The following incidents and arrests are some but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from Dec. 23 through Dec. 31.
The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate. Snarky comments courtesy of Capt. Steve Rose.
215 Northwood Drive—On Dec. 29, police responded to a robbery just before 1 a.m., where a man said he was walking with a group of friends on Northwood Drive after being dropped off by a taxi. He said he was walking slower than his friends and, at one point a white Honda pulled up and two men got out and pulled a gun on him. They forced him to the ground, took his wallet and fled. The story soon changed to read that the group of friends was behind him, and walked toward another direction. The other oddity was the location he was dropped off. He was let out at 120 Northwood and walked down the road to 215. He couldn’t explain that point. The report noted that the victim was visibly intoxicated. He did suffer some minor lacerations to the face but declined medical assistance.
400 block of Pickering Lane—On Dec. 24, a resident reported she had just purchased a backpack leaf blower that was subsequently stolen from the garage. The resident said that while making breakfast, she heard a loud noise from the garage area and saw a man getting into a black passenger car that left quickly onto Mount. Paran Road. She believes the car was a Nissan. The man appeared to be in his 20s, with an average build and dark hair.
200 block of Bainbridge Drive—On Dec. 25, a resident reported that between Dec. 8 and Dec. 25 someone burglarized the residence by forcing a door. Although it appears access was gained, nothing was taken.
8404 Roswell Road—On Dec. 26, a man said his apartment was damaged by water following a fire. He was displaced for a time during repairs. He said someone illegally entered his apartment while it was off limits to the resident. Several items were stolen from the damaged apartment.
4300 block of Northside Drive—On Dec. 28, a man reported that between Dec. 22 and Dec. 28, someone entered his residence, which is currently under construction, and took two two-ton, high-efficiency furnaces made by Carrier.
1000 block of Huntcliff—On Dec. 29, a business owner said someone entered the business without force, and went through the register. Several keys were moved around but nothing was taken.
290 Winding River Drive—On Dec. 29, a resident said some important papers were taken from her residence. She said they must have been taken on Dec. 28 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
1000 Johnson Ferry Road—On Dec. 24, an employee of Northside Hospital reported that she left her purse on the desk at the end of a hallway, near the nurse’s station. Later, she discovered the purse was missing. Several charges were unsuccessfully attempted at an undetermined Target Store for $106 and $530 each.
8763 Roswell Road—A man walked into the BP and paid for just over $6 in gas. He went out and actually pumped more than $41 in gas. The clerk asked him to pay the balance. He drove off.
Well someone screwed up because the pump is designed to program the dollar amount you pre-pay for.
8000 block of Roswell Road—On Dec. 26, a man hired another man to drive a truck to deliver some items to a specific location. The man never made it to the location and couldn’t be found for 24 hours. He finally contacted the man via cellphone and was given a location where he dropped the truck off. The victim reported the GPS was missing from the truck when he recovered it.
Comcast contacted the police to report that some equipment, located in a box some 50 feet up a pole, had been tampered with and pieces stolen. The officer said he would meet them sometime between 3 and 6 p.m.
1130 Spalding Drive—On Dec. 26, a man doing work on the Woodland Elementary School reported that construction equipment, called hot welders, were taken.
5956 Roswell Road—On Dec. 26, a man reported that his cellphone was stolen from his locker at the Knuckle Up Fitness gym sometime between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. The phone was in his gym bag on top of the locker. Oddly enough, $100 in cash, also in the bag, was untouched.
7736 Spalding Drive—On Dec. 27, the manager of a Publix said a man in his 50s took $184 in meats and other items and walked out without paying. The manager went outside and confronted the man, who bolted but left behind the food items.
6225 Roswell Road—On Dec. 27, at around 6:15 p.m., an employee reported that a woman ordered food and attempted to pay with an invalid gift card. She left and refused to stop when confronted.
6690 Roswell Road—On Dec. 27, a woman said she left her vehicle remote and house keys inside an unlocked locker while working out at the gym. Although the items were stolen, it appears her car was not entered.
6690 Roswell Road –On Dec. 28, a man said someone got into his locked gym locker and took his gym bag and keys. He then found his car had been entered and his money taken from his wallet. Missing is clothing worth $200, Nokia Lumia Cellphone, red lifting gloves and $100 cash.
6690 Roswell Road—On Dec. 29, a woman reported someone took her black jacket and car keys from her unlocked locker in the women’s locker room.
1155 Mount. Vernon Highway—On Dec. 28, a man reported that while he was playing basketball, someone entered his gym bag courtside and took his iPhone 6 from the bag.
5560 Roswell Road—A woman said she dropped off two packages at Staples, to be shipped to AT&T. They contained two iPhones that she was returning. Five days later, AT&T said they had not received them. She discovered that neither package had been scanned when dropped off at Staples and were nowhere to be found.
6000 block of Roswell Road—On Dec. 29, a woman said she gave a man, whom she knew, $1,200 cash to buy a car at an auction. She said the man worked for Quality Auto Solution in Marietta. He called her later and said he purchased the car, but wanted to keep it and give it to his mother. He said he would send her $2,200. He never sent the money. She tried calling and reported that she has received some threatening calls from Mr. Gibb’s associates. The officer checked Gibbs and found three warrants outstanding on him.
1041 Brentwood Way—On Dec. 29, an employee of a Chinese restaurant delivered $42 in food to an apartment. He knocked and a young man answered. The man took the food and slammed the door shut, refusing to pay. The driver called the police. The officer walked to the back of the apartment where he found the door open. The apartment was vacant.
