Crime, punishment and prevention

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


6000 block, Roswell Road: A man called the police and told the officers the following story: He was on Northwood Drive when he was approached by two men in a black Tahoe with big rims. One of the men pulled a gun and said he was going to kill him. The victim ran to the 6600 block of Roswell Road where he called the police.

Officer: “Why would they want to kill you?”

Victim: “They wanted to rob me because they know I sell crack cocaine.”

Officer: “Really? Do you have any on you now?”

Victim: “Yes, I have a bag with three rocks of crack.”

Officer: “May I see them?”

Suspect: “Yes.”

Officer: “Thank you.”

The man was arrested.

1100 block of Mt. Vernon Highway: Two men were arrested in after being spotting casing cars in the area of the shopping center where a lot of previous thefts have occurred. The car lookout was given to the cops from a MARTA officer. That lookout matched a previous one from another location where a theft had taken place.

The officers located the car and, although they did not catch them breaking into cars, they did find marijuana in the car and so they were arrested. The good news (other than the arrest) is they were photographed and printed for future reference.

Jefferson Drive: Officers answered a disturbance call and met with a man who said his girlfriend was intoxicated and out of control, cursing him, calling him names like ^)$&$* and #@%$^. Since they were at the man’s apartment and they didn’t live together or have children together, the officers told her she would have to leave.

She went back in to get her things and took the opportunity to throw the keys at the man and do some serious door-slamming. She was arrested.

On I-285: Officers made a traffic stop around 5:45 a.m. The passenger, when the officer approached on that side of the car, made a move as if to conceal something under the seat. It turned out to be marijuana.
It was not a large amount and most likely he would have been cited to appear on a court date, but the man became loud and boisterous and was arrested.

500 block of Windsor Parkway: An officer was operating the LTR, or License Tag Reader, which are four cameras mounted to the roof of the police car. The cameras read tags and run them against the data in the server located in the trunk of the car.

The server served a hit on a car stolen from Cobb County. The officer turned around and followed the suspect’s car, all the while confirming on the radio and electronically that the stolen car status was valid.

The officer called for a backup and watched as the suspect car backed into a spot at the CVS store on Windsor Parkway. As the second unit pulled up, the bad guy fled in the car, traveling about a half-mile before giving up and pulling over. The suspect driving the car was taken into custody.

He was charged with possessing the stolen car. A number of items in the car, including a checkbook, appear to have been stolen. The investigation is continuing. The LTR is a great tool.

Roberts Drive: For those of you in this area, officers got into a pursuit of a car that was driving erratically a few nights ago. The car evaded and eluded the cops until they cornered the car on a subdivision street off Roberts Drive.

The officers had to break the driver’s window open to get the driver out. When they did so, she was lighting up her crack pipe. She had hit speeds of near 90 miles per hour and almost hit other cars several times, having driven the last mile or so on her rims since the cops popped the front tires with Stop Sticks.

After all that, she was trying to get one more hit of crack before going to the slammer.

Now if you don’t think crack and methamphetamine are deadly addicting drugs, here is a good example. One officer was slightly injured and she was taken to jail after being checked out for minor injuries.

9 comments Add your comment


July 16th, 2009
12:05 pm

Some questions about the LTR: Does it store information on the server? Or does the server communicate through the internet with a database elsewhere? What information does it make available to the officer on its display (does it just say “STOLEN!” and give tag number? Does it kick out a bunch of name, address, license information?)? I ask because there could be some pretty interesting opportunities for abuse, or the whole rig could be stolen, which would be bad if it stored data onboard.

Rag Top Firebird

July 16th, 2009
1:18 pm

It merely lets you know that the particular sequence or combination of letters and/or numbers is stolen. You then verify that it’s stolen. It has no registration information stored in it.

Chris Broe

July 16th, 2009
2:18 pm

It’s amazing how ubiquitous crack/crank/meth smoking has become. America smokes crack.


July 16th, 2009
6:28 pm

Officer Steve, your first story reminds me of something that happened years ago when I was teaching kindergarten (5-6 year olds). One of my precious little girls (who had an older sister) came running and giggling up to me on the playground, telling me that the boys were chasing her. She didn’t seem upset, so I asked her WHY they were chasing her, and she said, “Because they think I am wearing a BRA!”


July 17th, 2009
10:37 am

The first story is hilarious!


July 17th, 2009
1:25 pm

Please tell me the conversation from the first story actually took place. It reminded me of a joke that’s been circling the Internet for years about an officer having pulled a speeder over, and he talks about having drank so much, having a lot of drugs in the car, having a dead body in the trunk, having a lot of priors, lots of other bad things, but when another officer arrives, nothing is found to prove what the suspect said, and the suspect mentions that the lyin’ SOB (the first officer) also said he was speeding.

Chris Broe

July 17th, 2009
1:30 pm

Officer Steve doesn’t have to invent interesting/entertaining blotters. They stand by themselves, my fine friend.


July 17th, 2009
1:31 pm

I can only think of one comment for the first story Mr. Crack Seller….Natural Selection.


July 22nd, 2009
2:56 pm

I would like to ask Officer Steve how to combat this country’s drug problem? We had this “drug war” for how long? 40 years or so and still no progress. I think we should start looking into a new direction. The main problem we need to address is why selling drugs is so profitable?