The following incidents and arrests are some but not all of the reports filed with SSPD over the listed period, dated through Sept. 21.
The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.
Report of the Week
On Sept. 17, a man reported that just after 12 p.m., two teens came up his driveway and said they wanted money. One pulled a gun. The boys demanded gas money. The man said he had some money in the house. His wife retrieved $20 and the man said that was all he would give them. They took the money and drove to a gas station on New Northside Drive. In the meantime, the victim called police and an officer located the car and suspects at the gas station. They fled into the wooded area and later crossed over the I-285 Interstate east to the Powers Ferry Road area, where they were found and arrested near another gas station. The car and gun were recovered. The pair, along with another juvenile, absconded from a program in Warm Springs, Ga., called Warm Springs Outdoor Therapy Program. They stole the car in Pine Mountain, Ga. and drove to the metro area. The third juvenile, who was not with the pair at the time of the crime, was arrested later in Canton, Ga., after being caught stealing a truck.
6900 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On Sept. 18, a cab driver reported that just before 11 p.m. he was robbed after dropping two women off at the Lodge Apartments. The man said that the two told him they were going to pick up a third woman and go to Alpharetta. He dropped them off and said that he had a bad feeling about it, so he decided to leave. They were standing behind the car so that he couldn’t back out. He then saw two men, one pointing a gun at him, knocking on his driver’s window. The man got him out of the car and they demanded money. At one point before they left, one of the suspects hit the man with his gun. They then fled. A witness said she saw the two women going through his taxi front seat area during the robbery.
1300 block of Hampton Drive 30350 – On Sept. 15, the victim said someone came into his apartment and took his 40-inch TV.
900 block of Lancaster Way 30328 – On Sept. 17 a man reported that while he was upstairs in his home, he heard someone break in. Someone rang the doorbell. He did not answer it. About 15 minutes later, he heard a loud banging noise and when he came out of his bedroom, he saw a man walking through the downstairs of the home. The victim retreated to his bedroom and called 911. The suspect fled before officers arrived. The victim said he is missing a laptop.
6900 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On Sept. 18, the victim said someone broke into his place at the Lodge Apartments. The front door had been pried open. A computer was taken from the bedroom as was the monitor.
6000 block of River Shore Parkway 30328 – On Sept. 19, a man reported that he saw a skinny guy on his back porch area who tried to break into his home through the doggie-door. The man could not get in so he grabbed a throw rug off a chair and was walking to the other side of a glass door on the porch. The victim called police. He said the man left in a new silver BMW 325, about a 2008 model.
400 block of Marsh Trail 30350 – On Sept. 19, the victim, who is a student, was moving from her apartment to another location in Sandy Springs. She moved her items out but, on a rainy day, left her 42” television in the apartment until the weather cleared. During that time, someone came into the apartment and took the TV and a vacuum cleaner.
700 block of Preston Woods Trail and 200 block of Northwood Drive – Other burglaries.
Employees of a restaurant reported that two persons stole a copper ornament that was attached to the outside of the restaurant’s deck area. The man and woman were in the restaurant drinking. Around 1:30 p.m. they walked outside and took the large copper sun ornament and walked off. They also walked off from the $108 bill.
6100 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road 30328 – On Sept. 18, a man reported that his 2007 black Escalade was stolen from the parking lot of the Comfort Inn hotel.
5400 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On Sept. 18, a man reported that he was contracted to put boots on two cars, belonging to the same owner, as a result of non-payment of HOA dues. He returned later to tow the cars and found the cars and his boots were gone.
A woman reported that she believes that over the past two years, her housecleaner has stolen jewelry from her. She thinks that the value is around $40,000.
5000 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On Sept. 19, someone stole a Fisher Price Power Wheel ATV from a back patio.
4900 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On Sept. 19, a 74-year-old woman reported that a man approached her in the frozen food section and asked her several questions about certain food items. He had a scruffy beard and long hair, and was wearing a light-colored sweatshirt and a pair of sweat pants. Later, when she went to pay, her wallet was missing. Her wallet contained credit cards and personal information as well as $250 cash. One card was later used at Lowe’s and an Exxon station in Roswell.
6600 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On Sept. 19, a man reported that several items were taken from his bag in an unlocked gym locker. The person took the victim’s car keys and found his car. The suspect went through his items but apparently didn’t take anything. Another man found the victim’s keys in the parking lot and returned them to him.
On Sept. 20, a tavern employee said two men were drinking and then left the server hanging with a $90 tab.
Theft from Vehicles
Articles were stolen from vehicles on the following dates:
6600 block of Roswell Road 30328, Sept. 17.
5400 block of Roswell Road 30342, Sept. 18.
5600 block of Roswell Road 30342, Sept. 18.
5700 block of Roswell Road 30328, Sept. 18.
5600 block of Roswell Road 30342, Sept. 18.
4900 block of Roswell Road 30342, Sept. 18.
5900 block of Lake Forrest Drive 30342, Sept. 19.
1100 block of Hammond Drive 30338, Sept. 19.
5300 block of Northside Drive 30342 – On Sept. 16, a man reported that someone applied for credit in his name. He checked his mail and saw a letter from a company requesting more information on his credit card application that he didn’t apply for. A Best Buy credit card had been issued and used for more than $1,000. He was advised to put a fraud alert on his credit information so that he is contacted when someone opens that credit file.
