Sandy Springs blotter: Hookah heist follow-up

Remember this burglary a couple of weeks ago?

7800 block of Roswell Road: The manager of a store said that someone smashed the front glass doors and took twenty hookah smoking pipes.

A suspect was arrested this week by Sandy Springs detectives. Seems the burglar, just before he broke into the hookah store, also pressed his face up to the glass of the next-door liquor store — which had a video camera working at the time. He was identified and then arrested on burglary charges.

Other recent reports filed with Sandy Springs Police:

Robberies, burglaries

5500 block of New Northside Drive: At around 1:30 a.m., the victim withdrew $100 from the ATM. While he was sitting in his car counting the money, a man came up to him and pulled a gun. The man took his money, cell phone and car keys.

TIP: This is something that we have talked about for a long while. Unless you absolutely have to, don’t make the ATM run after dark, much less in the middle of the night.

Northside Hospital: Officers met with a man being treated for an eye injury. He told them that earlier, about 2 a.m., he was returning from a party. He was in front of an apartment complex in the 4500 block of Roswell Road when he was jumped by three males. One of the men hit him in the eye and they searched him for money but left when they found none.

400 block of Dalrymple Road: Someone forced entry to a home that is currently vacant and on the market. Several appliances were taken. They include a washer, dryer, refrigerator, and microwave.

Mt. Vernon Highway: Someone entered a church through an unlocked window. They looked for money in offering boxes but apparently there was no money in the box.

400 block of Morgan Falls Road: Someone stole several items from a maintenance shed.

8400 block of Roswell Road: Someone stole several items from a storage area.

300 block of Trowbridge Walk: Someone entered a home through a window. At the time of the report, the victim could not find anything missing. The interior alarm did activate.

TIP: Alarms are good – when you use them.

Fraud, forgery and I.D. theft

700 block of Hammond Drive: A man reported someone obtained his credit card number and used it for $400 on

Police station: A man came into and reported that another man has been using his name when stopped by the police on traffic violations. The victim got a letter from the DPS demanding his license.

Cherrywood Lane: A woman on said a man came to her home and said he worked for a medical care company. He requested she sign a form and provide her Social Security number. She did. The man, described as a tall male, left in a white van.

10 years later, still a valid investigation

A woman called the police and reported that her son divulged to her that he was sexually assaulted 10 years ago when he was 8 years old.

Perspective: Even though this is said to have happened 10 years ago, we look into these cases close to see if we can match them to other victims as well as this one. Many times, victims of sexual abuse don’t come out with the information until years later. It’s still a valid investigation.

Arrest and getaway

5900 block of Roswell Road: A woman was arrested for vandalizing a book-return box. She wrote something on the box with a Sharpie. She had a little pot on her as well. She said she was upset because the library closed too early.

6600 block of Roswell Road: A man and his family went into a restaurant and ordered $35 in food. The man got upset over the fact the television showing the World Series had no sound. He complained and then left without paying the bill. The man left in his BMW with one rear taillight out.

Congratulations …

… To Lt. Benji Cain on being selected Sandy Springs Police’s 2009 nomination for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office “Voice of Victim’s” Award.

7 comments Add your comment


November 7th, 2009
4:43 pm

I cannot figure out how to email you but I have a question regarding something I saw on the road today. I was driving in East Cobb on Roswell Road near the East Piedmont Publix. A car whose make, model and license plate I have but will not share online was next to me when I noticed something that has left me in quite a state. A child who I would place at about 2 was riding in the drivers lap. An infant carrier was noticeable in the back seat. So I have a few questions. Do they love one child more since one is safe and buckled and the other in the most dangerous seat? Also, how do I handle this? Do I call 911 or do I suck it up and wait to get home and file a traffic complaint? As a social work major I simply CANNOT just let it go.


November 7th, 2009
5:30 pm

So the hookah bandit was caught eh? He must’ve gotten excited and pressed his face up to the liquir store window when he noticed his favorite twinkies and beer were on sale. God I love cameras! No more beer, twinkies or green tobacco for him for a while.

Oh speaking of ingesting mind altering substances… Can someone tell me what someone was thinking when they came up with the name “Dalrymple” for a street? Sounds like something out of Willy Wonka. If I were I betting man I’d wager the patrol and communications officers hate saying that over the radio. :)


November 9th, 2009
9:34 am

Can you Hookah brother up?


November 9th, 2009
10:47 am

I wondered if that empty house on Dalrymple was the one where that hookah Cherry Wood and her friend have been using.

So, I called my friend Vernon, and we got in my white van and went over there to check it out. Well, we get there, and she cops an attitude and the other hookah Morgan says don’t lay your Hammond me. But then she goes to mount Vernon, who had overstocked his sharpie, and Morgan falls in surprise. We took her to Northside hospital, then I said that I had to leave and go get some cash from the ATM before going home to my apartment. Vernon said fine, drop me off at my BMW, and I’ll come back here, because I want to hook up with this hookah before it’s time to get the wife.

Poor ol Vernon, he needed a break like that, he had been recently jumped at the ATM, and they took his cash. I wondered how he was going to pay for the girl. Well I must have got some of his bad luck, because I got jumped at the apartment complex when I got home. They poked me in the eye and took my wallet. I think they got my license and credit card. I tried to get in my apartment through the window, then realized I was at the wrong building. I needed a drink or some smoke by this point, so I thought maybe I could trade some tools I found for some stuff at the liquor store or the head shop. That didn’t go so well.

As for Vernon, well he found out at the hospital that Morgan had the DPs, so he dropped her off at the library on the way home from Northside. She must have been ticked because she found out he didn’t have any money anyway, so she kicked his tail light as he left. Hee hee, I bet he was pretty frustrated. Vernon picked up his wife and kids from the movies, then said he was going get something to eat and try and catch some of the game. I thought that was funny, because I remembered he didn’t have any money.


November 11th, 2009
1:52 pm

I like it, but I went to high school with Huck L Berry, no joke, (Riverwood, 1970’s) is that you? Will look back next wednesday for your version!!

Sandy Springs Guy

November 12th, 2009
12:30 pm

I have noticed more and more expired license plates tags since the economy has tanked. I know these folks do not carry insurance as no company will insure an unregistered car. I know you team in Blue are busy with all the other crazies out there, but what can be done to get these vehicles off the road? What can citizens do to help out? I know it will be my luck to get hit by one these nuts and I will be stuck buying myself another car, like I could afford a car payment these days.

Thanks and keep up the good work – I am proud to live in Sandy Springs since the new force is active!

Office worker

November 12th, 2009
1:04 pm

What’s with the people cutting through the Dunwoody Place business park because there is a no left turn sign on in the mornings and afternoons at Dunwoody Place Drive and Hightower. These maniacs rush through the parking lot like they’re Indy drivers to catch the light coming out of the complex onto Hightower. This is a major hazard for people trying to walk across the lot to our offices. And trying to turn into or out of a parking space.