Crime & punishment: A cop’s take

Notes from the Sandy Springs police blotter:


A woman reported that someone pried the front
door to her apartment in the 2000 block of the Valley and then took a 19” TV, DVD
player and Timberland boots.

An apartment in the 600 block of Willow Creek Drive was broken into and a PS2 game system and two rifles were stolen.

Another burglary was reported in the same area. This victim said a number of items including electronics, jewelry, cell phone, and a laptop were taken. The victim’s front door had been kicked in.

Someone broke a glass rear door and entered an apartment in the 500 block of Summer Drive sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. He said two laptops, a PS3 game system, and a digital camera were among the items stolen.


An apartment resident said someone stole two money orders for rent, left in the leasing office of the apartment complex on Roberts Drive. They were later altered and cashed. You’ve seen this scenario before because I list at least one or two almost every week. If you can, hand this off in person and note to whom you handed it off to.

A DOT and a HERO unit reported that a man and woman, posing as if they had broken down on the interstate, were stealing sign posts from the side of the road. The vehicle was a dark silver GMC pickup truck.

Someone stole a concrete lion, valued at $200, from the victim’s yard in the 200 block of Summer Crossing.

A woman reported that she hired a man to do work at her house on Trimble Chase Court and that man pressured her into making a $1,200 payment up front. Afterwards, the man did not show up to do the work.

Stolen Vehicles

A car-rental business in the 6000 block of Roswell Road reported that man rented a van but failed to return it. On checking the license and credit card given, the officer found the license belonged to a woman in California and the credit card was stolen.

A victim said that while she left her car unattended and running, someone got in it and drove off.

The victim said while she was at work on Interstate North Parkway, someone crawled under her car and sawed off her catalytic converter. This is something that we saw a lot of last year and occasionally this year. The catalytic converter is a device used to reduce the toxicity of emissions from an internal combustion engine. Although you knew that, what’s important is that it’s made of platinum, which the price of, has skyrocketed. You’ll know if yours was taken because your car, when you start it, will sound like a large, loud motorcycle.

While the victim was at dinner, someone door-punched the passenger door and then took the victim’s gym bag that contained a laptop and personal items including two check books.

Fraud, Forgery, and I.D. Theft

Someone, using the victim’s name and personal info, opened an account with Washington Mutual and then purchased $300 worth of items on the Internet. The victim found out about it when contacted by a collection company.
Do check your credit report at least twice a year? Experian, Trans Union, and Equifax are the three main credit-reporting agencies. Even if someone has tagged you, you’ll recover much quicker the sooner you find out. You can place fraud alerts with these companies.

A business representative said his bookkeeper is suspected of writing a number of checks to himself and using the company credit card for personal use without paying back the money.


A woman came to police headquarters to see if she was wanted. The detective ran her personal information and found that she was wanted by DeKalb County Police. She was taken into custody and transferred to DeKalb County. Why did she come in? Sometimes people, who know a warrant is out for them, are just ready to get it over with. Other times, like in cases of domestic violence or perhaps a case where it’s almost a civil matter like in some theft cases, the person doesn’t know but wants to check. In either case, if someone does this, they need to bring their toothbrush because if there is an active warrant we’ll keep them.

Following a traffic stop on Northrdige Road, an officer checked the license of the driver and then noticed the passenger was displaying some nervous mannerisms including shaky speech, sweating, and that general “Oh ^$$#*&!!!“ look. He asked for the passenger’s ID to which he had none. He gave the officer a name that when checked NCIC and GCIC* showed not to exist. The passenger said his “uncle” would verify this over the cell phone. He gave a slightly different name but left out a middle name and the “Jr” part on the end. After a while the officer found the correct ID and ran it on the computer. It came back with a felony warrant on the man who was then arrested.
Many times folks give a fake name and believe me, it only intensifies the effort to find out who that person is. It is normal behavior for an adult to carry some kind of ID. Add that to the “Oh %$($*$&!!” look and you have a clue that something ain’t right! You would not believe how many people are riding around with active arrest warrants out on them.

Other Things

Spring is a good time to get the community together and talk about installing a Neighborhood Watch Program.
Contact Officer Larry Jacobs at 770-551-3328 or e-mail

6 comments Add your comment


March 25th, 2009
10:51 am

“A victim said that while she left her car unattended and running, someone got in it and drove off.”

Now I am not the smartest man, but these people make me look like Albert Einstein!


March 26th, 2009
9:53 am


An illegal alien reported being able to live in the Atlanta metro area without any fear of being (rightfully) arrested and deported by the police. The alien’s wife immediately began downloading anchor babies at a record pace. The police provided a variety of excuses but remained unwilling to enforce the law.

A mother of four was issued an imaginary citation because the police officer was short and had a hard time getting girls in high school. The woman deprived her kids the following month so she could pay the unreasonably high fine for the crime that was never actually committed. The police officer was somehow still able to look at himself in the mirror the next day. Just another day on the job for this chubby hero.

A man reported being robbed at knife point in a parking lot. The police weren’t really concerned, because they had already met their monthly quotas and were fully aware that thier motto is no longer “protect and serve”- they’ve traded it in for “entrap and solicit”. The man thankfully wasn’t harmed, and the police officers didn’t even have to interrupt their fourth dinner of the evening.

Should we change the holiday from “Independence day” to “Communist Police State day”?

Get It Right

March 26th, 2009
5:00 pm

Jeez, BA, let’s play nice.


March 31st, 2009
9:19 am

Re the woman whose Timberland boots were stolen: were any of her flannel shirts missing as well?


April 1st, 2009
7:07 pm

When BA calls 911 for the police, he would be singing a different tune.


May 7th, 2009
2:17 am

I’m sure you are aware, but others may not, that there is no requirement to have any form of ID upon you, *unless* you are the one driving a motor vehicle. If you are a passenger, or just walking down the street, you aren’t required to have ID on you, nor are you required to show it to any government agent, even if they demand it.