How getting involved helps us catch the bad guys

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.

18 comments Add your comment

Been Had

January 2nd, 2010
11:37 am

”Two weeks later, I got five tickets in the mail for driving without a seat belt” WOW now that’s funny, so so funny!! Thanks LT, once again you made my day! FUNNY!!

Sam Smith

January 2nd, 2010
1:25 pm

Here’s hoping that this year’s “View from the Cop” articles will all be as informative and useful as this one– without all of Rose’s “insightful” side-comments and useless, sophomoric observations. I’ve got my fingers crossed!


January 2nd, 2010
3:42 pm

Sam, If you don’t like Rose’s “insightful” comments, read something else. There is absolutely no acceptable reason to be rude.


January 2nd, 2010
6:04 pm

Gaad, I miss the Awful House! We don’t have those OR “traffic cameras” out here in California!


January 2nd, 2010
6:07 pm

“Awful House” = best hash-browns in Amerika!


January 2nd, 2010
8:18 pm

I happen to like everything he writes. I think his little comments help address the actions of dumb-a– people impersonating criminals. thanks,steve


January 3rd, 2010
6:29 pm

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January 4th, 2010
7:53 am

I call BS on the traffic camera thing. Traffic cameras detect red light runners, and speeders. They are not used for unconstitutional seat belt enforcement.

Do you also believe your e-mail when a deposed Nigerian king says he needs you watch over some money for him?


January 4th, 2010
8:57 am

Name – seat belt enforcement IS constitutional. They have to do it to keep idiots like you alive. And yes, there are some places where EVERY car is photographed and someone reviews the pictures.

Ole Guy

January 4th, 2010
12:11 pm

Citizen involvement, while admirable, does come with a potential price. While the bad guys operate in the complete absence of rules and social decorum, designated law enforcement personnel must, by law, conduct themselves within ROE/Rules of Engagement. The “engagement” process starts with verbal contact, followed by “hard hands”, followed by deadly force, with or without benefit of firearm. While this sequence is “all in a day’s work”, and is, for law enforcement personnel, supported by legal and lawful statute, the same cannot be assumed for the “citizen on the street” who, through circumstances and perceived threat, exercises due dilegence in “getting involved”.


January 4th, 2010
12:57 pm

That counterfeit $100 incident reminds me of another Waffle House-related incident.

I was eating at a WH near work one day, when a customer had come in, placed a to-go order, and paid for the order. What he tried to pull was the Doubled-Over-Dollar-Bill-Scam, in which the crook will fold over a single note of any denomination, to make it look like he gave the victim double the required amount of cash. When the victim attempts to give the crook the change, the crook will say “Now wait a minute, I gave you $(double a single note), so you owe me back one of those $(notes), along with the change.” If the crook recites it in a certain way, the victim will get confused, and if they’re not careful, will end up giving back the original note the crook gave them, *along with* the change due. I remember they pulled the drawer the second he left and counted it, to make sure it wasn’t under. Luckily it wasn’t. This time.

The Truth about Cops

January 5th, 2010
3:32 am

Thank God for these noble officers and their George Orwell Cameras- what kind of country would this be, with everyone driving around pell-mell without seat belts on?

Sandy Springs PD should change the name of their department to CSATPPL- Constantly sleeping in the Publix Parking Lot. Why have a third shift if these slobs are just going to saw logs? No worries- they can fill up their entrapment quotas next week-

Welcome to America!

Chris Broe

January 6th, 2010
12:27 pm

Waffle house employees’ training should include the movie, “Paper Moon” and the cashier-shuffle that Tatum Oneal and Ryan Oneal pull off.

Adolph sez: Papers pleaze!

January 6th, 2010
5:19 pm

Now, wait a second, ol’ LT Stevie is on to something here. Every time a cop or group of cops busts a drug dealer with 200lbs of pot, it’s that much off the street. The cops risked their lives to arrest a drug dealer and confiscate the 100lbs of dope. By getting that 50lbs of pot OFF of our streets, they’ve made our lives safer and reduced drug usage in our communities Cops are your friends & they’re here to take drugs off the streets – 10lbs at a time. Minus the overhead, of course.

And Jimmah Carter will be our NEXT president………..


January 7th, 2010
2:40 pm

Well I think the constitionality of red light cameras are a legitimate debate, however I don’t really have a problem with them. The seat belt deal may be BS however, I don’t think those cameras are good enough to determine that and I believe the seat belt violation is a secondary one ie you can’t be stopped for it but can be cited if you are stopped for something else. Though since each jurisdiction is different I may be wrong.


January 7th, 2010
7:48 pm

To the haters, the officers I’ve met at the SSPD are some of the kindest, patient and tolerant people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. If you only knew half of the BS they have to deal with daily you would be crying for your mommy. They won’t get a snow day tomorrow, they will be out there dealing with all the morons who can’t drive and crash their cars. Most of them handle the dumbest portion of the population with grace while the rest of us get bent out of shape if the line at Starbucks is too long. Rose is witty, sharp and above all genuine. So suck on that.


January 9th, 2010
12:56 am

Thanks Cosmo.

Just to let you know Dan, a driver can be stopped for not wearing a seatbelt or if a passenger is not wearing one. It’s a state law so it applies in each jurisdiction.

Ron Mexico

January 9th, 2010
9:53 am

Snitches get stiches