By Capt. Steve Rose, SSPD
The following incidents and arrests are some but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from Oct. 4 through Oct. 16.
The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.
500 block of Northridge Crossing—On Oct. 4, a resident returning home after a trip found his rear sliding door shattered. Someone took an iPhone, Blackberry phone that doesn’t work, some jewelry and a WeVibe 3 Adult Vibrator. A Chicago Bulls hat that did not belong to the victim was found at the scene.
5000 block of South Trimble Road—On Oct. 4, someone forced entry into the Ridgeview Charter School through a back door. Several classrooms were also entered, having been forced open with some kind of pry tool. The school’s video shows eight people, in heavy clothing and with their faces covered, running inside and out of several classrooms. They did this from 5 a.m. to about 5:15 a.m., then left. At the time of the report, the school did not know what items were taken from the classrooms.
5300 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On Oct. 4, a vacant home was entered when someone forced a window open. A refrigerator was reported missing.
5600 block of Long Island Drive—On Oct. 5, a homeowner reported several items missing from a home that is currently under construction.
4600 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 5, a burglary was reported where someone broke a front window and entered an apartment. A book bag, wallet, cash and personal ID were taken from the bedroom.
5400 block of Mount Vernon Parkway—On Oct. 7, a burglary was reported where a 55-inch television was stolen from the backyard covered porch area. A video showed a man coming onto the property around 4:30 a.m. and leaving about 15 minutes later with the television.
400 block of West Spalding Drive—On Oct. 7, a resident reported someone kicked in his front door and took a 40-inch Sony television and a bag of jewelry.
Forrest Lake Drive—On Oct. 11, someone reported a burglary of two $1,000 mountain bikes from a shed underneath the home’s back porch. The burglary happened between Oct. 6 and 9, the homeowner said.
Pine Lake Court—On Oct. 14, a resident reported finding a basement door open. A bag containing a small amount of cash and a check was missing.
5800 block of Greenbriar Road—On Oct. 15, a burglary was reported after someone kicked open a front door and entered a home.
2000 block of Jefferson Drive—On Oct. 15, a burglary was reported after someone forced open an apartment door. A television, laptop and some jewelry were missing.
Roswell Road—On Oct. 17, eight commercial burglaries occurred overnight. Police say witnesses saw a U-Haul truck with its headlights turned off, leaving one of the businesses and driving away “at a high rate of speed.” The U-Haul crashed into a neighboring apartment complex and several people jumped out and ran from police officers. The U-Haul was recovered with stolen property including cash registers, rolls of coins, receipts and other items. Police impounded the truck to process evidence and stolen property.
The addresses of the businesses that were burglarized: 5345 Roswell Rd, Valero Gas Station; 5610 Roswell Rd, Starbucks; 6385 Roswell Rd, Pizza Hut; 6385 Roswell Road, Chevron; 6560 Roswell Rd, Taco Bell (where the U-Haul was spotted); 6690 Roswell Rd, Canton Cooks II; 6690 Roswell Rd, Hinton Savvy Liquor Store; 6690 Roswell Rd, Perk-n-Pooch.
500 block of Abernathy Road—On Oct. 5, a man reported two women gave him a ride to his apartment from a nightclub. The women left around 5 a.m. and when the resident woke up at 9:30 a.m., he realized his shotgun, cellphone and wallet were gone.
100 block of Concourse Parkway—On Oct. 5, a woman reported someone took her driver’s license from her purse, which was on a table at a hotel.
7000 block of Canonbury Place—On Oct. 6, a resident reported that a worker she hired to build her fence called to report a theft. The second worker building the fence admitted to the first worker that he stole and pawned tools from the homeowner’s tool shed. The homeowner reported the theft to police with the information that her tools were pawned on Howell Mill Road.
600 block of Marsh Trail Circle—On Oct. 7, an Atlanta Institute of Art student reported her wallet, bank card, $300 cash and ID had been stolen from her backpack overnight while she slept. Her roommate had a friend over, who police suspect of the theft.
East Conway Drive—On Oct. 9, a man reported that sometime between Aug. 9 and Oct. 9 his .38-caliber revolver was stolen from his bedside drawer. The resident said several workers had been in and out doing work for him, and he could not give police details about the make or serial numbers of his gun.
4900 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 11, a $3,000 Hurricane Trailer was reported stolen. Inside the trailer were $1,000 worth of tools and two kayaks valued at $1,500.
5300 block of Roswell Road—The Waffle House manager reported $142 missing from the cash drawer after an employee left five hours before her shift ended.
900 block of Preston Woods Trail—On Oct. 12, a woman reported her purse and watch stolen from an apartment that she rented to strangers via the Internet.
7500 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 13, grocery store employees reported a man tried to take a pack of steaks by hiding the steaks in his pants. He threw the package at employees when confronted, and ran out of the store.
1100 block of Mount Vernon Highway—On Oct. 13, a man reported someone stole his pants from his gym bag while he played basketball at a gym. When the man ran outside, he noticed his car alarm was going off.
5600 block of Northside Drive—On Oct. 14, a delivery driver reported to an employee at a discount club store that he saw a man steal 10 cases of water. As the employees stacked water, the man stole the cases.
6500 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 16, the manager of a store said an ex-employee came to the store to retrieve some personal items he had left. While doing so, he asked if he could use the restroom. Granted permission, he retreated to it. He was in there a long time before coming out and leaving the store. The manager said that it appears that while inside the restroom, the man took customer documents including receipts and “sensitive” documents that are apparently stored in the bathroom.
