Sandy Springs police blotter: Sept. 11-25

The following incidents and arrests are some but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from Sept. 11-25.
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.

Robbery

First block of Cedar Run—On Sept. 12, a man reported that at approximately 3 a.m. he pulled into his apartment parking lot and, when he exited the car, a man confronted him and demanded “everything” or he would shoot. He said a second man then approached. He said one of the men had something, but he couldn’t see if it was a gun or not. The victim gave his wallet and iPhone to the two men, who fled.

Burglary

5900 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 11, an eyeglass store alarm activated at 4 a.m. Officers found that someone had thrown a rock through the window and had taken several pairs of glasses, while overlooking other more expensive items such as computers. They broke in an eyeglass store, got glasses but not the expensive stuff. Somehow that makes sense. Probably grabbed the glasses and fled without putting them on?

Pine Brook Road—On Sept. 14, a resident said someone forced open a storage shed and took a Mercury 10 HP boat engine, Toro lawn mower, Stihl leaf blower and a Toro weedeater. Value of all items was just over $2,000.

500 block of Northridge Road—On Sept. 14, a resident said someone entered his apartment and took an iPhone 5, iPad mini, PlayStation 4 and two backpacks.

500 block of North River Parkway—On Sept. 19, a resident said between 9 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. someone entered his living room and took his TV. Someone also took his boss’s 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. He said the door was unlocked and the keys were sitting on the coffee table in the living room.

7000 block of Colquitt Road—On Sept. 19, an officer responding to an alarm at the leasing office of Legends at Dunwoody Apartments found that someone punched a hole in the door from the weight room to the office by using a kettle ball. It wasn’t known if anything was missing at the time of the report.

6300 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 20, a restaurant manager reported that sometime during the night someone accessed the store, without forced entry, and took cash from the safe. A former employee, who was terminated and who had access numbers for the safe, may be a likely suspect. He was told to surrender his key, but the manager said he could have made a copy. The safe did not contain a great deal of cash. Key control is a big deal, folks. Keys accessing sensitive areas should be Medco or other brands of keys that cannot be duplicated. Computerized access keys are good, too. They record what times they were used.

400 block of Mount Vernon Highway—On Sept. 20, a homeowner said that he purchased several items for the home’s lighting (home is under construction) a month ago. Sometime between now and then, someone took the fixtures, valued at $1,000.
A man reported that on Sept. 2, someone came into his home and then used a six-foot ladder to retrieve items from the kitchen. He did not report this on Sept. 2, but did on Sept. 21. He said he suspects his ex-girlfriend, although he has no evidence that it was she who came in. The technical term for finding a ladder in your kitchen that shouldn’t be there is “clue.” You should report such things then.

5000 block of Northside Drive—On Sept. 21, a resident left the home around 11 a.m. and returned at about 3 p.m. He found that someone damaged a lockbox attached to the door and then entered the home. Several items were taken.
1000 block of Brentwood Way—On Sept. 22, an apartment resident said someone came into his home sometime between 1 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. and a large amount of cash was missing. He blames the maintenance staff, one of whom he argued with earlier in the day over money owed to the victim.

Thefts

200 block of Sandy Springs Place—On Sept. 12, a woman reported that while she was shopping at Kroger, someone took her iPhone 6. She does not recall any suspects near her at the time.

Concourse Parkway—On Sept. 12, a man said someone stole his 2007 GMC Denali while it was parked in the handicap area of the Westin Hotel.

Mount Vernon Library—A Fulton County Library employee said someone took a safe containing $151. They don’t really know how the theft occurred.

Windridge Drive—A man said after moving into his apartment, he noticed an iPad missing.

Jett Forest Trail—On Sept. 14, a woman reported that someone stole a delivered package containing three dresses. She said that she believes other mail was taken from her mailbox as well.

6600 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 15, a general manager said an employee took $523 from the sandwich shop. The theft was recorded on video. The female employee took around $300 from the register and then $223 from a cash box. The video showed her putting the money in her purse. They are in the process of prosecution. It’s comical how many employees are caught on video stealing, forgetting they’re on video. Clowns they are!

Rivertrail Court—On Sept. 17, a man reported that he saw a young man standing in the cul-de-sac where his items, such as a chainsaw, were lying. The man picked up the chainsaw and ran toward Brandon Hall Drive, where he got into a red Dodge Charger and drove away.

