Construction crews strike gas line

LAWRENCEVILLE - A construction crew digging with a backhoe near Dogwood Road in Lawrenceville caused a gas leak that closed the road for more than two hours Wednesday.

An Atlanta Gas Light emergency crew was called to repair the leak and a power company to cut power to an underground power line at 1:54 p.m., according to a Gwinnett County Fire Department press release.

About 30 people from four nearby businesses were evacuated as a precautionary measure, wrote Gwinnett Fire Lt. Thomas Rutledge in the release.

The roadway reopened about 4:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Man abducted, robbed by neighbors

LOGANVILLE - An 18-year-old man said he was abducted and robbed Saturday by a group of men who live in his Loganville neighborhood.

According to a police report, four black men approached the 18-year-old while he was walking along Stephens Road in Loganville then drew a gun and forced him into a green Toyota.

The men drove him to a gravel parking lot near Lake Carlton Road where additional men showed up and robbed him of his wallet, book bag and cell phone.

The man was able to escape into nearby woods.

Lawn equipment stolen

NORCROSS - A Monroe man reported his lawn mower was stolen while he worked Monday.

According to a police report, the 19-year-old man was cutting grass behind a Home Depot store at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Lawrenceville Highway in Norcross.

When he returned to his vehicle he noticed someone had stolen the lawn mower from the back of his trailer and slashed one of his tires.

The mower was reportedly worth $5,000.

Men rob cleaners at gunpoint

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two men robbed a Lawrenceville dry cleaners Monday afternoon, according to a police report.

An employee of the Sentry Cleaners on Duluth Highway was standing outside the business about 4:15 p.m. when two black men forced the woman inside the store using a semiautomatic handgun.

The pair demanded money from the register and fled with an unreported amount.