Homicide arrests: In case you didn’t catch this from media reports, detectives have arrested three people in connection with the September 28 homicide at 550 Abernathy Road Apartments. This makes a total of six arrests in the case with at least one more on the horizon. The shooting was over a drug transaction. The buyers tried to pay $58,000 in counterfeit money for 2 kilos of cocaine prompting a shootout leaving two dead and two wounded.
SSPD has kicked off class 003 of the Citizen’s Police Academy. The program will run 11 weeks and include presentations and hands-on training in a number of areas of police organization and operations. Class 004 will kick off in the late spring. Interested parties should e-mail Officer Larry Jacobs.
One of our retired K-9 family members passed away recently. Norsca, who served several years with Fulton County Police, died from cancer at the age of 13.
Norsca retired from service when Handler Officer Sean Hanse left Fulton County to join SSPD in 2006. She spent her retirement years accompanying Sean’s wife to work at her shop and playing with SSPD K-9 Romy, who is on active duty with Sandy Springs Police.
And, now, back to our regular crime and punishment report
A man went into the Bank of America at 8755 Roswell Road and presented a $4,000 check. He was told the check was no good. The police were called and spoke to the man. He said he was contacted by a man via e-mail and that man sent him a check. He was supposed to cash it, take a cut for himself, and then send the balance of the money, $500, to a separate address. The man said he was going to be paid in advance for the yet-unspecified work.
TIP: This scenario is very common. The victim was out of work and $500 sounded like a good deal. Anytime you’re asked — usually by a stranger via Internet — to cash a check and send the balance to another separate address, you’re getting scammed. Normally, you’re asked to send the balance by writing a check in your account. By the time the bank determines the check is no good, your check is on the way out. This particular check sent to the victim was drawn on a legit company, but the check was fraudulent.
700 block of Mt. Vernon Hwy.: A woman reported she was contacted via phone by a man named William Walker and he worked with the “U.S. Crime Suspect Department.” He told her she defaulted on a “payday” loan and owed $350 and he wanted her to pay with a credit card. The man knew her bank account info, Social Security number and old address. She told the man she never took a loan and wanted to speak with a supervisor. Later, the same man, now using the name “Officer David Adams,” called back but failed to convince the woman that he was who he said he was. She later changed her bank account information.
(A payday loan — also called a paycheck advance or payday advance — is a small, short-term loan that is intended to cover a borrower’s expenses until his or her next payday.)
5700 block of Roswell Road: Officers received a call of a person passing a counterfeit $100 bill at the Shell station. As the officer arrived, the suspect left in a car. The officer pulled the car over and spoke with several people in the car. He concluded that one of the occupants gave the driver the bill and told her to buy two packs of smokes. He would give her $10 from the change. The officer checked the car for the counterfeit money, which was never successfully presented at the counter, and found the bill. It was a five-dollar bill bleached out and covered with $100 corners.
This act reached all sorts of stupid because store employees handle money all day long and most there are that 10% who just don’t get it) know the five-dollar bill has the image of Abe Lincoln and the $100 is Benjamin Franklin.
An officer stopped a car on I-285, near Roswell Road. The car was driving erratically. When the officer turned on the blue lights, the car severely swerved to the right, almost causing an accident. The officer walked up to the car. Here are the reasons the driver went to jail:
The man said he and his wife had left their hotel room on La Vista Road and smoked a joint on the way to the child’s doctor’s appointment near Northside Hospital. The woman was released on a citation of charges, but the driver was arrested and taken to jail.