By Capt. Steve Rose, SSPD
The following incidents and arrests are some but not all of the reports filed with SSPD over the listed period, dated through Aug. 15. The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.
7500 block of Chaparral Drive – On Aug. 13, Sharon Wilkins was shot and killed by her estranged husband Dan Wilkins at Wilkins’ mother’s home. Dan Wilkins shot and killed himself as officers approached the home in response to a 911 call. Wilkins’ mother, who was at home at the time, was not injured. The victim and offender leave behind a 14-year-old daughter who was at school at the time of the shooting.
8000 block of Adair Lane – On Aug. 11, four men in a Honda Accord robbed a man as he was walking at Cascade Apartments. Two men, one with a gun, got out of the Honda and robbed him. They headed south on Roswell Road. He flagged down an acquaintance and they followed the suspects’ car, locating it near Morgan Falls and Roswell roads. They followed the suspects as they turned west on Morgan Falls Road. The suspects began driving erratically, and then shot at the victim and his friend, so the friend quit following the car. A patrol car spotted the suspect’s car on Roswell Road and with the assistance of the street-crimes unit members, police pulled the car over and detained the four people, who were later identified as robbery suspects. They were all arrested on felony charges, including robbery and aggravated assault. Officers recovered 9mm shell casings on Roswell Road.
6900 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On July 22, officers were called to a carjacking at the Lodge Apartments just before midnight. A woman had been shot in the abdomen. She was being attended by EMS personnel and was later transported to North Fulton Hospital. She will recover. Her husband, also at the scene, said she picked him up from his job on Roswell Road, and when they arrived home in the parking lot, two men approached them and got into the driver’s seat. The woman hit him with her purse to keep him from closing the door. The suspect then fired two shots–one hitting her. The two suspects fled in the victim’s car. Detectives are working leads on this but no arrests yet.
1st block of Cedar Run 30350 – On July 27, just before 7 p.m., police were called to the Azalea Park Apartments on a reported robbery. The victim was a drug dealer who told officers that three of his customers robbed him at gunpoint of his marijuana. He told officers that he works as a machine operator, and has been selling weed to supplement his income. The three suspects took $200 cash and a quarter-ounce of marijuana. He was treated at the scene by EMS for a facial injury and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital for follow up. He was also charged with disorderly conduct for the marijuana (citation), and released at the hospital.
100 block of Pargate Drive – On Aug. 12, a woman reported her MacBook Pro was stolen from her home. Officers found a window unlocked and apparently tampered with. She said she suspects her “weird neighbors” who recently moved in. She said she thinks her neighbors are drug addicts because one of them asked her to purchase Pseudoephedrine pills, which are used to make methamphetamine, for them.
5400 block of Meridian Mark Road – On Aug. 11, an employee of a doctor’s office reported that her purse was taken from an employee area. Missing items include an iPhone, credit cards, identification and $4. Her credit card was used shortly after the theft somewhere in Atlanta.
7300 block of Roswell Road – On Aug. 11, a man accidentally dropped his wallet near the pump at a gas station. He realized it later and returned, but the wallet was gone. Video showed a driver of a Honda Civic taking the wallet from the pavement and driving off. The card was later declined at several locations, but the owner of the wallet lost $250 cash. The clerk recognized the driver as a regular customer.
4800 block of Kendall Court – On Aug. 12, a landscaping employee said two men in a red Ford Explorer pulled up next to his landscaping truck and then drove off. The victim returned to his truck (unlocked) and found that two cellphones, valued at $900, were gone. A $200 Stihl saw was also taken.
7500 block of Roswell Road – On Aug. 12, a grocery store manager said a man came into the store and stole a four-pack of Moscato Sutter Home wine.
