WANTED PARTS: From July 6 to 14, Milton, Alpharetta and Roswell police departments reported multiple cases where catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles parked outside residences. In many cases, the crimes occurred overnight and their owners were unaware until they had trouble operating their vehicles the next morning or later. The majority of the vehicles targeted were either a Honda Element or a Honda CRV.
MOVING MISHAP: In preparation for a move to a new home, a Milton resident reportedly wrapped two wrist watches, placed them in the top drawer of his work desk and then had the desk shrink wrapped in order to keep the drawers from opening during the move. When he got to his new residence, he found the desk had been turned upside down, the top drawer had been opened and one of his watches — valued at about $4,000 — was missing. After searching for it and talking to the owner of the moving company, the man filed a police report. He told Milton police during the move there were two workers he did not recognize from the moving company.
AXE TO GRIND: Alpharetta police responded to a tennis shop on Lake Windward Drive after a burglar entered through an unlocked window in an adjacent women’s bathroom. The manager could not tell if anything was taken. An officer stopped a vehicle leaving the scene and found the driver with a cash drawer that appeared to be opened with an axe or other cutting tool. An axe was found in the women’s bathroom. The driver was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and drug-related items, concealing the identity of a vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a canceled tag.
TARGETED AUTOS: Alpharetta police responded to four calls July 7 of a suspect or suspects entering into, or trying to enter into, vehicles on Ash Rill Drive sometime during the night before. One car had its window smashed, two had damage to the driver’s door lock and one had been left unlocked. Items reported stolen were GPS devices, a radio/CD player, speakers and headphones. Police responded to another report the same day of an unknown suspect breaking into a car on Jameson Pass overnight and taking a laptop.
GOLFING GEAR: Two women allegedly shoplifted about $900 worth of golf balls and socks from Dick’s Sporting Goods on North Point Parkway. The suspects were seen leaving in a green Honda Accord with a North Carolina license plate. One suspect was identified and a warrant was issued.
FRAUDULENT CLAIM: A Johns Creek resident called police after receiving a voicemail message July 12 from a man who identified himself as an officer and told the resident he had three outstanding traffic violations he needed to pay for or he would be arrested. The resident looked up the number online, which came back to a call center in North Carolina.
POOL FIGHT: Roswell police responded to a fight at an apartment complex pool on Calibre Creek Parkway where suspects allegedly had a knife and handgun. Police couldn’t recover either weapon but did notice a suspicious vehicle that passed by the area several times. An officer stopped the car and discovered that the driver, who also had a pistol, had an outstanding warrant out of Snellville. The driver was arrested and the gun was placed into police property.
UNWELCOME RECEPTION: A man having a home built on Jardin Court in Roswell noticed his property had been vandalized July 12. Concrete for his driveway was installed earlier in the day and when he came home, he noticed someone had etched a swastika and the words “white power” into the concrete.
The names and charges above are from area arrest warrants and crime reports. A warrant is merely an accusation of a crime, and accused people are innocent until proven guilty.