Man accused of firing gun

NORCROSS - Police say a 33-year-old man tried to hide from police by jumping into nearby bushes when officers spotted him walking along South Norcross Tucker Road on Monday.

Gilmar Humberto Rivera allegedly hid in the shrubs to give himself time to shove a pistol into the waistband of his pants, a police report said.

Police discovered Rivera after Norcross residents reported hearing gunshots in the area. The 33-year-old did not answer an officer when asked why he had been firing the pistol but admitted he had been drinking and that he intended to sell the gun.

Rivera was charged with discharging a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, public drunkenness, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a pistol without a license, violation of probation and discharging a firearm near a highway or street.

Thief steals jar of change

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville woman returned to her home Monday afternoon, finding a change jar missing from her bedroom night stand.

According to a police report, it appeared someone used a trash can to climb onto a storage unit, gaining access into the woman's room through a window of the home on Wessex Court.

An unknown amount of costume jewelry was also missing.

The woman did not know the value of the jewelry but said the jar contained $50 worth of change.

Men vandalize man's van while he sleeps in it

NORCROSS - A Norcross man's van was vandalized as he slept in the vehicle Sunday, a police report said.

The 50-year-old man said he had parked at the Chick-fil-A at 5455 Jimmy Carter Blvd. to sleep when he was awakened by the sound of someone smashing out one of his windows with a baseball bat.

The man said he found two Hispanic men fleeing from the area and yelled at them, which only agitated them. He said the men returned and shattered the remaining windows of the van.