Archive for September, 2012

Writings on the walls for alleged graffiti vandal

Cory Harris allegedly signs the letters "CUR" on his graffiti, according to Atlanta police.

Cory Harris allegedly signs the letters "CUR" on his graffiti, according to Atlanta police.

Cory Harris, 21, of Stone Mountain, remained in the DeKalb County jail Thursday.

Cory Harris, 21, of Stone Mountain, remained in the DeKalb County jail Thursday.

If your idea of fun includes spray-painting trains, government property and other things that don’t belong to you, I have one suggestion. Don’t sign your work.

You are not an artist, you are a vandal if you decide to destroy things with scribble. But a 21-year-old DeKalb County man was apparently so proud of his work, he added his personal moniker to his designs. And now, he’s linked to at least 70 acts of vandalism in the city of Atlanta alone, police said Thursday.

Cory Sherard Harris was arrested Sept. 11 by APD officers who spotted him “tagging” train cars in the CSX rail yard near Seaboard Avenue, according to Carlos Campos, police spokesman. Harris had markers and was found near 15 train cars which all had fresh logos featuring the letters “CUR,” police said.

Investigators conducted a search of his …

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Man allegedly steals two cows (and gets the milk for free)

Matthew Cody Henderson, 28, is accused of stealing two cows in north Fulton County. Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Matthew Cody Henderson, 28, is accused of stealing two cows in north Fulton County. Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

This is one of those stories that’s udderly impossible to believe happened in metro Atlanta. But it’s no laughing matter to the victims.

A Cobb County man was released from jail Wednesday following his arrest on livestock theft charges. Matthew Cody Henderson, 28, is accused of stealing two cows, according to a Milton Police Department report obtained by Crime Time.

Back in April, a Milton man told police he’d asked Henderson to take a black and white cow to auction and then return the cash, the police report states.

Henderson, of Marietta, picked up the boss’s cow, as well as a cow belonging to a neighbor, according to police. Some power tools were also reported missing.

Henderson allegedly said he’d return the neighbor’s cow and his boss’s cash. But he never returned. We can all imagine what became of the cows.

But the story doesn’t end there. Henderson …

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Angry man puts girlfriend on hood, speeds down interstate

Jonathon Salas allegedly put his girlfriend on the hood of his SUV and drove on I-85 in Gwinnett County.

Jonathon Salas allegedly put his girlfriend on the hood of his SUV and drove on I-85 in Gwinnett County.

If this guy isn’t single now, he should be. When he gets out of jail, that is.

A Gwinnett County man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly putting his girlfriend on the hood of his SUV and ignoring her screams as he drove on I-85, Channel 2 Action News reported. But other drivers couldn’t help but notice the woman and are credited with helping her to safety, police told Channel 2.

Others on I-85 called 911, took pictures of the woman’s ordeal and surrounded the SUV until the driver was forced to pull over.

“We start motioning to each other, like can you believes this,” Adam Marlatt, a witness, told Channel 2. “One guy is showing me he’s taking pictures. He can tell I’m on the phone. And, I kind of mouthed to him, I’m on with 911.”

Thanks to the Good Samaritans, the SUV finally stopped near the Mall of Georgia and officers quickly arrived and arrested the driver, …

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Report: Burger King pays visit to McDonald’s

Did you hear the one about the man dressed as Burger King that went into McDonald’s? No, this isn’t a joke about The Hamburglar, either.

And once inside, the competitor’s mascot proceeded to hand out burgers, dance and pose for pictures, according to a Rome News-Tribune story.  The “king” said it was for charities, but he didn’t collect any money in the West Rome restaurant Monday afternoon, according to the report.

It sounds funny, unless you’re the restaurant manager. She wasn’t laughing when she called police to report a “suspicious person,” according to the police report obtained by the newspaper.

When approached by the manager, the costumed man got into a white Acura and left, but officers tracked him down by his tag number. Probably wasn’t the first time for the prankster, shown here in a YouTube video.

Do you have a beef to pick with this guy, or do you think it was a harmless act?

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UPDATE: Alleged laptop thief already in jail

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Anyone with information about this man's identity is asked to contact Greenville, S.C. police.

Donald Carter is accused of stealing laptops from Greenville, S.C.

Donald Carter is accused of stealing laptops from Greenville, S.C.

UPDATE: The man believed responsible for stealing laptops in Greenville, S.C., is no stranger to trouble. Turns out the suspect, Donald Carter, 34, was already in jail when Crime Time reported his alleged computer heists.

