Gwinnett

Woman charged with stealing purse

•BUFORD - A 28-year-old Flowery Branch woman was arrested Sunday after she allegedly snatched a woman's purse and fought with a security guard at the Mall of Georgia.

Jessica Moore grabbed a woman's purse in the food court and ran, according to police reports. A security guard heard the victim scream and followed Moore, ordering her to stop. While the guard was attempting to restrain Moore, she slapped him in the face.

After she was handcuffed, Moore apologized for the incident, claiming she stole the purse because she needed money to pay her cell phone bill. She was charged with robbery by sudden snatching.

Resident finds man clucking in yard

•SNELLVILLE - A Snellville man awoke Saturday to find a strange man standing in his front yard clucking like a chicken, watering the bushes and talking to himself, according to a police report.

Police who were called to investigate the bizarre behavior encountered 39-year-old Evan Edward Hughes standing on the front steps of the Oak Road residence holding a yellow box cutter. He put the knife down upon request.

Hughes' car was also at the house, and officers noted it appeared to have recently struck something because there was white paint transfer on the exterior. Inside the vehicle was an empty bottle of bourbon, but a breathalyzer test found no trace of alcohol.

Hughes told police he is a diabetic and had consumed a gallon of orange juice that morning, but paramedics who checked his blood sugar discovered it was normal. Hughes was arrested for disorderly conduct and open container.

Men charged with drug possession

•DACULA - Two men suspected in a methamphetamine trafficking operation were arrested Sunday after police searched a home at 278 Dacula Road.

Officers with the assistance of a drug-sniffing dog found a briefcase and a duffel bag containing meth in the house, along with a digital scale and plastic bags used to package drugs. The homeowner, 38-year-old Paul Marks, was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

While police were performing surveillance on the house, 37-year-old Delbert C. Tucker of Lawrenceville pulled into the driveway in a black 1990 Chevrolet S10 truck, according to a police report. The police canine also alerted to the presence of narcotics in the truck. Authorities searched the vehicle and reportedly found several bags containing a total of 178.2 grams of methamphetamine stashed inside a moist towelette holder and a hollowed-out hairspray can.

Barrow

Cash stolen from Winder Krystal

•WINDER - The contents of a cash register in Krystal were reportedly snatched while employees cleaned up inside.

The store's manager told police she was cleaning up so the fast-food restaurant could close for the night when employees heard the drive-through window open and saw somebody reach inside, open the cash register, grab the cash drawer and run toward Blockbuster.

The incident occurred Friday at 10:22 p.m. and $136 was in the register at the time that it was taken, according to a police report. Employees said they saw two white men with short hair who were driving a gray Ford Taurus, the report said.

Customer dies

in restroom

•WINDER - A man reportedly died in a Huddle House bathroom Friday.

The man was a regular customer at the restaurant at 84 W. May St., according to a police report. He had ordered a decaffeinated coffee, then went to the restroom and did not respond to knocking at the door for 30 minutes.

Police cut the lock on the door about 5:45 p.m., the report said. The man, who was unresponsive, was transported to the Barrow Community Hospital.

Woman scammed out of $3,500

•WINDER - A woman who thought she was getting half of an $80,000 settlement instead ended up with a handkerchief full of shredded newspaper.

The woman told police she had met an African woman at the Quality Foods about midnight Friday. The African woman told her she had received $80,000 from her uncle's death, but could not take it back to Africa with her, and wanted to donate it to an African church, according to a police report.

When the victim told her she did not know of any African churches in Winder, the woman said she would give the money to the victim and another man to give to local churches, the report said, but only if they would show their honesty.

The woman took $3,500 in cash and added it to a handkerchief with the $40,000 the suspect had so the suspect could bless it, the report said. When she later went to open the handkerchief, both her $3,500 and the $40,000 the woman had promised her were missing, replaced by shredded newspaper, according to the report.

Store deposits taken at gunpoint

•WINDER - A woman reported that she was robbed at gunpoint of deposits for the Save A Lot grocery store worth more than $13,000.

The woman, a Save A Lot manager, told police she left the store about 9:25 p.m. Friday and found a black man wearing a black hoodie lying on the back seat of her car.

The man told the manager to get in the car, according to a police report, and that he had a gun and she should drive. The woman complied, the report said.

When the car got to the McDonald's, the report said, the man told the manager to stop the car. He then grabbed her purse, which contained two deposits for Save A Lot worth $13,189.84, including about $9,800 in cash, according to the report.

The woman also had $900 in cash, a $305 paycheck, her social security card, driver's license, insurance card and other personal items in her purse, the report said.

- From staff reports