The following incidents and arrests are taken from some, but not all, of the reports filed with the Sandy Springs Police Department in the week ending Dec. 5
The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department and is presumed to be accurate.
Additional commentary provided by Cpt. Steve Rose.
8300 block of Roswell Road 30350 — An employee said a young man came into the store around 10:50 a.m. on Dec. 2, pulled a gun and demanded money. The employee told the robber that he was having a bad day and had to attend a funeral. The robber told him he had kids to feed. Again, the employee asked the robber to reconsider. The robber said “This is your lucky day” and left.
2000 block of Dunwoody Club Drive 30350 — About 7:20 p.m. on Dec. 4, officers met with an employee of a pizza restaurant who said he had been robbed. He said the robber came in through the back door, pointed a rifle at him and told him to walk to the cash register. The victim said he recognized the gun as a BB gun and tried to disarm the man. A fight ensued and the manager sustained minor injuries to the face. However, he managed to take the BB gun from the suspect. The suspect fled.
100 block of Northwood Drive 30342 — A man reported he was standing outside his apartment on Dec. 5 just after midnight watching videos on his phone. He was approached by a man who “came at him,” so he punched him. Another man came up on him and knocked him down. They took his book bag containing a phone charger and other minor objects.
7100 block of Peachtree-DeKalb Road 30328 — A man said that just after 7 a.m. on Dec. 5, he was walking to the MARTA gate from his apartment and noticed a man walking behind him. The man said “Yo” to the victim, who turned around and saw the man was holding a 6-7 inch knife on him. The suspect took the victim’s wallet and phone.
6000 block of Roswell Road 30328 — On Dec. 2, a mailbox company reported that someone forced open the door to its office over the Thanksgiving holiday, got inside and took $500 from the cash register.
400 block of Morgan Falls Drive 30350 — On Dec. 2, a man reported someone broke into his apartment when he was out of town. A Wii game system and other items are missing.
8800 block of Dunwoody Place 30350 — On Dec. 3, sometime overnight, someone forced entry into an apartment or attempted to. An alarm activated. Nothing was reported taken.
8200 block of Colquitt Road 30350 — On Dec. 3, someone entered an apartment through a sliding patio door between 10 a.m. and noon. Several rooms were entered, but nothing reported stolen.
500 block of River Valley Road 30328 — On Dec. 3, between 8:50 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., someone pried a rear sliding door. Several items were taken from the master bedroom, including jewelry, an iPad, and expensive wine.
300 Carpenter Drive 30328 — On Dec. 3, a resident of a senior community reported someone took $290 from her purse, which was on her dining room table.
6400 block of Williamson Drive 30328 — On Dec. 5, the victim said he was gone from 6 a.m. until 7:20 pm. He returned to find that a back-door window was damaged and removed. Missing are some older coins and $10 cash.
6100 block of Rivershore Parkway 30328 — On Dec. 1, a woman reported that someone took jewelry from her bathroom vanity drawer sometime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 23. Over that time, an electrician and housekeeper had access to the home.
5000 block of North Powers Ferry Road 30328 — On Dec. 1, a resident reported someone stole a Michael Jordan # 45 jersey, a Wayne Gretzky jersey, an iPhone, earrings and $12.
200 block of Mount Vernon Highway 30328 — On Dec. 2, a restaurant employee said someone took her cell phone about 3 a.m. It had been on one of the tables.
TIP: This brings up a good point: Find and activate the “Find My iPhone” app if you have one. Check around for other “tracing GPS apps or options for other phones. We (Sandy Springs Police) have actually located someone walking down the road after stealing an iPhone by GPS coordinates.
300 block of Hammond Drive 30328 — On Dec. 2, plants and pottery were reported stolen by the resident.
6900 block Roswell Road 30328 — On Dec. 2, a man reported that his ex-girlfriend took his TV and laptop that he rented from Rent-A-Center when she moved out.
700 block of Hammond Drive 30328 — On Dec. 2, a man reported that someone stole a Cadwell Cascade EMG Machine valued at $50,000 from his condo.
8600 block of Roswell Road — The owner of a sports bar reported on Dec. 3 that she believes an ex-employee made unauthorized charges in the amounts of $225 and $298.
A 38-year old woman said her wallet was taken from her purse, which was inside her shopping cart while she shopped at a grocery store. She learned that someone immediately used one of her credit cards at the nearby discount department store for two charges of just over $200 and a $25 charge at a coffee shop. She was also told that her Nordstrom’s card was also used.
5900 block f Roswell Road 30328 – On Dec. 5, a 71-year-old woman reported that while shopping at a grocery store, she realized that someone had taken her wallet from her purse. She later found that the one of her credit cards had been used. She is missing several cards and $20 cash.
