Suspicious smell evacuates medical offices

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Haz-Mat teams evacuated a building for a short time Wednesday after employees at the 575 Professional Drive medical offices reported a suspicious smell in the office elevator about 9:30 a.m.

Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman, Lt. Thomas Rutledge, said employees detected a strong pepper smell, but the Fire Department's hazardous materials team checked the building and were unable to find the source of the odor.

He said no injuries were reported and no hazardous gases or materials were located. Employees were aloud to return to their offices shortly after 10 a.m.

Part stolen from SUV for platinum

•LAWRENCEVILLE - The owner of the Fountain Park Academy in Lawrenceville told police Monday someone stole the catalytic converter from the SUV used to transport children to and from the academy.

According to a police report, the woman was picking up children to transport them to the day care when she notice the vehicle making a strange noise.

After taking the Land Cruiser to a mechanic, she learned the converter, part of the vehicle's emission control system, was stolen. The mechanic told her the piece of equipment stolen from the V-8 engine contains platinum.

The mechanic said he often hears of the part being stolen.

Manager robbed of deposit money

•SNELLVILLE - A Pizza Hut employee was robbed Sunday as she prepared to make a deposit for the 4416 Lenora Church Road restaurant.

The manager of the store was getting into her car with the cash-filled deposit bag when a man armed with a gun approached her demanding she give him the money, according to a police report.

The man took the money and fled the restaurant in a gray Hyundai with no tag and tinted windows.

Missing boy found playing at neighbors house

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A search for a 4-year-old Dacula boy was called off hours later, when the boy was found playing at a neighbor's house, according to police.

Helicopter and K-9 units were called out to aid a foot search for the boy, when he was reported missing from his Belsaire Lake Trail home Wednesday morning, Cpl. Darren Moloney of the Gwinnett Police Department said.

The search lasted between two and three hours, he said.

"He was at a friend's house across the street," Moloney said.

- From staff reports