Among reports filed recently were these cases of theft:
A woman reported her personal trainer took off with a computer, jewelry, a number of other electronics, checks and a lot of cash. She said he owes her addition monies totaling just under $10,000.
She thinks he left for California.
700 block of Spalding Drive: A 1993 Chrysler New Yorker was stolen. The victim said he was trying to sell the car and a potential buyer may have taken the keys that were in the car and returned later to steal it.
6200 block of Barfield Road: A business representative reported that an ex-employee apparently made a number of unauthorized withdrawals using company credit and debit cards. The total of money taken exceeds $14,000.
4900 block of Roswell Road: A salon owner said a regular but problematic customer came in and had a “lace wig application treatment” done. The cost was $175. When she was done, the woman said the money was in her car and she would meet the employee there. When the employee went downstairs to get the money, the woman drove off.
(For more information on lace wig applications, go to buylacefrontwigs.com)
500 block of Northridge Crossing: Someone took a power meter from the residence.
8100 block of Colquitt Road: A girl gave her roommate $300 to get her a money order. She hasn’t seen him since.
A cabbie reported he picked up a male on Roberts Drive and took him to Cimarron Pkwy. When he arrived, the man bolted and ran off.
Theft by deception (aka ‘Pigeon drop’)
An 89-year old victim said she was coming out of the Costco on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road when she was approached by a young woman who tapped on her car window and then asked if she dropped a purse. The victim said she hadn’t.
The following is the short version of the sequence of events:
It’s an old, old scam, but, as you see, still has life. At some point, the victim’s rationalization is overridden by a bit of greed, a little “something-for-nothing” mentality. That is what we call the “hook.”
Suspect 1 said her name was Gwendolyn Wilson. The “boss,” although not seen, was named Mr. Weinstein.
Fraud, forgery and ID theft
A resident reported she received a notice from the DMV that her license was suspended for not appearing in court. She found out that someone used her ID when they received a ticket and never paid the fine.
If this should happen to you, or you’re a victim of any fraud, make a police report and get copies made. Eventually you’ll get it all straightened out, but that report and case number will give you the muscle to get things done. The venue or jurisdiction of identity fraud cases is usually where the victim lives.
A resident said someone accessed his account and wrote about $16,000 in checks on it. He thinks they got his info from his mail.
1100 Hammond Drive: A woman contacted SSDP and said she was contacted via letter about being a mystery shopper. This report isn’t detailed but it says she wired a total of over $3,000 to a Western Union address and then figured out she was scammed. The money was picked up at the Publix on Hammond Drive.
Just be very careful of anything that asks for money up front. Mystery shopping scams can be found all over the Internet.
A restaurant owner said she discovered an employee had been adding tip amounts to existing credit card payments by customers. The tips totaled more than $500.
Burglary task force arrests
Members of the Fulton County Multi-Jurisdictional Burglary Task force in conjunction with Cobb and Gwinnett counties executed a search warrant at a residence in Gwinnett.
We recovered more than 23 stolen appliances, three stolen vehicles, two stolen trailers, a good amount of methamphetamine, scales and several guns.
Three suspects were arrested. The investigation originated in Sandy Springs and was initiated by Det. J.T. Williams. CST assisted in the takedown of two of the suspects. The task force will continue to work with Gwinnett and Cobb counties in identifying the owners of the stolen property and locating a fourth suspect still outstanding.
Messina Way: A man who was going door to door, selling magazines that nobody buys, was stopped by an officer. He had no permit and was from out of state. He told the officer he was staying at a local hotel, had been dropped off by his boss and was selling magazines to win a trip to Mexico. He was cited for not having a permit and told to leave the area.
It is good that folks call in on these people because, first of all, they don’t have a permit. Secondly, they don’t live local and if they do choose to steal something or rip off the homeowner by selling a fraudulent subscription, they’re hard to find. Third, why give them close-up access to your home?
This doesn’t apply to the Girl Scouts. Just buy the cookies. You don’t want to make them mad.
Officers responded to a call at the Whole Foods parking lot area at Roswell and Hammond. Two men were seen looking into cars. They left there, crossed the street and were doing the same in the City Walk parking lot. The cops located the men walking behind the shopping center on Sandy Springs Place. The men said they were looking for work but couldn’t recall where. One of the men said they applied for work at Lowe’s, but Lowe’s said no one applied during that time.
One of the men had an ID card that was different than the name he gave the officer. The second guy also lied about his name. After checking the various database resources, his true name was found. Both men were arrested for loitering, prowling and giving the cops fake names.
This call came in from someone who saw two men doing something suspicious and acted on it. We love folks like this. Way to go.
Finally, people with issues
Cops responded to 7000 Roswell Road and met with a man who said he and his girlfriend split up and she told him that when he came over to get his clothes, she would have a surprise. When he got there he found his clothes on the lawn in front of the apartment.
They had been drenched in bleach.