The following incidents and arrests are some but not all of the reports filed with SSPD over the listed period, dated from Sept. 20 through Oct. 3.
The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.
6300 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 21, a robbery was reported when a man in line to purchase a PowerAde drink grabbed money out of the cash register and ran out of the store.
5300 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 25, a man described as a regular customer of the Valero gas station and convenience store purchased a pack of cigarettes. During the transaction, the employee opened the cash register and the customer grabbed money and ran out of the store.
6600 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 24, a23-year-old woman reported that her ex-boyfriend followed her out of a Publix, demanding to talk. They struggled and he took her cellphone and ran off.
400 block of Northridge Crossing—On Sept. 23, a woman reported that when she returned home and walked through her door, which was open, she saw a man carrying her 65-inch television. He dropped the TV and ran off when he saw the resident. When the lady looked around, she noticed some jewelry was missing.
5600 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 23, a resident returned home and discovered damage to her front door. She called police and when officers arrived, she found her apartment had been ransacked and several items were taken.
100 block of Cedar Run—On Sept. 24, police responded to a burglary call after a resident said she and her roommate heard a window being opened in another room. A man ran away from the apartment, got onto a blue moped and drove off. A security guard later found the moped, which belonged to a juvenile. The juvenile is the suspected burglar though charges had not been filed at the time of the report.
2000 block of Summit Place Drive—On Sept. 25, a burglary was reported when the manager of an apartment complex called police because a door was kicked in. The resident was out of town and unable to be contacted at the time of the report.
800 block of Crest Valley Drive—On Sept. 25, police officers responded to a burglary alarm and found the front door f a home had been forced open. Nothing was reported missing.
800 block of Johnson Ferry Road—On Sept. 28, police officers responded to an alarm at Subway around 12:30 a.m., and found a rear door had been forced open. The owner showed up and confirmed only a cash drawer, which had been empty, was taken. Nothing else was missing.
8600 block of Roberts Drive—On Sept. 28, a resident reported someone threw a large rock through her patio sliding door and entered the apartment. A black backpack with sparkling wine, dirty clothes and candy was later found near the apartment.
700 block of Carriage Drive—On Sept. 29, a resident reported a theft from his home of a 50-inch LG television.
1000 block of Brentwood Way—On Sept. 30, a resident said he found two male juveniles inside his apartment with a box of his personal items. The juveniles told the resident “someone sent us here,” and they returned his items and left. The resident said the juveniles entered through the back window.
8000 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 30, a resident reported someone entered his apartment and took several bottles of cologne and psychotropic medication. No forced entry was apparent.
7700 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 30, a burglary was reported where a front door was forced open but nothing was taken.
6500 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 1, employees of Insta Loan reported someone shattered the glass front door and entered. The burglar rummaged through the place but nothing was taken.
7800 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 1, the alarm went off at Title Max. Officers found forced entry to the store and the store manager said nothing was taken. The Weddings and Alterations store next door was burglarized when someone shattered the glass front door. A checkbook was taken.
800 block of Hammond Drive—On Sept. 20, a woman reported that she left a tablet in a hotel room, but could not get the hotel staff to respond to her call.
Brantley Road—On Sept. 21, a man reported items missing from the basement that he rented from the homeowner. The man reported that he believes the homeowner took his items.
200 block of Sandy Springs Place—On Sept. 22, a 79-year-old woman reported her purse was stolen after paying for groceries at Kroger. She said her purse was missing from the shopping cart.
900 block of Jefferson Drive—On Sept. 23, a 47-year old woman said that someone stole her bottle of “Pleasures” perfume that was on her bedroom table. She said that several staff members from the apartment complex were in the apartment on that day doing scheduled inspections. She spoke with the staff about the theft.
Garber Drive—Between Sept. 22 and 23, someone took a blue five-gear Cruiser bike and a red five-gear child’s bike from the carport area of a home.
Silver Lane—On Sept. 23, between 6 and 9 p.m., someone stole a Gary Fisher Mountain Bike from a resident’s carport.
REI Company representatives reported that they conducted a normal audit of store returns and found that one employee in the Sandy Springs store had an unusually high amount of returns. They investigated and found that the employee recorded returns on items sometimes months and years prior. The returns were “keyed” in instead of the normal scanning process, which was, in itself, suspicious. The company reps contacted a sampling of customers listed on the returns and found that none of them actually returned the items. They reported the average return was from about $80-$180. The employee is said to have netted, since 2011, about $15,000. They said the employee admitted to the thefts. They contacted the police in order to prosecute the former employee.
