Gwinnett crime roundup: Cops say woman hit child with 'ratchet strap'

‘A large steel ratchet strap’

On March 15, a Lawrenceville woman was charged with first-degree cruelty to children. A Gwinnett County police arrest warrant accused her of “striking [a child] with a large steel ratchet strap across the side of the body.”

The 46-year-old woman was also charged with battery and disorderly conduct – the latter the result of her allegedly directing expletives at the child.

Unwarranted test drive

On March 21, warrants were issued charging a 45-year-old Stone Mountain man with theft by deception. The man is accused of going to Rick Case Kia in Duluth, providing false information on an application to buy a 2017 Hyundai Elantra and telling “the sales person that he needed to go to the bank to pay the deposit on the vehicle.”

The man drove off in the Elantra – valued at more than $24,000 – and never returned, police said.

School disruption

On March 22, a Lawrenceville woman was charged with disruption of a public school and disorderly conduct after an incident at Crews Middle School. The 49-year-old woman is accused of “standing in the lobby and loudly yelling and cursing at the principal while children were present.”

“Teachers were forced to redirect children away from the lobby so they would not continue to witness offender’s actions,” an arrest warrant said.