Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department provided the following information from its records. The following incidents and arrests represent some, but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police during December 2017.

Capt. Steve Rose


8000 block of Adair Lane — A maintenance-shed burglary on Dec. 6. A backpack blower was taken.

2600 block of Spalding Drive — On Dec. 6, a resident said that around 7:30 p.m., she arrived home and found her front door broken. Inside, she discovered evidence of ransacking. She backed out and called the police. Missing items include a Toshiba TV, Asus Laptop, iPad, jewelry and a purse. Several prints were lifted from the area.

7900 block of Innsbruck Drive — On Dec. 6, the resident reported that someone entered by forcing a french door and then went through the home, ransacking each room.

8100 block of Colquitt Road — On Dec. 6, a resident said she returned to her apartment to find that her 60-inch flat-screen TV was missing along with her HP laptop and iPad. In the bedroom, several pieces of girl’s clothing were spread out.

7500 block of Spalding Drive — On Dec. 6, a resident said he heard a noise from the upstairs bedroom area of his home. When he investigated, he saw a man with a gun, with several other men behind the suspect. All fled down the stairs when they saw the resident. A neighbor’s video camera showed an SUV in the driveway, and a male approaching the home, just before 9 p.m. Four additional males exited and all entered the home. Fortunately, no one was hurt and nothing taken.

400 block of North Harbor Drive — On Dec. 10, the resident said they were inside the dining room when they heard a dish fall and saw a young male, about 14 to 17 years old, in dark clothes and jeans, with a “surprised” look on his face. The suspect was inside the back door near the kitchen counter. The suspect fled, getting into a dark blue Mazda CX-9. The tag number was obtained by the witness. The complainant believes since the garage doors were closed and most lights not visible, the suspects assumed no one was home. A Mazda CX-9 of similar description was reported in another burglary on Wesley Oak Road, listed below.

700 block  of Wesley Oak Road — On Dec. 10, the residents reported their alarm company notified them the alarm activated at the home around 5 p.m. Several items were taken, including Apple iPhones. An officer took prints and photos from footprints in the snow. A neighbor told the officer that someone knocked on his door and when a family member approached to answer it, the person fled in a car similar to the Mazda CX-9 listed above.

5675 Roswell Road — On Dec. 11, the resident said she left her residence on Dec. 8 locked and secured. She returned on Dec. 11 to find that someone took a 42-inch TV, Samsung 54-inch TV, and an Apple MacBook. The apartment doors and windows showed no signs of forced entry.

5450 Glenridge Drive — On Dec. 11, at about midnight, SSPD received a call of a theft in progress at an apartment complex. Officers arrived quickly and jumped four male suspects, who then fled. Two were snatched up quickly and a third was located near the pool area a short time later. One still remained in the general area. Since the apartment complex is off Glenridge, officers guessed the suspect would try and infiltrate the nearby residential area. A K-9 officer and dog Igor checked the area near Benton Woods Drive. A short time later, Igor located the fourth suspect, lying on the ground, covered in leaves. As he stared at Igor’s shiny white teeth, he asked to surrender, and did so, to the dismay of Igor, without a bite. All subjects were arrested and charged with four attempted thefts from the complex.

5900 block of Roswell Road— On Dec. 22, a vendor found shattered glass near the door of Boston Market and called police. The safe appeared to have pry marks on it, as did a cash register. The crook got some cash from the safe.

100 block of Spalding Circle — On Dec. 24, a caller said that he was on his balcony just after 8 p.m. when he heard a loud, crashing noise coming from his downstairs neighbor’s residence. He yelled down to who he thought was his neighbor, asking if everything was OK. An unfamiliar voice responded. The caller then saw four persons running from the location.

100 block of Berkley Drive — On Dec. 24, the resident returned from a trip. She noticed forced entry to her front door. The burglar left behind a flat-screen TV, a small gun found in a drawer that the burglar placed on top of the dresser, and a check. Missing is s gift card for P.F. Chang for $50.

