Blockbuster employee charged with theft

NORCROSS - The manager of a Norcross Blockbuster at 1260 Tech Drive was arrested Monday on charges of stealing from the company.

Ernest A. Brito III, 27, of Duluth reportedly exploited a company policy to refund the $25 monthly charge for an unlimited movie rental pass when a customer doesn't use it. Brito looked up customer accounts where refunds were unclaimed and then credited the refund to himself, according to a police report.

Brito admitted to the theft, but he said he felt like the company owed him money because he was a hard worker with a new baby at home and he had been passed over for a promotion, according to police reports.

He was charged with computer theft.

Lawrenceville woman's three pets shot

LAWRENCEVILLE - A woman's three unusual pets were shot Wednesday by someone who snuck onto her property on Bagwell Way.

A trespasser shot two goats and a duck that were kept inside a 4-foot fence, according to police reports. The victim noticed her dog barking about 2 a.m. and believed the incident may have occurred at that time.

The victim told police she was scared because her ex-husband, whom she had secured a protective order against, may have found her. The woman feared her ex-husband would kill her and her children according to reports.

No charges had been filed at the time of the report, but the investigation is active.

Customer passes out in drive-through

DULUTH - A driver under the influence of prescription drugs passed out on Sunday while going through the drive-through of a Steak 'n' Shake restaurant at 2110 Pleasant Hill Road, according to police reports.

A cashier was working at the drive-through window when he asked the person in line to repeat her order and got no response. The cashier went outside and found 28-year-old Misty Michele Smallwood unconscious inside her 2000 Chevrolet Blazer with the engine running. The left rear tire was entirely up on the curb in front of the menu board.

Smallwood seemed incoherent when questioned by police and swayed from side to side. She admitted to having taken a muscle relaxer recently and told an officer she had not slept in two days. She was charged with DUI drugs.

- From wire reports