Police/fire reports

Grease fire damages kitchen

DULUTH - A kitchen grease fire is what firefighters said caused damage to a Duluth apartment Sunday afternoon.

According to a Gwinnett Fire Department press release, firefighters found the fire in the kitchen inside the apartment on Ridge Brook Trail had already been extinguished by sprinklers.

The fire caused moderate damage to the kitchen and sent smoke and water throughout the unit and a vacant apartment on the first floor sustained water damage, the release said.

One displaced resident was assisted by apartment management.

Candle may have started blaze

SNELLVILLE - A fire that destroyed four apartment units at a Snellville complex Sunday morning is believed to have been caused by a candle burning in a ground floor unit.

Two women living in the Sturbridge Square apartments on Holcomb Bridge Road were treated and released at the scene for minor injuries after exposure to smoke, Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge wrote in a press release.

The American Red Cross and apartment management assisted five families who were displaced by the fire.

All residents were able to evacuate the building before firefighters arrived.

According to the release, the apartment complex is more than 20 years old and was not equipped with fire sprinklers or a fire wall.

Management told firefighters the individual apartment units are equipped with smoke detectors.

Armed men take victim's car

DULUTH - A Lawrenceville man's vehicle was stolen Friday as he attempted to get into his car behind the Go Go Shabue on Old Peachtree Road.

According to a police report, one black and one Hispanic man, both armed, demanded the victim's key and tried to get him to climb into the trunk of his vehicle.

The man refused and the men fled in his vehicle.

Robbers steal cash from safe

NORCROSS - More than $70,000 was stolen from a Norcross salon and check cashing business on South Norcross Tucker Road last week, a police report said.

Two Hispanic men entered the business about 9:30 a.m. Dec. 12 demanding a female employee open the safe. She handed over thousands of dollars.

The men bound the woman's hands and ankles with tape then fled. The woman was able to free herself and call 911.