Man demands money from runner

•NORCROSS - A Norcross man told police a man attempted to rob him while he was running near Meadow Rue Drive and Holcomb Bridge Road on Monday night.

According to a police report, the runner was exercising in a dark area of Meadow Rue Drive when a black man driving a gold Chevrolet SUV pulled up behind him, exited the vehicle and demanded the man give him money. The man was unarmed.

When the victim told the man he did not have any money, the man fled in the SUV toward Holcomb Bridge Road. The runner believed there was a black woman sitting in the back of the vehicle.

Shades, cash stolen from

Specs Appeal

•DULUTH - An unknown person broke into Specs Appeal on Sunday, taking multiple sunglasses and money, according to a police report.

Police said there were no signs of forced entry into the business at 2180 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth.

The thief or thieves took nearly $600 in cash and checks in addition to numerous pairs of Versace sunglasses.

Dollar General thief caught on tape

•NORCROSS - A man was caught on store video surveillance stealing money from the Dollar General located at 5610 Singleton Road in Norcross on Sunday night.

According to a police report, the black man was recorded as he disabled the store's alarm, took cash and checks from a store safe and stuffed the money into a plastic bag.

After reviewing the tape, the store manager told police it was obvious the man knew the layout of the store well.

The man took more than $7,000 in cash and checks.

Man steals

wedding rings from woman

•LAWRENCEVILLE - The night manager of the Hampton Inn in Lawrenceville told police she and the hotel were robbed Tuesday night.

A black man entered the hotel about midnight asking if there were any rooms available, according to a police report.

The man had a black handgun and demanded the woman give him money from the register and then took money from her purse and pulled the necklace from around her neck.

The woman was also forced to give the man her diamond wedding rings and a gold bracelet she was wearing before he fled the hotel in an unknown direction.

The woman told police there were video cameras recording during the incident.


Girl accuses man of molestation

•WINDER - A 15-year-old girl told Winder police officers Feb. 5 that an adult man molested her and gave her drugs during the Christmas season while she was spending the night with his niece.

Police reports state the story came out in January when school officials called the girl's mother to pick up the teen because she was crying throughout the day. She later told her mother the man kissed her on the lips, touched her, offered to have sex with her and gave her marijuana laced with "ice."

The man's daughter had made the same allegations against him in the past. The daughter has since recanted her statement. She gave police a new written statement saying she lied to police because she was mad at her father.

The case is still under investigation.

Shots fired at party

•WINDER - A party at the Lions Club at 354 E. Broad St. ended in gunfire Saturday night. Winder police officers found no one shot, but one man had a deep cut to his right hand, reports state.

Witnesses told police that about 15 men jumped three party-goers while they were outside smoking a cigarette. One of the men fired two to four shots, then ran.

Police collected a spent Winchester .45 auto casing from the parking lot.

A 16-year-old boy was a witness to the shooting, according to police reports.

The party ended soon afterward. Police continue to search for the assailants.

5-year-old says

he was touched inappropriately

•WINDER - A woman told Winder police officers Sunday that her son said he had been fondled by his baby sitter's new boyfriend.

The baby sitter has cared for the boy, 5, for about five years, the mother told police. The boy recently commented to his mother that he likes the new boyfriend, except when he touches him inappropriately and kisses him on the mouth. The mother told police she had told the boyfriend that she was going to take the child's story to the police.

On Saturday, the day before the mother spoke to police, the boyfriend called the Winder police station and asked to meet with an officer, according to reports. The officer said the boyfriend wanted to cooperate and resolve the matter. The case is still under investigation.

-From staff reports