The following incidents and arrests are some but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from Jan. 16 through Jan. 30.
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.
7900 block of Highland Bluff—On Jan. 17, a man said he was in his house at 2:30 a.m. playing video games when he heard his garage door. He didn’t think anything of it, thinking that it was a friend coming over. (At 2:30 a.m.?) Two men who came in confronted him, and one pointed a rifle at him. His roommate, in his room, came down. They were looking for money, but the residents did not have it. The men with the rifle took some other personal items and then fled. It looks like they entered from a garage window.
5700 block of Roswell Road—On Jan. 23, a man with a small, semi-automatic weapon robbed a gas station at around 5 a.m. had. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.
5600 block of Roswell Road—on Jan. 28, two men robbed a cellphone store around 3 p.m. One pulled a gun, robbed the three victims and the pair then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The officers arrived and locked the store down and began speaking with the three victims. While doing so, the victims looked outside the store at a man trying to enter the store. They told the officer the man was one of the two who robbed them. The man was standing at the door. The cops asked the victims if they were sure, and they said most definitely, “yes.” The officer then walked to the door and opened it for the man, and then yanked him in and cuffed him. The suspect, Eriberto Estrada, was later charged with armed robbery. The other suspect is being sought.
5300 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On Jan. 17, a neighbor heard glass breaking and an alarm activate, so he walked to the residence and saw a broken window. He called the police, who found that a door had been pried open as well. The home is unoccupied and it appears nothing was taken.
6900 block Roswell Road—On Jan. 17, between 3 a.m. and noon, a woman found forced entry to her front door. Three purses, jewelry and some clothing, belonging to her husband, were taken. She and her husband were both in jail on domestic violence charges. She found a black hooded sweatshirt in the home that was similar to the one he wore at the time he was arrested.
7700 block of Colquitt Road—On Jan. 17, a Dunwoody apartment leasing office reported a computer was taken from the computer room.
8200 block of Roswell Road—On Jan. 18, someone entered a gas station, pried open the coin machines and stole cigarettes.
900 block of Johnson Ferry Road—On Jan. 19, a business reported money stolen. A safe’s door was pried open and around $473 in cash was missing.
2000 block of Spalding Forest Court—On Jan. 19, someone forced entry to a front door and took items from an apartment. A second burglary was reported in this complex.
1900 block of Jefferson Drive—On Jan. 20, a resident said that she found forced entry to her apartment/condo door. Her alarm did activate, however she assumed it was one of her kids who accidently set it off. She told the alarm company to cancel. The alarm pad had been knocked off the wall.
Sometimes the alarms are smarter than the humans. Don’t assume things like this. Have it checked.
5900 block of Greenbrier Road—On Jan. 22, someone stole an Echo Leaf Blower from a resident’s carport.
Summer Terrace Lane—On Jan. 26, a resident said that sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. someone forced open a living room window and came into the apartment. Her Galaxy phone, $40 in cash, credit cards, and keys to a black Nissan Altima were taken. The resident was asleep in her bedroom at the time.
200 block of Franklin Road—On Jan. 26, the resident manager of an apartment complex said a man entered the gym at the complex at around 6:40 p.m. The man tried to gain access to a closed hallway, but could not get through the hall door. The man then, for some reason, pooped into a trashcan, stole two dumbbells, and left.
5300 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On Jan. 26, a resident said he returned home and found a front door to his apartment forced open. Several items were taken. A similar burglary was reported in the same complex on Jan. 23.
800 block of Mount Vernon Highway—On Jan. 27, a medical office was burglarized sometime between 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. Several cabinets were forced open and it appears several laptops were taken.
200 block of North Mill Road—On Jan. 27, between 7 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. someone stole a backpack leaf blower by Husquvama from the garage. The resident said they entered through an open side door that was broken at the time.
700 block of Mount Vernon Highway—On Jan. 27, someone accessed an office overnight and stole a computer and a small amount of petty cash.
500 block of North River Parkway—On Jan. 28, someone broke into a maintenance room for apartments. Two pressure washers, a Dewalt Drill and three backpack blowers were taken.
