Gwinnett crime roundup: Cops say man left toddlers at home, went to QT

The Gwinnett crime roundup is a regular look at crime of note in the county. Information is gleaned from arrest warrants, police incident reports and jail records. It consists of allegations only.

Man walks to QuikTrip, leaves toddlers home alone

On July 2, Gwinnett County police issued warrants accusing a 30-year-old Buford man of leaving 2- and 3-year-old children inside his apartment before walking to nearby QuikTrip and Publix stores. He was charged with two counts of reckless conduct.

According to an incident report, one of the boys was found walking near the pool area of Preston Hills at Mill Creek, the family's apartment complex off Buford Drive. Police responded and found the other child alone inside the apartment.

The man returned home to find the officers and admitted having gone to the store but offered no explanation of why he left the children home alone. Their mother was at work, police said.

Rifle shots through a sunroof

On July 4, Lawrenceville police issued warrants accusing two men of driving around a local neighborhood and firing rifle shots from the sunroof of their vehicle.

According to the warrants, a 20-year-old Lilburn man drove the car down Cedar Ridge Trail between 9:30 and 10 p.m. on the Fourth of July. His passenger, a 19-year-old Lawrenceville man, stood up through the sunroof and fired multiple shots.

Both men were charged with reckless conduct, discharging a weapon near a street and possession of an open container.

Cash register thievery

On July 3, loss prevention officers at a Buford Wal-Mart issued arrest warrants accusing an employee of the store, located at 3795 Buford Drive, of stealing from cash registers on multiple occasions.

According to the warrant, the woman, a 40-year-old Buford resident, was caught on camera "taking money out and concealing it" on June 17, June 21, June 22, June 24, June 25 and June 30. The stolen cash was estimated at $670.

The woman was charged with theft by taking.