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North Fulton crimes: Man loses $2,500 in Instagram scam

This is a roundup of recent crimes of note in north Fulton County. It is based on arrest warrants, police reports and jail records. At this point, these are allegations by law enforcement. For crimes in Sandy Springs, some of these reports are from Capt. Steve Rose’s “Weekly Wrap-Up.”

Shots fired on Valentine’s Day

In Sandy Springs, a 29-year-old woman told police her husband tried to get in her car as she was leaving her home on Feb. 14. After failing to enter the car, he fired several shots at the car, police said. The woman was not injured, but the car was damaged. Police have warrants for the Marietta man’s arrest.


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Insta-scam

A Loganville man was scammed out of $2,500 on Feb. 2, according to a Milton police report. The man told police he was talking with another man through Instagram messenger. The scammer told the man that if he invested $2,500 into his business he would see a return of $8,000 in two days. The scammer told the man to drop the money in cash in a mailbox on Triple Crown Drive in Milton. After the man made the drop, the scammer told the man to come to his office on Northwinds Parkway in Alpharetta. The office was a vacant building. The man called 911 shortly after. He has not recovered the money.

Paper chasing

Police responded to a call at the Whole Foods on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta on Feb. 16 after a woman said her car was broken into. According to a police report, a rear passenger window was broken out and a suspect stole the woman’s bookbag. Inside that bookbag, the woman told police, were tax documents such as a W-2, a 1099 and letters from the IRS.

Not-so-cheap sunglasses

According to a police report, three men stole eight pairs of sunglasses from the Sunglass Hut at Northpoint Circle on Feb. 19. In total, the shades are valued at $2,400, police said. Brands included Gucci, Prada, Dolce Gabana and Tony Birch. According to descriptions given by an employee of the store, one of the men was wearing flip-flops and a T-shirt that said “You’re Killing Me Smalls.”


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