Crime & Punishment in Sandy Springs

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” — Albert Einstein

I was reading a local publication and noticed a section where they did the “Man on the Street” interview, now known as the “Person on the Street” interview. The question was: “What are you going to do this summer?”

One response was from a woman (whose first and last names were printed) who said she was going to hang around, do this and that, and then take a big vacation in October. Officer Larry Jacobs, crime prevention guru, pointed out that if he were a burglar, he’d Google the last name (it was not a common name so Googling might have been fairly easy) and cross-reference that name with any address information and put it on the list of homes to case by going by in October.

You don’t really think about that, but when you see as many burglaries as we do, you begin to think that way So, start thinking that way.

As I was looking over recent reports of theft from vehicles, I noted that several victims’ tires and rims were taken overnight. This was kind of a jump in that particular activity. Tires and rims can easily amount to $10,000 or more in loss.

So, if you have a lot of money in your tires and rims, don’t forget to include the latest locking devices.

Some of the recent reports filed with Sandy Springs Police:

Burglary: A man on Cimarron Parkway said he believes his ex-roommate used a key and accessed his apartment. The victim said about $14,000 in cash is missing from one room, and $900 cash and a blank check was taken from inside a boot in another bedroom.

Okay, could you make it any easier?

Theft: 7600 block of Auden Trail: Landscaping stones were stolen from the victim’s yard.

Motor vehicle theft: A delivery truck driver called the police and reported that while he was making a delivery in the 6000 block of PDR, a male came up to him and then pushed him out of the truck. The driver said a second male, assisted by the first, grabbed several boxes and attempted to leave in a blue mini-van. The employee/victim ran after the men and although he did manage to get some of the property back, he grabbed a hold of the van and was drug for a distance he described as about 20-30 feet. The suspects left in a blue mini-van.

Fraud, forgery and I.D. theft: A resident on Carpenter Drive said that someone was using her name and personal information. She discovered this when she refinanced her home. The suspect is apparently still using the information. Cops have the address where the suspect, under the victim’s name, is working and the case is under investigation.

Assault: Officers were called to Northside Hospital in regards to a person assaulted. They spoke with a 19-year-old male who said that while he was visiting a guy named “Pie” on Granite Ridge Place, another man named “Stefan” accused him of stealing nickel bags of marijuana from him. During the discussion, “Stefan” apparently sucker-punched the victim by hitting him with his fists several times to the head. The victim had significant facial injuries to his face and teeth.

People with issues: 1) A taxi dispatcher called the police and said one of his drivers threatened him after the driver’s taxi call was cancelled. The dispatcher didn’t like the driver’s cursing, so he hung up. The driver called back and said he would kill him if he hung up on him again.

2) Abernathy Road near Roswell Road: A woman reported that as she drove on Abernathy Road, she observed a car, described as a blue BMW, blocking the road. She said there was no other obstruction — at least not visible — that was causing the car to have stopped. She said she tried to get the car to move and, when she did so, a man got out of the car, walked back to hers, and began yelling at her. The man then punched her car’s quarter-panel, causing a dent, and then got into his car and left.

6 comments Add your comment

Georgia Daaawg

June 27th, 2009
9:11 am

Steve,

Motor vehicle theft? More like theft by taking. Is your department trying to have part 1 crime stats?

14,000 in cash? And no forced entry? Thats BS or illegally gotten gains. Sounds like missing property or false report to me or a chalk up to the game…will you’ll just take any reports?

catlady

June 27th, 2009
1:44 pm

He wasn’t drug, he was dragged. Not that that feels any better.

Cyber

June 29th, 2009
8:02 am

“He wasn’t drug, he was dragged. Not that that feels any better.”

Perhaps he was drugged and then drug so he didn’t feel anything anyway.

Chris Broe

June 29th, 2009
1:07 pm

At least he wasn’t shotgunned.

rosefan

June 30th, 2009
9:15 am

…or tazed!

BiteMe

June 30th, 2009
4:19 pm

All BMW drivers are selfish nut jobs anyway.