Sandy Springs police blotter: July 11-31

Capt. Steve Rose

The following incidents and arrests are some but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from July 11-31.

The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and the information is presumed to be accurate.

Robbery

8200 block of Roswell Road—On July 19, police were called to meet a man who said he was robbed around 2:40 a.m. A man and woman told officers they left Waffle House on Northridge , walking to Windridge Apartments, and were cutting through at the Northridge Dunkin’ Donuts to a trail leading through trees to the apartments. Two young men originally approached them near the Waffle House, asking for a cigarette. They had none and the two quickly left. Unknown to the victims, the two circled around to behind the Dunkin’ Donuts, and to the woods behind them where they set up an ambush. The pair, walking through the woods, were accosted by the two men, who pulled a gun and took two phones, a small amount of cash and some personal things. One of the young men was described as a 16- or 17-year-old with dreadlocks, wearing a black shirt. The second man was not described.

Not cool. Don’t make it easy. Walking through the woods that late? Use your common sense! Stay in public areas as much as possible, take a taxi, whatever. Don’t walk through isolated areas.

5900 block of Roswell Road—On July 23, a woman said that as she got in her car, a 5-foot-3-inch, slim man, who had a gun and who wore a black shirt, got in the back seat. Long story short, he told her to go to an ATM and get money. She called her brother who spoke to the suspect and arranged to bring money. He was told to meet them at the parking lot of Whole Foods. About 45 to 50 minutes later (yep, no 911 call) he arrived and threw $500 into the back seat of the car. The woman got out. The suspect had the keys but dropped them and then fled on foot.

THE GOOD PART: The female victim said she recognized the suspect and worked with him at a retail store in Smyrna. She knew his first name (Thomas) and her former supervisor would have the information on him.

Burglary

400 block of Mount Vernon Highway—On July 18, a report was made that between July 16 and 18, a home under construction was entered and several items were taken.

7900 block of Colquitt Road—On July 18, someone forced entry by prying a townhome back window.

Tamarisk Drive—On July 19, a report was made that sometime between July 16 and 19, someone entered the garage and took items. The only suspect is a contractor or worker with him.

300 block of Marsh Trail Circle—On July 19, a resident said around 1:30 a.m. he heard noises and looked thought the peep hole to see a man, who appeared to be messing with the deadbolt. He could see the deadbolt moving from the inside. The resident yelled that he was calling the cops. The man ran off.

400 block of Marsh Trail Circle—On July 19, rear walk-in level door was entered. Missing is a 46” LG HDTV, Sony laptop, Samsung Galaxy tablet, Blu-ray player, passport and SSN card.

700 block of Highland Park Trail—On July 22, a woman said she was awakened by a loud bang. She screamed and checked the front door of the apartment finding that the door was forced open.

6200 block of Roswell Road—On July 25, someone cut the power to a grocery store at around 2:30 a.m. The manager found pry marks on the two front doors.

1800 block of Marsh Trail Circle—On July 25, a woman returned home after leaving July 6 and found that her door was unlocked. The interior of the apartment showed signs of someone going through it. A chair, toaster oven, vacuum cleaner, Keurig, clothing and shoes were reported missing.

Thefts

5600 block of Roswell Road—On July 18, a woman said she placed her cellphone down while she was looking at shoes inside the Target. Someone took the phone. Video showed a woman walk by and snatch the phone while the owner was looking away. The last known GPS location on the iPhone was across the street at Mosaic Apartments.

4500 block of Roswell Road—On July 18, a man said he was in a coffee shop with a former friend, with whom he got into an argument. The victim got up and left—but forgot his keys. He went back but the former friend took the keys and ran south on Roswell Road.

900 block of Hammond Drive—On July 22, someone said a man came into the building and took a Lenovo laptop and iPhone from his desk. The video showed a young man, wearing a white T-shirt, black cap and jeans, inside the building. He went in and out during the time of the theft. Later, another theft call was received on Barfield Road at a business, with the same suspect description.

1000 block of Johnson Ferry Road –On July 25, a Kindle Fire and Verizon Ellipse tablet were taken from a patient’s room.

Huntcliff Village Drive—On July 26, a man said he left his Canon camera at his friend’s house and his friend lent it to another person, who is now trying to sell the camera.

8600 block of Roswell Road—A woman said she had furniture on layaway at the Overstock Liquidators for which she made a total of $1,400 in payments between March and May. She went to the store to pay the balance of $600 and to pick up the furniture and was told the person who worked at the store left and took the money with him. The woman was also told the store is under new management that will not honor the layaway agreement.

Marsh Trail Court—A man said that one of the movers who moved him from Colorado to Atlanta stole his toiletries bag from the bathroom. The nation mourns.

6300 block of Roswell Road—Ace Hardware reported on July 28 that a man stole a Dewalt Drill/Driver Combo. He and two others left in a white Chevrolet pickup.

