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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Secret shopper scam
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Recent police reports of note. All reports were supplied by local police departments.

SECRET SHOPPER SCAM: After applying for a secret shopper job on the Internet, a man who works in Johns Creek was contacted via email and given an assignment to shop at Walmart and evaluate the customer service and shopping experience. He was then sent two money orders totaling $1,980 and was told to deposit them and send $1,500 via Western Union to an address in Texas. The secret shopper's second assignment was to evaluate his experience with Western Union. He received four more money orders totaling $3,960 and was told to cash them and send them to the same address in Texas via Western Union. The man became suspicious and checked to see if the money orders were valid and learned there was no record of them being issued. He contacted Johns Creek police July 3 to investigate the incident.

CREDIT CRIMINAL: Johns Creek police were contacted by a resident July 5 who received a “return to sender” letter in the mail that was intended for Equifax credit reporting agency. The fraudulent letter was an attempt to remove negative files from his credit report. It contained his Social Security number and a forged signature, though the man did not write or send the letter. He believes someone attempted to open credit accounts in his name, was denied due to his poor credit score and wrote to Equifax attempting to improve his credit score and open the fraudulent accounts.

BRA BANDIT: Milton police responded to a shoplifting call at Walmart at 5200 Windward Parkway on July 7. The store’s asset protection associate said a man shopping had removed the price tags from three women’s bras and concealed them. He went to the register and purchased some other items but exited the store without paying for the smuggled bras. He had been shopping with a woman and child who left in a silver Jeep Liberty, but the shoplifter left the store on foot.

PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER: Alpharetta police responded to a report of theft at a doctor’s office July 3. A prescription pad was taken from the office but it is unknown when. It is suspected that a former employee stole it.

BUZZ KILL: Alpharetta police arrested a man for simple battery and obstruction of a 911 call after allegedly pushing his mother and knocking her phone out of her hand when she attempted to call 911. The two were at a gas station when his mother left the vehicle to use the restroom. He is said to have taken her car to go to Walmart for bottles of aerosol dust remover. His mother reportedly suspected he had gone to get paint to huff and started looking in the car for it, which provoked the altercation.

HIGHWAY ROBBERY: A man and woman were walking northbound on Alpharetta Highway in Roswell on June 30 and were in front of El Porton when an unidentified man approached them and pointed a gun at them, demanding the male victim’s wallet. The suspect took the wallet, fled on foot and then got into the passenger side of a black car at the intersection of Alpharetta Highway and Elkins Road. Police could not locate the suspect.

ART THIEF: A male suspect was reported to have entered the restroom of Michael’s at 612 West Crossville Road on June 26 with numerous paint brushes, a bottle of paint thinner and a bottle of paint brush cleaner. He exited the restroom without the items and left the store in a gray SUV. Roswell police received a shoplifting report of the suspect taking approximately $350 of merchandise.

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.
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