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Police/fire reports

Armed robbers hit Norcross bank

•NORCROSS - Two armed robbers stole an undisclosed amount of money Thursday afternoon from a Bank of America on Oakbrook Parkway.

The offenders' description and the vehicle they used to flee the scene were not available, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman.

"Two males entered the bank and stole an undisclosed amount of money," Moloney said. A single shot was fired by one of the robbers. No one was injured.

Gwinnett County police are assisting the FBI with the ongoing investigation.

Man arrested on robbery charges

•SNELLVILLE - A Decatur man was arrested and accused of armed robberies at three Chinese restaurants in Snellville and Tucker in March.

Brian Weldon, 27, was charged with three counts of armed robbery.

Weldon was accused of using a semi-automatic weapon and demanded money at China Star Restaurant in Tucker, the China Wok and another restaurant on Centerville Highway in Snellville, the arrest warrant said.

The suspect allegedly took several thousand dollars and cell phones from several restaurant employees.

Student accused of having blade, other various weapons

•DACULA - A Mill Creek High School student is charged with having firecrackers and three weapons in his car on school grounds.

Christopher Raymond LaCroix, 17, was charged with possession of fireworks and carrying weapons within a school safety zone, which are felony offenses.

The weapons listed on his arrest warrant include: brass-colored metal knuckles, a lock blade longer than 3 inches and another weapon.

LaCroix will have a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Police investigate suspicious parcel

•NORCROSS - An unidentified man was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly having a suspicious briefcase Thursday at the Social Security Administration building on Shackleford Road.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement found an unattended briefcase inside the federal building, said Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney.

The briefcase was X-rayed and no hazardous materials were found, Moloney said. Gwinnett County Police's Explosive and Ordinance Disposal unit responded to the scene.

Man wakes, finds intruder in room

•NORCROSS - A guest of the Intown Suites in Norcross said he woke Wednesday to find a man armed with a pocketknife in his hotel room.

According to a police report, the intruder demanded money from the man then found the man's wallet, taking $40 and a laptop computer.

The man then demanded the guest drive him across the street from the hotel located at 1950 Willow Trail Parkway to a bank and withdraw $200.

The man fled after the $200 was withdrawn from the ATM.

Norcross home

target of vandalism

•NORCROSS - A Norcross woman said someone spray painted graffiti on the side of her home on Warners Trail on Monday night.

The woman noticed "18th St." had been written on one side of her home in black spray paint, according to a police report. The woman believes the graffiti is gang-related.

The woman said she just had the house repainted. She said it would cost about $300 to repaint her home.

Family displaced from home by fire

•LILBURN - A family of five was displaced from their home Thursday when the house caught fire about

3:21 a.m.

Residents woke to sounds of popping and discovered a fire they believe started in the garage.

Fire authorities said the exact cause of the fire at the home located at 5142 Edinburgh Court is unknown.

The blaze destroyed the home and two vehicles parked in the garage.

Four adults and one child escaped the home without injuries and sought help from the American Red Cross.

- From staff reports