6200 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 19, a hotel guest said that someone entered the room and took his wallet.

2900 block of Dunwoody Club Drive—On Sept. 19, a woman reported that someone stole her purse containing $500 while she shopped at a grocery store. She also reported her personal ID and credit cards were in her purse.

7700 block of Spalding Drive—On Sept. 21, grocery store employees reported that a six-foot man with numerous tattoos came into the store and loaded up a shopping cart with about $300 in groceries, then raced to the exit. An employee intercepted and grabbed the cart. The man then ran off and got into a Chevy Tahoe, driven by another person, and fled the area.

1100 block of Hammond Drive—On Sept. 20, employees of a drug store reported that a man entered the store and walked around. He had a hand-held container and placed several store items in it. When he arrived at the counter, he asked for a pack of Newport cigarettes. The employee placed the pack on the counter. The man then grabbed the Newports and fled the location leaving behind the container and miscellaneous items.

1100 block of Mount Vernon Highway—On Sept. 21, the management of a cafe reported firing an employee who was suspected of stealing some night deposit funds that were supposed to be deposited in the bank. The employee contends she made the deposits, but the bank informed the company that the night deposit bag was empty.

Sandy Springs Capt. Steve Rose

Sandy Springs Capt. Steve Rose

Retail stores and restaurants always have to contend with employee theft. Most of the time the employee gets greedy and screws up thanks to video and, well, dumb employees. During the 7-10 years that I was in high school, I worked at a convenience store called “Sing Food Store” on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and I-285. I worked with another guy who was older, probably early 20s. I was in the back one day bagging ice when he told me that we had been robbed. Someone came in and robbed him of money in the register as well as the floor safe in the storage room. Later I found out he stole the money. He had a bit of a drinking problem. It didn’t make sense to me because the floor safe was locked by combination, which neither of us had. He didn’t think it through. Most employees, even the ones who plan well, make a mistake.

8300 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 21, a woman reported someone took her wallet. A man later returned it to the grocery store manager, but $142 cash was missing.

2000 block of Dunwoody Club Drive—On Sept. 21, the manager of a grocery store reported that a man and woman, apparently working together, nabbed four cartons of Newport cigarettes, totaling just over $230. They walked to the cashier together and requested the smokes. The cashier asked if they were together and they said yes. The woman bagged the cigarettes and, before payment, the man blocked her view for enough time for the woman to take the cigarettes and walk out. The man then said the woman was not with him and refused to pay. The woman showed a Michigan ID when she got the cigarettes, but the cashier did not remember the name or other info. A card issued by the grocery chain also was used. The store is retrieving that information for the detectives.

Fraud

No address listed—A man reported that someone accessed and used his credit card for the amount totaling just over $1,200.

No address listed—A woman reported that someone accessed her personal information and applied for and received three bank credit cards.

No address listed—A staff member of a private school said someone used the school’s email to request a money transfer for a fraudulent account. The staff member said several offensive emails were directed to board of director members earlier in the summer and believes the same person, yet unknown, is responsible for this incident.

9000 block of River Run—On Sept. 16, a couple said they met with a woman who represented herself as a wedding consultant and event planner. They paid her $5,940, then found out her business is a fake and she apparently has a number of Better Business Bureau complaints. The business address in Johns Creek was closed by the state of Georgia.

No address listed—A woman reported that she received a call from a man saying he was Agent Kevin David Morgan, #5038 of the FBI. He said he had a warrant for her for her unpaid college loans in violation of IRS Code 3.3. He told her that she needed to send two MoneyGrams, the first to Jacob Adams in Illinois and the second to Luis Rosales in Texas. She sent $1,900 to the first guy and $1,650 to Rosales. She then, at some point, realized this was a scam.

