Sandy Springs police blotter: burrito theft foiled
The following incidents and arrests are some but not all of the reports filed with SSPD over the listed period, dated through Jan. 18.
The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.
5600 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road 30342 – On Jan. 17, the security staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital called the police and reported that a man, later identified as the suspect, came into the hospital building and said he was going to the cafeteria. The officer personally escorted the man into the eating area. The security officer said as he watched the man in the cafeteria, the man approached an area as if to make a normal and legal transaction for a burrito. Suddenly, without warning or provocation, the man took a burrito and then exited the cafeteria without paying for it.
The officer’s attention was then drawn to a woman who entered the scene and confronted the man about the burrito in his pocket that was not paid for. The woman asked “What is going on?” The man replied, “Nothing.” The security officer, seeing the inconsistency in the man’s story, took control and returned to the cafeteria with the now suspect and told him to empty his pockets, checking for stolen items, weapons, or other fast food. The burrito was produced and the theft was foiled.
The suspect told the officer the reason he took the $2 burrito was that he was discharged from the hospital earlier and he was hungry. He was charged with theft and driven up to Alpharetta, where the intake section is for Fulton County Jail.
7700 block of Spalding Drive 30350 – On Jan. 8, around 9:30 p.m., a man came into the business of Hong Kong Lee and pulled a gun. He took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and left the scene in a small car. He had a bandana covering his face and held a small black revolver. He also had a white bandage on his left hand that looked to be covering an injury.
Cedar Run 30350 – On Jan. 17, a woman reported that she was leaving her apartment when she saw a man in the breezeway. The man had a silver gun. He said “Where do you live? Where is the money? Who else is in there?” The man told her to go into her apartment and face the wall. The man then called someone on a cellphone, and two others came into the apartment and the group looked around. They took some items and left. She reported that she did not call the police until a day later because she was too upset. She later told the detective a TV was taken. The leasing office told the detectives that the woman contacted them to break her lease because she was robbed and they told her they needed a police report—which is why the robbery was reported a day late.
1000 block of Brentwood Way 30350 – On Jan. 8, a man reported that while he was in jail for domestic violence, someone broke into his apartment.
600 block of Virginia Road 30328 – On Jan. 8, a man reported that he was on vacation from Dec. 16-Jan. 8. When he returned, someone had burglarized his home and taken a TV and other items.
4600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On Jan. 8, the victim reported that she came home and found her back door open. She saw evidence that her apartment had been ransacked. The victim reported cash missing.
200 block of Northwood Drive 30342 – On Jan. 9, someone shattered a window and then entered the victim’s apartment. Missing is a laptop, gold chains, a bracelet, a Nintendo Wii and an iPod.
4700 block of Jett Road 30342 – On Jan. 9, answering an alarm, an officer found a side door that was pried open. Several items were later found to have been taken in the burglary.
100 block of Hampton Drive 30350 – On Jan. 9, the victim came home and found that her door was slightly open. She discovered that someone came in and took her 32-inch TV and Wii video game system.
8200 block of Colquitt Road 30350 – On Jan. 9, someone forced the victim’s front door and took large furniture items. The victim has been gone from the apartment since the early part of December.
3600 block of Treelodge Parkway 30350 – On Jan. 10.
7300 block of Hunters Branch Drive 30328 – On Jan. 12, the victim reported that a bike was stolen from an unlocked storage room attached to the carport.
100 block of North Mill Road 30328 – On Jan. 14, officers answered an alarm at about 11:30 a.m. They found evidence that someone forced a utility-closet door and attempted to gain entry. Footprints were found where the person walked around the home looking for a way in. A window was broken and the burglar apparently set off the alarm when he removed the glass. It appears he did not get inside.
6400 block of Scott Valley Road 30342 – On Jan. 14, sometime between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., someone broke a sliding door. The resident said nothing was taken.
7200 block of Brandon Mill Road 30328 – On Jan. 15, the victim said she left the home around 11:30 a.m. and returned just after 12 p.m. She found that a rear window had been broken out. Several drawers had been ransacked. Some jewelry items were reported missing.
2300 block of Treelodge Parkway 30350 – On Jan. 16, the resident said that between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. someone entered her apartment and took an Xbox game system and a PS3 game system. Entry was made by breaking out a back bedroom window.
Old Stratton Chase 30350 – On Jan. 17, officers, responding to an alarm, found that someone forced a rear door open and came into the house. The resident said at the time of the report that nothing appeared to be missing.
1000 block of Wedgewood Way 30350 – On Jan. 17, a man reported that he noticed that someone had changed the deadbolt on the back door to his home and upon looking, discovered a gold watch and $300 in Euros were taken from his night stand in his bedroom.
A man on Dunhill Court reported someone stole two concrete lions from outside his home.
1100 block of Mount Vernon Highway 30328 – On Jan. 7, a man reported that he accidentally left his iPhone on the seat at Wendy’s. He went back and the staff said they knew nothing of it. He activated “Find my Phone” and the GPS signal showed the phone was still there. The staff insisted they knew nothing of it. He finally left the store but tracked the phone to the MARTA station and then to an address on Willow Lake Drive in DeKalb County. The phone contact was lost afterward. The officer obtained video but it does not show anyone taking the phone.
