Woman's car stolen at gas station

LILBURN - A Lilburn woman's car was stolen at a Citgo gas station this week after she filled up, according to a police report.

The 52-year-old victim told police she was sitting in her car at the station when she heard footsteps coming toward her. When she looked up, she said, a Hispanic man reached inside her car and grabbed her by the throat.

His grip kept getting tighter, and then he told her to move over to the passenger seat, according to the report. She refused, telling him he could take the car but she wasn't going with him. After a few minutes, she said, he let go of her neck.

He allegedly asked for the keys, got in and started driving east on Killian Hill Road. The victim called police.

While an officer was talking to her, he heard on the police radio that another officer had done a felony traffic stop on the suspect. The woman went with the police officer to the location and identified the suspect as her hijacker.

The officer said he detected a strong smell of alcohol on the suspect's breath. He arrested Jesus Sandoval, 25, on charges of robbery, battery and driving under the influence.

Man loses thousands in mail scam

NORCROSS - A Norcross man lost thousands of dollars when he thought he had won a contest, according to a police report.

The 56-year-old victim received a letter in February congratulating him for winning a contest. The letter, from "I A L G Corporation Center," said to claim his prize he needed to send some money to the "holding company."

There was a check enclosed for $7,850 that was supposed to offset the cost of the payment. The man said he contacted the company and someone named Carlos Morgan told him to wire to Madrid, Spain, and the Republic of Congo.

He found out later that there had been a stop payment enacted on the check the company had sent him. He lost $7,850.

Armed men rob Snellville gas station

SNELLVILLE - Two armed men robbed a gas station and food mart in Snellville this week, according to police.

On Sunday night, three men rode a gold-colored Toyota Camry into the Citgo station located at 4470 Centerville Highway, a police report said.

While the driver stayed in the car, two of the men entered the store and drew handguns at the clerk. They were wearing dark clothing and masks.

One of the men kept the gun pointed at the clerk, repeatedly yelling at him for his money, while the other one went behind the counter.

They took $1,800 in cash from the register, three to five cartons of cigarettes and the clerk's wallet. The wallet contained his credit cards, driver's license and $300 in cash. Then they got back into the Toyota and drove off.

Police are continuing to investigate the case. The robbery was captured on the store's surveillance video. Police also found a stolen car matching the description of the Toyota in a subdivision near the gas station.

- From staff reports