The following incidents and arrests represent some, but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police Oct. 8-12.
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.
6800 block of Roswell Road. On Oct. 9, a man said that just after 9 p.m. he was standing next to his pickup truck when another man came up from behind and grabbed him, demanding his property by saying, “Give me what you’ve got.” The victim said he turned and kicked the man in the chest, prompting the suspect to run away. The suspect was an unknown male in black hoodie, jeans and white shoes.
200 block of Northwood Drive. On Oct. 9, the victim said just after midnight, she was returning to her apartment with her 18-month-old son. She said she called her boyfriend at the apartment to see if all was clear since it was late at night. He said it was. She exited and walked towards the apartment, at which time she was confronted from behind by a tall man who demanded her chain. The man was armed. He snatched her chain and a chain on the child’s neck. He grabbed her purse, then fled. He is described as a black male, 20 to 30 years of age, 6-feet-1-inches, 200 pounds, in a black baseball hat, black jacket and jeans.
700 block of Hammond Drive. On Oct. 8, furniture was taken from a storage area at the Park Towers Condos.
300 block of Huntcliff Village Court. On Oct. 8, sometime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. someone entered an apartment and took several items including a PlayStation video game system and LG 80-inch TV. There had been some rift with a roommate who recently left.
700 block of Abernathy Road. On Oct. 11, a Kawasaki ATV was stolen from a job site.
4000 block of E. Conway Drive. On Oct. 12, kitchen appliances were taken from a home under construction.
1100 block of Hope Road. On Oct. 11, a paint sprayer, two air compressors, a circular saw, nail gun and reciprocal saw were taken from a vacant home under renovation.
5800 block of Glenridge Drive. On Oct. 8, a woman reported that she placed her purse in her office and left for a short time. When she returned, $800 and a credit card were missing. All of the other employees had access to the office.
6900 block of Roswell Road. On Oct. 8, a 2000 Toyota Celica was reported stolen.
227 Sandy Springs Place. On Oct. 8, a 93-year-old man reported that while he was shopping on the Halloween aisle at Kroger, another man ahead of him dropped a bag of candy. He reached down and picked it up and when doing so, bumped into the victim, almost knocking him down. The victim said he felt something touch him on his back pocket. The man immediately left the area and the victim then saw a second man leaving the aisle. He then realized his wallet had been picked from his back pocket.
The victim then saw a third person who appeared to be signaling one of the other men. A short time late, two unauthorized purchases of $400 and $700 were made at a nearby Target Store.
Now folks we all know there’s a special place in Hell for child molesters and those who pick on the weak and the elderly. I’ve added these three to the Hell Train.
8725 Roswell Road. On Oct. 10, witnesses said that they were outside, next to a Starbucks. The victim was outside of the Starbucks smoking a cigarette, but had left her laptop on one of the outside tables because she intended to continue studying.
They watched a man go into the Starbucks and walk around the store without ordering a fancy something. The man walked back outside and prepared to get into an occupied car, driven by another suspect, when he reached across the railing and snatched the laptop. One witness ran to the car and grabbed the laptop. The suspect yelled to the driver, “Just go!” and then dropped the laptop and jumped in the car. The car sped off. The victim, meanwhile, was banging on the window of the car, screaming at the driver. The car left south on Roswell Road. The laptop apparently survived the encounter with no damage. Starbucks staff said they had interior cameras, but they were not functioning properly.
You know the moral of the story? Other than smoking is bad for you, you can’t leave things unattended. Don’t assume.
6800 block Roswell Road. On Oct. 12, a 2008 Honda Accord was stolen.
1600 block of Summit Springs Drive. On Oct. 12, the resident said her medication was taken from her bedroom. The exterminator was there earlier.
500 block of Wedgewood Way. On Oct. 2, the resident said her Chanel Chance Perfume, valued at $150, was stolen from the upstairs bathroom. She said the maid service was there on the same day she noticed it missing. The maid service employees were contacted by the officer and told him they had no knowledge of the incident.
5500 block Glenridge Drive. On Oct. 12, a man said he placed an envelope with $1,005 for rent in the mail slot of his apartment’s leasing office. Someone intercepted it and the office said they did not receive it.
Thefts of rent money and mail slots are not uncommon. We’ve seen coat hangers with sticky stuff on the ends used to retrieve the envelopes from the floor inside the office. Other methods have been used as well. With that much at stake, make it part of your monthly schedule to go and hand that check off personally.
Thefts from Vehicles
There were 17 reported thefts from vehicles between Oct. 8 and Oct. 11.
8800 block of Dunwoody Place. On Oct. 11, a 29-year-old man was shot in the leg while walking through a wooded trail between two apartment complexes off Dunwoody Place. The man told police he was walking on the trail.
A man reported that he took Uber to Buckhead and got “pretty drunk.” He said the next day he was unclear on the previous night’s events. He discovered that during or after he withdrew some money from an ATM, someone stole his card and withdrew $2,000.
A woman reported that she found fraudulent addresses on her credit report. The addresses are in Atlanta; Hopewell, N.Y.; and Warrenton, Va. She said her ex is on the short list of suspects.
A man on Huntcliff Village Drive said he saw charges on his Bank of America account and found that $200 had been transferred to his roommate and $49 used to pay an LA Fitness account, also his roommate’s. He since found another charge for $51.
A 36-year-old man reported some unauthorized activity on his bank account, namely, a $3,000 withdrawal made in China via Western Union.
A 61-year-old woman located a condo for rent and made arrangements to see and meet the owner. The two agreed to rent the condo, so she paid him deposit money and first month’s rent, totaling $2,746. Later, she found out that the man was not the owner and had scammed her for the money.
Do your homework. Before you rent from an individual, you can access property information and determine who the owner is by going to the tax assessor’s office or contacting the office online.
Concourse Pkwy. On Oct. 8, a woman called police and reported that she was attending a black-tie event when her ex-husband showed up in violation of a temporary restraining order. The ex was escorted from the event prior to the arrival of the police.
6700 block of Hunters Trace. On Oct. 8, officers responded to a suspicious person complaint just after 1 a.m. An officer observed five black males walking through the neighborhood from Lisa Lane towards Mount Vernon Hwy. Each of the five said they had ID, but on this night, all five had forgotten to bring them. They said they were visiting a female friend of one of the five but could not tell them where she lived or who she was. The ID scanner could not identify but one of the subjects. All were under the age of 18, so the officers took them to MARTA after notifying their parents they were doing so. One of the officers returned to the neighborhood and checked where the five had been. He found two cars that had been broken into. The officers returned to the MARTA station and located the five, who they arrested for loitering and prowling, as it was entirely possible that they were there for unlawful purposes. Some of the five were juveniles and were turned over to parents.
Sandy Springs Circle and Allen Rd. On Oct. 9, a patrol officer spotted a car backed into a construction area where they are building condos. The car was unoccupied, yet the hood was warm. The officer figured the man would return so he sat for more than two hours, waiting for the car to leave. Finally it did, and he pulled it over. The man had a small PVC pipe and screws that matched what was on the jobsite. The 42-year-old man from Jonesboro was arrested for prowling and loitering.
5570 Roswell Rd. On Oct. 11, Target employees observed a woman steal items by placing them in her purse and scattering the original packaging all around the store. She was detained after trying to leave without paying. The woman had two young kids with her, ages 7 and 12, and she contacted an older child to come take the younger children. She was then taken to jail. The value of the beauty items totaled $43.