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

CRAIGSLIST SCAM: A Johns Creek resident posted an antique brass bed for sale on Craigslist for $425 and received a response via email from an interested buyer. Days later, the man allegedly mailed her a $2,850 check. The seller claims he requested she cash the check and send him the difference via a money order. Personnel at her bank advised her to file a police report. When she tried to call the man, she discovered he had fraudulently used the phone number of an unsuspecting elderly female.

ROAD RAGE: Johns Creek police was dispatched to Jones Bridge and Old Alabama roads Aug. 10 with a report that two men appeared to be fighting in the roadway. One man left the scene in a silver Lexus before police arrived, but the other man involved told police the driver of the Lexus had cut him off. He said he tried to talk to the other driver while they were stopped at a red light, but other driver allegedly yelled obscenities and starting throwing objects at his car. They both got out of their vehicles and allegedly the other driver shoved him, twisted his arm back and threatened to kill him while carrying a pistol on his hip. Witnesses at the scene confirmed the other driver was the aggressor. Police put out an arrest warrant for the driver of the Lexus for terroristic threats and battery against a person over 65 years old.

INSIDE JOB: Loss prevention staff at Walmart at 5200 Windward Pkwy. filed a report with Milton police Aug. 13 in regards to employees allegedly shoplifting from the store. The loss prevention officer told police $200 was missing from two registers that an employee closed out July 23. On the security tape, loss prevention noticed the employee did not zip the money bags after closing the registers and reached into each bag removing a clenched fist. The loss prevention officer noticed the same situation on security cameras the next day. The employee was also seen on camera Aug. 1 placing an Xbox Kinect in a Walmart bag without ringing it up after another employee brought it to her register. Video footage from Aug. 8 also showed the second employee going up to a register and paying for a few items but leaving with other unpaid merchandise. Both were arrested for theft by shoplifting. The first employee was also charged with theft by taking.

YARD WORK: Milton police was dispatched to The Landscape Group on Aug. 13 after an employee arrived to work and discovered several pieces of landscape equipment were missing from one of the company’s trucks. The employee claims the combination lock had been removed from the truck’s back door and that two blowers, a weed eater, one pruner and one extension pruner — a combined value of $2,200 — were stolen. The employee also discovered two catalytic convertors had been cut from the vehicle after the truck would not start. Another catalytic converter was reported as stolen from an adjacent landscape truck.

MISSING MEMORABILIA: A couple months ago, the owner of a framed pair of socks allegedly worn by Elvis Presley gave someone the memorabilia to sell on eBay for a commission. The victim filed a report with Roswell police after not receiving the payment and no longer being able to contact the suspect.

RENOVATION ROBBED: Sometime during the evening of Aug. 15 or early morning of Aug. 16, an unknown suspect entered a residence on Oakhaven Drive in Roswell and allegedly stole tools left there. The house is currently under renovation and unoccupied.

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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