This burglar is an apparent moron.

5555 Roswell Road — On Dec. 27, a resident said someone came into the apartment between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The victim said he is missing a suitcase valued at $40 and 10 sneakers valued at $1,200. He listed about $500 in additional clothing stolen from the home. The burglar made entry through a bedroom window.

Marseilles Drive — On Dec. 27, a resident contacted police from out of town. He told officers that he was watching a wireless video feed of two suspects who were in his home. Officers responded, but the suspects were already gone. The caller said he saw the two suspects outside the house and then inside after they forced entry.

1000 block of Brentwood Way — On Dec. 27, a resident said he left for work around 4:00 p.m. Prior to leaving for work, an acquaintance who was visiting asked to remain at the home. The resident said no, which angered the man, but he left at the same time the resident did. Upon return home at 9 p.m., the resident found his door kicked in and a MacBook laptop missing. Nothing else was taken. His friend is on the short list.


700 block of Stratford Court — On Dec. 11, the resident drove to an ATM on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and then returned to his residence, which is off Pitts Road. Apparently, three suspects in a burgundy SUV followed him from the ATM and as he walked to the mailbox after parking, they approached him and pulled weapons. They demanded money and the Apple phone info but he did not or was not able to provide it. They took his wallet and fled in the victim’s 2014 Lexus. After SSPD posted lookouts, Dunwoody PD spotted a car matching the suspects. The suspects fled for a short time, first in the SUV, then on foot. The driver fled, leaving behind a 16-year old-female, who was taken into custody. Dunwoody requested SSPD K-9 assistance. Two were dispatched to the area, which was across from Perimeter Mall on Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The suspect on foot managed to avoid the officers for a while, but was eventually spotted. The K-9 officer picked up the track and the suspect was arrested in a parking deck nearby after being chased down, but not bitten, by the K-9 Renzo. The suspect’s SUV was stolen from Sandy Springs. The victim’s Lexus was later recovered in Dunwoody. Inside the stolen SUV were items taken earlier from at least two burglaries in the Sandy Springs area. The third suspect who took the Lexus has been subsequently identified.

5700 Roswell Road — On Dec. 9, an employee of the Shell station said that just before 11 p.m., a thin male, about 6-feet-5-inches, with a dark hoodie, black gloves and red mask, entered the store and pointed a gun at the clerk. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and ran in the direction of Northwood Drive.

1000 block of Johnson Ferry Road— On Dec. 22, SunTrust Bank employees said that just before 5 p.m., a man in a black jacket, gray skull shirt, black beanie cap and glasses, came into the bank, whistling and filling out paperwork at the center console area. After several minutes, he walked up to a teller and handed her a note stating that this was a robbery and not to pull any alarms and no one would get hurt. He took an undisclosed amount of money, after demanding the note back. He left on foot.

4600 block of Roswell Road — On Dec. 26, a 22-year-old man told officers he intended to purchase an iPhone from a seller online. The seller asked to meet in the construction area next to the Collection apartments, 4600 Roswell Road, at around 9 p.m. (That construction area is very dark at night. That should have been a clue, which it was.) The suspect met the caller inside the CVS store at Roswell Road  and Windsor Parkway. The suspect asked the victim if they could go outside because his kids were in the car. Once outside, the suspect pulled a gun and demanded money. The victim said he had none. The suspect then immediately walked away, in the direction of the apartments, getting nothing for his efforts.


5400 block of Glenridge Drive — On Dec. 6, the victim said she was expecting Xanax pills to be sent to her via mail order prescription, but never received it. A USPS employee told her a postal worker probably took it.

900 block of Johnson Ferry Road — On Dec. 6,  a wallet was stolen at Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

5400 block of Meridian Mark — On Dec. 6, credit cards and a driver’s license taken from purse.

5800 block of Meridian Mark — On Dec. 6, two credit cards and $350 cash were taken.

200 block of River Valley Rd — On Dec. 6, four Amazon boxes from several Sandy Springs addresses were found open.

