Sandy Springs police blotter

Crime prevention is our job — and yours

Crime Prevention Officer Larry Jacobs will move his Table Top Crime Prevention tour to the Whole Foods Market, 5930 Roswell Road, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Larry will have crime prevention material, material on Neighborhood Watch and other items to give away.

Two weeks after that, on Wednesday, Aug. 26, Larry will be at the Kroger, 227 Sandy Springs Place, also from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Aside from hiring Chuck Norris to take a bite out of crime with a swift roundhouse kick, Neighborhood Watch is the best thing out there to learn about, and apply, simple crime prevention techniques. Contact Larry at 770-551-3328 or

From recent crime reports: Thefts

200 block of Sandy Springs Place: A woman reported that while she was shopping, she walked away from her cart. When she turned around, she saw a male reaching into her purse. She confronted the man who said something about how he saw a woman reaching in the purse first, and then he ran out. Her credit cards and other items area missing.

Wembley Circle: A resident reported someone stole several lawn ornamental lights from the front of the house.

800 block of Mt. Vernon Highway: A school employee said she left her purse under her teacher’s desk. Someone stole items, including a debit card, which was later used.

5800 block of Roswell Road: A woman reported that someone took her purse while she was at a restaurant/bar. The purse had $400 cash in it. The victim said she closed her tab just before 1 a.m. She contends someone slipped a “Mickey” in her drink.

Forgery, fraud and I.D. theft

6100 block of Roswell Road: Two men and two women were in a restaurant. The two women, who met the men at the Taboo2 Club across the street, said they got up to use the restroom while the two men paid for the meal. When the women got back, the two men were gone and the waiter was holding a fake twenty-dollar bill. The two women made good on the bill and gave the police a phone-photo of the two men.

6900 block of Roswell Road: A woman reported someone accessed her personal information and obtained a Capital One credit card. $1,000 had been charged on the card.

100 block of Summit Springs Drive: A man advertised a bedroom set on Craig’s List for $910. A buyer contacted him and offered to buy the set. He sent the man a check for $2,500 and told the man to take his $910 and send the rest to a man whose address was in Maine. (Clue)

The man deposited the check, then wired the remaining $1,590 to the address in Maine.

Tip: Anytime someone whom you do not know purchases something off your ad, and sends you a check for more than the amount — and then asks for the balance to be sent to another unknown person — it’s a scam. Don’t ship the item until the check clears.

8800 block of Roswell Road: A man came into a bank and filled out paperwork for a $9,500 equity line of credit loan. The man presented a Florida driver’s license as his identification. The bank employee noticed the signatures did not match. They researched the name and found that the person whose name was assumed by the suspect had reported to the cops that he had been a victim of fraud.

The suspect realized the employees were checking the name and quickly walked away and across the adjoining shopping center lot at Dunwoody Place and Roswell Road. The employees lost track of the man after that.

Scabies scam alert

A woman on Hammond Drive said that while she was at home in her apartment, a female knocked on the door, identified herself as a nurse, and said the ninth floor of the apartment area had been infected with what she called “scabies.” The woman then told the victim she had to examine her.

The victim was asked to lift her shirt so the nurse could check her back. She did so and during the exam, the nurse asked for her Social Security number. The victim then became suspicious, and questioned the reason for giving her SSN. The nurse then left.

The victim then found that four of her credit cards were apparently taken and then used at a BP station. Another employee saw the same woman, who identified herself as a nursing home employee. The suspect wore a plaid shirt, jeans and flip-flops.

Tip: Nurses don’t wear flip-flops on duty.

This woman is apparently making the rounds and did go to one or two additional places using the “scabies” scam. So we are going to send notices to the senior communities and assisted living centers to keep an eye out for this woman or anyone posing as a nurse responding to a scabies infection.

7 comments Add your comment


August 4th, 2009
11:54 am

Another scam (which I admit I fell for) is 2 guys in a SUV claiming to work for a home theater installation company and that they are on a way to a job and have overstocked merchandise which they want to sell to make a quick buck. The merchandise (home theater speakers) have a price of 3,500 on the box (but are really worth 50 bucks) and so you think 500 bucks is a steal.

It wans’t until I came home and looked online that this has been happening across the country. Watch out as they were in the Publix on Chamblee-Dunwoody.

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August 5th, 2009
2:59 pm

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August 6th, 2009
7:27 am

Carlos – If you are looking for a “deal” on home theater speakers in some parking lot, you deserve to be fleeced. You did not fall for a “scam”. You are just plain stupid.

Spalding Drive homeowner

August 10th, 2009
1:57 pm

You actually were committing a crime called theft by recieving.


August 10th, 2009
6:02 pm

GET a life “Truth About Cops” it would appear you have nothing better to do then sit around and find things wrong with cops. Cops are not all perfect just like every other walk of life – doctors, nurses, teachers, and so on. Get a life and find something better to do with your LIFE and stop messing with others!!!!!

Billy Bob

September 30th, 2009
2:23 pm

“Another scam (which I admit I fell for) is 2 guys in a SUV claiming to work for a home theater installation company”

This type of scam has been around for over 20 years, it used to be and or still is called the “white van scam”

Google it.