The following represent some, but not all, of the reports made to the Sandy Springs police from Aug. 6 through Aug. 12
The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.
600 block of Riverlawn Court – On Aug. 9, a 28-year-old woman reported that on the previous Sunday, around 11:45 p.m., she took Uber to Riverlawn Court to visit a friend. According to her, when she arrived, her friend told her by phone to walk around to the back of the complex to use the rear gate. She did so and came across two men, one of whom pulled a gun on her. They took several items from her, then fled in a blue SUV. One man was wearing dreadlocks and black basketball shorts. The officer asked her why she reported the robbery on Tuesday instead of the Sunday it happened. She said she couldn’t call because the robbers took her phone.
7000 block of Roswell Road – On Aug. 7
while hosting a pool party, the host allowed someone to use the bathroom in her apartment. Later she found that her son’s Xbox game system was missing.
6900 block of Roswell Road – On Aug. 7, the resident returned home from vacation and found that someone had entered her home. The area was ransacked but the only item missing is $40 cash. A second burglary was reported on Aug. 8.
100 block of Cedar Run – On Aug. 7, the resident returned home from work and found the door unlocked. Missing are 40- and 32-inch televisions. Entry was from a rock thrown through a bedroom window.
8600 block Roswell Road – On Aug. 9, ECR Company’s alarm activated just after midnight. Responding police found that a glass door was broken and it appeared entry was made. A K-9 request was made. K-9 Igor and handler arrived to check it out. No suspect found but the place had been burglarized. A small amount of cash was missing.
7300 block of Cardigan Circle – On Aug. 11, a resident said someone entered her home and took her purse and car keys. The car was stolen, but recovered later that night. Stolen were $20 cash and an ID badge.
3000 block of Spalding Drive – On Aug. 11, while responding to an alarm, officers found forced entry to some French doors on the side of the home. At the time of the report, nothing was reported missing. The resident said when he left that morning, just after 10 a.m., he noticed a grey Dodge station wagon driven by a man with dark hair, early 20s, on Spalding. He thought it to be suspicious.
600 block Edgewater Trail – On Aug. 11, while responding to an alarm, officers found that an outside door appeared to have been tampered with. It appears that the suspect(s) did not gain entry to the home.
On Aug. 8, a 20-year-old woman said someone entered her locker at a gym and took several items.
Chattahoochee Bluff Drive – On Aug. 11, a resident called police and said that two women stole landscaping rocks from his lawn around 9 a.m. that morning. He said a truck backed into his driveway and a woman got out and knocked on his door. He answered the door and spoke to the woman who asked for directions. Afterwards, he walked back inside and then saw, through a window, a second woman loading landscaping rocks into the bed of the truck. The truck then left. He drove around looking for the truck but was unable to locate it. The truck was a blue pickup with a bed cover.
Thefts from Vehicles
There were 15 thefts from vehicles.
8000 block of Roswell Road – On Aug. 6, a woman said she came into a beauty supply store and was elbowed by another person. In response, she pushed that person who, in her response to the response, and with the help of another person, punched the (victim). She said she knew the other person and there was “bad blood.” She was taken to the hospital.
A man said he sold two handguns in exchange for a rifle and $300. He met the person at a parking lot and made the sale/exchange. Later, he discovered the $300 (in $20 bills) was counterfeit.
A man reported he received a call from a man who identified himself as a deputy sheriff. The caller informed the man he had a warrant for him for missing jury duty and deputies were on the way to arrest him. He was instructed to go to the federal building downtown but while driving there, remain on a phone line and further instructions would be provided. Now if you haven’t figured this out yet, it’s a scam that shows up occasionally. The phone numbers were all fake and “spoof” numbers. The man did not follow the instructions so he didn’t lose money. The reason they want you to stay on the phone while driving to the federal building is to redirect you to someplace where you’ll pay the “fine.”
On Aug. 8 a woman reported that she received a strange email saying “Catch me if you can.” Shortly after, she received an alert email from SunTrust Bank that the settings on her account had been changed and $9,500 had been paid from the account.
A 91-year-old woman reported that she received a phone call on Aug. 9 from someone claiming to be her grandson, who was in Iowa. He was crying and said he was arrested for drugs. He needed money for bail. Unfortunately, she believed the caller and went to a grocery and purchased $2,000 in iTune cards. She gave the suspect the code and the money was immediately withdrawn. He then tried to convince her to go to a pharmacy and do the same thing, but she then figured she had been taken and refused.
Another woman said that she received a call from someone saying he was her nephew whom she had not seen in 10 years and who was currently living in Peru. He said he was coming to visit but was laid over in Mexico and needed to pay a fine of $1,300. She said she didn’t have that much, so he convinced her to transfer what she had ($950,) which she did to a man named Gerardo Villcarreal Damian. Of course she called the nephew the following day and he said he was not aware of any of it.
Don’t be gullible. Be politely skeptical. Ask questions. When someone wants to talk about you providing money, ask, ask, ask. My son called me the other day asking for $5 for lunch. I requested a polygraph.
On Aug. 6, cops and fire personnel received a call that an animal was locked in a car at a coffee shop on Roswell Road. When they got there, they found that the animals in the car were gerbils. The owner of said car/gerbils called back (he was the original caller) and said he locked his keys in the car but that there were no gerbils. He said he wanted to cancel the call and would call a locksmith instead. The patrol sergeant arrived and spoke with the caller and in fact identified the animals as gerbils, then asked why the man lied about it. He apparently wanted the fire department or police department to open the car at no charge compared to the locksmith charge but then, I guess, worried about getting in trouble with the gerbil thing so he tried to cancel it all out. The man was charged with making false representation to the police on the 911 call.
A Cadillac Escalade, stolen from Concourse Parkway, showed up, at least in parts, in Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Revenue officials recovered the engine and transmission during a vehicle inspection. It appears the parts were purchased on Craigslist. Further investigation yielded the information on the seller, who apparently has or had other sales ads similar to this one. That investigation is ongoing.
Cops were called to meet with a 49-year-old woman who said that on Aug. 10, she observed on Facebook that her husband married another woman this month. She said she married him in 2009 but recently separated in March.
A man reported that he was rear-ended on I-285 East at Ga. 400. He and the other driver pulled to the side and exchanged information, then decided to handle it among themselves. The complainant said the other driver won’t answer the phone and he has no information on his vehicle. The officer informed him he couldn’t write an accident report because the two men entered into a civil agreement. He did however offer to make an information report.
A man was arrested at a big-box department store after he entered, took a display bike valued at $300, then tried to leave without paying for it.
A 14-year-old girl is charged with stealing a $650 cellphone, not knowing she was recorded on video. Cops identified her and she admitted stealing the phone. It was recovered. She was left in the custody of her family pending court dates.