Sandy Springs police blotter

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

Theft ring busted

Det. Matthew McGinnis reported that 2 brothers, both from the Atlanta area, have been arrested and charged with 22 counts of theft. They have since confessed to the thefts and gave Detective McGinnis a unique insight to their crimes.

These suspects are professional thieves who travel all over the country following large venues(concerts, sporting events, etc.) for the sole purpose of stealing. Several other jurisdictions are obtaining warrants on the brothers and will be prosecuting them separately (Rockdale County has them on 44 separate charges).

This is a great example of solid police work by Detective McGinnis and the other investigators that have put in tons of hours on this case.

A mild state of panic

A man called the cops and told them that several men in a black SUV tried to get into his residence. He said he pushed several pieces of furniture up against the door as well as the chimney.

The officer spoke with neighbors who said they did not see any activity at the man’s residence. The officer described the man in a mild state of panic (is there such a thing as being only mildly panicked?).

The officer said the man then pointed to the black SUV which apparently wasn’t there. The man admitted that he may have been hallucinating due to driving all night and then taking Xanex.

Be modest wearing jewelry

Two men were arrested after a botched armed robbery of a man in the Parc of Dunwoody Apartments in north Sandy Springs. The three men robbed the victim of his jewelry and watch as he got out of a car in his apartment parking lot. The men fled and the victim followed them in his car.

They hit Northridge to 400 south to the MARTA ramp which, if you’re familiar with it, spits you back on 400 northbound only. They returned to Northridge where the bad guys wrecked the car and then fled into the woods. Two were caught; the third remains at large.

The moral of the story: Even if you have a lot of jewelry or expensive jewelry, or even jewelry that may look expensive, be modest. The wrong people may take a keen interest in it.

It’s for this very reason that I never wear my Ovaltine Secret De-Coder ring in public.

The value of burglar alarms

Someone pried a back door to a business in the 1100 block of Hightower Trail and attempted to commit a burglary. The entry activated an alarm. Officers reported the employee who responded said nothing was missing.

Alarms are good! Make sure you set your alarm anytime you leave the home or business.


Cedar Run: A woman reported that several items were taken from her apartment. The officer reported the suspect was a soon-to-be ex-roommate. The officer said he met with the suspect earlier and she wanted her belongings, including her dog. The officer said that she would have to wait until the other party arrived at home. (Apparently the roommate didn’t have a key.)

Later, when the victim called, the officer found that the roommate apparently made entry without force. It’s believed she may have climbed to a balcony patio door, took several items, then left.

The items stolen included a coffee table, camera – and a dancing pole.

6500 block of Roswell Road: A woman reported that a man came into the store she worked and took a pack of Magnum Twister condoms and a “Club” magazine. She confronted him and he gave them back.

8 comments Add your comment

Ben There

July 23rd, 2009
9:13 am

Having your Magnum twisted sounds painful…


July 23rd, 2009
9:49 am

This seems to be a good venue to discuss how difficult it is to be in law enforcement, when you have to walk that thin line between serving and protecting, and trying not to violate someone’s civil rights. If the Harvard professor had simply identified himself, provided proper ID to validate who he was, he would not have made the news. But, nooooo…..! He had to bow up and get defensive as if his civil rights were being violated, with the typical, “Do you know who I am?!?” response. If a neighbor of mine saw that someone was trying to get into my house by force, even if it was me, having forgotten my key or having a dead garage door opener, I would be thankful that someone cared enough to help protect my property – I would do the same for them. The issue in Mass. only became a race issue when the professor himself raised it. We do not pay our police and fire fighters enough, along with teachers, yet we depend on them to wade into difficult situations not of their own cause, and expect perfect performance and behavior. I am sick and tired of situations that are avoidable becoming front page news and get a presidential response without all the facts. The professor should thank the police for doing their job, and apologize for his behavior.

VoiceOf Reason

July 23rd, 2009
11:02 am

@ Big Jake, in response to your:

“If the Harvard professor had simply identified himself, provided proper ID to validate who he was, he would not have made the news.”

He did do those things. He said he did, the police said he did.


July 23rd, 2009
11:19 am

Richard Weinblatt said it best…

Richard Weinblatt, director of the Institute for Public Safety at Central Ohio Technical College, said the police sergeant was responsible for defusing the situation once he realized Gates was the lawful occupant. It is not against the law to yell at police, especially in a home, as long as that behavior does not affect an investigation, he said.

“That is part of being a police officer in a democratic society,” Weinblatt said. “The point is that the police sergeant needs to be the bigger person, take the higher road, be more professional.”

Ed J

July 23rd, 2009
11:50 am

Last week the helicopters were flying all over Sandy Springs. We received a phone call from the city instructing us to stay indoors as there was a fugitive on the loose. But no mention in this column?

It was me

July 23rd, 2009
4:02 pm

Okay…I took the dancing pole…but not that other stuff.


July 23rd, 2009
4:20 pm

I wasn’t there. The President sure as hell wasn’t there. None of you were there. How exactly do we all the sudden become experts on something that did/did not take place?

Not sure if anyone read but the officer that arrested the Harvard professor is responsible for teaching the class regarding racial profiling to other officers. That tells me he is a respected individual within the police force.

People do stupid stuff and the police have to make a decision. I have a novel idea, contact your local PD, ask them if you can take a ride along. I have several friends in PD’s throughout GA and the country. I chose the 4th of July one year because I figured we would get some action. The only thing we got was some dumba** who decided to beat his girlfriend because she used an old toothbrush to clean some household items. So instead of being smart and going to the store to buy a $4 toothbrush the dummy was arrested for domestic violence.

Give your local PD a call and get some hands on experience. I have before and I will again.


July 23rd, 2009
4:52 pm

BigJake, I could not agree with you more – The Harvard Scholar needs to get over himself, and fast!