Tip jar stolen
•DULUTH - A tip jar containing approximately $25 was nabbed from the counter of an Einstein Bagels restaurant Sunday.
The store manager told police she noticed a Mazda minivan parked to the left of the store occupied by two black men.
According to a police report, one of the men entered the store at 3675 Satellite Blvd. and began asking the cashier how much various items on the menu cost.
When the cashier turned around, the man grabbed the tip jar from the counter and ran out the door.
The man fled the store, running toward Pleasant Hill Road. The manager believes the suspect fled to a vehicle across the street.
•DULUTH - A Duluth man told police someone removed nearly $13,000 worth of music producing and recording equipment from his apartment in the Gwinnett Square complex.
The 26-year-old victim told police he does not know who could have taken the items, including four keyboards, a laptop computer and drum set.
According to a police report, someone forced open the front door of the apartment, took the equipment, leaving behind an empty beer bottle.
of stealing meat
•LAWRENCEVILLE - A man was arrested Monday and charged with shoplifting two packs of beef ribs and a towel from a Lawrenceville Kroger.
The manager of the grocery store told police he believed Warren S. Doss of Lilburn was attempting to steal two packs of meat wrapped in a towel by concealing them in his pants.
According to a police report, the suspect told police he planned on paying for the items and did not know it was a crime to put ribs down his pants.
Doss was arrested and released with a misdemeanor shoplifting citation.
•SNELLVILLE - Fire investigators believe a lamp that fell against a mattress caused a fire that started in a upstairs bedroom of a Snellville home Wednesday.
A resident was able to close the door where the fire was located, evacuate the home and call 911.
Firefighters said the occupant's quick action helped prevent the fire from spreading.
Fire crews were able to extinguish the flames, containing the damage to the bedroom.
The accidental fire caused moderate damage and sent smoke throughout the second floor.
Two adults and one child were home and were able to escape without injury.
Gas spills at station
•LAWRENCEVILLE - Firefighters were called to the 3479 Lawrenceville Highway QuikTrip on Wednesday, after nearly 20 gallons of gasoline spilled on the ground.
Rutledge said the gasoline was spilled when someone drove away from the pump with the nozzle still attached to the vehicle.
Employees were able to shut the pump down but not before the spill.
The Fire Department hazmat Team used an absorbent material to soak up the gas. QuikTrip notified a clean-up company to clean the parking lot and ensure the business was safe for customers.
Firefighters said the spill did not enter any storm drains or the water system.
- From staff reports