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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: Scam Artist
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Police reports of note from the Sandy Springs Police Department the week of Aug.8 through 15 and from the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 2, which includes Buckhead, the week of Aug. 4 through 10.

— Provided by Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose and Atlanta Police Officer L. Illery.

 SCAM ARTIST: At the 400 block of Bainbridge Drive in Sandy Springs Aug. 15, a 76-year-old woman received a call around 8 a.m. from a man who identified himself as “Kevin Thompson” from the United Kingdom. He said the victim’s computer was reported to him as running slow. The man convinced the victim to give him her Discover Card number to pay $299 to fix it. The victim later thought suspiciously of this and called her bank. They told her to file a report. Thompson called again later but she hung up on the caller.

 REALITY CHECK: Officers were called to the Bank of America branch at 6075 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs Aug. 10 by employees who spotted a suspicious person trying to cash a check for $8,200. The teller said the check did not feel normal, and so the staff phoned the person listed on the check, who told employees they had not written a check to that person. The suspect was still in line when the police arrived and told them she was with a man named Ryan who was in the parking lot in a silver car. Another patrol car spotted the car leaving and stopped it. He told officers he knew nothing of the check and was leaving to pick up his son. His driver’s license showed a suspension so he was jailed on that charge. The woman was charged with first-degree forgery and she, too, was arrested.

 PACKING HER LUNCH: At 8725 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs Aug. 12, a woman was arrested for concealing cold cuts, sandwich rolls, pudding and yogurt in her purse and attempting to leave the store without paying.

 NAME CALLING: On Aug. 14, officers were called to a location on Franklin Road in Sandy Springs after a man choked another man out in a headlock. The man said he did it because the victim called him “boring.” Both men had evidence of being in a fight. Both were arrested.

 NO SOCKS: At a specialty store at Lenox Square mall at 3393 Peachtree Road in Buckhead Aug. 9, a male suspect concealed socks and got into an altercation with loss prevention when he attempted to exit the location. The suspect dropped his bag and ran towards the MARTA station and was not located.

 SHOE THIEF: At a residence at 1125 Liberty Pkwy. in Buckhead, Aug. 9, the suspect kicked in a rear door, entered the residence and stole 200 pairs of shoes, an iPad and two watches. There were no arrests made at that time.

 SLEEP TIGHT: At the Walmart store at 1801 Howell Mill Road in Buckhead Aug. 4, loss prevention stated they witnessed the suspect select two packs of bed sheets and conceal them within a backpack he was carrying. The suspect then walked toward the exits of the store and passed all points of sale. The stolen items were priced $190.76. The suspect was arrested and transported to Atlanta City Jail.

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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