A man reported that he was notified that someone charged $5,500 on a jewelry store credit card, $1,500 on his Best Buy card, and rented a moving truck in Virginia on his credit card. The suspects applied for and received Visa cards in the victim’s name.
A woman reported that her bank notified her that someone used her debit card number to withdraw $260 from her account from an ATM in Germany.
A woman reported that her soon-to-be-ex-husband had written several checks on a closed account. The account was previously a joint account, but she changed that.
A woman reported that two women came into the CITGO station on Dunwoody Place on Sept. 18 at about 2 p.m. They purchased store items and then paid with a counterfeit $10. The employees checked and found that the same women had been in the store before and had apparently successfully passed other counterfeit bills.
6600 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On Sept. 18, cops met a woman at a bank. She told the following story: She met a man online at “Christian Mingle” and has been speaking to him since June. They eventually moved their communications to Facebook, then to Yahoo Messenger, and then to the telephone. The man’s name was given to her as Jackson Hutchinson. (Note that there has not been a face-to-face meeting.) She fell for him and believed they were in love. She said that he wanted to marry her. During this time, he established himself as a traveling salesman and at one point, asked her to help with some suppliers from other countries. He transferred $20,000 to her account. He instructed her to send, via Western Union, $4,500 to a person. She obtained multiple money orders totaling $4,500 and placed the order. She then went to her bank to verify the funds and found that they were not available. She thought that was suspicious and went to Western Union and cancelled the order. They gave her WU checks totaling the amount. She deposited those checks into her account. She has since called Jackson Hutchinson to inquire why the funds were not valid.
I’m sure that she also has a broken heart because as we all know, courtesy of hindsight, he was scamming her.
8700 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On Sept. 19, a store clerk reported that a man came in and tried to pass a $20 counterfeit bill. The bill was not a very good one and the clerk told the man that the bill was fake. The man tore the bill up and then tried to pay for his items with another $20 bill. The clerk did not know if it was valid or not but refused to sell the items. The man left.
1000 block of Brentwood Way — A woman reported that she was waiting for school bus occupants to cross the roadway. Another driver began blowing her horn wanting her to move. She yelled back, “Can’t you wait?” The woman then yelled some obscenities at her, flipped her off, and threw a bottle at her. The bottle missed. The car was a black Chevrolet Impala with two heavy-set women inside.
7700 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On Sept. 18, a man said he and his girlfriend got into an argument over his drinking. She threw a Red Bull can, hitting him in the face.
6900 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On Sept. 15, an officer reported that while on patrol around 1:15 a.m., he saw a young man walking around an apartment parking lot looking at cars and talking on his cellphone. The officer, knowing that thefts from cars occur at night, watched him for a while and then spoke to him. While talking to him, the officer smelled marijuana. He found a bag in his pocket. The man was cited for misdemeanor possession.
Northwood Drive and Kingsport Drive 30342 – On Sept. 16, just after 1 a.m., an officer drove past the road and found a man urinating in the street. He was drunk.
200 block of Northwood Drive — Cops were told that around 1:30 a.m., a man came into an apartment, went into the bathroom and locked the door. They did not know him. The officers asked why he was in the bathroom and he said he didn’t know. He was heavily intoxicated. He was arrested.
Cops arrested a man at a nightclub just after midnight after a fight call. The bouncer said the man, who is a regular, frequently leaves without paying his bill. The man had a $40 bill and paid only $27 of it. The bouncer told him to pay the rest. An argument started and the man took a swing at the bouncer. The officer said it was impossible to talk to the man because he kept yelling. He arrested the man, who later said the cop was racist against Hispanics and “everyone else.”
7600 block of Roswell Road — About 2 a.m., an officer stopped a car. The officer smelled marijuana. The man said he had some in a coffee cup—which he did, and some in the console, and some MDMA (Ecstasy) and a gun. He was arrested.
700 block of Dalrymple Road 30328 – On Sept. 16, cops were called about 2 a.m. to a residence they were told a man was knocking on the door. The cops found the man, who said he knocked on the wrong door. The man was checked and found to have a warrant on him from Sandy Springs for failure to appear and in DeKalb County for a probation violation. He was arrested.
7200 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On Sept. 16, an officer saw a woman standing on the side of the old Tom Jumper building. He could hear the alarm going off and knew that the building had been recently vandalized. He spoke to the woman and asked her what she was doing. She said nothing. He asked for her ID. She said that she did not have it on her and it was from Illinois. She later changed that to a Georgia ID, and that information showed she had a warrant on her from College Park Police. She was arrested.
6200 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On Sept. 19, cops received a call of a shoplifter. The lookout read that a man, dressed as a woman, came into the store and took several items and then left without paying. A nearby officer saw an ugly woman who could be a man, pushing a shopping cart with red balloons tied to it. He stopped person and found that this was the suspect. The man said he paid for the balloons but not the other items that turned out to be party items for a Falcons game. The value of the items was $117. The man was charged.
8700 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On Sept. 19, at around 5:45 p.m., a patrol officer, driving through the parking lot of a grocery store and near a fast-foot restaurant, saw a woman squatting over a flower bed, with her pants to her ankles, with her buttocks clearly in view, urinating in clear view of the roadway and adjacent businesses. She was charged with urinating in public and released to her friends who had gone into the restaurant to use the bathroom.