By Capt. Steve Rose
The following incidents and arrests are some but not all of the reports filed with SSPD over the listed period, dated through July 17.
The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.
Hope Road 30350 – On July 4, a man reported that around 2:30 p.m. he was walking along Hope Road when he was approached by a man walking in the opposite direction. The suspect punched the victim and then took his wallet and glasses. The suspect then fled.
5700 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On July 16, a 60-year-old man reported that just after 9 p.m., he was standing at the front door of the Chevron gas station when he was approached by a young man who produced a box cutter and pinned him up against a car. A nearby witness yelled at the suspect who replied, “He has my money,” and then reached into the victim’s pocket and took a bottle of prescription pills and then fled. The box cutter was recovered at the scene. The victim said he was homeless and frequents the Roswell Road and Northwood Drive area. He was not injured.
7800 block of Colquitt Road 30350 – On July 7, a vacant apartment was burglarized by the suspect coming in through a window lifted off the track. A pressure washer and hand tools were taken.
6400 block of Wright Road 30328 – On July 7, just before noon, officers answered an alarm at a home. No forced entry was found, but there was evidence someone tried to take a flat screen TV. Other bedrooms were ransacked, and it appeared the burglar perhaps took at least one smaller TV. A broken window next to the deadbolt location on the door was found. Other items were also reported taken.
200 block of Winding River Drive 30350 – On July 7, the victim’s front door was forced open sometime between July 3 and July 7. At the time of the report, the victim was not sure of any loss.
300 block of Glencastle Drive 30342 – On July 9, the resident said someone went into his carport and took items including a backpack leaf blower. The victim’s carport closet and car were also entered. Six dollars in change was taken from the car. A second burglary (garage) next door was also reported. A backpack blower and two old computer towers that didn’t work were taken.
5000 block of Spalding Drive 30350 – On July 14, the victim said someone forced entry to the home and took JVC speakers, a desktop, monitor and laptop. The victim said he had cameras but they were not working. He had serial numbers for the missing items, but they were contained on the stolen laptop.
2000 block of Dunwoody Club Drive 30350 – On July 5, just before 10 a.m., one guy punched another guy. According to the victim, a guy in a red pickup truck exchanged words with him. Both ended up in the a grocery store parking lot. The guy in the truck got out, approached the victim’s car, opened the door, and punched him. The victim exited the car to defend himself. The car, left in gear, rolled and hit a Honda Civic that hit a Hyundai Accent. The guy in the truck said he was driving to the store to drop off flags when he saw the victim in his Saab, honking his horn at another vehicle. He honked his at the (victim) to indicate that he should cool off. Didn’t work. The now victim flipped him off and this began the chain of events. The guy in the red pickup truck was arrested.
5500 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On July 12 a 29-year-old man said he arrived at his home around 9 p.m. after being out and having some drinks. His girlfriend, waiting at home, was upset. He said she got “amped up” and head-butted him, knocking out his front teeth.
Other domestic violence calls handled that night were in the 700 block of Hammond Drive, 100 block of Highland Park Trail, Spalding Trail, 1800 block of Harbor Pointe Parkway, 8300 block of Roswell Road, 6300 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road, and the 600 block of Spring Creek Lane.
A 54-year-old man reported that someone opened an account in his name with a bank. Credit cards were mailed to his home. When he received them, he contacted the bank and was told that charges had already been placed on the account. Someone tried to use the cards at a discount department store on Caroline Street in Atlanta.
300 block of Winding River Drive 30350 – On July 4, cops responded to an apartment and spoke with a woman who said she did not know who called. Her boyfriend, she said, was in the bathroom. They knocked on the door, requesting his presence. He said he was undressed. The woman handed him a pair of pants. Seconds later, they heard glass breaking in the bathroom and found that the man had escaped through a window. Minutes later, the man reappeared at the front door, bloody and cut up. Seems he failed to successfully negotiate the window glass during his escape. He was taken to Northside Hospital to be treated and then taken to jail. He was wanted on a Fulton County warrant for probation violation.
1100 block of Mount Vernon Highway 30328 – On July 6, the manager of a business flagged down an officer, telling him that they caught a shoplifter. The manager watched a video recording as the offender walked into the store and headed to the air-pistol section. The manager then approached the man, asking what he was doing. The man said: “I need a gun to commit a robbery with my bitch.” The man then placed the gun in a Goodwill bag and walked toward the door at a quick pace. He was detained by the staff. He was later arrested for the $42 theft.
Hampton Drive 30350 – On July 7 officers were called to an apartment address regarding two men fighting. As they approached, one of the men asked to be handcuffed, telling officers that it was his fault. He was clearly intoxicated. He was also clearly angry at the other man because he used the offender’s Xbox for movies and games without asking permission. He also complained that the victim kept him awake by chewing ice. The offender was eventually arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.
1100 block of Mount Vernon Highway 30328 – On July 7, store security officers detained one man for trying to conceal a pair of Adidas Samba shoes by placing them inside his shirt and walking out. He was arrested for shoplifting.
SSPD detectives arrested a woman who was charged with reckless conduct after officers were called to a home improvement store in the early afternoon of July 13. Witnesses said a 2-year-old was in the car in 86 degree temperatures, and appeared to be in distress. The child was crying and pressing against the windows, which were up. The woman arrived soon after, and following a brief confrontation with witnesses, left the location prior to the arrival of police. She turned herself in a few days later.
1600 block of Powers Ridge – A resident spotted two men in her driveway just after 3 a.m. The pair fled to a small compact car, driven by an unknown person, and departed. A car, parked in the driveway, was entered and a pink change purse with $10 dollars in quarters was stolen. The purse was located shortly after by one of the officers.
700 block of Hammond Drive 30328 – On July 6, several people reported that beer cans and eggs were thrown from an upper floor balcony, landing in the swimming pool they were in. The officers were unable to locate the offender(s).