SHOPLIFTING FAIL: A man and woman shopping at Publix on Highway 9 in Milton allegedly attempted to steal from the store April 29. A store employee said the man took a medical support bandage valued at $25 off the shelf and concealed it in his pants. The woman then attempted to return the bandage at the customer service desk shortly after. Since the merchandise was less than $30, Publix decided not to prosecute for shoplifting but wanted both individuals issued criminal trespass warnings.
PILFERING PILLS: Prescription pills were reported missing from a Milton home on Redd Road April 29. One of the residents said she left the home the day before to go shopping and left the house unlocked because her husband was working in the yard. Though her husband did not notice anyone enter the property, the wife later noticed a window in her room was ajar with muddy shoe prints under it. The pills were reported missing from their son’s room. The wife suspects her grandson may have taken the pills but the husband suspects someone his son knows, and not his grandson, committed the theft.
GOT INK?: A Milton police officer visited Staples on Highway 9 April 28 after receiving an email about numerous thefts of printer ink cartridges from retailers in nearby jurisdictions. The store manager told the officer about $2,200 worth of printer ink cartridges had been stolen the week prior and she had reported it to loss prevention and to her district manager. The manager believes the theft may have been committed by suspects who have passed fraudulent checks at Staples in the past. She said one man comes in and starts an argument with a cashier or manager at the front of the store while two other men with him go to other parts of the store.
BROKEN WINDOWS: Two vehicles were broken into in the YMCA parking lot on Preston Ridge Road in Alpharetta April 10 between 7 and 8 p.m. The back window on a black Nissan Leaf was smashed in and a briefcase with a laptop was stolen. A window of a Chevy Custom van also had one of its windows smashed but nothing was reported taken.
STEAL AND RESELL: Between March 27 and April 5 an unknown suspect took a bass guitar from the basement of a home on Sulling Way in Alpharetta. The victim suspects the guitar was taken during a party thrown by the house sitter. The guitar was recovered at a Guitar Center in Lawrenceville after a man took it there asking for an appraisal.
COLLECTION FRAUD: Roswell police responded to Slate restaurant on Canton Street April 8 in reference to an attempted theft by deception. A man stopped by the business claiming to work for the electric company and was attempting to collect a fraudulent unpaid balance.
OUT OF GAS: An unknown suspect or suspects damaged the gas tanks of two vehicles parked at 2037 Hemingway Lane in Roswell April 8. Police arrived on scene and observed a gray Dodge Ram 1500 and a white Dodge Ram 1500, belonging to two separate individuals, with two holes drilled in their gas tanks. The Roswell Fire Department was also dispatched to the scene to patch up the gas tanks and clean up the gas in the parking lot. The damage was said to have occurred between 6:15 and 9:30 p.m.
MISSING APPLIANCES: Roswell police received a call for a theft report April 9 from a former resident who now lives out of state. The complainant said his residence in Roswell is in the process of being renovated for sale, and his realtor informed him that his washer and dryer were stolen from the home sometime between April 3 and 6. The owner said he recently contracted someone to paint the outside of the home and inside the garage, and there was a dispute over payment.
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.