Based on a call, officers were dispatched to the parking lot of the Whole Foods, in the 5900 block of Roswell Road, concerning a man who was hiding between two cars parked in the lot. When the cops got there, the man was still hiding between the cars. As the officer approached the man whom he saw hiding between the two cars, the man rose up, saw the officer, and then ducked down again — I’m guessing in an effort to make himself invisible.
The man told the officer that he was playing with a laser pointer, which he could not produce. (Apparently he couldn’t make himself invisible but the laser pointer managed to disappear.) He did have a knife and the officer found scratches on the car, indicating the man attempted to get into it. The man had been arrested on Dec. 13 for the same thing. He was arrested for prowling and loitering and taken to jail.
When you see something suspicious, don’t second-guess yourself. There’s no bad reason to call. The number for Sandy Springs Police is 9-1-1, including NON-emergency calls. This call prevented someone from having to file a theft report later. When you see something suspicious, don’t second-guess yourself; call us.
A patrol officer received a shoplifting call at the Target store. The suspect had picked up several video games and then hid them in clothing that he pretended he was going to try on. When the officer arrived, the man was leaving, having taken the games. The officer ordered the man to stop, which to crooks means: “Start running!”
So the shoplifter took off running. But a man who saw the shoplifter running grabbed him and held him until the officer caught up. The officer struggled with the shoplifter, who continued to fight.
One Taser later, and the shoplifter was in custody. Another witness said the shoplifter threw the video games near a dumpster area at the nearby Publix Store. Another male was seen grabbing the video games and leaving the area.
Don’t be a theft victim while grocery shopping
227 Sandy Springs Place: A woman reported that while she shopped at the Kroger, someone stole her wallet from her purse, located in the popular “Steal Me” position in her shopping cart. The wallet had a small amount of cash, I.D. and credit cards. At the time she reported her credit card stolen to the card company, they confirmed to her that someone was trying to use the card at the Publix store in Buckhead, just outside the Sandy Springs city limits. Security cameras showed a female removing the wallet from the victim’s purse and then joining up with a male at the checkout area.
6200 block of Roswell Road: This victim said someone took her wallet, located in her shopping cart while she shopped at Trader Joe’s. She said she went to four different locations inside the store but didn’t notice the wallet was gone until she was ready to check out.
Three preventable ‘gotch-ya’s’
A friend sent this to my e-mail: “While driving, I saw the flash of a traffic camera. I figured my picture had been taken for speeding, although I knew that I was not. Just to be sure, I went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed. I began to think this was quite funny, so I drove even slower as I passed the area once more, and the traffic camera again flashed. I tried a fourth and fifth time with the same results and was now laughing as the camera flashed while I rolled past at a snail’s pace.
“Two weeks later, I got five tickets in the mail for driving without a seat belt.”
1000 block of Crestline Pkwy.: A woman entered the Hyatt Hotel and presented a Net-Value gift card to use toward a hotel room. The hotel’s computer system was down and could not log the card in. The employee allowed the woman to check in. Later, they saw a man leave the same room with a flat-screen television. They asked him why he was doing this and he replied it was a gift and he was putting it in his car. Later, when the system was back up, the card was declined. When the staff went to the room, the woman and man were gone, as was the room’s flat-screen television.
8100 block of Colquitt Road: A resident reported that she started her car, located in her apartment parking lot, at around 7:50 a.m. to warm it up. She returned to her apartment. At 8 a.m. she returned to the parking lot and the car was gone.
The Waffle House report
5300 block of Roswell Road: Waffle House employees reported that upon checking the cash drawer at the end of the shift, the manager noticed three counterfeit $100 bills. After checking the video, they found that a male walked up to the counter and spoke with an employee who takes money from the suspect and returns what they believe is change for the $100 bills. No purchase was made. (This normally prompts an internal investigation as well as the police investigation.)
Just after midnight, SSPD officers were called to the Waffle House on Northridge Road after a customer, angry at the cook, jumped up on his seat and began yelling at him. When the clerk walked over to calm him down, the man grabbed the cook by the neck until he was pulled off by other employees. The man was arrested.