Moises said Lidio knocked his phone from his hand and then slapped him in his face. He said the altercation was in response to Moises being with Lidio’s girlfriend, Deborah. She was gone when the cops arrived.


6600 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On Oct. 15 a 71-year-old woman called the police and told them that her live-in caretaker was given a debit card to purchase groceries and other items for her. The victim discovered that the caretaker was tapping the till in the form of paying for the items and then receiving cash back. Sometimes the caretaker purchased personal items on the card. The officer confronted the caretaker who had in her possession several receipts where she received cash back. She was arrested for Financial Transaction Card Fraud, with Identity Fraud and Theft charges being considered as well. She was taken to jail.

200 block of Sandy Springs Place 30328 – On Oct. 15, Kroger employees said an older woman drove around the store on the store’s electric cart and took several items, and then drove through the checkout and on toward the parking lot. She was stopped with $31 worth of stolen food. The cops were called. They arrested her but left her with a citation to appear in court. She was not taken to jail due to her disabilities. The suspect said she took the items because she has no money.

8700 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On Oct. 17, Publix employees caught a woman on a motorized scooter stealing groceries valued at just over $16. She was given a copy of charges to appear.

Other Things

A woman reported that her ex-boyfriend had been calling and texting her several times each day. She received as many as 15 calls a day. She told him that she would call the cops if he didn’t stop. He did for a while and then began again. The victim said her ex had a woman call her, pretending to be his ex’s mom.

A woman reported that her ex-husband has been continually calling her at her office and asking to speak with her manager.

Two people argued on the fourth floor of the Atlanta Art Institute. The argument was so disruptive that the staff activated the alarm to get security on the scene. The two were waiting for the cops, while in protective custody, downstairs. They said it was just a verbal and not physical argument, and they didn’t appreciate the school getting involved in their dysfunctional and most likely juvenile behavior.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.