TIP: Let’s cover this again: Placing your purse in the seat of the shopping cart should be accompanied by zipping the purse shut with the wallet inside. You can strap the purse to the cart but rarely do they take the whole purse. They just want the wallet. Watch out for tag-team suspects, one to distract and the other to take the wallet. Zip it!
THEFTS FROM VEHICLES
6345 Powers Ferry Road 30342 Catalytic Converter 12/1
1600 Riveredge Pkwy 30328 Catalytic Converter 12/1
5400 block Meridian Mark Drive 30342 Book bag with two calculators 12/2
5600 Roswell Road 30342 2 laptops, iPhone charger, book bag 12/2
1000 block of Brentwood Way 30350 Temporary Tag 12/2
1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy 30328 IBM ThinkPad and Microsoft Tablet 12/3
5600 Roswell Road 30342 Camcorder and bag 12/3
4900 block of Roswell Road 30342 Not listed 12/3
6335 Roswell Road 30328 Purse and gym bag 12/4
780 Johnson Ferry Road 30342 Brief Case and documents 12/4
6069 Roswell Road 30328 Not Known 12/4
8879 Roswell Road 30350 North River Tavern / Purse taken 12/4
8100 block of Colquitt Road 30350– On Dec. 4, a woman reported that she was on Craigslist, responding to an ad to provide care for an elderly woman. She was contacted by a man named who said he was relocating his mother from England to Greyfield Lane. He sent the woman a check for $2,450 and told her to keep $500 and forward the rest to his real estate agent at a separate address. She did so, but her husband smelled a rat and put a stop-payment on the check. The $2,450 check came back fraudulent.
A man reported that he purchased two airline tickets from an online site called “Nobel Travel, 4567 Burling St, Flushing NY.” He wired $2,750 via PayPal. He was later informed by the airline, Lufthansa, that the tickets were fraudulent.
200 block of Sandy Springs Circle 30328 — On Dec. 5, a man attempted to cash a $1,442. A bank employee noticed the logo on the check was “fuzzy” and the account number had too many numbers. The suspect fled the bank on foot.
6600 block of Roswell Road 30328 — On Dec. 5 a restaurant manager said he received a call from someone saying he was with Georgia Power Co. and if the restaurant didn’t pay $500, power would be cut off. The attempt was not successful.
A woman reported she is getting text messages from a man who said he is her lover and is going to tell her father. She has no idea who he is.
Hammond Drive and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 30328 — On Dec. 1, an officer reported that he stopped a man to speak to him about the man’s pants. They were hanging down to his knees as he walked in a public area. The man also was checked through the National Crime Information Center and found to be wanted in Newton and Rockdale counties on multiple felony warrants. In fact, he was listed on the “Most Wanted” section of the Newton County website. He was arrested and turned over to Fulton Jail.
A lot of crooks go for the “sagging” look, which is fine by me. They can’t run too fast and looks really funny when they trip and fall.
1100 block of Hammond Drive 30328 — On Dec. 1, a Crime Suppression Team officer observed a man urinating in a parking lot. A woman with the man gave the officer a false name. Her real name was discovered and she was wanted in DeKalb County for probation violations and in Newton County for the same. Both were arrested.
Windsor Parkway and Mabry Road 30342 – On Dec. 2, cops arrested a man for soliciting. The man told a passing motorist that his car was overheated and he needed funds to fix it. The officer noted in the report that the car appeared to run normally and the man had been arrested before for doing the same thing. A woman was with him and she, too, was booked.
Dunwoody Place and Hope Road 30350 — On Dec. 3, an officer, following traffic stop, smelled burnt marijuana in the car. The driver said nothing was in the car, but said she smoked marijuana earlier in the day. She gave the officer a false name. The officer called for a K-9 to do an “open air” sniff. Prior to that, the female said she had some marijuana and pulled a small bag from her bra. The dog later alerted on the trunk where several small bags of marijuana were located as well as three handguns. The driver and female passenger were later charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Firearms violations.
An officer checked two persons panhandling on Mt. Vernon Highway on Dec. 4. The man was wanted in Macon, Ga., on a probation warrant. He was arrested. The female was told not to return and was allowed to leave.
8600 block of Roswell Road — Officers made traffic stop just after 5 p.m. on Dec. 4. In the car’s driver’s seat, they found a bottle containing 164 Oxycodone pills. The man driving and the woman passenger were asked about the pills. The woman said the man placed the bottle behind her in the seat and told her to “put this in your pants” as he was being pulled over. She signed a statement to that effect. Both were arrested. (Nice guy.)