Sandy Springs Capt. Steve Rose

The following incidents and arrests are some, but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from Nov. 20 to Dec. 4.
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

Cedar Run—On Nov. 30, a woman reported that she used her debit card to withdraw several hundred dollars at about 1:30 p.m. She then walked home. As she did, she saw a black Chrysler 300 following her. She noticed that car had been parked next to the ATM when she withdrew the money. A man left the car, grabbed her purse, re-entered the car and drove away.
This woman had close to $1,000 on her before she was robbed. She noticed the car sitting alongside the building but didn’t see the driver or passenger due to tinted windows, but she walked home. She placed herself in all sorts of vulnerable conditions, making it easy. If you know you’re going to handle that kind of money, make plans to have someone with you or at least a vehicle to get into and out of Dodge.

6600 block of Park Ave 30342—On Dec. 2, a 34-year old man reported that he was home when a man and woman knocked on his door. He recognized them because they had been over once before with a mutual friend. He let them in and they sat on the couch. The victim said he then felt something hit him on the head and at the same time felt a sting of a stun device. The victim said as he fell, he hit the male suspect who got up to flee. The female was taking items from the apartment. The two suspects left in a 2008 Pontiac G6. The victim said he knew the male suspect as “Staxx” and female by “Katie.” He knew their phone numbers. The items taken were expensive watches.

5600 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On Dec. 2, a man in the restaurant parking deck approached a man who works for a Chinese food delivery service. The driver turned his back to the man for a second, at which time the man grabbed his iPhone 6 and ran off. The officer activated the man’s “Find My iPhone” account and typed in a message: “This phone was taken in a sudden-snatch Robbery.”

Burglary

6000 block of Riverside Drive—On Nov. 23, police responded to an alarm just after 1 p.m. The officers found pry marks and evidence of a forced entry through a porch door. The resident said that nothing appears missing. The burglar did go through dresser drawers in the bedroom and drawers in the kitchen before leaving.

5000 block of Riverview Road—On Nov. 23, a resident found a window that was broken and called police. Nothing was taken. It appears someone did enter the home, but quickly left after an alarm activated.

Bentley Manor—On Nov. 23, a resident said someone came into the home through a rear window sometime between 6 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A 48-inch TV, jewelry and a gun were reported missing.

Ascot Manor—On Nov. 23, a resident reported that sometime between Nov. 11 and 15, when they were out of town, someone attempted to enter the home, evident by the pry marks found on the door jamb. At the time of report, nothing was missing.

600 block of Forest Hills Drive—On Nov. 25, a resident said she was in her home around 10:15 a.m., when a man came into her home. They came face to face and he told her he was there to pick up the furniture. She told him she didn’t arrange for that and asked whom he worked for. He pointed to a construction truck for a granite surface installation company. The man then walked out and down the street. The men on the truck said the man did not work for them. She discovered that the man entered through a kitchen window—probably unaware she was home. Partial prints were taken from the window ledge.

Summary

Three of the above burglaries are connected. Ascot Manor, Bentley Manor, and Riverview are all close to one another. All are upscale homes near Northside Drive. The burglar(s) probably banked on the hope that the residents were out of town. Alarms are a good deterrent as in one of the above cases. The best defense as far as being proactive is to be consistent. Look for suspicious activity such as cars cruising slowly or circling the area. Anyone on foot going home to home should be the subject of a 911 call. Remember that we don’t give complainant information when we come into contact with people. There is absolutely nothing wrong with your first instincts. Go with those, not the second one. The first is usually on the mark. Even if the subject of the call is legit, you still get the patrol car in the neighborhood and the word gets out. Don’t be afraid to call when you see something. Remember that in single-dwelling homes, the preferred entry point is a rear window or door. Make sure yours are shored up. Metal doors are excellent for basement doors. Deadbolts are a must.

5400 block of Glenridge Drive—On Nov. 30, a resident returned from lunch to find his front door forced open. It appears that no entry was made into the residence.

5300 block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 30, someone forced open an apartment front door. Several items were taken.

500 block of Northridge Road—On Dec. 1, a resident reported that overnight, someone broke in (forced) and took two TVs, shoes and luggage.

Thefts

6900 block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 23, a motor vehicle was reported stolen.

7700 block of Spalding Drive—On Nov. 23, the manager of the Publix called police regarding a Dodge Challenger that was parked for several days in the parking lot. The car displayed an Ohio tag that, when checked, showed to be stolen from Rainbow City, Ala., on Nov. 15. It was towed in and held for the owner.

Summit Springs Drive—A woman reported that her older Honda Civic was stolen.

5600 block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 24, a 12-year-old boy said he and his brother were on their new Segway Hoverboards around 8 p.m., when a man and a woman in a dark vehicle approached him. The woman seemed interested in the board and asked to try it. The boy let her do so. Se gave it to the man and they fled in the car with the hoverboard, valued at $430.

1500 block of Jefferson Drive—On Nov. 29, a silver Dodge Charger with an Indiana tag was reported stolen.

400 block of Morgan Falls Road—On Nov. 30, a blue BMW 321i with a Georgia tag was reported stolen.

Duncourtney Drive—On Nov. 30, a woman reported she believes her soon-to-be divorced husband took her credit card and ran charges up in the north Forsyth County area where he has relocated.

7100 block of Roswell Road—On Dec. 1, a woman reported that two packages were stolen from her doorstep after being delivered by UPS. Tracking showed the delivery was made around 4 p.m. the previous day. The two packages contained a laptop and children’s clothing.