6000 block of Gables Lane—On Jan. 28, a resident said she was gone from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and, during that time, someone forced entry to the resident’s apartment and took a Dell and Apple iPad laptop.
700 block of Brook Place—On Jan. 28, a builder said four air-conditioning units were taken from a home that is currently not occupied.
700 block of Jefferson Drive—On Jan. 29, two burglaries were reported. Both sites were entered by force while the residents were away, between 6:30 a.m. to just after 7 p.m.
200 block of Sandy Springs Place—On Jan. 17, an 84-year old woman reported that, while shopping at a grocery store, she dropped coupons and, upon picking them up, apparently dropped her wallet. Someone used her wallet and $60 cash, later. Of course, the woman was then unable to pay for her groceries. Another woman is later seen on video using a credit card at Lowes for $300 and at Race Trac for $49.
No address—A woman reported that her sister, who had been living with her, moved out and took an urn containing the ashes of their later mother. The sister said, “It’s mine.” The first sister said she is willing to “split” the ashes with her sister, but she won’t return the ashes. (Creepy enough, moving on.)
5600 block of Roswell Road—On Jan. 18, a woman said she accidentally left her iPhone in one of the aisles at a department store. She left, realized the phone was gone, and returned to the store, but the phone was gone. She called the number and was told by a woman on the other end of the line that the phone was hers. The owner locked the phone remotely and posted a reward message on the screen.
6600 block of Roswell Road—On Jan. 19, a man said his gym bag was stolen from his unlocked locker in the mid-afternoon. The thief then used the man’s keys to drive his 2014 Lexus to the north end of the lot. The witness said he saw a man in the owner’s car, as he got out and walked away. Missing is $68 cash, keys, credit cards and I.D.
6300 block of Roswell Road—On Jan. 19, a man reported that between 5 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. someone entered his unlocked locker and took his clothes, keys, and cellphone. The person using the locker next to his was using a guest pass. Although several other lockers were left unlocked by members, the locker next to the man with the guest pass was hit. They are following up on the lead, however that man is not, at this point, a suspect.
5600 block of Roswell Road—On Jan. 20, Loss Prevention employees said that on Jan. 19 a man used 12 fraudulent American Travelers Checks totaling $5,000 to purchase gift cards. They interviewed the employee who took the checks between 12:15 p.m. and 1:06 p.m. An employee said she notified her manager of the odd transaction, however it appears that the manager said he was, in fact, not informed. Investigation continues.
8700 block of Roswell Road—A store owner said he came to work and found that the money he left in the register, $65, was gone. He played the in-store video that showed his employee open the door, turn off the alarm and leave the store—all without knowledge of the video I guess. Charges are pending.
1 block of Concourse Parkway—On Jan. 21, a woman said she was laid off from her job and, as a result, she met with a security guard and an HR representative, who escorted her to the front desk and gave her a box with her office belongings. Afterward, she said that her iPad was missing.
7500 block of Roswell Road—On Jan. 22, someone stole a tailgate from a 2014 Ford F-150 at a car dealership.
4600 block of Roswell Road—On Jan. 26, someone took several pieces of construction equipment from a construction trailer.
5900 block of Roswell Road—On Jan. 26, an employee said a woman came in and took four bottles of water and then left.
5000 block of High Point Road—On Jan. 26, a woman reported that someone stole jewelry from her home. On that day, four employees of a cleaning service were at the residence.
6600 block of Roswell Road—On Jan. 29, a man said someone stole his bag with personal belongings from his locker at a gym while he was in the shower.
Spalding Lane—On Jan. 29, a man called the cops report the following: He bought a pool table just over two years ago and asked his friend if he could keep it at his house until he found a place that was big enough to hold it. About eight months ago, he contacted the friend to obtain the table. The friend said that would be fine and to call and arrange a time and date. Since that time, the friend has not returned calls or otherwise been available for contact.
1900 block of Harbor Pointe—On Jan. 17, a woman said she called a locksmith company to unlock her car. She paid $65 with a debit card. She said the man had trouble with the card and swiped it several times. She found later that her card was declined. Checking her account online, she found that the card was used several times including the service charge, plus $150, $50, $28.45, all from that company. The bank said the funds were removed from her account. The company said only the one charge was made.
