Employee suspected of theft

•DULUTH - An employee is suspected of stealing thousands of dollars from Plato's Closet at 2255 Pleasant Hill Road.

Some time between January and June, the 21-year-old female employee allegedly used her position as a cashier to create false purchase transactions and pocket store profits, according to a police report.

The store confronted the employee and the employee admitted making the false transactions, but no written confession was obtained. Authorities are continuing to investigate the alleged thefts.

Woman carjacked at apartment

•DULUTH - A 39-year-old Duluth woman was carjacked Sunday at The Falls apartments at 715 The Falls Parkway.

The woman was approached by an unidentified man after parking her red 1995 Nissan Quest minivan at 10:41 p.m., according to a police report. The suspect demanded her keys and lifted his shirt to reveal a gun tucked in his waistband.

The woman dropped her keys and cell phone, which the robber took along with her minivan. The minivan was later recovered undamaged in the nearby Gwinnett Crossing apartment complex; however, the cell phone has not been located.

Disgruntled customer arrested

•SNELLVILLE - A disgruntled customer was arrested Friday after he allegedly threw an electronic beeper at a hostess at Pablano's Mexican Grill at 1319 Scenic Highway.

Matthew C. Whitehurst allegedly became angry when he was passed over for a table. He took his coaster-shaped beeper, which notifies patrons when a table is ready, and chucked it at the hostess, according to a police report.

The beeper sailed past the hostess and struck an off-duty police officer in the leg. The officer arrested Whitehurst on a disorderly conduct charge. The officer also noted that Whitehurst appeared drunk.

Firefighters put out small blaze

•LILBURN - Gwinnett County firefighters extinguished a small fire in a new, unoccupied house on Nash Lee Drive in Lilburn at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The fire was confined to the attic area above the master bathroom, causing moderate damage. The cause of the fire appeared accidental, Fire Department spokesman

Lt. Tommy Rutledge said.

Workers puncture gas line

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Firefighters responded to a gas leak in the area of Old Peachtree Road and Buford Drive in Lawrenceville.

The four-inch gas line was punctured by a crew boring under the roadway to install cable line. No one was injured, but the intersection of Buford Drive and Old Peachtree Road was closed for about an hour and a half. About 30 people were evacuated from Walgreens and the Citgo gas station.