No address listed—A woman reported on Sept. 23 that she had been involved in an online relationship* with a man named Mills Jennings, whom she met via Facebook.* She said she has never personally seen or met Jennings and only spoken to him twice in the two years of the relationship.* In that two years, she has shared her Social Security number, personal bank account numbers and routing information, and other things. He told her he’s from Compton, Ca., but was in Syria, serving in the Army. She found out from her bank that Jennings wired $300,000 into her account.* The bank caught wind of it and froze the account. The officer asked her why would he deposit that amount of money into her account when he had never met her? She said that he wanted her to have it because he was going to end his tour of duty and wanted his life savings in her account so that they could share it when he got back. She told the officer that she has not contacted him about the frozen funds. She opened a new account, but now her funds are frozen. What the guy was trying to do was deposit a fraudulent check and then make withdrawals before the bank caught on. The bank was faster than the crook, it seems.
See those little asterisk marks and sentences in italics? Those should be absolute screaming clues that something is amiss. Talking to someone on Facebook is not a relationship. It is a clue that you need to put the computer down and go out. Leave your home and go out where there are other humans!

Assault

Northridge Crossing—A man said his mother, who was armed with a hammer, chased him out of his apartment.

No address listed—A man said that while working on his job with a moving company, he and other employees were aggravated with another employee, who was working too slowly. He commented to the men that the coworker was “acting like a female.” The coworker overheard this and confronted the man. They argued, but took a break to drive the truck to another location. Later, the argument kicked up again and the coworker punched the man in the face and cut his arm. Warrants are pending.

Other Things

1100 block of Mount Vernon Highway—A movie theater employee said a customer asked for assistance in carrying items he purchased from the snack bar to his seat. The female employee, who knew the man, agreed. When she did so, the man tried to kiss her while rubbing up against her. Officers spoke to the man, who denied it. He said he was homeless and sneaks into the theater at times to sleep. The woman did not want to press charges; however he was given a criminal trespass warning and removed from the business.

700 block of Hammond Drive—On Sept. 13, a woman reported that around 2 a.m. she was driving her car into the parking deck of her residence community when another car blocked her from entering the parking deck. She said a man got out of the car and started yelling and cursing at her. He told her to “back up the [expletive deleted] car.” A woman got out of the car and the man who was driving told her to “[expletive deleted] up this white bitch.” The woman went over to the man and appeared to calm him down a bit. The man then approached the woman, whose car was blocked in, calling her a “white racist bitch.” She said at this point she was afraid he was going to hit her and told the man she was calling the cops, to which he replied, “Call the [expletive deleted] racist police, I don’t give a [expletive deleted].” The man then got back in his car and moved it. She got the tag and called the police. The tag was registered to a man who lives in Sandy Springs and is wanted on a warrant in Fulton County for obstructing the police and giving a false name.

1800 block of Jefferson Drive—On Sept. 15, a woman said that around midnight, she was pulling into the gated entrance. As she did, another car piggybacked and came through. She stopped to let him pass. The car behind her stopped, then drove off to another section of the complex. A few seconds later a grey BMW SUV drove up (presumed to be the same car) and a man yelled obscenities at her, and then threw a plastic bottle at her car.
An officer pulled over a car that entered the wrong way on a one-way street at the Prado. The car had a license plate that read “Test Drive.” It was just after midnight. The driver had some weed in the car and was arrested.
Most car dealers prefer you do the test drive during the day. Even with the new trend of some allowing overnight (24-hour) test drives, I’m pretty sure they don’t want you smoking weed in the car.

Greyfield Lane—A woman said she took her dog for a walk. Another dog being walked by another human attacked her dog and left some visible injuries on the dog’s back and stomach.

4900 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 16, a woman reported she was in a grocery store parking lot when a silver Toyota Camry pulled up next to her. A girl who appeared to be about 13 to 15 years old, seated in the passenger seat of the car, asked if the woman spoke Persian and then asked if there was a Persian grocery store nearby. The woman said she didn’t think so. The girl then said her mom’s purse had been stolen. The woman began to ignore them and walked to her car. They followed her, so she told them to leave her alone. She took her phone out and snapped a photo. The man driving the car got out and cursed at her, saying “Why are you taking pictures of us?” He continued to curse at her, but returned to his car and drove off. The photo of the car and tag showed prior police contact for solicitation in both Sandy Springs and Dunwoody.

600 block of Highland Park Trail—On Sept. 19, a man said someone placed a bag of dog poop on the hood of his car. He doesn’t know why.

