Crime Blotter, Dec. 13-18

A selection of recent crimes in the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area reported to DeKalb County police.

Dropped purse at Panera Bread

The manager of the Panera Bread on North Druid Hills Road called police at about 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 13. He was filing a report on behalf of the victim because they needed to catch a plane. The manager said that the victim told him she dropped her purse near the store's entrance and couldn't find it. A witness saw a Panera employee pick up a purse around that same location.

Knowing this, the manager talked to his employee, who said that she picked up the purse, zipped it up and put it in the back office without telling anyone. This violated company policy: employees need to tell managers about property they find.

The victim said that her ID card, MARTA Breeze card, a debit card and $80 in cash were in the wallet, but the employee said there was just loose change in it when she found it.

A stolen water meter on Richard Road

A man on the 1200 block of Richard Road said that someone stole his water meter from his home on Dec. 16. The house is currently occupied. No further information was provided.

Trailer theft in Suburban Plaza

On Dec. 17 at about 3:30 p.m., an officer was flagged down by a pedestrian at Suburban Plaza about a theft. The victim said someone broke the lock on his trailer and stole items from inside it. The victim said he last saw the trailer that same day at about 2:30 a.m., locked and safe. He came back at 3 p.m. and saw the handle on the side door of the trailer was broken.

Tools worth about $1,000, an air compressor worth $120, an electric generator worth $150 and a vehicle code reader worth $100 were taken.

Forced entry on Fama Drive

On Dec. 17 at about 9:30 a.m., a police officer went to the 1400 block of Fama Drive because of an alarm system call. The officer saw a rear door had broken glass. One room in the basement looked ransacked, though a staircase up to the main part of the house had a locked door. An anonymous witness told police that she saw a white male standing in the driveway, wearing a turquoise shirt with white stripes.

The homeowner's brother came over to look in the basement with the officers and couldn't tell if anything had been stolen or not.

iPhone theft at the Motel 6

On Dec. 18, a woman at the Motel 6 on Lawrenceville Highway told police that a person approached her inside the nearby Publix grocery store and asked her for a ride to their motel room. The woman said that when she and the person arrived at the Motel 6, the person took her iPhone out of the center console of her car and then left the car. When the woman confronted the other person, the person said they did not have her phone and left the scene.


Also, click here for more about a recent pattern of car break-ins.


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