Provided by Atlanta Police Officer L. Illery and Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose.
o NOT SO SAFE: At a residence on the 1400 block of Garmon Ferry Road in Buckhead March 16, cash and three rings were noticed missing from a locked safe. The safe has a keypad entry and a key override function, but no one else is thought to have known the combination. The safe was not damaged, but was not in the location where the victim thought she hid it. Video cameras that were still in their original packaging were also missing from the bedroom. The victim told police that on nice weather days, she leaves the home’s rear sliding door open or unlocked for her dogs and three other people to come and go on a regular basis.
o CIGARETTE BANDITS: At a gas/service station at 2325 Marietta Blvd. in northwest Atlanta March 17, four black male suspects entered the store, reached behind the counter and stole hundreds of cartons of cigarettes and individual packs. The suspects also took a customer’s handgun from her purse on the counter. The suspects were last seen in a white Chevrolet Cruz traveling toward Zone 1. They were involved in a hit-and-run while driving away from the crime scene. The robbery was caught on video surveillance.
o BAD FARE: At the 1800 block of Walthall Drive in Buckhead March 21, a Yellow Cab driver told police he was attacked. The suspect grabbed the cabbie’s seatbelt, pulled it tight across his neck and began to choke him. While choking the driver, the suspect also began beating him in the head with a wallet. The victim had to bite the suspect’s finger in order to make him let go of the seat belt. The suspect has been charged with aggravated assault.
o CELL CROOKS: At the 800 block of Preston Woods Trail in Sandy Springs March 23, a 21-year-old woman reported that around midnight two men kicked in her front door, one of whom had a gun. They took her cellphone and left. She said she believed the suspects were white, both about 6 feet tall and wearing dark clothing.
o PHONE JACKERS: A man contacted the Sandy Springs Police Department and said he runs an Internet marketing firm from his home. He has a P.O. box to receive and send mail. He said he became suspicious when customers, trying to reach him via email and phone, could not access him. He said he believes an employee’s ex-girlfriend has employed the use of someone who knows the procedure of hijacking cell numbers and email addresses. He said three of his phone numbers have been compromised. He found his emails were being rerouted to a website which allows the end user to make changes before sending it to the proper recipient. The victim said he’s lost revenue from this. He did have some information that may give investigators some leads.
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.