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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Caught in the act
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August 14, 2013 11:34 AM | 2588 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Recent police reports of note. All reports were supplied by local police departments.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT: While on patrol July 28, an Alpharetta police officer saw a suspicious pickup truck parked at a QT gas station on Haynes Bridge Road. The officer went to investigate and saw a man walking up with tires and oil drums from the rear of Express Oil Change located next door. Police arrested the suspect after it was confirmed by the store’s manager that the man was not given permission to take the items.

CARDS GONE SHOPPING: A woman was shopping Saturday at TJ Maxx on North Point Parkway and had her purse in a shopping cart when it was stolen. Her credit cards were then used to purchase gift cards at Home Goods and Macy’s. The suspect is a heavy-set black female.

BEATEN AND ROBBED: A victim told Roswell police he was at Atlanta Hotel on Old Dogwood Road when he was approached by two men, one claiming he owed the suspect money. The victim was allegedly knocked to the ground and hit several times in the head. He reported the suspects took his cell phone and $10 cash. Police said the victim had obvious head injuries when he flagged down an officer in front of Wood Creek.

FOILED PLANS: Roswell police were conducting a traffic stop for a moving violation when they discovered the driver was concealing a pistol in his pants. After searching the driver and the passenger, police found gloves, ski masks and various drugs. Officers believe the suspects were likely en route to commit an armed robbery somewhere. Both suspects were arrested.

MISSING MUSIC: When the owner of Alpharetta Music School arrived at his business Aug. 3, he discovered the music school had been burglarized. Two holes had been cut in the glass panel of the front door and several instruments and equipment were missing. Police arrested a suspect the next day on a charge of theft by receiving stolen property.

PILFERING PLATES: An employee with Atlanta Communications contacted Johns Creek police July 29 after discovering seven copper plates, valued at about $200 each, were stolen from cell towers on Jones Bridge Road. An eighth plate was removed but not taken. The lock to one of the gates on the property was missing and some of the barbed wire around the fences appeared to have been stretched. The property is owned by Fulton County, AT&T, Verizon and MetroPCS use the space for their services.

FAST FOOD FIASCO: An assistant manager from Zaxby’s on Highway 9 contacted Milton police Aug. 3 after she came into work and noticed the restaurant’s office door was open and three cash tills were missing. Money was also reported missing from one of the two remaining cash tills that were left in the office. The safe located behind the cash registers appeared to be untouched. Security footage revealed three male suspects — wearing hooded sweatshirts and concealing their faces — prying the front door open with a crow bar around 4 a.m. One of the suspects appeared to have tampered with the alarm keypad.

SHOPLIFTING SCAM: A loss prevention officer at Walmart on Windward Parkway observed a shopper taking items from shelves and concealing them in plastic Walmart bags on Aug. 2. The shopper allegedly went to a self-checkout cash register and paid for some items but left the store without paying for $116.84 worth of merchandise. Milton police arrested the shopper on a charge of theft by shoplifting.

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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