Fraud

No address—A resident contacted the police, reporting that someone opened a cellphone account in her name and charged up $8,700 on it. She was contacted by a collection service.

5800 block of Roswell Road—A woman reported that she used her debit card at a gas station and, shortly after, the card number was used at the same location for $95. Later, the card number was used at a Walmart in Athens and at a Sam’s Club in Bogart, Ga.

Metropolitan Parkway —A man reported someone created two fake checks from his company totaling more than $1,700. They were cashed at a bank inside a grocery on Metropolitan Parkway.

No address—A woman reported that while going through the process of purchasing a new home, she found that someone used her ID and information on a medical claim in Nebraska.

Assault

No address—A woman called police around 10 p.m. and reported that an acquaintance called her to help her get into her mother’s home because she was too drunk to open the door. She went over there and then got shoved by a woman. She returned home and cried. The officer noted the complainant was also pretty hammered.

215 Northwood Drive—On Nov. 29, a man said he was at the La Canestra Club and someone hit him in the head with a bat. He did not know the man who hit him, but said the man ran off after hitting him. The victim was treated at Northside Hospital. Alcohol was involved.

5400 block of Glenridge Drive—On Nov. 29, two apartment neighbors got into a fight after one bumped the other and swore at her using racial slurs.

8700 block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 29, police responded to a fight at Stars and Strikes Bowling Alley just before 10 p.m. The caller said a customer fought with employees, then fled to a nearby gas station. The man, who was wearing khaki pants, hat, and a T-shirt, tried to use a fake ID. He argued and then scuffled with the two employees, head-butting one causing the employee to fall and dislocate his shoulder.

4200 block of Treelodge Parkway—On Nov. 29, officers were called to a domestic dispute just after 11 p.m. The female caller said her baby’s daddy came to live with them after his release from prison, where he was serving time on a murder conviction. The woman said the boyfriend tried to stab her. He was still on the scene and said it was she who actually stabbed him. (The officer asked to see where, but the man would not show him.) Both parties threatened to stab the other. The only thing that was stabbed was the air mattress. Given that both parties were threatening the other, they were both arrested for domestic violence.

Other Things

5600 block of Roswell Road—A woman reported that she was with a prayer group at an apartment complex and, as they were leaving, one of the members of the prayer group backed into her, knocked her down, which caused her to hit her head, which knocked her unconscious. She awoke in an ambulance and was taken to the hospital. Apparently the driver left, but is known to the prayer-group members. One of the members who helped the victim told police that the members, or at least some of them, attempted to hide the fact that the car hit her. Now, to make this more interesting, about three days earlier, same victim was reported injured from a fall where she hit her head, but was not hit by a car.
The prayer line is open brothers and sisters and remember, the bigger the hair, the closer to God you shall be.

No address—A woman reported that she was at a traffic light when the car behind her began to honk the horn. When the light changed, she proceeded. The woman in the car behind her came around and gave her an I-285 handshake with one finger. The victim said she returned the salute, which prompted the horn honker to display a pistol. She said the woman did not point it at her, however. She was in a Jeep and was described as 40 to 50 years old and chubby.

Arrests

6400 block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 24, a patrol officer saw a man and woman in the back parking lot of a nightclub around 10:30 p.m. He checked the man’s ID and found he was wanted in Habersham County for a probation violation regarding a previous drug arrest for amphetamines.

Perimeter Center West—Two men were detained at a fast-food restaurant for attempting to use a counterfeit $50 bill in the drive-through lane. They told the officers that they bought a Hawk’s ticket from a scalper downtown who gave him the $50 bill in change. The bill was taken as evidence. No charges were filed.

8700 block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 30, employees of a grocery store caught a man leaving the store with hot dogs in his pants—two packages of them, in fact. He was arrested and given a five-year criminal trespass warning.

Ga. 400 at Northridge—A traffic officer saw a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed. The laser picked him up at 110 mph, which is very fast. He pursued the motorcycle for a short time, but the bike was moving so fast and weaving in and out of lanes that the officer gave up the pursuit due to the potential danger to others. He did get the tag, though, and called the registered owner of the bike, who was later charged with speeding, reckless driving, and attempting to elude.

5600 block of New Northside Drive—On Nov. 30, police officers were called to a gas station in regards to a man, in a car, asking women for money. When the officer got there, the man was gone. The officer suspected he would most likely be at one of the other nearby stations so he checked them, finding the man at another station. He spoke to the man and, according to the report, the man was “obviously under the influence of marijuana.” He had several priors. The man had no driver’s license (suspended) so the officer charged him with driving on the suspended license. Now, normally I will say a few things about the “obviously under the influence of marijuana” part of the report, but some people think I’m making light of that issue so I won’t say anything referencing how one knows he or she is in the presence of someone under the influence of marijuana.

5500 block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 30, a juvenile stole several cosmetic items from a discount department store after being dropped off by the school bus. She was turned over to her mother and charged pending a court date in juvenile court.

5100 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On Dec. 1, around 1 a.m. an officer responded about a disorderly person. The caller was the disorderly person, who told dispatchers he would break into a house unless someone came out to help him. He told the officer that he needed a ride to MARTA. The officer pointed out that MARTA was just down the street—about a five-minute walk. The man called the officer the dreaded “N Word.” The man continued to yell and then said he would lie in the grass all night because the officer wouldn’t give him a ride. He was later arrested for causing a breach of the peace.