7200 block of Spalding Forest Court — On Dec. 6, a 2005 Toyota Corolla was stolen. The spare keys were in the console.

1100 block of Perimeter Center West — On Dec. 7, the victim left her purse in a restaurant and returned 45 minutes later. An employee was seen with the purse, but disposition of it is unknown.

725 Roswell Road — On Dec. 9, a man grabbed a cell phone and ran from the Metro PCS Store. He said his nickname was “Electric Man”

500 block of  Johnson Ferry — On Dec. 9, a  motor vehicle theft was reported.

8300 block of  Roswell Road — A Ford Focus was stolen.

900 block of Hammond Drive — On Dec. 22, a chainsaw was stolen.

5600 block of Glenridge Drive — On Dec. 22, a car was stolen.

1100 block of Johnson Ferry Road — On Dec. 22, a car was stolen.

1000 block of Garden Court — On Dec. 23, a car was stolen.

100 block of Cliftwood Drive — On Dec. 23, $1000 was stolen from an apartment.

5000 block of Long Island Drive  — On Dec. 23, a gold Rolex was stolen following a holiday party.

7300 block of Roswell Road— On Dec. 23, a car was stolen.

5800 block of Glenridge Drive — On Dec. 26, a car was stolen.

Dunwoody Springs Drive — On Dec. 27, prescription medicine was taken from a home.

100 block of Spalding Drive — On Dec. 27, theft of mail was reported.

Glenlake Parkway — On Dec. 27, a car was stolen.

1100 block of Hammond Drive — On Dec. 27, theft of mail was reported.

Thefts from Vehicles

Between Dec. 6 and Dec. 12, eight thefts from vehicles were reported. Between Dec. 22 and Dec. 28, nine thefts from vehicles were reported.


I-285 West and Roswell Road — On Dec. 11, around 5:30 p.m., 911 received several calls that a man pointed a gun at a female in a car. At first, the call sounded like a car-jacking, but this turned out to be a road rage. A responding officer located the suspect and his car, and two males were removed from the car. A third male reportedly ran from the location and was at a nearby Jiffy Lube Store. That suspect was rounded up quickly and a gun, later found to be stolen, was located by K-9 Renzo near a storm drain. The victim said she was driving on I-285 and cut off a car. The car followed and eventually three black males exited and began banging on her window. One suspect pulled a gun and pointed it at the woman. She hit the accelerator in an effort to get out of harm’s way. One of the arrested suspects had an outstanding warrant.

2800 block of Summer Lake Drive — On Dec. 27, around 8:30 p.m., officers were called to Preserve at Dunwoody Apartments regarding several calls that a man was knocking on doors and attempting to get into them. A resident flagged the officers and pointed them to the direction where he last saw the man. One of the officers located the man who then ran with the cops on foot, pursuing. The man was carrying a broom and shovel. The officers finally corralled the suspect and took him into custody. He was charged with two counts of Burglary, Possession of Tools for Commission of a Crime, and Criminal Attempt to Commit Burglary.

500 block of Tahoma Drive — On Dec. 22, officers responded to a burglary in progress just before 1 a.m. The caller was upstairs in his residence and pointed down towards the area that he believed the suspected burglar was. Officers found him near the garage of the residence. His legs were bleeding slightly from his botched attempt to break into the home. A rock and part of a downspout were found near the entry point. The suspect told cops that some underground entity had power over him, causing him to be at that address. He was checked out at the hospital. The suspect was told officers someone jumped into the back seat of the patrol car and injected him with sodium benzo carbinate and Sodium Pentothol.

The old sodium benzo carbinate and Sodium Pentothol alibi. Well played sir.

Other incidents

7000 block of Dunhill Terrace — On Dec. 22, the resident said someone used her Visa card to make an online purchase of Air Jordan sneakers at a price of $315 and $5 in tax. (That alone is a crime.) The shoes were delivered to her home, but she will return them to the vender.