Highway 400—On Sept. 24, at around 4 p.m., a man doing survey work on GA 400 said he accidently left a Topcon ES Series surveying tool behind. When he returned around 8 p.m., it was gone.
7000 block of Central Parkway—On Sept. 25, a woman reported medications taken from her purse, which she had left on her desk.
5500 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 26, a man reported theft of $160 cash, two cellphones and his wallet. He was drinking with a friend at an apartment and his friend allegedly took his belongings when he used the restroom.
7800 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 28, a man reported his dinner and car keys were taken when he got up to use the bathroom at Morgan Falls Billiards.
6300 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 28, an employee of Hudson Grill set up a computer at a table near the bar to serve customers. Around 6 p.m. a customer took the computer and walked out the front door with a “to-go” container.
500 block of Hammond Drive—On Sept. 29, a man reported that he unloaded part of his landscaping equipment at his father’s home, in the back yard, in an open shed. He came back to the home that night and several items were stolen. It appears that someone jumped the fence to the back yard and took only those power tools that they could carry.
1100 block of Hammond Drive—On Sept. 29, a manager at Publix reported a man wearing scrubs stole six boxes of condoms by placing them in an Einstein Brother’s Bagel bag and ran out of the store.
8700 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 30, a loss prevention employee of Publix said that following an audit of customer service returns from June to September of this year, a particular employee’s rate of handling return transactions was double that of any other employee. Upon the internal investigation, the loss prevention person reported to police that the employee filed fraudulent returns totaling $20,000. The suspect appears to have added numerous coupons and money to returns and skimmed off the top. They found that each return was for the same customer—who happens to be her boyfriend. The loss prevention staff tried to speak with her, but she left the store and did not return.
Theft from Vehicles
1900 block of Island Ford Parkway 30350 on Sept. 20
5800 block of Kayron Drive 30328 on Sept. 19
5445 PDR 30342 on Sept. 22
1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy (x2) 30328 on Sept. 22
6500 block of Roswell Road 30328 on Sept. 23
6700 block of Roswell Road (x2) 30328 on Sept. 23
Spalding Circle 30350 on Sept. 23
400 block of Hilderbrand Drive 30328 on Sept. 23
6300 Powers Ferry Road 30327 on Sept. 23
1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy 30328 on Sept. 24
6021 Sandy Springs Circle 30328 on Sept. 24
4967 Roswell Road 30342 on Sept. 24
6075 Roswell Road 30328 on Sept. 29
600 block of Glenforest Road 30328 on Sept. 29
5600 Roswell Road 30342 on Sept. 29
4735 Roswell Road 30342 on Oct. 1
500 block of Hammond Drive 30328 on Oct. 1
A woman reported that someone used her debit card number at a store in Chattanooga, Tenn., charging $100.
A 75-year-old woman reported someone used her American Express Card information to purchase an Apple Laptop in Kingston, NY. The man was caught. He had used a fake ID and her information.
A 28-year old man said he was looking on the website Craigslist to find employment. He came across an ad to watch an elderly person. He contacted the ad poster and accepted the job. He was mailed a check for $2,000 and deposited it into his account. He was informed later that the check was fraudulent.
A 48-year old woman reported that someone used her personal information to open a Comcast account in Chicago. She found out when the collection company called about the $1,500 owed.
6500 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 21, a 23-year old man reported that a man whose girlfriend he had previously dated approached him. Apparently, the other guy thought the victim was stalking the girlfriend, and confronted the victim. The victim said he tried to walk away, and when he turned away to leave, the other guy hit him in the head three times and then grabbed his cellphone and smashed it. The other guy then got into a car and drove off.
6800 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 28, a 25-year old man reported that around 9 p.m. he was attempting to pull into the gate entrance of his apartment complex when another man, in a Kia Soul, almost cut him off. The man ended up behind the victim. The man exited his car and grabbed the victim by the collar and tried to pull him out of the car. The victim accelerated and went through the gate—with the man in tow. Once inside, the man let go and then was stuck inside. He then exited and fled when another car opened the gate.
6300 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 20, Costco employees watched a woman place items in her purse and leave the store without paying for them. The woman was detained and arrested for shoplifting.
