Notes from the Sandy Springs police blotter:
Flat-Screen TV Thieves Arrested
In what is a multi-jurisdictional investigation, several people are in jail charged with stealing flat screen televisions from bars, restaurants, and similar locations. Part of the evidence obtained was courtesy of our CSI Detective Shane Barkley. He pulled a print off of a snack bag on a case that originated in Smyrna. I often talk about how good our CSI operation is and they continue to pull a rabbit out of the hat on a number of cases.
Someone gained entry to the home in the 200 block of Virginia Avenue by cutting the screen on a window. A flat screen and a PS3 video game system were taken.
The victim reported she returned home in the 5300 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road and found her front and back apartment doors open, lights on, and the apartment ransacked. She listed jewelry and a camera among the stolen items.
A woman reported that over $500 was taken from her closet in her apartment . She said the apartment maintenance worker was in recently and she believes that person took the money.
A man called the police and said he had evicted a woman from the residence on North Riverside Circle and following her moving out her property, he discovered and suspects that she moved some of his property too.
Kroger employees at 4920 Roswell Road said a man came in one afternoon. and loaded six cases of beer in a cart and pushed the cart outside and left without paying.
A man came into the Target on Roswell Road and took an Xbox-360 and a Wii game. The security person contacted EB Games nearby and gave a lookout on the suspect, a white male. The manager of the EB Games Store was familiar with the man.
Shoplifters will steal the new games from one location and then sell at pawn or other shops.
A man reported that over $600 of rent money was stolen from a jewelry box in his bathroom. His roommate said he didn’t take it. He noted that the maintenance person was in the apartment recently for a water leak. There are really no suspects.
In a lot of these reports, the victim notes that apartment maintenance employees were in the residence incident to the theft. In all fairness, in almost all cases, the maintenance employee was NOT the person who did it. Never say never but sometimes they get a bad rap.
A woman reported that someone took her purse from what is known as the “steal me” position of the shopping cart. She actually walked away from the cart for a moment or two, probably making the theft even easier. This occurred at the Kroger Store at 4920 Roswell Road.
A resident told police she put two money orders, for apartment rent, under the door of the leasing office after hours. One money order was for $250, the other for $500. Later in the week they informed her that they never received the orders. The money order company said both were cashed.
I’m told that apartment leasing people do not like residents giving them checks and money orders in person. I don’t know if that’s true or not but we see a lot of theft of money orders and such after the victim uses a drop box, deposit box, or just slipping the paper under the door. I still say give it to them in person and get a signed receipt.
Pay attention to this one:
A woman reported that she bought a laptop at the Best Buy on Hammond Drive. She left that location and drove to the Marshall’s Store on Roswell Road. She went inside the store and later, when she returned, she found that someone had popped her trunk and taken the laptop. Now, they didn’t just happen up on the car and randomly decide to pop the trunk to do a look-see. They knew the laptop was there and they followed her from the Best Buy in hopes of her stopping off, which she did, giving them time to pop the top and go.
Let’s say you invest $500-$1,500 in a new laptop. That deserves a ride home non-stop but take the long way. If you want to get all James Bond, keep an eye in the RV mirror and take notice if the same car follows you for more than a few minutes. In that case, enter “5995 Barfield Road” into your GPS. That’s our address. Come on by. That should do it. It’s doubtful, if they are bad guys, they’ll hang out here. When you get home, box-cut the laptop box and place it in the trash can, change your name, and alter your appearance by plastic surgery. After that, you’ll be fine.