600 block of Waterford Place—Cops were called to a firearm call. They spoke with the resident who said that he dropped his Glock 10mm gun, which caused it to fire into the floor, causing a hole. Now if you know anything about Glocks, they are designed with sort of a dual trigger requiring both to be depressed at the same time to fire. This means the gun won’t fire when it is dropped. The man was informed of this and changed his story some to say he dropped it and it fired when he picked it up, and did in fact, depress the trigger mechanism. The man was a novice and had not taken any firearms safety training. He was urged to get some. The bullet did not penetrate the floor that is connected to the ceiling of the apartment below.

(We offer a firearms safety course, folks. If you purchase a gun and have no prior training, please go through the basic course. It’s well worth an hour or two.)

8300 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 21, someone tried to set fire to the leasing office at Pointe at Canyon Ridge Apartments. A patrol officer spotted flames at the building around 2:30 a.m. Looks like someone set fire to a small pine tree up against the building. There was fire/smoke damage to the inside of the building. Fire and arson investigators responded. A Molotov cocktail-type device was located inside, but it did not activate properly, meaning it didn’t catch fire as planned. That case is under investigation.

200 block of Sandy Springs Place—On Sept. 21, a man reported that he was driving in the parking lot at City Walk when another car pulled out in front of him as he stopped at the stop sign in front of the store. He then beeped his horn. The driver of the other car got out and began yelling profanities and then told him that he would kill him. The man then left the area and parked. He went into a grocery store. Upon return to his car, he found that it had been keyed, no doubt by the other driver.

No address listed—A man reported he received a call at home from a man with a foreign sounding voice, and who called himself “Tim Parker” with Atlanta Police. He called the victim by name and address. He told the man that he had been involved in a murder and needed to bring a bag of money to APD headquarters. The victim didn’t fall for it and told the man this was a (very poorly planned) scam and he’d do nothing of the sort. The man on the phone said he was coming to the house.

There are several ways that scammers can access your name and even address although they may be thousands of miles away. This scam was horribly planned. “You were involved in a murder. Bring me a bag of money?” Who falls for that?

No address listed—On Sept. 23 cops were called to a home regarding a domestic situation. A woman said her soon-to-be-ex-husband had once again passed out drunk in the basement of the home and had urinated on himself. Earlier that day she arrived home from work to find him drunk, sitting on the couch, and urinating in his trousers. She said he has been drunk since April. She said he got mad and threw a punch at her—which missed. The momentum sent him past her and down to the floor, which is where he remained. He was checked by the officer but looked OK. He declined medical treatment.

Arrests

5600 block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 14, someone kicked in the rear door of an apartment. It isn’t known what is missing, but the resident said whoever broke in left a T-shirt and sweater. The resident said he recognized the T-shirt and sweater as belonging to someone, whose name he was familiar with. Street Crimes Unit members picked up the suspect a couple of days later and arrested him for burglary.

There were a lot of arrests between Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 for probation violations, smoking weed and driving around, smoking weed outside the apartment building, various traffic arrests including DUI, no insurance, no driver’s license, people wanted in other jurisdictions for not paying traffic fines, solicitation, running over things like concrete pillars or other non-removable objects (see marijuana).

Winding River Drive—On Sept. 19, an officer responding to a loitering call found a man in the breezeway of an apartment. Turns out that the man was wanted in East Point on warrants. The man had also stolen clothing that had been shipped to the person who called police. The clothing was wrapped in a plastic bag and had a receipt inside of the bag in the name of the complainant—something that the suspect failed to notice. He was arrested.

6100 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 19, just after 6 a.m., police responded to a “person drunk” call in the hallway of a hotel. The man was located and indeed was hammered. He said he had been out with friends, hitting several bars the night before. He somehow became separated from his friends, but told the officer that he had a room at this hotel. He just didn’t make it before going night-night. His room was located, and he was cited for disorderly conduct and left in his room.
Glisten Avenue—Officers were sent to a home regarding teens going in and out. The caller said a vehicle would circle the neighborhood after letting out the teens. A responding officer located the car and stopped it. The officer knew the driver and one of the passengers from prior contact. The officer smelled marijuana and found some Xanax pills, liquid codeine and an Oxycodone pill in the car. The people from the car were taken to the narcotics unit and interviewed. Two were later charged after 92 additional Xanax pills were found in the car. A large amount of cash was seized as evidence from one of the suspects.

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