200 block of Northwood Drive—On Sept. 21 at about 8 p.m., officers responded to an assault call. A man said another man, who fled the scene afterward, beat him. The victim said he and his friend got into an argument that turned into a fight. The victim had a swollen eye, a lacerated lip and bloody nose. He told the officers that he didn’t know his friend’s name. A witness said the man who assaulted the victim is about 5’-5”, about 150 pounds and that he who wore a red shirt and jeans. He hit the victim three times and then sat down and finished his beer before walking away. The suspect was located a short distance away and arrested. All involved are homeless men who frequent the area of Northwood Drive.
5600 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 21, Target Store security watched as a man took an open a cellphone case and place it on his cellphone, and then walked out. He was detained and arrested.
Highway 285 at Peachtree Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 22, an officer observed a man driving on the right emergency lane onto the ramp. The driver was found to have been smoking marijuana, after the officer smelled marijuana in the car but the driver denied having smoked it. When the officer said he was going to deploy the K-9, the driver said he suddenly remembered he had marijuana in the console. He was issued a citation for the traffic offense and possession of marijuana.
8700 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 24, Publix Store employees observed a man place several grocery items in a bag and then leave the store without paying. He was detained and later cited for shoplifting.
7300 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 26, a patrol officer ran a Washington State tag on a black Ford Explorer. The tag information showed that the Explorer was stolen. The officer stopped the car, and three men exited the car and ran. The officer briefly chased the driver, and while doing so, heard footsteps approaching him. When he turned, one of the men was running directly toward him. The officer said the man then turned and again fled. The officer, who initially drew his weapon, holstered it and ran after the man. The suspect was later found and apprehended by another officer. He was charged with the stolen car, obstruction and a marijuana charge.
6300 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 29, a woman was arrested after Costco employees observed her take a Samsung Blue-Ray Player and conceal it in a large Oral B box, and then walk out. She was detained and later charged with shoplifting and issued a citation pending a court appearance. She told the officer she made “a big mistake.”
200 block of Sandy Springs Place—On Oct. 1, an officer was called to Meehan’s Pub around 11 a.m. regarding a man urinating on the sidewalk. The man was trying to get into the bar before it opened. The man was pretty drunk. His fly was open, but he denied urinating. He was arrested. The officer noted that the man’s words were very mean on the way to jail. Among the hurtful things said and recorded were that he knew judges and lawyers and the officer would lose his job. He even told the officer to “f—- off!”
5500 block of Roswell Road—Police officers were called to an apartment at 3 a.m. regarding loud music. The resident was issued a noise-violation citation.
Dunwoody Place—On Sept. 22, just after noon, a woman reported she and her mother were in her car on intending to make a left turn onto Northridge Road. The light turned and so she stopped. The driver behind her honked his horn. She got out to see what he wanted, and he cursed at her. Her mother got out of the car and the passenger of the car behind them got out, and called the mother names, cursing again. The driver of the car said he was late to work and would “Glock” her, and then he pointed his finger at her as if he were shooting a pretend gun.
Highway 285—On Sept. 23, around 3:40 p.m., an officer located a car that he thought to be disabled on I-285 East over GA 400. He approached the car, which was still running, and found a cellphone in it, but no driver. Next to the car was a pair of sandals next to the wall of the road. He looked over the wall and saw a woman lying on the pavement of GA 400. EMS responded and took the woman to the hospital. She had apparently jumped from the road onto GA 400. The woman told the officer that she jumped intentionally. She was taken to Grady, where she is expected to survive.
Northland Drive—On Sept. 25, a woman said she received a call from a man who said he was a neighbor. The man said the woman’s daughter took his dog and he threatened to kill the woman. The woman and her 22-year-old daughter said they knew nothing of the man’s dog. The victim tried to call the number back, but the number was listed as not in service.
Roswell Road Whole Foods—On Sept. 29, a woman said she was walking into the Whole Foods Store and a dog, tied to a chair, bit her on the leg. The dog’s owner, who was inside at the time, later confirmed, as did the owner’s vet, that the dog was current on shots. The victim went to the doctor with a bruise and bite on her calf.
7800 block of Holcomb Bridge Road—On Sept. 30, a Shell Store employee said they fired an employee earlier in the day. The fired employee told them “you’ll see me again” as he left. Later, around 9:30 p.m., he set the dumpster on fire and tried to set the employee’s car on fire. A witness, who was pumping gas, watched him set the fires. According to the witness, the suspect peeked through some bushes near the dumpster, and then poured gas in the dumpster and near the car. The suspect threw the gas can under the car and tried to light it with a lighter, but failed. He then looked up and saw the witness, so he turned around and walked away. The incident was also caught on video.