Three men were arrested at the Target Store in the 5600 block of Roswell Road after presenting fraudulent gift cards to pay for a number of items. The gift cards were purchased with stolen credit cards.
The three had been in the store on the previous day and got away with items purchased with fraudulent cards. The masterminds returned to the scene of the crime the following day and presented yet more fraudulent cards.
These folks are believed to have been doing the same thing at other stores in the metro area. All were arrested on felony charges related to financial transaction card fraud. One suspect was a juvenile.
Although these clowns returned to the same store they ripped off the day before, they are a good example of how fraud and thefts will start that seasonal swing up the charts as we head for the Christmas holidays. Keep this in mind when you go out, when you use your ATM or credit cards, and especially when you load your Hybrid SUV with gifts.
And, when you go to the gym this time of the year, don’t leave your credit cards, wallets and Rolexes in the locker.
‘Lock your car,’ Take your Keys,’ ‘Hide your belongings’
You will soon see dozens of these “friendly reminder” signs around as we get into the holiday season. Please remember that on Black Friday, the bad guys will be out, too, so lock it up and use your common sense.
More criminal Einsteins
Just after 5 p.m., officers got a call of a man attempting to break into a car in the parking lot of Whole Foods in the 5900 block of Roswell Road. The man was described as wearing a blue hat and dark jacket. The caller said the man was attempting to start the car. When the officer responded, he saw a man who matched the description walking away from the parking lot.
The man had a bag on his shoulder. The officer followed. The man walked faster, then ditched the bag and ran. (We call this a clue.) The officer overtook the man and recovered the bag, which contained a screwdriver, and another bag, which contained a laptop and power cord, a GPS unit, clothing and a truck-driver’s log book.
The witnesses identified the suspect as the same man they saw. They said the man used a crowbar to gain entry into the car and then, after he unsuccessfully to start the car, took several items and walked away. The officers located the owner of the car who identified the stolen items as his.
GOOD MOVES: This is a good example of how stupid these clowns are and how one person, who saw this and got on the cell phone and called the cops, made a big difference. You guys are the eyes and ears and do a great job out there!
6000 block of Wright Road: Cops got a call of a woman going door-to-door selling or attempting to sell cleaning products. A patrol officer spotted the woman who matched the description and spoke with her. She didn’t have a permit to sell door-to-door, but she had a marijuana joint in her hand so she was arrested.
In the wee hours of the morning, just before 6 a.m., a patrol officer spotted a car driving 92 miles per hour in a 55 mph area south on GA 400. He stopped the car. The tag registration showed the car had been stolen earlier that day from Newnan. The officer secured the driver and saw that the car’s ignition was on the floorboard, with a screwdriver next to it. Yup, the car had been hot-wired. The driver was charged with stealing the car and taken to jail.
TIP: In my new book, “Stealing Cars in a Tough Economy,” I point out that “blending in” may be an important part of your strategy. Going 92 in a 55 isn’t blending in at all.
About 5 a.m., a patrol officer checked a car in front of a closed drug store. Inside the car were two men who were sleeping. The officer spoke to the driver who said he was living in the car and that his name was Mandrell. Later, he changed that to Rodrick. Rodrick was wanted for a burglary probation violation from Atlanta. He was arrested. The passenger was the actual owner so the car was released to him.
Just after 2 a.m., a patrol officer spotted a car in the right lane on Mt. Vernon Highway at the MARTA entrance near Perimeter Center West. The car’s emergency blinkers were on. The officer stopped and got out to help but the car drove off. The officer re-entered his car, hit the blue lights and stopped the car. When he walked up to the car, he could smell marijuana. The driver (imagine the look on his face) said he had let his friend out to see if the MARTA trains were running. The driver also had a suspended driver’s license.
TIP: In my new book, “When Not to Light a Joint,” I specifically note that stopping on the roadway and putting on your flashers will get someone’s attention. In the middle of the night, there’s a good chance that someone will be a cop. Knowing this and having a suspended license should serve as good reasons to perhaps not fire up the ganja.
Sometimes it’s hard to feel sorry for some folks.
Free driving course offered for parents and teens
Sandy Springs Police in conjunction with the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) are offering a free “Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) class on Dec. 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at SSPD Headquarters.
This two-hour course is designed to help parents and their new teen drivers, ages 14-16, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice-driving time.
This program is instructed and sponsored by the Sandy Springs Police Department. The program addresses driver attitude, knowledge and behavior, rather than a technical hands-on driver training course. While completion of this course may reduce insurance rates, it does not count toward the required 40 hours of supervised driving practice.
Registration is limited and based on first-come, first served. Email Officer Forest Bohannon or call him at 770-551-3325.