Sandy Springs blotter: Assaults and thefts

By Steve Rose


200 block of Northwood: A guy called the police and said his drug dealer beat him up.

Cimarron Pkwy.: A man called the police and said that a woman blocked his car with hers and this caused an argument when he asked her to move. The woman said that the man had a stick and this was threatening to her. She said she parked her car in front of his because she assumed he wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The man said he had a stick because the woman lets her dog loose and said stick would be his protection. The woman said she didn’t let the dog loose.

Those of you with children will recognize this scenario. There is a need for “time out” for adults.

200 block of Windridge Drive: A man named Charles called the police and said that as he walked up the steps to his apartment, Kevin punched him in the face, causing a swollen eye and a missing tooth. They had been in an argument just prior to the call.

700 block of Summer Crossing: A woman called the police and reported that her boyfriend pulled her from the couch and hit her in the face. Her boyfriend said that when they passed each other in the apartment, she hit him. He had scratches and cuts and she did not. She was determined the “primary aggressor” and was arrested.

Domestic violence laws have been amended over the past years to give officers a greater leeway in preventing DV from escalating after they respond. In the past, there were too many restrictions on making “on scene” arrests, meaning the victim had to obtain a warrant for the arrest. Most of the time they didn’t.

In many cases, the violence escalated after the cops left and, in some cases, this led to one of the parties being killed. In order to stop the violence at the time of the call, officers can now make a determination as to whom was the “primary aggressor” if it is not completely clear at the time. That way someone goes to jail and there is no retaliation after the officers leave.

Sometimes these arrests are reviewed and amended to in court, but the victim is left in a much safer situation than leaving both parties behind after the call. (Sometimes both go to the slammer, too.)

Roswell Road and Northridge Road: A woman reported that around 4 a.m. she exited from GA 400 to Northridge Road when she believes she ran out of gas. She was approached by a male who assisted in getting her car to the nearby gas station. She said that while she was putting gas in the car, the man asked her to go to a party. The man then put his hands on her; groping her. She told him to stop. The man then left but he took her keys with him. She had to have the car towed from that location.

For those of you who have daughters, wives, girlfriends and all of the above, this is a good textbook case of what not to do.

First, if you go anywhere in the metro, the after-midnight crowd is a lot different than the lunch crowd. You should be very aware of everything around you.

Secondly, put gas in the car. No big deal. When it gets to a quarter of a tank, put gas in so that this won’t happen.

Thirdly, make sure you have a cell phone, and the battery is good. (Every cell should have a car charger!) And carry a pepper-spray bottle or a small Rottweiler in your purse.

The fact is, have some sort of plan so this won’t happen. It could have been much worse.


6400 block of Roswell Road: Store employees called the police after a man came into the store and took a bottle of Moet and Chandon Rose’ Champagne, put it in his pants and then exited the store yelling “Everyone get out of my way!”

This champagne consists of mainly matured Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes and a little of Pinot Meunier. Chardonnay is a white grape mainly used in Chablis and Pouilly-Fuisse. This grape variety gives out the scent and character in the wine or champagne. It should be served at 7 to 9 degrees Celsius after removing it from your pants.

A similar theft, lookout, and method of concealment, was reported at a liquor store in the 8800 block of Roswell Road on Sept. 7. The bottle of choice was Pink Monet. Sounds like the same guy.

Claire Rose Lane: A resident reported that someone stole a “Waste Management” trash can full of trash.

4600 block of Roswell Road: Someone stole two Georgia Tech vs. Clemson football tickets from an office.

200 block of Mt. Vernon Hwy.: A man reported that he accidentally left his camera and bag on the counter of the Waffle House the previous Sunday. When he returned, the bag was gone.

Somerset Court: A resident called the police and reported that she sold a car to a man in the 3200 block of Roswell Road who now refuses to pay.

4920 Roswell Road: A man reported that he went to a store to have the proprietor look at some rare pennies. The man said that during the time they were meeting, the proprietor stole three of the pennies.

5800 block of Roswell Road: A woman reported that her purse was stolen while she was at a drinking establishment. Time of the theft was about 2:30 a.m. She said the purse was hanging on her chair when she last saw it.

227 Sandy Springs Place: A woman reported that a man, pretending to reach over her basket to retrieve a food item, actually took her wallet from the “steal me” position in her shopping cart.

7800 block of Roswell Road: An apartment complex manager said two AC units in one of the apartment buildings were disconnected and the copper wiring was stolen.

Tip: In case you’re a theft or burglary victim

Take digital photos of your good stuff such as HD televisions and all that other stuff you’d miss. Take photos of the serial numbers, too.

10 comments Add your comment


September 15th, 2009
10:05 am

Is that a magnum of champagne in your pants or are you just happy to see me?

Chris Broe

September 15th, 2009
10:19 am

“For those of you who have daughters, wives, girlfriends and all of the above, this is a good textbook case of what not to do”: write like this

WTF iswiththissite

September 16th, 2009
6:20 pm

It would appear that this blog is no longer a blog. Close it up and follow Rick Badie to the afterlife of writing.


September 17th, 2009
11:51 am

yea, what ever happened to blubbering badie


September 17th, 2009
11:53 am

you have one of three things to get a blog going in atlanta…gays,race,or religion


September 18th, 2009
11:00 am

Steve, You do a great job of writing with humor and in a manner consistent with the general public’s thought process. I enjoy your articles, and incident descriptions. It appears, however that you are talkiing over the heads of some of the other commenters. Perhaps you need to “dumb it down” a little for a few within this comment section :)

Mayor Galambos, Where can I get a checkered flag?

September 18th, 2009
1:30 pm

I need to wave it and end the daily god d*mn race on Brandon MIll Road…


September 20th, 2009
11:43 am

Jesus and Moses

A burglar broke into a house one night.
He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables; and when he picked up a CD player to place in his sack, a strange, disembodied voice echoed from the dark saying, “Jesus is watching you.”
He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze.
When he heard nothing more after a bit, he shook his head and continued.
Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard, “Jesus is watching you.”
Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice.
Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.
Did you say that?” He hissed at the parrot.
“Yep,” the parrot confessed, then squawked, “I’m just trying to warn you.”
The burglar relaxed. “Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?”
“Moses,” replied the bird.
“Moses?” the burglar laughed . “What kind of people would name a bird Moses?”
The same kind that would name their Rottweiler Jesus!


September 21st, 2009
1:52 pm

Because of you, Steve, I never leave my handbag in the steal me position.

Ambulance Chaser

October 9th, 2009
10:20 am

Tuesday, 10/06 around noon on Roberts Drive. Every available uniform and unmarked SS Police car racing around with blue lights flashing and sirens blaring!!! What was up. At least 12 cars flying all over the place. Looked like a Blue’s Brothers movie.