Armed robbery may be linked to others

NORCROSS - An armed robbery at the Lakeview Estates Apartments on Preston Lakes Drive on Tuesday appears to be related to two other robberies that day, police reports said.

Two black men, one armed with a baseball bat, approached a man as he got out of his car and demanded his wallet. When he gave it to them, they hit him in the head twice, causing the victim to lose consciousness, reports said.

The victim was treated at a local hospital for two severe lacerations to his head.

Gwinnett police reports said the robbery appeared to be related to earlier robberies at the Happy Shop, 6289 S. Norcross Tucker Road, and one at Crestwood Apartments.

There were no suspects.

Deodorant, condoms taken from store

DULUTH - An Atlanta man was arrested Tuesday and charged with shoplifting deodorant and condoms from Sam's Club, 3450 Steve Reynolds Blvd.

Loss-prevention officers told police they observed Eddie Jones, 46, take a box of condoms and a pack of deodorant from the rack, then take them to the return counter as if he had purchased them, police reports said.

Store personnel had to physically restrain Jones from escaping until police arrived, reports said.

Man shoots himself in the hand

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 42-year-old Flowery Branch man shot himself in the hand Wednesday while visiting a friend.

The man told police he and his friend were drinking alcohol and he asked the friend if he could hold his pistol. The friend took the magazine out and handed it to him. The man asked if there was a bullet in the chamber, then accidentally pulled the trigger and shot himself in the hand, causing a superficial wound, a police report said.

The victim went home, then later drove himself to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment.

Man robbed after visiting his mother

NORCROSS - A man was robbed on Amberly Drive on Thursday after visiting his mother.

The man was walking along the street about 1 a.m. when two black men emerged from the woods, both holding handguns, police reports said. The men demanded money and got away with $5 and a $100 money order.

There were no suspects.

- From staff reports