6600 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 16, a woman said she was shopping at a grocery at Abernathy Square in the early afternoon, when a woman approached her to ask about some food items. A short time later, the same woman approached her again and told her about some ice cream for sale. According to the victim, at this time the woman reached into her purse and took her wallet. The wallet contained $400 to $500 cash, ID, Medicare card, debit and credit cards. The victim reported the cards stolen, and was told they were used at Macy’s for $203 and $388.
7300 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 12, CVS employees called police as a man was waiting for a prescription for Xanax. The pharmacist recognized the prescription that contained numerous errors. The officer arrived and detained the man while contacting the doctor, who confirmed the prescription was fake. The man was arrested.
6100 block of Blue Stone Road—On Oct. 15, the staff at a jeweler called police regarding a fraud in progress. The police arrived and detained a man who was attempting to buy a ring valued at $36,500 using false identification, which the store employee discovered. The actual person on the ID was contacted, and he verified that he was not the guy in the store. The man was arrested.
8800 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 5, the manager of a pawn shop said she was locking up the store around 2:30 a.m. when a man ran up to her from the south end of the building and hit her in the chest with a closed fist. The man then ran off. He was described as skinny, around 20 to 25 years old and he wore dark clothing. The manager went home, went to sleep and later went to the hospital, where the police were called.
Cedar Run—On Oct. 8, a woman called police to report an assault by her live-in boyfriend. She said that during an argument, he took an iron from her and they pushed each other. Then he stuck her head under a faucet of running water and took her phone when she tried to call 911. She said she pepper-sprayed him and ran to a friend’s apartment to call police.
Gettysburg Place—On Oct. 11, domestic violence was reported when a husband said he was moving out and threw a bottle of hydrogen peroxide at his wife. He missed, but the wife hit him and scratched his chin. Police made no arrests as a “primary aggressor” wasn’t determined and the husband said he would not return.
6000 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 11, officers were called to the location just after 4 a.m. and spoke to a man who said he had a money dispute with a woman who became mad and hit him in the face. She smashed one of his car windows before leaving. The victim was intoxicated and vague on his answers so he agreed not to drive and was taken away by a friend.
No address—On Oct. 5, a report was made by a man who received a text message saying, “SUP, I’m going to murder you tonight,” from a former potential roommate who had answered a Craigslist ad. The man who reported the text said he had cut off communication after deciding not to share a room with the man.
6000 block of Roswell Road—A restaurant manager reported an employee put marijuana into two customers’ to-go boxes. The employee grabbed the marijuana and ran out of the restaurant. Police obtained an arrest warrant.
Lake Forrest Drive—On Oct. 4, a man was arrested for failure to appear in court. A police officer ran the driver’s tag and found the warrant from Dunwoody Police. 200 block of Sandy Springs Place—On Oct. 5, officers were called to a grocery store about an intoxicated man who was bothering customers. Police told the man to leave several times, but he said he wanted police to “give him a ride home.” He was arrested.
1100 block of Mount Vernon Highway—On Oct. 6, loss prevention staff at a sporting goods store called police about a customer who tried on a pair of Nike shoes and tried to leave. Police arrested the man for shoplifting.
7500 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 6, a juvenile was charged with shoplifting several items from Publix including doughnuts, Honey Bun pastries and Doritos. He was released to his mother pending court in Fulton Juvenile Court.
4700 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 6, narcotics officers knocked on the door of an apartment to determine if narcotics complaints were founded. The residents were arrested when officers found large amounts of amphetamine in the apartment.
6300 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On Oct. 8, loss prevention staff at a discount department store detained a man who took an envelope box, cut it open, emptied it and later used it to conceal some “Beats by Dre” headphones. He then sealed the box with stolen tape. He then took another box and mirror box, and concealed two Bose speakers in them. He then took two Seagate hard drives, which he concealed in the mirror box. After he walked past the checkout, he was detained and later arrested for the $1,299.49 shoplifting theft, which is a felony.
1000 block of Northridge Road—On Oct. 11, following a 4 a.m. traffic stop, a driver was found to have some marijuana and MDMA, commonly known by the street term “Molly.” He was arrested.
7500 block of Roswell Road—On Oct. 11, officers were called to a grocery store about a shoplifting in progress. An officer pulled in just as the man, followed by the loss prevention officer, who pointed him out, exited the store. The officer ordered the man to stop, and the man ran. They chased him through the parking lot until he was caught. He fought them, but was eventually restrained and arrested for the theft valued at $237.
Another man was arrested at a grocery store on Oct. 13 around 4 p.m. He took items off the shelves and placed them in a hand basket, and then left without paying. An officer was writing a report in the parking lot so the employees asked for help. The man was detained and later charged with the $30 theft.
Mount Vernon Highway–The staff at a bank called police regarding a man who was attempting to cash a check for more than $1,400. The check was believed to be fraudulent because the word “FIRST” was misspelled as “FRIST” Citizen’s Bank. The company that was on the check confirmed they had not written a check to the man, who was now in custody. He was arrested.
Powers Ferry Landing—On Oct. 14, a man was arrested at a grocery store for attempting to cash a check at the customer service counter. The check was made to him in the amount of $180 from Tianna Smith Facility Services Company. A scam alert for this company existed because several fraudulent check-cashing attempts had been made in the metro area. When he saw the cops, the man pretended to talk on his phone and walk away. He was detained and later arrested.