2000 block of Treelodge Pkwy—On Jan. 20, someone reported use of personal information to open a cable TV account in December. They racked up a $2,492 bill and, of course, never paid on it. A collections company contacted the owner of the personal information. The account had a Decatur address on it.
No address—A 57-year-old woman said she participated in an online survey and was told that she would receive a check for $2,480.99. She was to keep $200 and send the rest, via MoneyPak Card, in $500 increments, to a separate address. After doing so, she found the check was fraudulent. The person on the other end was Allen Jacobs, a name you may recall from previous similar scams.
No address—An 84-year old man reported that someone altered his Verizon account, upgrading the service several levels.
No address—A 46-year-old woman reported that a box of checks were delivered to her home, but someone intercepted and stole them.
No address—A 75-year-old man reported that a box of checks was stolen after being delivered to his home. Someone attempted to cash one of the checks for $375 inside a store in East Lake. An alert teller questioned the suspect, who fled, but left a photocopy of her license.
No address—A 53-year-old man reported that he accidentally sent more than $2,400 to the wrong person. He contacted the person and informed him of the mistake and asked him to send the money back. The person said he would, and then ceased all contact. No refund has been received.
No address—A 25-year-old man reported he received a call from a car dealership employee, who said they were looking into his credit. He told them he wasn’t looking for a car. During the conversation, the employee said the address was listed as one located in Hiram, Ga., which happens to be the address of an ex-girlfriend. He contacted the ex’s other ex-boyfriend who confirmed that was the address for the ex-girlfriend. The victim said that he was told by the other ex that she and her new boyfriend were using other ID’s for fraudulent credit card and other credit means.
Remember the good old days when you broke up with a girl and all she did was go around telling everyone how bad you were in the sack? Anyone? Didn’t that happen to you guys? Seriously? No one?
200 block of Northwood Drive—On Jan. 17, a 20-year old woman, working as a bouncer at a night club said she kicked out a patron who then punched her in the face. The suspect was later arrested.
700 block of Mt. Vernon Highway—On Jan. 17, a man from New York was in Atlanta to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. While he was sleeping in his hotel bed, a woman came in and started beating on him. Turns out, the woman and man were a couple, but have not been together in nine years. She, too, is from New York. It appears everyone packed up and headed back to New York. The victim said he got a text from a friend, showing that the woman had offered $1,000 to someone who would beat up the man.
6000 block of Roswell Road—On Jan. 27, cops were called to a barber shop and spoke with a man who said he reported to work, but was told by the owner that he couldn’t work because he did not have his barber’s license yet. The man said he had finished his apprentice work and had applied for his license, but did not yet have it. The owner said he couldn’t work without a license and doing so would jeopardize the business. This caused an argument and, eventually, a physical confrontation. Neither man was charged, and the apprentice was told by the barber that he was through and not to return.
6200 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On Jan. 27, a motel employee said her manager spoke with her about her register being $20 short. She accused the manager who, according to the employee whose drawer was short, grabbed her arm and pushed her out of the office. The manager said that when she spoke to the employee regarding the shortage, she became loud and disruptive. The employee was fired. The employee was frustrated with the officer and accused him of trying to keep her license. She said she was not convinced he was an officer although he was standing next to his marked police vehicle, in uniform, and handing her a business card.
No address—Cops received a call regarding a “person down,” who they found intoxicated, sitting on a stairway with his pants down to his knees, unable to stand. He had urinated on the stairway. (Sounds like the annual Rose Reunions.)
No address—A woman told officers that her upstairs neighbors are spying on her and are able to talk to her remotely from their apartment using high-tech equipment. She says they are planning to rob her church.
Eldon Drive—A fake SWAT call was made to an address on Elden Drive this past week. The caller said four men had broken into the home (home invasion) while the residents were asleep. The call turned out to be a hoax.
No address—A driver was cited after passing the officer on the road and displaying his high beams. After he was stopped, the officer smelled marijuana. The man said he had none, but the officer found (unsmoked) marijuana in a water bottle. The man said “Oh, that marijuana.” (He didn’t really say that.) He was cited for that and an illegal use of high beams.