Colewood Way—On July 29, a 58-year-old man said he was walking his Chihuahua when the dog bolted because of the sound of a nearby landscape leaf blower. He looked, but could not locate the dog. He was told of a website for lost dogs. He checked it and seven days later located the dog on the website. He contacted the site and was put in touch with another man who found the dog and listed the dog as lost on the site. That man said he gave the dog to a woman named Jennifer to keep until the owner was located. The victim contacted the lady, who said she wanted the dog’s vet bill paid before she would return the dog. He called again and she now will not answer the phone. The case is ongoing.

Domestic Violence Arrests

Huntingdon Chase—On July 18, a man was arrested for choking his wife after she found messages on his cellphone indicating some infidelity issues.

5500 block of Roswell Road—On July 22, a man was arrested after cops answered a domestic call at the apartment. The female caller said she was in bed with her ex-boyfriend, and they were talking and she was angry about seeing a photo of him and his ex,ex-girlfriend drinking. She said he became angry and hit her, choked her, and held her face down while he choked her. Her son then came into the room and jumped on the man’s back. The ex-said she was “smarting off” to him and the photos were dated back before and his ex-ex told him she was going to post them. Bottom line: He was arrested.

8300 block of Roswell Road—On July 26, around 5:30 a.m., while we were sleeping, officers responded to a domestic argument at an apartment. The man said his girlfriend was drunk and pounding on his door, demanding to speak to him. The officer noted that while he was trying to speak to the man, the woman was yelling so loudly that the officer had to caution her to cool it because the other residents could probably hear them. The officer separated the two and escorted her to the parking lot, where he suggested she call a friend or a cab, or he would take her to the MARTA station to catch a bus. She refused to go anywhere unless the boyfriend took her personally. She was later arrested.

Other Things

A woman reported she is receiving harassing phone calls and emails from another woman, who believes the victim was having an affair with her husband.

A 35-year-old man said he is receiving threatening voicemail and text messages from his ex-girlfriend, whom he’s been secretly seeing the past two years, unknown to his wife and kids. He stopped responding and she left messages saying “You’re dead! I’ve put a hit on you! If I see you walking on the street, your ass will be all [expletive deleted] up. It will be worse than South Carolina.” Later, she sent an apologetic text and oh, by the way, “I’m pregnant.” Apparently he told the woman he was leaving his wife for her and had not followed through.

8000 block of Grogan’s Ferry—On July 18, police were called to an accident scene just after midnight. The officer spoke to the parties involved and noticed the distinct odor of freshly burnt marijuana coming from one of the wrecked cars. The driver was later cited for a misdemeanor amount.

1000 block Crestline Parkway—On July 18, around 1:30 a.m., an officer found a car with five guys sitting in it. That area had been hit by thieves looking to steal from cars, so he checked it out. Three of the five had out-of-state ID, two had none. He found marijuana, pipes and grinders in the car. One of the men had an envelope in his pocket that he said contained a letter. It contained more weed. The total amount was misdemeanor size so they were cited.

Treelodge Parkway—Officers responding to a domestic call were told by a couple that no physical violence occurred, only arguing. While there, the officers found marijuana, grinders, two bongs, seven pipes and so on. They were cited.

2000 block of The Valley—On July 23, a 17-year-old woman said her boyfriend’s sister posted something on Instagram to insult her. Several commented on the post with one comment saying “shoot her.” The sister also posted an audio clip that she and her cousin were going to beat up the victim. Screen shots of the posts were kept as evidence.

Fraud

A 25-year old woman said she paid just over $4000 to a woman who identified herself as Kim Tai, who assists clients with weddings and events. She paid for a wedding and reception. The victim said she later learned that Kim Tai is an alias name of a woman and the business is a fake. She said the woman, under her real name, has a number of BBB complaints and her business, located in Johns Creek, was closed by the state of GA. She has made numerous attempts to contact the woman with no results.

A man on Perimeter Center West said he received multiple calls from a man who said he was with the IRS and had warrants on the victim and were on the way to get him unless he wired $899 via MoneyGram from Walmart to a man named Luis Collins in Chicago.

Arrests

8700 block of Roswell Road—On July 18, a woman shoplifting at a grocery store put numerous beauty products in her oversized bag and walked out. She was detained and later arrested.

6300 block of Powers Ferry Road—On July 25, officers were called to a grocery store regarding an argument between a man and woman. The man said he was having a verbal argument with his wife, but nothing that was physically abusive. Turns out he was wanted in Forsyth County for a theft warrant and as such, he was arrested.

5300 block of Roswell Road—On July 26, following a traffic stop at 4:39 a.m., an officer discovered the driver’s license status of the driver was suspended and on top of that, he found a glass pipe and traces of crack cocaine. The driver was arrested.

Hammond Drive—An officer was inside a fast food restaurant around 9 a.m. She noticed a man sitting in the dining area wearing a pair of jean shorts, unzipped and his hand inside. Being a veteran police officer, she saw this as a clue that this scenario was not normal. She reported that the man fondled himself for several seconds before she confronted him. He told her he was scratching himself, to which she informed him that if he itched to a point that it required 10 to15 seconds to scratch, that he was one, yucky, and two, should probably go into the restroom to scratch—if that were the case—which was not. He was charged with indecency. Management issued him a criminal trespass warning, not to return, in the presence of the officer.