Some of the reports filed with Sandy Springs Police over the past week:
On April 22nd a woman walked into an adult shop in the 8000 block of Roswell Road. She brought with her the adult toy that she had purchased which she now said did not work.
The manager said that the device did work and added that according to store policy, he takes
the adult toys out of the box and turns them on to assure the customer the device works. This is called quality control and it provides the customer with a level of comfort.
The customer was not happy and insisted the device didn’t work at the time it was supposed to work so she put the device on the counter and demanded a refund. Obviously, the return policy discourages customers from returning used adult toys, so the clerk, (after he probably went “Yuk,”) was told by the woman she wanted a new one and promptly took a new one and left the store. The clerk tried to stop her but she hit him on the head a couple of times and called him a name and left. The clerk called the police and made a report.
The used adult toy was turned over to the Haz-Mat team who arrived in their critical-response tank.
While answering an alarm in the early morning hours, officers found that someone apparently spent some time trying to pry a door open in the 8700 block of Roswell Road. The door led to an office area from outside. The door, although damaged, held and the burglars were not able to get in. At least two other businesses in this office complex were broken into.
You should look at the use of steel doors, especially in retail or commercial offices. I also recommend them for basement doors since the cosmetic value isn’t as important as the front door. Complement them with a good solid two-inch deadbolt and some land mines.
A shift supervisor reported that just under $80 was missing from the cash register follow the shift at a restaurant on Northridge Road. The employee said that she didn’t believe the money was taken intentionally but that employees there have miscounted the change in the past.
I used to work at a convenience store on Chamblee Dunwoody Road and I-285 when I was in high school. It was called “Sing Food Store.” In fact, that’s where I got my first traffic ticket in my 1969 Austin Healy. I left work and was headed down the access road when Officer Whitley of DeKalb PD stopped me and issued me my ticket. Years later I saw him and told him the story of how he wrote me the ticket and I turned out to be a police officer and he still seemed unimpressed. Anyway, you had to make change for the customers so you learned how to count change. Now the computer on the register tells you how much change to give so how can they miscount—and I don’t know why I had to tell that part about getting a ticket.
FRAUD and FORGERY
A man reported that he made arrangements with a car mechanic to fix a fuel pump and distributor on his car. The man and the mechanic went to the car-parts store together where the victim purchased car parts totaling just over $300. The mechanic later returned the parts for cash and now won’t fix the car or return the man’s calls.
A woman called and said a co-worker referred her to a man who was a car broker. He made arrangements with her to purchase a BMW for $24,000 at a car auction. She paid him $1,400 up-front money and hasn’t landed the car.
A man and his wife called and reported that they had been contacted by Publisher’s Clearing House and told they had won a considerable amount of money. They were going to be able to collect the money after paying fees for processing, handling, and taxes. They received more calls telling them they won a car. They apparently paid these “fees” but of course never received the goods. They noted the calls became more frequent and the callers became more aggressive. The victim and his wife are senior citizens.
This is a phone-version of the old “Pigeon Drop” also known as a “Found Money” scam. Once the victims begin to pay, they are contacted again and the caller becomes more aggressive and intimidating in order to frighten the victims into paying more money.
The couple is out $10,000 so this has been going on for a while, most likely because the victims were intimidated by the callers. One caller threatened to shoot them and another said he was coming over. The sad part about this is by the time a relative finds out or we get involved, the callers have drained the last drop of money and are long gone.When you win a contest, you do not have to pre-pay ANY fees and if you are ever contacted by someone using this scenario, begin asking a lot of questions and they’ll probably hang up.
Officers were called to the Publix Store on Hammond Drive where they spoke with the staff who said that they observed a woman who spent a long time shopping in the store but had only a few items. The woman went into the bathroom and concealed several items, valued at $30, in her bag. They detained her and she later confessed saying that she often steals even when she has money—something that is very true. Most shoplifters who are arrested have enough money on them to pay for what they stole. Go figure.
An officer made no-seat belt traffic stop on a car. The officer asked for ID and when he checked the passenger’s ID, it looked painfully fake. He questioned the man and ran that ID which came back non-existent. The man said he used a fake name. He was arrested. The officers found something that I have not seen or heard of yet. It is a set of brass knuckles with a built-in taser.
PEOPLE WITH ISSUES
Officers were called to an apartment at Harbor Pointe where they met a woman holding her baby. he said she was evicted from her apartment by her husband. Her husband said he evicted her because she was dancing on another man’s lap during a recent social event. He was told that he cannot evict his wife. She gathered some belongings and left to stay with relatives.
Officers got a call on Stonington Drive concerning a domestic fight. They spoke with the woman who said her boyfriend or whatever punched her in the eye. He apparently hit her because she was looking at his phone. He was locked up and on the way to jail he made some very disturbing remarks to the officer about what he was going to do when he got out and some other sexually explicit comments—apparently forgetting or just not knowing that all of the conversation is audio taped. That will come back in court.