5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On Jan. 8, a student placed her purse on a rolling cart next to her. She left the room for several minutes and during that time, someone took it.
5900 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On Jan. 8, a woman reported that someone took her wallet while she was shopping at Whole Foods. A credit card was later used unsuccessfully at a local Chevron before the card was inactivated.
700 block of Dalrymple Road 30328 – On Jan. 12, the victim said that overnight, someone stole his bike that was chained to the stairs outside his apartment building.
A man reported that he dropped off his shirt, valued at $125, at his cleaners and they lost it.
1000 block of Johnson Ferry Road 30342 – On Jan. 12, an employee said her cellphone was taken from a room adjacent to the ER room at Northside Hospital.
100 block of Preston Woods Trail 30328 – On Jan. 12, a woman reported that her roommate moved out and stole her Louis Vuitton bag. When she asked her for it, the roommate replied “When I see you, I’ll give you more than just your key!”
Mount Vernon Highway — woman reported that while she was at a store, her wallet was stolen.
Spender Trace 30328 – On Jan. 14, a man reported that his 2004 Dodge Ram truck was stolen sometime during the day.
Hunters Trace — A man reported that two guns are missing from his home. He said that he recently had a handyman living in his home (since June) and suspects he took the guns.
6400 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On Jan. 17, a man reported that while he was at Flasher’s Club, someone stole his iPhone, which was lying on the table.
200 block of Northridge Road 30350 – On Jan. 17, an employee of Waffle House reported that between 1:45 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., someone took his cellphone from the employee counter near the coffee cups. The phone could be reached from the customer section of the counter.
Theft from Vehicles
Articles were stolen from vehicles on the following dates:
100 block of River North Drive 30350, Jan. 6
300 block of Granville Court 30328, Jan. 6
800 block of Mount Vernon Highway 30328, Jan. 7
300 block of Northridge Road 30350, Jan. 8
7200 block of Chattahoochee Bluff Drive 30350, Jan. 9
900 block of Marsh Trail Circle 30350, Jan. 9
5600 block of Roswell Road 30342, Jan. 9
4900 block of Roswell Road 30342, Jan. 9
1100 block of Mount Vernon Highway (x2) 30328, Jan. 9
400 block of Franklin Road 30342, Jan. 9
300 block of Crosstree Lane 30328, Jan. 12
6600 block of Roswell Road 30328, Jan. 13
5500 block of Roswell Road 30342, Jan. 13
8500 block of Roswell Road 30350, Jan. 13
7300 block of Twin Branch Road 30328, Jan. 14
7000 block of Hunter’s Knoll 30328, Jan. 14
900 block of Crestline Parkway 30342, Jan. 15
200 block of Johnson Ferry Road 30328, Jan. 15
6600 block of Roswell Road 30328, Jan. 15
900 block of Jefferson Drive 30350, Jan. 16
8600 block of Roswell Road 30350, Jan. 16
5900 block of Roswell Road 30328, Jan. 16
5100 block of Timber Trail 30328, Jan. 17
400 block of Glencastle Drive 30328, Jan. 17
400 block of Forestdale Drive 30328, Jan. 17
500 block of Dogwood Valley Drive 30328, Jan. 17
800 block of Old Creek Trail 30328, Jan. 17
600 block of Forest Hills Drive 30328, Jan. 17
5800 block of Long Grove Drive 30328, Jan. 17
5300 block of Northland Drive 30342, Jan. 17
1st block of Concourse Parkway 30328, Jan. 17
1100 block of Johnson Ferry Road 30342, Jan. 17
4800 block of Franklin Pond Road 30342, Jan. 17
A man reported that his credit card number was taken after he used it at a local restaurant. The card was later charged for $150 for gift cards at Target, Taco Mac for $37 and a purchase at a local Citgo station.
A man reported that he was swindled out of $100 by someone in the Perimeter Center West area. He told the officer that the man said they went to the same church and this tugged on the heart strings of the victim, who continued to listen as the man said he needed a new tire. The victim bought the tire. He dropped the man off and the man told him that he lived at an address nearby and would repay the debt. The victim went to that address and found a family living there who never heard of the man.
A woman reported that her credit card information was compromised and that someone made purchases from Pier 1 on the card. The items were sent to Phoenix, AZ.
6300 block of Roswell Road — Cops were called to a restaurant on a complaint that a person refused to pay a cab fare. A woman told officers that another woman pushed her. This complainant went on to say that she was a housewife from Alpharetta and mother of three kids who went to Johns Creek High School. The report said she repeated this several times. She then said she knew the owners of the bar. She said she was talking to a man inside the bar when another woman came up and began to argue with her and then pushed her. She said the woman made an aggressive move toward her so she pushed a bar stool at the woman. The other woman arrived and they began to argue again. The complainant said the other woman was young and needed to be taught a lesson.
1000 block of Vicksburg Place 30350 – On Jan. 6, around 1 a.m., cops responded to a disturbance and found three women whose argument had turned violent. Witnesses said they awoke to the sounds of screaming, and looked outside to see a woman on top of another woman, beating her. All were drunk. One went to jail and the other to get patched up at the hospital.
