At around 11 p.m., SSPD officers responded to a complaint of fireworks and a loud party at a house in the 600 block of Londonberry Drive. When they arrived they found a lot of cars parked along both sides of the roadway — which is a no-no, big time, because we cannot get emergency vehicles, namely fire trucks, into the area when cars are parked on both sides.
The officers determined that the home was for sale and apparently rented to someone who was hosting a party and charging $20 at the door. A shuttle service brought party goers from the Northside-Powers Ferry Road shopping center. (Sound familiar?)
The officers estimated between 500 to 700 people were at the residence, including 50 waiting in line to get in. Officers shut down the party and arrested the two organizers, charging them with running a disorderly house.
Don’t develop routines that tip off the bad guys
The Rite-Aid store in the 4500 block of Roswell Road reported a robbery that occurred at about 6:30 in the evening. The employee walked out of the store with the evening’s cash in a deposit bag when he was approached by a man who pulled a gun, took the bag, and then ran off.
I had a friend who owned a convenient store and every day at the same time he would put the money in a plastic bag, to fool the thief, and then walk some 50 yards to the bank deposit box next door. I told him it doesn’t matter what you carry the money in; unless the bad guy is a complete fool, he’s going to know what you’re doing because you’re walking straight over to a bank deposit box.
Sure enough, he eventually lost a bunch of cash when someone figured out the day and time they dropped the money so they robbed him. If it’s a lot of money, have the armored car service arrange a pickup or at least have a security plan involving more than one person. Never get systematic when moving money from place to place.
Other reports filed recently with the Sandy Springs Police Department:
9200 Roberts Drive: An apartment complex employee called the police in regards to the attempted theft of rent checks. Someone attached two card-stock cards, loaded with a sticky substance, to a string. They lowered the cards into the after-hours rent drop-box with the hope of a check or two sticking to the cards and then pulled from the box. Apparently it didn’t work because they left the string and cards at the scene,
Cimarron Parkway: A woman reported that her Jack Russell Terrier was stolen by her roommate named “Needles.” She said “Needles” took the dog because he believes she took his laptop.
It’s only an opinion but personally, I’m not likely to rent to a guy who tells me his name is “Needles.” Sure, he may be into knitting big time but odds are I’m turning this guy down. Maybe it’s not fair to “Needles” but you have to go with a gut instinct sometimes.
Officers arrested a man suspected of impaired driving after responding to a hit and run complaint on Hammond Drive. The driver of the other car followed the suspect who tried to elude the car by driving through several parking lots. He blew out his tires and then ran from the car. Several witnesses subdued the man until police arrived. He was charged with DUI, following too closely and reckless driving.
5610 Roswell Road: Target security employees called SSPD officers after they observed a man randomly place numerous items in his shopping cart and wheel the cart around the store. They became suspicious because the man never checked any prices on the items he placed in the cart. The man pushed the cart past the checkout area but left it inside as he walked outside. He then re-entered the store through the exit door and tried to recover the cart to make his getaway. He was arrested and taken to jail.
The store clerk at the Shell Station in the 5700 block of Roswell Road reported that a man came in and took a twelve and eighteen-pack of beer and tried to leave without paying. The store employee activated the magnetic locks, locking the man in the store. The man took several bottles of beer and threw them against the glass door until finally, the glass shattered. The suspect then fled through the door and ran off.
Finally, mama said there’d be days like these:
A woman called from a hotel on Crestline Parkway and reported that someone stole her watch from her room. She called back 20 minutes later saying she found the watch.
6800 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road: A man reported that his upstairs neighbor’s kid made noises all the time by running across the floor and then jumping on and off the furniture.
Sir, that is what kids do.
7900 block of Roswell Road: Police received a call of a person who had been thrown off a second-story balcony. They arrived and spoke with a man who said he and his girlfriend got into an argument and she hit him on the head with a lamp, then walked to the balcony and jumped off. She then fled the area. The man was later arrested for possession of marijuana.