Police blotter: Businesses as crime scenes

5500 block of Roswell Road: A store employee reported that someone forced the door open and apparently went through the cash registers. The burglar also damaged the DVD recorder.

Tip: If you own a business, especially a small business, do invest in a camera and DVD or computer hard-drive recorder. Video images are great for identifying and prosecuting burglars and thieves. Remember that the DVD recorder is something you want to hide someplace where it would take a LOT of time to find. Business burglars, when they get in, look for the recorder so they can disable it.

6100 block of Roswell Road: A store manager reported that some DVD’s and some Hookah-Hookah Tobacco was missing from the inventory. On checking the video, it appears an employee was tapping the till in the form of not ringing up the complete customer sale and pocketing the money instead.

4500 block of Roswell Road: Two men came into the office area of the Rite Aid store and robbed the employees of an undisclosed amount of cash. Both men had their faces covered with a black stocking-like material.

1100 Johnson Ferry Road: An office employee noticed a man sitting at a vacant desk in an office. The man said he was an I.T. employee but had no company or other visitor / vendor badge. The police were called and the man was arrested. He gave some pretty lame information as to who he was but it appears he was probably an office creeper.

Tip: Office creepers are those guys who specialize in stealing from corporate areas by posing as visitors, customers, or other employee types in order to gain access and steal. Their favorites are purse, wallets from purses (under desks) and laptops. Good company security should include issuing and recording badges for visitors and making sure the reception areas are secure from someone just walking in and to the employee area. Cameras are good. If you are interested in upgrading your security in the office environment, contact Officer Larry Jacobs at larry.jacobs@sandyspringsga.org.

Other recent reports filed with Sandy Springs Police:

Thefts from vehicles

1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy: Wallet and credit cards were taken from the car while the victim was in the gym working out.

700 block of Hammond Drive: Stolen tag.

500 block of Abernathy: Black briefcase and I-pod were taken.

100 block of Mt. Vernon Hwy: Laptop.

6658 Roswell Road: GPS.

6345 Powers Ferry Road: GPS.

6700 block of Powers Ferry Rd: Laptop, briefcase, and suitcase were taken from a rental car.

500 block of Northridge Rd: Rims and tires were stolen.

Pre-Halloween duty

Halloween will be here soon and I will set out on my annual “Meet the Sex Offenders” trip where I verify the current addresses of those on the sex-offender registry in the Sandy Springs city limits. After that, I go home and shower for a couple of hours. (Ugh)

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October 7th, 2009
8:46 am

Those GPS units were stolen probably because either the owners left them sitting out where they could be seen, in which case they deserved to have them stolen, or else had them put away, but the mounts were still out, which is a clue that you have some kind of portable electronic device that can fetch enough money at a pawn shop for a couple grams of crack. When you leave your vehicle, take the GPS or other portable electronic device with you, and remove the mount and put it away somewhere out of sight. I have a mount that clips on the air vent, and it’s very easy to remove.


October 7th, 2009
10:31 am

Patrick, “they deserved to have them stolen”? Seems pretty harsh. Do people get in trouble for stealing something that deserves to be stolen?


October 7th, 2009
1:33 pm

I think Patrick means that if you help the thief by not putting away your items so they can’t be seen, then don’t be surprised when your items are stolen. No one “deserves” to have anything stolen.


October 7th, 2009
4:03 pm

I believe Patrick was stating if you remove the evidence then the thief will move on to the next vehicle. We had a rash of break ins at my condo complex because people left computers, bags, etc. in their cars overnight. If you need that alcohol or crack you will find the car(s) with the merchandise readily available.

I hate that my neighbors had to replace their merchandise and pay for and wait for window repair but laziness is no way to go through life.


October 7th, 2009
9:01 pm

No, no one deserves to have their property stolen. These dumbasses should get jobs instead of trolling for crap they can steal. I can’t stand people who take the easy way out.

Nobody reads long posts

October 8th, 2009
8:37 am

Gwinnett County is a business, AND a crime scene. We’ve had our tax dollars taken from us to buy land for parks (we’ve got 4 or 5 parks within 4 miles), and it seems that Superior Ct judge, Oxendine, father of a candidate for governor, helped. He wasn’t allowed to, so he’s taking early retirement. Insurance is another crime–Ponzi scheme–and Oxendine the Younger knows all about that.

Chris Broe

October 8th, 2009
12:16 pm

The security camera is why the FBI claims that there were no female bank robbers in all of 2008. (The cameras add at least ten pounds).


October 11th, 2009
2:04 am

Registered sex offender sounds all terrible…but it has been so misused that many are on it who should not be considered a threat to anyone. And since we are making offender registries,who about other crimes. Let’s register ALL convicted felons and put a spotlight on where they reside…just saying,if it’s a good idea why not protect us from more convicted persons than just “registered” sex offenders?

James T. Kirk

October 12th, 2009
8:57 am

@ RFord

Lets not just register all convicted felons, let’s register everyone that ever did anything wrong too (doctors, police, ministers, etc.) No implied sarcasm.

Chris Broe

October 12th, 2009
3:57 pm

We need more snitches. America: Start snitching. Be like Rush and Glenn Beck, and oh, the Hume-Hannities!!!

“I broke my bat on Johnny’s head;
Somebody snitched on me.
I hid a frog in sister’s bed;
Somebody snitched on me.
I spilled some ink on Mommy’s rug;
I made Tommy eat a bug;
Bought some gum with a penny slug;
Somebody snitched on me.”

I don’t think America uses the F-bomb enough. We need to start swearin’ more, people! America I implore you all to preface every noun with the adjective, “F’n”. I just don’t hear it enough.

And drunken girls? Please yell “freebird” louder and more often at open mic karoake. Begging here.

Is it over for the missionary position? Cosmopolitan reports that 87% of women have memorized the entire Kama Sutra, where the Missionary Position has been banned for 25 centuries. In fact, if the Kama or the Sutra catches any of you tatoo’d vestal virgins with your legs in the air, then it’s no yoga classes, no bikini waxing, and no adult store coupons for three full months!!