Sandy Springs police blotter: Nov. 7-20

Capt. Steve Rose of Sandy Springs Police offers advice on preventing burglary for apartment residents in this week's crime blotter.
Capt. Steve Rose

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

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.


None reported.


North Island Drive—On Nov. 18, a resident said that upon returning home from an overnight stay, he found both garage doors and the door leading to his house were open. The entry point was apparently a window forced open on the rear side of the home. Several items including a TV and documents were taken.


5500 block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 14, employees of a discount department store reported that a 20- to 25-year-old man, who was about 6-feet tall and slender with sandy colored hair, has stolen from the store several times. He seems to prefer cologne.

100 block of Spalding Creek Court—On Nov. 16, a man reported his 2001 Ford F-150 stolen. He said the theft occurred while he was behind a home he was landscaping. A trailer was attached to the truck.

1000 block of Johnson Ferry Road—On Nov. 17, a woman reported that photography equipment was stolen from the Women’s Center of Northside Hospital sometime between Nov. 4 and 5. A camera and its accessories are missing.

5600 block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 17, a woman reported that she was in Barberitos Restaurant for lunch. She forgot her purse when she left. The following day, she contacted the restaurant and was told the purse was recovered, however $250 cash in her wallet was gone. Later, officers discovered that one of the employees took the money before calling the victim to say he found the purse. He was arrested and, of course, fired.

5500 block of Lake Forrest—On Nov. 17, the contractor of a home under construction said two air conditioning units were taken from the home.

8700 block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 17, a woman said she was inside a bowling and entertainment complex and left her iPhone on top of an arcade machine and forgot it. She returned later, but it was gone.


No address—A man reported that someone used his personal information to request a money transfer of just over $400 from his bank for a T-Mobile account.

No address—A woman said someone used her personal information when stopped and issued a citation from the police. She was informed after the court sent her a letter informing her she missed her October court date.

No address—A woman reported that she signed a vehicle purchase agreement to buy a 2013 Lexus RX-350 from a man named William Brown and his girlfriend, Yolanda White. The cost of the car was $2,000—yes, only $2,000, a SCREAMING CLUE that something was amiss.

She paid $1,800 to him and later the balance of $200 to Ms. White. They told her the car was ordered from out of state and would be delivered. Since that time when she paid, she has not been able to contact either Brown or White.

Okay here’s the deal, $2,000 for a Lexus RX-350? I found one online, 25,000 miles, for just over $32,000. Let’s say you can do much better, maybe around $25,000 or so, but $2,000? Don’t buy something from some yahoo offering up a deal way too good to be true.


8700 block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 14, a man reported that around 1:30 p.m. he was walking across the parking lot when a white Ford Explorer passed him closely. He yelled something to the driver, who stopped, exited and then slapped the man across the face before re-entering the car and driving north on Roswell Road. The driver was a man in his 20s.

This brings up a good point. Right or wrong, you may yell something that will cause that person to do what this guy did. Don’t think that a verbal shot across the bow won’t solicit a violent response. Of course, some of you may recall my rule on men slapping other men. Unless you’re challenging him to a duel, you should not slap another man.

Other Things

No address—A woman told officers that her mother sent her a threatening email that read: “[Expletive deleted], I will f—you up in whatever way possible. I will ruin your life. I will f—you up!”

River Vista Drive—A woman said her dog was attacked by two other dogs. The neighbor, who owned the dogs, said they were not unleashed and did not attack the other woman’s dogs. There were no witnesses.

Abernathy and Barfield—Officers were called to a condominium regarding a car that had a shattered window. They checked the car and found that it was stolen in Alpharetta some time earlier. It was impounded and the owner was contacted.

Willow Creek—A resident said that on Nov. 18, just before 10 p.m., he saw a man wearing a hoodie, peeking into his apartment from the patio door, through a small section not covered by blinds. He said that he thinks the same man did the same thing days earlier.

North River Parkway—A man called police and said he had been shot in a drive-by. He said a black Honda, occupied by four males, drove past. One of the men yelled at him to get out of the road and then shot him in the leg. The victim’s friend and witness confirmed his story. Detectives were called and the detective began talking with the victim at North Fulton Hospital, but the story was not very convincing. The victim finally admitted that he shot himself in the leg while putting the pistol in the back of his pants. He showed the detective where he had discarded the gun and a canine soon found it. He is facing charges, as is his idiot friend.

Listen up, gun owners and cool guys. The reason Charlton Heston invented gun holsters is to put guns in them instead of in your pants. I know television and movies have taught us that it’s much cooler to stuff that pistol in your pants, but the fact is, this very thing has happened more than once. Many years ago, one of my former compadres shot himself in the right cheek doing that very same thing. Besides, the gun takes longer coming out from your Dockers than a good holster.


Roswell and Abernathy roads—On Nov. 13, an officer found, after running the tag, that the owner of the car was wanted in Houston County for a probation violation. To boot, the driver had just over four grams of marijuana on him. He was arrested on the warrant and charged for the marijuana.

1100 block of Hammond Drive—On Nov. 14, officers responded to a noise complaint and, at the time they were there, they smelled marijuana. The resident was cited for the noise complaint and a misdemeanor marijuana charge.

1100 block of Hammond Drive—On Nov. 13, a man was arrested after a security guard observed him riding an elevator up and down for no apparent reason at around 2 a.m. He told the man to leave. He refused at first, but later ran from the location. Officers located him and eventually arrested him for loitering.

6000 block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 15, an officer saw a car driving on Roswell Road just after midnight. The car had on only its parking lights. The officer stopped the car and spoke to the driver, at which time he smelled the marijuana and as a result, the driver handed over the small amount plus the pipe. She was cited for disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana.

7800 block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 16, officers made a traffic stop just after 8 p.m. When the driver opened the window, the odor of marijuana was immediately apparent. The driver left a grinder, pipe and plastic container on the console. The officers spoke with the man, who ate the marijuana to conceal it. He was later charged with disorderly conduct and marijuana possession.

Cedar Run—On Nov. 13, officers responded to a burglary call just after noon. When they pulled up, they saw two men walking from the location carrying book bags. The two were detained and officers explained that a burglary had just occurred. The victim was upstairs and heard a bang sound. He later went downstairs and discovered that a window had been broken and several electronic items had been stolen including a PS4 game system as well as other items. Those items were found to be inside the backpacks the two men were carrying. One of the men had an active warrant from the DeKalb County Police Department. Both men were turned over to detectives and later charged with stealing the items.

6100 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On Nov. 15, an officer saw a car sitting in the parking lot of the Hilton Hotel around 3 a.m. This is an area where previous thefts from cars have occurred. He checked out the four occupants of the car, one of whom said he did not have identification. The officer let the man know he had a portable fingerprint scanner on him and could easily find out. The man gave his real name, which came back as a hit on the computer. He was arrested on a warrant from the Ottumwa, Iowa, police for domestic abuse and child endangerment from Nov. 2.

6300 block of Roswell Road—On Nov. 17, a man was arrested after bank investigators discovered that an employee was till-tapping to the tune of just over $600 over the period of several days. The man admitted the theft and he was arrested.