Northridge Road—An officer was called to the Waffle House on Northridge Road just after 1 a.m. A woman, who had been told to leave because she was intoxicated, continued hanging around. She would not order food, she came back and she hung out over at the jukebox. The officer’s report said she had no ID, refused to answer questions and otherwise acted in a disorderly manner. She was arrested.
8700 block of Roswell Road—On Jan. 21, a woman was detained for taking coffee and ginger, placing the items in her purse, and then leaving a grocery store without paying. She was cited, and awaits an appearance in court for the $22 theft.
1100 block of Hammond Drive—On Jan. 21, grocery store employees detained a man who took $68 worth of items and walked out without paying. He was charged with shoplifting.
6100 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On Jan. 21, members of the Street Crimes Unit met with employees at a hotel regarding a man refusing to leave. The man was homeless and known to hang around this area, which has been hit over the past months with thefts from cars. The man was also known to the officer for having a healthy theft record. They checked him out and found that he had a backpack full of stuff, like phones and a computer and some “Beats by Dre” brand headphones, which are favorite theft choices. One of the phones had a message “I am lost, please call [owner’s phone number.]” The owner of the phone said it was stolen a couple of weeks before Christmas. The suspect was later charged with theft by receiving.
8700 block of Roswell Road—On Jan. 22, a woman was charged with shoplifting at a grocery store. A separate incident involved SIU detectives and members of the Atlanta HIDTA Unit arresting a 27-year-old Norcross man. He was arrested during a narcotics transaction attempt and was in possession just under 2.8 pounds of methamphetamine. He was also wanted in DeKalb County for failure to appear in court on an unrelated charge.
No address—Narcotics detectives arrested a man who had picked up a package containing marijuana from the post office. The U.S. Postal Inspectors contacted the cops after they learned of the items contained in the box mailed to the suspect. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
8100 block of Colquitt Road—Detectives working with Milton PD, began searching for a Sandy Springs woman who told Milton PD that she had killed her boyfriend and would soon kill herself. Following an all-day investigation, they located the woman and boyfriend alive and well. She told detectives that she caught her boyfriend cheating on her. She was charged with false report of a crime.
8000 block of Roswell Road—Specialized Investigation Unit detectives arrested a woman following a Jan. 4 burglary at her apartment. Responding officers found evidence of narcotics including methamphetamine and chemicals, scales and other items consistent with manufacturing and distributing illegal drugs.
5900 block of Roswell Road—A 27-year old man from Alton, Illinois, was arrested after receiving marijuana in the mail at the post office on Glenridge Drive. The U.S. Postal Inspection Office, assisted by SSPD K-9 Units, monitored the man, who took the package, drove to the area of Lake Placid Drive, and then to 5900 block of Roswell Road. He was followed by units, stopped and was taken into custody. The K-9 alerted on the marijuana contained in five plastic bags located in a bag. The car was held for future seizure.
Windsor Parkway at Roswell Road—On Jan. 19, a 15-year-old juvenile from Brookhaven was arrested following a traffic stop. The officer ran the tag and found that the car was stolen in Brookhaven on Jan. 17. The juvenile said he was 16 years old with a birth date in 1994, which would have made him 20 years old. He altered the date of birth several times before officers determined his age to be 15. He was charged with theft by receiving and taken to Youth Detention in Atlanta.
Long Beach Circle and Roberts Drive—On Jan. 22, a Cumming man was arrested after Street Crimes Unit detectives saw a car, sitting occupied in a known drug area on Long Beach Circle. The car drove away, followed by the police unit. The officer initiated a traffic stop, however the car then fled from him. The officer pursued for a short time, but terminated the pursuit. Approximately 25 minutes later, at about 12:30 a.m., the officer spotted a man walking along Roberts Drive. He was detained and later determined to have been in the car. He said he was with a woman “who was on the run.” She was later found in the car at the Highland Park Vista Apartments on Northridge. Inside the car, police found a .38-caliber revolver, syringes and a plastic bag containing pills. The man had an outstanding warrant in Forsyth County and a suspended license. He was taken to jail. The woman did not have any outstanding warrants and was not arrested.