Sandy Springs blotter: Home burglaries and thefts

Some of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police during the past week:

Residential burglaries

800 block of Glenairy Drive: Officers received a residential alarm and, when they arrived, found someone forced the front door to the victim’s home open. Officers found evidence someone entered the home.

6500 block of Roswell Road: A woman reported she was in her apartment when she heard a knock on the door. She didn’t answer it but looked through the door viewer. She saw a young male. When she didn’t answer, he walked to the back of the apartment and tried to open a rear window. The victim became scared and ran from the apartment to the leasing office. The suspect, dressed in a green shirt and brown pants, then left and got into a black and gray four-door Chevy driven by a female. The lookout description was given by a neighbor.

Clipper Trail: A neighbor notified police after she found evidence someone had forced entry into a home. The front door was open and evidence of a damaged door was clear. It appeared that several TVs were taken.

Summit Springs Drive: Someone threw a rock through the victim’s apartment window. Her XBOX game system and several other items were stolen.

5675 Roswell Road: The victim called the police after his girlfriend called him and said she found the front door of his apartment open. Inside, it appeared several items were missing. He later confirmed his laptop, a bracelet and several other items were stolen.

5200 block of Northland Drive: This resident reported about 100 feet of flooring material was stolen from the garage where it was stored.

6900 block of Roswell Road: Someone entered an unlocked apartment and took two video game systems and other electronics.

4100 block of Roswell Road: This resident said he had been gone from his apartment for several days and when he returned, found that someone had entered a window and had taken a dining room table, TV and a couple of other items.

6000 block of Roswell Road: Someone shattered a window to a mail center and took several items. The burglar(s) took cash, a laptop and an autographed Jim Brown football jersey. (So if you see a Jim Brown football jersey on e-Bay or Craigslist and it’s about 32 inches in height and the seller is local, well, give us a call.)

7600 block of Nesbit Ferry: Handgun, two knives and a bar-code reader missing. Victim suspects housekeeper.

100 block of Summit Springs Drive: Two males were seen running from an apartment. The windows were shattered and several items were taken. Two other burglaries were reported in the vicinity.

600 block of Chestnut Hall Lane: The resident found forced entry to her front door and, after calling officers, they checked the house. She listed a TV and a computer among the items missing.

Residential thefts

5400 block of Roswell Road: A resident called an AC repair person to look at why the AC unit was not working. The repair person, when he arrived and took a look, informed the resident that the compressor unit had been stolen.

TIP: Here is something you may want to consider, especially in condo and commercial areas: Pun aside, AC units are hot right now. They are very popular theft items.

Most theft scenarios involve a home under construction, closed business (corporate park area) or condo. This might be a good spot for a camera or a locking plan. Some people fence and padlock the small space around it.

800 block of Spring Creek Lane: A man reported someone took his i-Pod while he was at the apartment swimming pool.

5500 Lake Island Drive: Someone stole five yard lanterns from the victim’s front yard. They cut the electrical wires to the lights.

12 comments Add your comment

Chris Broe

August 20th, 2009
11:15 am

This brings up that age-old question on every police academy exam since 1822: At what point does a burglar become a reason to “make your day”? That is, at what point in a home invasion do you get to fire the most powerful handgun in the world at him (and blow his head clean off)?

A. When he approaches your home, still in the yard, but holding weapons and break-in tools.

B. When he smashes the window and starts to climb in.

C. When he is actually inside the home looking around for picnic baskets and other goodies. (wait, that’s a bear. Run for your life)

D. When he sees you holding the gun to his head and starts pretending to be a girl scout selling cookies and crying like a little girlie-mon.

E. You can only shoot a burglar if he shoots at you first and misses.

Believe it or not, only half of any cadet class gets this question correct.


August 20th, 2009
11:42 am

And the answer is ….


August 20th, 2009
3:18 pm


August 20th, 2009
3:18 pm

And I think there used to be a requirement to flee, yeah? So they had to actually trap you in the home.. or perhaps that was just out in public.


August 21st, 2009
1:44 am

The Right Rev. Bishop Shauntelle Thunderclap

August 21st, 2009
10:10 am

Can only speak for myself, but my threshhold for double-tapping the miscreant would clearly be “B,” assuming he has at least one foot in the premises Really think any jury would convict you for that?

20 year Republican

August 22nd, 2009
7:20 am

B. When they break and enter the resident has the right to protect their home and its belongings.


August 22nd, 2009
7:35 am

That guy with the renegade housekeeper should watch out. those bar code readers can really hurt your eyes if you look into them wrong.


August 22nd, 2009
12:23 pm

A friend with a trained guard dog had a break-in. The dog did not bark when the intruder snapped a rear window lock but instead played a game with him by waiting out of sight until he stepped into the room. At that time he attacked and chewed up his face, arms, and legs. The intruder was cornered by the owner who called police. At arraignment the man testified that he got the wrong house and thought he was really visiting the home of a friend. The judge said “you sure did get the wrong house” and disclosed that the intruder was in the country illegally.


August 22nd, 2009
2:26 pm

“At what point does a burglar become a reason to “make your day”? That is, at what point in a home invasion do you get to fire the most powerful handgun in the world at him (and blow his head clean off)?”

None of the above….there is no blanket answer. You have the right to defend yourself when you reasonably belive that yourself or another is in danger of receiveing great bodily harm.


August 22nd, 2009
11:23 pm


August 29th, 2009
12:51 pm

I would be curious to know whether all the apartment break ins were into 1st floor/ground floor apartments or if the burglars entered upper floor apartments as well. I’ve always heard that if you live on the 2nd or 3rd floor of an apartment building you are less likely to be broken into. Not sure if that’s true after what I read though. In fact I’m starting to think I may need to drop by my local gun shop and invest in a firearm of some kind.