Provided by Atlanta Police Officer L. Illery and Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose.
o HAND IN COOKIE JAR: At an office building at 3495 Piedmont Road in Buckhead March 8, security officers reported a man on the premises who allegedly committed several prior burglaries to different office suites. When police searched the eighth floor, they noticed forced entry to the door of Suite 824 and found the suspect hiding beneath a desk in the fetal position behind a chair. When the suspect was taken into custody, he complained of chest pains, started falling over in a lethargic manner and was transported to Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. It appeared the suspect stole or attempted to steal computers from the location as there were exposed computer wires there. The suspect had in his possession, black gloves, rental car keys and a LG cell phone.
o DOWN TO THE WIRE: At a business at 729 Lambert Drive in Buckhead March 3, the proprietor reported four gauge wires were stolen from that location. He said when employees discovered the electric lines from Georgia Power had been cut, the electric meter was also damaged. Video surveillance footage of the incident might be available.
o PLAYING DRESS-UP: At a department store at 3393 Peachtree Road in Buckhead March 5, a loss prevention employee observed a female suspect enter the changing room with various store merchandise and exit with the merchandise concealed. The suspect passed all points of sale without making payment and was subsequently arrested.
o FRIEND OR FOE? At the 5200 block of Treelodge Parkway in Sandy Springs March 10, a 24-year-old woman reported that while she was gone, March 3 through 10, someone took $1,100 from her hiding place in her Bible on the bookshelf in her bedroom. In addition, her roommate said she had pushed $160 cash under her bedroom door for her part of the rent money. This was on March 4 or 5. The victims said they let a friend use the apartment for a week or so and that the friend has a key. That person said she had no knowledge of the thefts.
o SCAMMED: At the 300 block of Jefferson Drive in Sandy Springs March 10, a 30-year-old woman said she was contacted at her office by a man with a British accent who said he was from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The suspect informed her she would be deported if she did not pay $6,350 immediately. Furthermore, agents were on the way, but she could avoid arrest by paying the funds quickly. She went to a Kroger store and purchased a Green Dot debit card and later gave the account number to the caller. She became suspicious sometime later and called immigration. She was told that they do not discuss immigration issues on the phone and they would have contacted her to meet in person.
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.