And he’s a convicted felon that’s served four sentences in Georgia state prisons. At the time of his recent arrest, he was on parole following a burglary conviction, according to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Carter, of Dublin, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Whitfield County jail in Dalton. He remained Wednesday in jail without bond on a long list of charges, according to the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.

There aren’t many counties in the metro Atlanta area where Carter hasn’t committed a crime, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. He’s been …

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Cops: Man tried to kidnap boy from Gwinnett County park

Jean Patrict Souffrant, 40, is accused of trying to kidnap a boy from a Loganville park, according to police.

Jean Patrict Souffrant, 40, is accused of trying to kidnap a boy from a Loganville park, according to police.

A 40-year-old Gwinnett County man is accused of trying to kidnap a boy from a park, police said Wednesday. But some quick-acting bystanders prevented any children from harm.

A 911 caller reported seeing a suspicious man approach two football players during practice Monday evening at Bay Creek Park in Loganvillle, Detective J.R. Flanagan with Gwinnett police said. The man, wearing a white T-shirt, blue shorts, glasses and flip-flops, tried to convince the two boys to leave the park with him, the caller said.

Officers arrived at the park and found the suspect, identified as Jean Patrick Souffrant, of Lawrenceville, Flanagan said. Initially, Souffrant denied talking to any children, but didn’t have a good reason for being in the park, according to police.

“In speaking with officers, Souffrant was unable to speak clearly and his explanations changed several times while …

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Police: Man wanting to leave work made bomb threat

william-mirandaA man who wanted to get off work a little early is in jail facing terroristic threat charges after calling in a bomb threat, authorities said.

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office investigators said William Miranda, of Canton, placed a call to the Pilgrim’s Pride chicken processing plant and alleged there was a bomb on the premises.

Cherokee deputies, fire department personnel and K-9 units from the Woodstock Police Department searched the facility for two hours.

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Capt. Joe Perkins said Miranda, an employee of the plant, told co-workers he wanted to leave work early before making the bomb threat Thursday. Miranda was arrested at work Monday.

He is being held at the Cherokee jail on a $11,200 bond.

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Cops offer PlayStation 3 as reward to find stolen guns

It’s pretty tempting. Tell Snellville police who stole 12 guns, including two assault rifles, and get either a PlayStation 3 or a $350 gift card.

That’s because investigators in the Gwinnett County city feel certain that teenagers living in the neighborhood where the guns were stolen known who is responsible, Tony Thomas with Channel 2 Action News reported.

“We thought by offering something that might be more enticing to the age group we are targeting other than just some money might bring somebody forward,” Sgt. Trey Downs says.

An AR-15 assault rifle, an SKS rifle, and several handguns, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, are among the items taken during the burglary in the Hawthorne Glen subdivision, according to police. Also taken was a gaming station. Yep, a PlayStation 3.

The homeowner, who admits the guns were not locked up, says he was at work when someone broke in through a back window. Now, investigators want to get the weapons returned, before they end up …

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UGA students busted for making fake IDs in dorm

Most college dorms barely have enough room for two beds and two desks. It’s hard to imagine having enough room to run a business.

But three University of Georgia students apparently found a way. The trio is facing dozens of felony charges for allegedly producing fake identification cards to sell to underage students.

Following a tip from another roommate, investigators found several phony IDs, a laminating machine and other materials in a room in the East Campus Village. One student was apparently making the IDs and his two friends helped sell them.

“I think at this age, you never think you’re going to get caught,” UGA police Chief Jimmy Williamson told Channel 2 Action News.

But they did get caught, and this ring is believed to be small in comparison to a larger one currently under investigation.

Are fake IDs a part of college, or should university officials continue to crack down on dorm businesses like this?

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Teen’s apology leads to dropped charges for stolen flags

This is not your typical story about teenagers doing bad things. It’s much better than that.

Sure, taking American flags from yards wasn’t the smartest choice for a 16-year-old boy. He and a friend could have faced criminal charges for stealing the flags, part of an Optimist Club fundraiser in Cherokee County.

But on Wednesday, one of the boys did the right thing. He admitted what he did. And he apologized.

In front of the Towne Lake Optimist Club luncheon, the teen admitted to taking the flags and giving one to a friend. Then, he told club members he had lied to detectives when asked about the missing flags. Accompanied by his mother, the teen appeared mature beyond his years as he asked the civic club for forgiveness.

It didn’t end there. The teen also volunteered to help the Optimists with their “Avenue of Flags” event next year by finding new  customers willing to pay $35 to have an American flag displayed at their home or business on six federal holidays.

Optimist Club …

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