A woman reported that someone opened an account with Chase Bank in her name. The person opening the account used an address on McDaniel Street in Atlanta. No illegal activity was found on the account—meaning they caught it in time.
A man reported that he purchased a 2003 Chevy Tahoe through eBay Motors for $1,500. He purchased the vehicle by using 3 MoneyPak Cards for $500 each. The car was to be shipped in three to five days. It was never sent. The man, who lives in West Virginia, checked with eBay Motors and the company confirmed that the money was not received. He doesn’t know if the seller received the money or not and otherwise has no idea where it is.
Long distance sales carry the risk of fraud. You really, really need to do a good bit of research before committing your money. For instance, this 2003 Tahoe was listed for $1,500. That alone should be a red flare. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Without going into the specifics on the car, I pulled up the CarMax “No Haggle” price on a 2003 Tahoe LT and LS. They were $12,998 and $12,599 respectively. I’d stay local if possible. Eye to eye and make it a cash sale after a mechanic checks it out.
A man reported that he used a service called Click4Support to fix his computer. He later received a call from someone claiming to represent the company and who said they accidentally overcharged him and that they owed him $199. He was told it would be credited to his checking account. Later, he received another call saying they accidently credited him too much by $500 and needed $301 returned to them. Before checking the account, he obtained a MoneyGram for $301 and sent it to a Click4Support employee named Elizabeth Vallen, in India. Of course, later when he checked with the bank, they told him $500 was never credited to his bank account. He was able to cancel the MoneyGram card, which really upset the crook, who called and threatened to empty his bank account and zap his computer if he didn’t pay up. He blocked the calls and changed his bank account numbers.
Fortunate ending for the guy who didn’t lose any money, but after the transaction is NOT the time to check the validity of the transaction. Remember to be politely skeptical—even if to yourself and check EVERYTHING out especially when dealing remotely.
A woman reported that she was contacted by a credit card company and told she had a past due balance of $28. She was notified by another company of a past due balance of $487. She had not opened any accounts with either company. The company reps gave her the name of the person on the account, who happened to be her sister. She said she is looking for but has not been able to contact her.
Domestic Violence Calls were answered at:
6851 Roswell Road on 12/24
4717 Roswell Road on 12/24
7000 Roswell Road on 12/24
8165 Roswell Road on 12/24
8701 Dunwoody Place on 12/25
4735 Roswell Road on 12/25
8725 Roswell Road on 12/27
8610 Roswell Road—On Dec. 27, a man reported that he was inside Tony’s Sports Bar and got into an altercation around 2 a.m. with a man who calls himself “Billions.” He said he was cleaning up a mess near the man’s table when “Billions” grabbed him, choked him and said, “I will (expletive deleted) kill you!” The owner and manager broke it up. The man went home and was advised by his mother to call the police. Asked why he didn’t call from the scene, he said Tony, the owner, did not want the police at the business. The victim said he knew the suspect only as “Billions” and believes he works at the barbershop near the Northridge Kroger.
Cedar Run—On Dec. 26, a woman reported that her son was married to a woman who is also legally married to a man in Ohio. Her son and the woman were involved in a domestic violence situation that resulted in her son going to jail. She did some research and found no record of the divorce that she claims to have gotten as a result of domestic violence in her first marriage.
A woman was stopped for a traffic offense and when the officer approached the car, he noticed the smell of marijuana. Asking her about it she responded, “I may have some friends in the car who use marijuana,” which immediately threw her friends under the bus. Fortunately for them, they were not in the car—or else her friends were imaginary. The officer cited her for 2.5 grams of weed found in a pill bottle.
A man came into the police reception area requesting a background check. The background check showed he was wanted for statutory rape. He was arrested.
6100 block of Roswell Road—On Dec. 26, around 2 a.m. officers received a call about a disturbance and found a couple arguing. The police found out from the woman that her husband was driving in circles, which made her feel unsafe. She demanded he pull over, where she exited the truck. He continued attempting to get her back in but she refused. He then attempted to force her back in the truck by grabbing her, however it was not successful. He was arrested for disorderly conduct under the influence and she was given a ride home.
7875 Roswell Road—On Dec. 27, police were called to the location just before 2 a.m. regarding a woman yelling at another. The woman was yelling that the other woman was a drug dealer. The officers tried to get the woman calmed down, however she kept yelling. The officer asked if she had anything to drink. She said she absolutely did not drink, at which time the officer detected an odor of alcohol on or about her breath. She refused to speak to the officer citing that she had been “disrespected,” which I continue to contend is an improper use of the word “disrespect.” He may have been accused of being disrespectful to her but, well let’s move on. The woman demanded to call 911 again to get a new officer to lie to and, while doing so, mentioned that she was the senior vice president of a bank and knew Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson personally. She said they would soon march on her behalf!
Long story short, she spent too much time in the bar drinking and refused to pay for the drinks to boot. She ended up in jail for theft and simple battery after she threw a pen at the bartender.
125 Northwood Drive—On Dec. 27, officers were called to an apartment area around 11:15 p.m., after a female 911 caller was heard screaming. They located the woman, who said she and a man got into an argument that escalated to a physical confrontation where the man pinned her inside a breezeway and would not let her out. The man was located sleeping in his car, full of empty beer cans. He was later arrested for underage consumption, public drunkenness and simple battery.