6300 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On Jan. 6, cops were called to a drug store on Roswell Road just before 3 a.m. They found a man in the road in front of the store, dancing. Witnesses said he narrowly missed being hit by oncoming traffic. Cops got him off the road and offered up a taxi due to his intoxicated condition. The taxi arrived, picked up the subject, drove away, and then returned. The driver kicked the man out saying he was cursing and refusing to pay for the ride. The officers spoke with the man who then cursed at the officer. The officer arrested him. The man then threw a tantrum, kicking the car divider cage. He ended up in leg restraints and was taken to jail.
6100 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road 30328 – On Jan. 7, vice officers arrested a prostitute at the Comfort Inn and Suites after a phone conversation and agreement to pay $140 for an hour’s worth of companionship. The defendant told the officer to meet at the hotel. When they did meet her, they arrested her.
4600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On Jan. 7, a patrol officer located a man, who was wanted on a probation warrant, sitting at a bus stop. He stopped the man and confirmed the warrant. He was arrested.
6200 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road 30328 – On Jan. 8, vice officers arrested a woman at a hotel. She was charged with prostitution solicitation.
An officer pulled a car over. When he walked up to the driver’s side of the car, he smelled marijuana. The man was cited for disorderly conduct which covers misdemeanor possession of, in this case, a joint. He was released.
6700 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On Jan. 8, officers arrested a man for military desertion. He was wanted on a warrant stating that he deserted in November 2012. Inside the apartment, officers found marijuana, stamps and liquid bottles of suspected LSD and capsules that contained MDMA (Ecstasy.) Several other people were arrested in this case.
5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On Jan. 9, cops responded to a discount store on a call of a shoplifter who fled. The man had been seen multiple times in the past stealing. He was in with his girlfriend trying to make a cash return on a baby monitor they stole. The officers found him and rounded him up for the trip to jail.
Huntingdon Chase 30328 – On Jan. 13, cops were called just before 9 p.m. to a location about a woman who was screaming. They spoke to the woman who was lying face down in the breezeway of an apartment complex. The woman was intoxicated and speaking somewhat incoherently. She asked the officers to sit “Indian style” on the floor with her to talk to her. The officers had to help her up and to her apartment. She became belligerent and began to yell at the officers. She began to scream and would not settle down so the officers handcuffed her in order to arrest her. She threatened to shoot one officer in the “blank” and told the other that she would kick his “blank” up into his throat. Inside the car, she head-banged the back of the metal partition. She refused to walk and had to be carried from the car to the intake port.
600 block of Hampton Drive 30350 – On Jan. 14, a man called and said two men were at his apartment and kicked open his apartment door. The suspects left in a small white car. The arriving officers spotted the car leaving the complex. They were detained and later charged with burglary. The victim said he heard a knock on the door but didn’t answer. Just after, they forced the door open but when they came in, the victim had a knife and the perps turned and ran to the car and drove away.
1000 block of Hammond Drive 30328 – On Jan. 15, cops were called to the Homestead Studio Suites after an employee saw a man trying to force himself into a room where the sprinkler system control area is located. The man fled on foot but was caught by a pursuing officer and his Taser. The suspect was wanted in Cobb County for probation violations having to do with a previous motor vehicle theft case. The man gave the officers false information. He was taken to the hospital, where he was found to be okay enough to be lodged into jail. He was charged with the warrants and the attempt to burglarize the hotel room.
Target store employees called police following a shoplifter who took a cellphone. The suspect was sitting at a Starbucks location inside the store but past all points of sale. The officer asked if he could talk to him. The man said “Okay, but I didn’t steal anything. I was going to pay for this later.” He pulled out lip gloss and put it on the table. The officer later found three cellphones on him. He was charged with the theft and taken to jail.
A man on Glenridge Road called the police to report that his date had gone bad. He contacted a “date” on a website and met him at the victim’s apartment. They two “dated” for a couple of hours. The victim asked the date to leave. An argument ensued and the cops were called. The date left but then left threatening text messages to the victim saying he is going to get what’s coming to him.
6200 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road 30328 – On Jan. 13, a woman called the cops to a hotel. She told them that a man she knew as Jay Rou, whom she met two days ago and let stay in her room with her, started talking about her prostituting herself to make some money for him. She complained that he keeps calling her. While the officer was there, he called. The officer asked for his information and he gave him a name of “Jay Sloan” and he was from Alabama. The officer told him to stop calling or be charged with harassing communications.
Weatherly Drive 30328 – On Jan. 16, a woman reported that around 4:30 a.m., a man had been in the back yard of her home on at least two occasions in the past week. The man has tried to peer into one of the windows, but the dog alerts and starts to bark. She said the man is tall but because it is dark, she could not expand on the description. Neighbors reported seeing a man walking in their back yards.
Sandalwood Drive 30350 – On Jan. 16, a man reported that he broke up with his girlfriend and now is receiving threatening text messages from a man whom he thinks is her brother or other friend. The threats state that they will kill him.