By Captain Steve Rose, SSPD
The following incidents and arrests are some but not all of the reports filed with SSPD over the listed period, dated through May 23.
The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.
6600 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On May 10, a man in his 20s robbed the SunTrust Bank inside Publix Abernathy Square. The robbery occurred around 3:30 p.m.
Roswell Road and Sugar Mill Road 30350 – On May 16, the victim said she used the ATM at a gas station and then later, as she walked down the roadway, a man told her that he needed to talk to her. She ignored him and continued. A car, described as an older gray car, possibly a Honda, drove by and the man cut her purse strap and took the purse.
7800 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On May 16, the victim said that he was using a cut through to his apartment on Spring Creek Lane just before midnight. He came upon four men, one of whom said, “What the f—are you looking at?” The report said the man told cops that regardless of how many men there were, he would not be “disrespected.” He had a short exchange of words and then was robbed, at gunpoint, of his backpack, $220 cash, a passport and keys.
8300 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On May 9, the victim said her front door had been forced open. Someone entered the home but apparently took only an air mattress.
5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On May 10, a man reported someone entered his apartment without force, and took a coin jar with $300 in it.
1300 block of Harbor Pointe Parkway 30350 – On May 11, the victim said between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. someone came in by kicking the door, and took an iPad, Beats headphones, two, 42-inch TVs, 12 pairs of Jordan sneakers, diamond earrings, a watch and PS4 game system. The same apartment was burglarized on April 27.
6100 block of Blackwater Trail 30328 – On May 13, sometime between 9a.m. and 11 a.m., someone attempted to enter the home while the resident was gone. The victim found broken glass on a window and what appeared to have been two or three attempts to open windows; however, they were painted shut.
200 block of Marchand Court 30328 – On May 13, police received an alarm around 9:40 a.m. Officers arrived six minutes later and found evidence of forced entry. They found a number of items indicating the rooms had been ransacked. The resident said several electronic items were taken.
6200 block of Mount Vernon Oaks Drive 30328 – On May 13, sometime between 7:20 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., someone entered the home by kicking in the back door. Laptops, a TV, jewelry and other items were taken.
6400 block of Glen Oaks Lane 30328 – On May 13, the resident said someone kicked in his front door sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. He is missing some electronic items and coins from a bowl.
6500 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On May 13, police received an alarm at 4:36 a.m. They found that someone threw a rock and shattered a phone store’s front window. The manager later said four cellphones were taken.
300 block of Hammond Drive 30328 – On May 18, two televisions were stolen from a defensive driving school. The owners reported that the front door was forced open.
6300 block of Vernon Woods Drive 30328 – On May 19, someone kicked in the victim’s front door. However, at the time of the report, nothing was reported missing.
8600 block of Roberts Drive 30350 – On May 9, a woman reported that her sister got into a fight with her during an argument over the sister being evicted from the victim’s apartment.
5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On May 12, employees at a discount department store said a female juvenile concealed the following in her purse, and then attempted to leave without paying: a tank top, eyeliner, facial powder, mascara, more face powder. The value of the theft came to just over $71. The juvenile’s mother, who was at a church recital near the store, was contacted and picked the juvenile up. She was released to her mother pending a juvenile court date.
1100 block of Hammond Drive 30328 – On May 13, security employees of a grocery store said they watched a man go up and down the aisles, taking food items, and then walk into the bathroom where he consumed the food, consisting of ravioli and some cheese. The value of the meal was just under $9. He was arrested. His information showed that he was wanted for a probation violation in Indiana; however, they declined to extradite him.
The staff at an apartment complex said someone stole the keyboard from the computer room. They viewed a video showing a man, known to them, walking in the room with nothing in his hands but then leaving with a dark object in his hands. They could not identify the object as a keyboard. The officer ran the name of the suspect on GCIC and it indicated to him that he was wanted on a warrant in DeKalb County. The suspect was not initially on the scene but later walked up to the officer’s car which delighted the officer, who took him into custody on the warrant. They keyboard was nowhere to be found. The suspect denied knowledge of it.
1100 block of Mount Vernon Highway – On May 17, employees of a sports equipment store called police regarding a shoplifter they observed take a pair of shoes, swap them with his shoes, and take a sweatshirt, which he wrapped around his waist. The man then left the store before being confronted by Loss Prevention employees. The man was charged with shoplifting a $55 jacket and $70 shoes. The man was taken to jail.
8700 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On May 20, a woman took several items including paper towels, a TV dinner and fried chicken, and left the store without paying. Officers found her on Dunwoody Place, and after confirming she was the person involved, she was arrested.
A woman contacted police to report that her ex-husband has been calling and harassing her about owing him money for taxes. He told her “I am going to do something worse to you, make you wish you had paid me.”
5900 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On May 11, cops and EMS were called to a restaurant after a woman, standing in line, apparently discharged her pepper spray into her purse. The woman apologized and left immediately. The other customers were checked out, but were OK. The witnesses said it appeared the pepper spray was discharged accidentally.
A 74-year-old woman called to report that she was contacted by someone whom she said sounded like they were Indian, representing themselves as IRS staff, and who wanted to get her personal information. The caller knew her by name, address and obviously, by phone number. She hung up but the caller tried again five more times. Three days later, the same (sounding) person called and said he knew that she paid $8,000 for sex. She hung up.
600 block of Dalrymple Road 30328 – On May 17, officers cited a man for setting his plastic canoe on fire in his back yard.
Roswell /Trowbridge Roads 30350 – On May 17, around 3 a.m., a patrol officer found a trash can on fire. The officer found additional fires at Roswell Road and Spalding Drive, and again at Roswell Road and Sunnybrook Lane. A check of the Iron Sky Video showed a man in a white T-shirt and jeans who appeared to be setting the trash cans on fire. Shortly thereafter, officers found a man who most likely committed the fires. He is homeless, and was walking in the Abernathy Square area around 4 a.m. He was later charged with prowling and loitering.