8700 block of Roswell Road – On Aug. 12, grocery store personnel saw a man walking around the store, placing several items inside a book bag. The man ordered wings from the deli and ate them, then drank a bottle of water. After eating, and before paying, the man tried to exit the store, but employees confronted him. The employees asked about the items in the book bag, and he said he “didn’t know why he did that.” He was later arrested and given a five-year criminal trespass warning not to re-enter the store.
5600 block of Roswell Road – On Aug. 12, employees at a discount department store saw a woman steal $53 in bracelets by placing them on the arms of one of four juvenile children with her. The woman was not arrested because police could find no one to take custody of the children, but the woman is scheduled to appear in court on shoplifting charges.
Theft from Vehicles
17 Cedar Run 30350, on 8/11
5000 block of Sherrell Drive 30342, on 8/11
5500 block of Roswell Road 30342, on 8/11
5500 block of PDR 30342, on 8/12
1150 Lake Hearn Drive 30342, on 8/12
6080 Roswell Road 30328, on 8/12
6110 PDR 30328, on 8/12
7000 block of Selkirk Drive 30328, on 8/13
700 block of Old Creek Trail 30328, on 8/13
1000 block of Crestline Pkwy 30342, on 8/14
East Chambord Drive 30342, on 8/14
5600 block of Roswell Road – On Aug. 11, employees of a discount department store called the police regarding a man who committed fraud by presenting fake coupons for Energizer batteries. The staff had just received an interoffice memo warning them of the fraud. The manager of the store told the suspect that he would check the coupon policy, which would give him the opportunity to call the cops. The suspect grabbed the manager by the arm, restricting him from going behind the service counter. A call went out to security and the man fled the store, getting into a black Ford Fusion parked at the rear of the store, and driven by a woman. The car left the location, driving in a dangerous manner. Police spotted and pulled over the car. The pair was arrested and taken to Alpharetta’s Fulton Jail Annex.
A 48-year old man reported that he received mail stating that he had opened a $200 account with a toy store. He cancelled the account.
A 21-year old woman said she was contacted on a babysitting website to take on a client. The client mailed a check for $3,850 with instructions to deposit it, take $350 and mail the rest to a third party in Texas. She deposited the check and received a number of text messages from the client. She suspected a fraud and confirmed it with the bank. She did not send money forward.
A 29-year old woman reported that she applied for a job as a babysitter online and was contacted by someone in Australia named “Diana,” who was going to relocate to Atlanta. She hired her in advance and said she wanted the victim to take care of things prior to her arrival, so a check for $2,850 was mailed, which she deposited. Per instructions, she then purchased $2,500 in Money Pac Cards to send to Diana, keeping the balance. She was later told the check was fake.
A 34-year-old woman reported someone accessed her Chase Visa Card and made purchases and made two failed attempted purchases at a lingerie store in Pembroke Pine, Florida.
A 59-year-old woman said she gave her friend her credit card to purchase two tickets for $1,500, but he paid $4,800 for them, and then he made other purchases totaling $6,269.
A 50-year-old man said someone has been using his name and information to acquire several loans, including one from a financial institution in Oregon.
A 35-year old man said someone financed a 2008 Toyota Camry in September 2011 using his name and information. The account was closed for nonpayment and the car was later repossessed.
A 46-year old man said he attended a nightclub on Powers Ferry Road and obtained a 30-minute lap dance for $100. He and the dancer agreed that he would hand over his debit card, but told the girl not to charge it more than $100. The man later found a charge for $584 from the club. He also noticed the signature was not his.
6000 block of Roswell Road – On Aug. 11, police were called to the a nightclub regarding a woman who was injured in the leg following an assault. She and her former boyfriend argued because she is dating someone else. He threw her down and then drove off in his Cadillac Escalade.
4900 block of Roswell Road – On Aug. 11, at about 1:30 a.m. police responded to a disturbance at a convenience store. An intoxicated and angry man punched a video slot machine, causing the screen to break. He mumbled something about a “bonus” that he apparently didn’t receive from the machine. He was arrested for public intoxication.