Sandy Springs police blotter: Oct. 9-23
The following incidents and arrests are some but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police.
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.
500 block of Northridge Crossing Drive—On Oct. 19, two laptops were taken from an apartment.
500 block of Calavaras Drive—On Oct. 20, someone forced entry into the basement door of a home through a window. Pry marks were found. It appears at least two TVs were taken. The resident said that two men who looked to be in their 20s had come to the home earlier to ask about cutting grass, although neither man appeared dressed to do so.
5400 block of Glenridge Drive—On Oct. 20, a man said he returned home after four days to find that his residence was entered and he is missing a PS4, two guitars, an external hard drive and an electric shaver.
6000 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 21, the manager of a doughnut shop said that around 11:30 p.m. a man came into the closed store with a key and stole $300 from the register. Video captured the burglary. The manager confirmed that the front door key was missing. The suspect’s physical description matched a recently fired employee.
5500 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 17, employees of a discount department store reported that a man came into the store wearing a black Polo shirt and khaki pants, which look like the normal dress for some employees. He went to the customer service desk and asked for the keys to a locker. He signed the keys out under the name Darrin. He went to the stock room. Inside, he told other clerks in the room that he was at this store for the first time and asked where the locker was. They showed him and he opened the locker and took 26 phones that he placed in a small duffle bag that he had concealed under a sweatshirt. While doing so it was noted that he was on the phone, possibly being directed by the person on the other end. The man then returned the keys to the desk and left the store in a white two-door Nissan Altima or Infinity. It appears the same suspect entered a store at Atlantic Station and took a large number of phones as well.
5300 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 17, package store employees reported that a man came into the store and took three bottles of Cîroc Vodka, placed them in his pants and then waddled out.
6700 block of Powers Ferry Road—On Oct. 17, a restaurant employee reported that he left his iPhone 6 on the podium to greet customers. He believes one of them took the phone. Meanwhile at another restaurant, the manager reported that four males fled without paying the $54 bill, running to a car and leaving south on Roswell Road. The tag was obtained and it is being investigated.
8700 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 18, employees of a grocery store reported that a man came in and took two containers of baby formula and then left the store, got onto a black motorcycle and drove off.
8100 block of Colquitt Road—On Oct. 18, a man reported that another man ran up beside him and took his purse…..then ran off.
6000 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 18, a 31-year-old man reported his Jeep Compass Sport was stolen sometime between 1 and 11:30 pm.
5300 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 19, a 27-year-old woman reported that she accidently left an iPad inside one of the apartments in the complex. The locator app directed her to that apartment where she talked to the resident who said he just bought it for $150. The report wasn’t conclusive as to if or not it was returned but it is being investigated.
5700 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 20, a gas station employee reported that a man came in and asked if he could pump gas and pay later. The employee agreed and turned the pump on. The man pumped $51 of gas and then drove off without paying.
There were numerous reports of thefts from vehicles recently. In all but one or two, there were personal items in the cars including sensitive account numbers, personal ID, etc. The recent trend the past couple of weeks has been focusing on hotel parking lots. Even at home and especially if you park in community parking, such as for apartments and condos, or especially if you use parking decks, take it all out of the car. That is the only way to guarantee that your stuff won’t be stolen. We’ve stepped up patrols, especially at night but we can only cover so much area between calls. Please do yourself and us a big favor and stash your stuff. Take it out if at all possible. Never leave anything in view if you have to leave it in the car. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to be out of the car for two minutes or two hours. Take it all out.
5800 block of Roswell Road—A 27-year-old man reported someone accessed his debit card information and purchased several items from a gas station. The items totaled just under $100.
A woman reported that she has been nagged by a man named Jim Ziegler, who is from South Carolina, regarding helping due to the recent flooding. She believes that he saw her Facebook page seeing apparently that she was from S.C. She believes the call is scam-based.
100 block of Northwood Drive—On Oct. 18, a 31-year-old man reported that he was at a party and got into an argument with another man who broke a bottle and cut the lip of the victim. Alcohol was involved.
Jefferson Drive—Cops responded to a neighbor dispute. They were told by the upstairs neighbor, who called the police, the downstairs neighbor came up and complained that they were stomping on the floor. He was banging on the door, then walked down to the parking lot and kicked the upstairs neighbor’s car and threatened to fight him. The upstairs neighbor, who was on the balcony and saw the car being kicked, yelled at the man who yelled back, etc. etc. etc. A witness saw him kick the car and eventually he was arrested.
Huntcliff Village Court—Responding to a suspicious-person call, an officer found a male in his car parked near the leasing office. The man was semi-conscious and had numerous needle tracks on his arm. Uncapped needles were on the console. The officer called an ambulance for the man who admitted he had just injected heroin into his arm. He was taken to the hospital. Some heroin, bagged up, was found in the car.
A man called the cops to say his friend took his keys and won’t give them back.
A woman called and said that his son was watching an R-rated movie and as such, the boy’s uncle, also in the room, disconnected the TV. The boy threw a rubber ball at the uncle. It missed, but the uncle’s return throw did not. The officer said it left a minimal mark on the boy’s neck. The uncle was charged with assaulting the boy.
Brentwood Way—On Oct. 17, around 3 a.m., “Jerry” was caught smoking dope in his car. He also had a probation warrant on him from Sandy Springs. He was arrested.
Northside Drive –On Oct. 17, at about 4 a.m., a patrol officer found a man sleeping in his running car that was partially parked in the Waffle House parking lot. The man thought he was at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead. He was arrested.
8000 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 17, Cops responded to the parking deck at after a witness called on suspicious activity. Two guys told cops that they were driving their rental car when, for no reason, the car’s alarm went off. They pulled over to try and figure it out. The officers found that both men had suspended driver’s licenses and one had a warrant on him for failing to appear in court on a previous charge of driving with a suspended license.
A MARTA bus driver called the cops after smelling what he determined was marijuana being smoked on the bus. The bus was detained while Sandy Springs officers waited for MARTA police to arrive. During that time, the person in question walked off the bus, stashed two baggies of marijuana behind the bus and then re-entered—all of this, of course, witnessed by the officer. (Assume here that the suspect was indeed stoned.) He was arrested.
Hammond Drive—On Oct. 20, employees called the cops to a grocery store to report a woman concealed several health-related items in her purse and attempted to leave. They were throat and cough meds and eye makeup remover. She said she was sorry and would pay for the items—which she should have done in the first place to keep this shoplifting charge off her record.