Crime Time: Police reports and other bulletins

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 16, 2013

Editor’s note: Crime Time is a regular feature consisting of arrest reports and any bulletins passed along by Decatur Police. I do not name suspects. The information was provided by Decatur Police and has been edited by me. I presume all information is accurate.

Before I get into this week’s Crime Down, Decatur Police have asked me to tell you they are trying to identify this man.


The man is accused of trying to enter and auto and then robbing the owner of the vehicle when she confronted him. The incident occurred at approximately 11: 15 p.m. on July 11 around the 100 block of Harold Byrd Drive

More from Decatur Police:

“The suspect was described as a white male, 30-40 years of age, with black spiked hair, slender build, clean shaven and who appeared to be a ‘drug addict.’ Anyone familiar with this suspect is asked to please contact Investigator Dan Bellis at 678-553-6616 or” 

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ross said earlier leads on the case did not pan out.

Here are arrests reported by Decatur Police:

Rent to steal

–          Aug. 6:  Approximately 10:05 a.m.

A Decatur Police officer patrolling in the 100 block of South Candler Street ran a license plate check on a vehicle and the report indicated the vehicle was stolen.

Officers stopped the vehicle to speak with the driver and passenger. The officers did some more checking, and it turned out vehicle was rented in May 2013 but never returned. Officers arrested the driver, a 39-year-old DeKalb County resident, and charged the driver with receiving stolen property and driving with a suspended license. Officers let the passenger go.

Running to church

–          Aug. 9: Approximately 6:11 a.m.

Decatur Police went to the 100 block of Lucerne Street after receiving a call that someone was attempting to enter vehicles. The witness said she saw the suspect trying to open two vehicles and that the suspect fled toward Church Street when he noticed her.

Officers found the suspect around the 900 block of Church Street while responding to the call. When the officer questioned the suspect, he told the officer he had been out jogging and was looking at the car because he thought it was for sale.

Police arrested the suspect, a 20-year-old South Carolina resident, and charged him with two counts of attempting to break into an auto.

No limits

–          Aug. 10: Approximately 3:40 a.m.

A Decatur Police officer was looking for speeders around the 700 block of Scott Boulevard and saw a vehicle doing 80 mph in a 40 mph zone. The officer pulled over the driver, a 27-year-old DeKalb County resident and charged him with speeding and reckless driving.

Suspects warrant ready

–          Aug. 12: Approximately 1:53 p.m.

A Decatur Police officer pulled over a vehicle on the 600 block of East College Avenue after receiving a call that the driver had no insurance. Here are a few things the driver did have, according to police:

  • A suspended license
  • An active warrant for missing court in Conyers
  • A passenger who had a warrant for a probation violation in Clarkston

Police arrested both the driver and the passenger, and impounded the vehicle. Later officers discovered a bottle of oxycodone inside the vehicle. Police charged the driver, a 27-year-old resident of Conyers, with possession of a controlled substance, driving with a suspended license, having no insurance and held him for the active warrant. Police held the passenger, a 29-year-old DeKalb county resident, for his active warrant.

A probationary tale

–          Aug. 13: Approximately 2:45 p.m.

The DeKalb County Probation Office called Decatur Police. When the officer arrived, the probation officer said someone on probation showed up for an appointment with a bag of meth. Police charged the probationer, a 37-year-old Atlanta resident, with possession of methamphetamine.

Take it to the bank

–          Aug. 14: 3:48 p.m.

A Decatur Police Officer arrived at Fidelity Bank after someone called in a report of forgery. The bank employees told police that a woman was trying to deposit a bogus check for $3,800 into her account and receive cash back. The bank employees said the same woman deposited bogus checks the week before and successfully withdrew money. Decatur Police say the woman told them she was depositing the “fake checks” for a friend, who gave her part of the money in exchange. Police arrested the suspect, a 19-year-old Atlanta resident, and charged her with third-degree forgery.

There’s the beef

–          Aug. 15, approximately 1:59 p.m.

A Decatur Police officer saw a man standing at the intersection of East Ponce de Leon Avenue and Church Street holding new Kroger shopping bags, so new that they were still stuck together. He noticed the man had several choice cuts – beef tenderloins, rib eyes – and some slices of cake. The man told the officer he had just bought the items at Kroger but had lost the receipt. After some more questioning, the man told the officer he’d purloined the tenderloins and other goodies from the Kroger. After checking with Kroger employees, police arrested the 51-year-old DeKalb County resident for shoplifting.

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