Officers met with Costco employees and a woman who was suspected of shoplifting. The woman apparently went to the video game section of the Peachtree-Dunwoody Road store and took an X-Box game, valued at over $50. Using a pair of scissors, she cut the plastic container and then placed the game in the front of her pants.
The woman admitted putting the game in her pants. A female officer checked the suspect for weapons, which is standard procedure before transporting a prisoner. To the surprise of the employees, the officer found the following, also in the suspect’s pants:
I’m kidding about the Toro lawnmower.
The suspect said she had driven her boss’s car to the store and that her dog was still in the car. She was arrested, the car impounded and the dog was taken by animal control to be released to the suspect at a later time.
I hope the stolen items were cremated.
Normally, it’s men who steal things and put them in their pants and then run out of the store. One man ran out of the Lowe’s store with a 7½ inch circular-saw blade down his pants. The officers ran him down and arrested him. He was not injured by the blade
Wearing nothing but a chicken mask
A woman reported she has been getting voice mail from a man who said he is going to wait outside her home and business, in the bushes, naked, wearing only a chicken mask. She thinks it’s a guy she met on an Internet dating site.
Silly as it seems, these guys are taken seriously by us because strange people are capable of bad things. I got access to the number and have been calling, asking for the “Man in the chicken mask.” No return calls yet.
Scam of the week
IRS refunds are going to be in the mail soon, so expect mail thefts. If possible, go for the e-returns, direct to your account. Please report any suspicious activity, including loitering or car drive-by’s, in your neighborhood.
Checking through the slot for your check
A resident of an apartment in the 6800 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road dropped a money order in the after-hours rent-deposit box and the money order was later stolen. Get this: The victim found a mouse trap with a string of yarn attached that was apparently used to drop into the slot and capture the paper inside the box.
Here’s your heads-up: Pay your rent to a human in the office. Give the check or money order to someone on staff and remember who that someone is. There is now a record of your transaction.
If you are a staff member and, better yet, manager of an apartment complex, know that people use drop-and-capture devices to pull paper (checks and money orders) from boxes that have slot openings. Find something new that would be hard to get into.
Okay, I have an idea: First, find someone who can work with sheet metal and who can spot-weld. Build a mail slot that extends some 4 to 5 feet, top to bottom, with at least a couple of 30-degree turns before hitting the bottom. The check or money order would fall through the turns and hit bottom, but a wire, antennae extender with a clip, mouse trap or other devices would either have a very hard time of getting to the bottom, if successful at all.
Optional: The resident places the check or money order in an envelope, adding just a little weight to help it fall gracefully to the bottom, and we’re there!
5700 block of Roswell Road: An officer stopped a car because the children in the back seat, ages 2, 5 and 6, were not buckled in. The driver didn’t have a license on him. After much computer tracing, the officer found that the driver was from Michigan and had a traffic warrant on him. Michigan didn’t want to extradite on the warrant, but the driver was arrested because the officer couldn’t verify his residence.
If you don’t put your kids in state-approved child restraint devices, you need to re-think a lot of priorities, folks. As many fatalities that I’ve worked in my career, starting when the Earth cooled, the absolute worst that is still burned in my tiny brain killed five kids and their mother. None were belted in.
Even if you are going down the block, don’t even take the chance.
6100 block of Roswell Road: Just after 3 a.m., an officer observed a car driving through a parking lot with a man running beside it, beating on the car. (In police work, we call this a clue.) The officer stopped both the car and man. The woman driving the car said she did not know who this dude was. The dude was drunk. He was arrested.
Officers were called to the Waffle House on Northridge Road about 3:45 a.m. in regards to a large fight in the parking lot. When they arrived, the fight had stopped but, according to witnesses, one of the customers was approached by another customer who was drunk and rowdy with the language. The suspect-turned-defendant made a number of loud, profane and insulting comments directed to the sexual orientation of the victim.
The cops arrested the drunk and stupid man, which brings to light a song by my wife’s next husband, Jimmy Buffett, called “There’s no Dumbass Vaccine.” Lord, don’t we wish there was. I’d have fewer scars and a few war stories I’m not all that anxious to share.