Police and Fire Briefs

Dillard's employee accused of giving customer free clothes

•BUFORD - A 18-year-old Dillard's employee is accused of assisting a customer steal clothes from the store Saturday, police said.

Jonathan B. Massaquoi Jr. of 655 Madison Chase Drive falsely rang up clothing for a customer, having the woman purchase only one shirt but taking four, according to a police report.

The Central Gwinnett High School student was arrested at the Mall of Georgia store at 3333 Buford Drive in Buford.

Store Loss Prevention employees found torn tickets from the merchandise in a trash can near Massaquoi's register.

He told police he let the woman have the shirts for free because she was good looking.

Men rob senior citizen at Chevron

•DACULA - A man was robbed about 10 p.m. Saturday as he got out of his vehicle at the Chevron gas station at 3595 Braselton Highway, police said.

The 72-year-old man told police two black men, one armed with a knife and the other with a gun, approached him and demanded he give them money. The man handed over $150 before the two men fled.

The man believed the men were between 25 to 30 years old, according to a police report.

Cook robbed at steakhouse

•DULUTH - A 51-year-old LongHorn steakhouse employee told police he was robbed at gunpoint Sunday as he left the restaurant at 3525 Mall Blvd. in Duluth.

According to a police report, two black men approached the employee to ask if he had a cigarette. The men started to leave when he told them he did not smoke, but they returned, one armed with a silver automatic pistol.

The men demanded the cook's cell phone, keys and wallet. The two fled on foot toward Pleasant Hill Road after throwing the man's wallet and keys on the ground.

The employee described the men as young, and both were wearing ski masks.

Man pays for TV, gets fake receipt

•LILBURN - A Lilburn man told police Sunday he paid a man $1,125 for a 65-inch Mitsubishi television but never received the TV.

The man said he purchased the TV from a Lance Spencer and was given a receipt and told to pick the item up from Sears at Cumberland Mall in Cobb County, according to a police report.

When the man arrived at Sears to pick up his TV, employees told him the receipt was fake. The man said he made several attempts to contact Spencer, but he did not answer the phone.

Statham kitchen damaged by fire

•STATHAM - Fire damaged a residential kitchen Monday in Statham's second fire in two days.

The fire occurred at 150 Arnold Road about 7:30 p.m. The fire ran up the kitchen walls around the stove, but was quickly extinguished and spread no farther than the kitchen.

Barrow County firefighters believe the fire started because of unattended food left cooking on the stove. The fire was extinguished by a former volunteer firefighter who arrived on the scene. It was out before Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services personnel arrived.

- From staff reports