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Police&Fire reports

Police

Thieves try to force victims to buy drugs

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Valvoline employees said two customers tried to force them to buy marijuana Friday night.

Two employees of the automotive shop at 1350 Pleasant Hill Road said two black men requested an oil change then started demanding the employees buy marijuana from them, a police report said.

One of the men lifted his shirt, revealing a gun tucked into his pants.

When an 18-year-old employee refused to buy the drugs, one of the men searched the teen's pocket and took his wallet then both men fled.

The men told the employees they would be back to sell them the drugs.

Woman robbed

in her driveway

•SNELLVILLE - A 22-year-old Snellville woman was returning home from shopping about 10 p.m. Wednesday when she said she was robbed.

The woman had just gotten out of her vehicle at her home on Laurel Falls Drive when she heard someone tell her not to move, according to a police report.

The woman said she felt a gun at her head and then someone snatched her purse. She said when she turned around she saw a black man running away from her home.

She said the man was about 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, had dreadlocks and had a small amount of facial hair on his chin.

Pair rob cell phone store at gunpoint

•LAWRENCEVILLE - The T-Mobile store at 950 Herrington Road in Lawrenceville was robbed Saturday night, police said.

Two black men entered the store about 7 p.m. armed with handguns and demanding everyone get down on the floor.

According to a police report, the one of the men held a customer down on the floor while the other man made an employee empty two cash registers.

Witnesses said the men fled after taking about $1,500 to $2,000.

Woman's dog stolen

•SNELLVILLE - A Snellville woman believes someone stole her dog Tuesday after she left the terrier in the backyard by itself.

The white and beige American Staffordshire Terrier was in the yard while the woman was outside doing yard work about 12 p.m., according to a police report.

The woman said she went inside and returned to check on the dog about 1:30 p.m. and noticed the dog was missing. She said the door to the fence was open and the lock broken.

Man takes gun

away from robber

•NORCROSS - A man said he was robbed by a man as he was walking through his apartment complex Tuesday night.

According to a police report, a black man approached the man, held a gun to his chest and demanded money. The man handed over $100 but the robber demanded more.

The man fired a shot at the victim but missed. The two struggled and the victim was able to get the gun away from the man and run away.

Residents wake to homemade bomb

•BUFORD - Residents of the Seneca Farms subdivision in Buford woke Wednesday night to the sound of an explosion.

Police found a pressurized bomb that had detonated in the middle of Seneca Farm Road Wednesday morning.

According to a police report, the bomb was made from a soda bottle filled with water, tin foil and an unknown catalyst. An arson investigator said the combustible was simple and low-tech enough that a child or teen would have made it.

No injuries were reported and no property was damaged.

Fire

Man comes home

to find house on fire

•AUBURN - Firefighters are unsure what caused a fire that destroyed a home on Bailey Road in Auburn on Wednesday.

Firefighters said the owner of the home returned home from work shortly after 9 p.m. to discover his home engulfed in flames.

Crews remained on scene nearly an hour and a half later wetting down hot spots.

Neighbor reports Lawrenceville fire

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A fire started outside a home at 1431 Charter Oaks Lane on Saturday and spread through the wall, damaging much of the home.

The exact cause of the fire that started shortly after 3 a.m. is unknown.

No one was home at the time and no one was injured. Firefighters said a neighbor reported the fire.

- From staff reports