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Man charged with Sandy Springs car break-ins

Man charged with Sandy Springs car break-ins

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A 28-year-old Atlanta man has been arrested for a series of car break-ins in Sandy Springs.

Kelton Jackson was taken into custody this week at an extended stay hotel in DeKalb County. He was charged with nine counts of entering auto. The suspect has a long criminal history that includes larceny, drug and weapons charges.

Jackson told police that breaking into cars in Sandy Springs was easy, as many victims left their valuables in plain sight. Sandy Springs Police said items stolen include golf clubs, purses, wallets, laptops, jewelry, clothing, credit cards and cash. Residents and visitors are encouraged to remove valuables from their cars or hide them in their trunks.

Dunwoody armed robbery suspect arrested at Greenbriar Mall

Dunwoody armed robbery suspect arrested at Greenbriar Mall

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- A man accused of robbing at least two victims was arrested Monday at Greenbriar Mall.

Marquez Hodge, 21, was taken into custody by Atlanta Police.

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Dunwoody Police believe Hodge is one of three suspects accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint Sunday night at the Chateau at Dunwoody apartment complex on Tilly Mil Road. The victim's purse and car were taken, according to Dunwoody Police Officer Tim Fecht

Hodge is also accused of a Sunday evening carjacking in Sandy Springs. Fecht said police found two handguns and stolen items from both robberies in Hodge's possession when he was arrested.

Peeping Tom stalking Sandy Springs neighborhood

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sandy Springs Police investigators are trying to track down a reported Peeping Tom.

The man has been spotted prowling the Riverside neighborhood on the south end of the city. Witnesses described him as a tall man wearing a hooded jacket. He knocks on and shines a flashlight through windows.

Sandy Springs Police have documented five Peeping Tom incidents in Riverside, but residents say the suspect has been seen more times than that. He hits the neighborhood at different times of the night, usually between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Anyone who sees the Peeping Tom or has information about him is asked to call Sandy Springs Police at 770-551-3310 or the police tip line at 770-551-3300.

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Suspects abandon car during attempted traffic stop

Suspects abandon car during attempted traffic stop

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A trio of suspects abandoned their car and are still at large after fleeing an attempted traffic stop Wednesday morning.

Sandy Springs Police tried to pull over a black Pontiac Bonneville on New Northside Drive at Interstate 285 west at around midnight. The car had a broken brake light, according to dispatchers, but it also matched the description of a vehicle involved in a crime in Dunwoody.

The suspects stopped the car and then ran. At least one person was taken into custody, but the remaining suspects are on the loose.

Police said they recovered a purse from inside the car. The purse matched the description of one stolen in a robbery in DeKalb County Tuesday night.

Investigators and K-9 units from Cobb County were brought to the scene to help Sandy Springs Police investigate.

The suspects have not yet been identified.

Woman runs from cops, hides in office park

Woman runs from cops, hides in office park

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A woman who fled from police during a traffic stop and hid in a Sandy Springs office park is now in custody.

The suspect, 29-year-old Shauney Busby, was pulled over in Brookhaven Monday morning for aggressive driving, according to Brookhaven Police Lt. Brandon Gurley.

When the police tried to approach her, Busby drove off, crossing into Sandy Springs.

Gurley said the suspect abandoned her car outside the office park at 780 Johnson Ferry Road, where the road becomes Glendridge Drive, and ran into one of the buildings. Security guards at the office park searched for an hour before finding Busby and bringing her to the police.

Busby may have been involved in a hit-and-run in Dunwoody earlier Monday, according to Gurley. She now faces charges in Sandy Springs and Brookhaven as well, and will be booked in the DeKalb County Jail.

Son of ex-UPS exec. charged in scheme to buy Maxim

Son of ex-UPS exec. charged in scheme to buy Maxim

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The United States Attorney's Office has charged Calvin Darden Jr., 39, with impersonating his father -- a former United Parcel Service executive -- in an alleged scheme to purchase Maxim magazine.

Darden Jr., who lives in Staten Island, N.Y., was arrested Wednesday in connection with two schemes in which he defrauded victims of more than $8 million and attempted to defraud another victim of approximately $20 million, according to a statement released by the FBI.

He is charged with two counts of wire fraud, each of which carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison, the FBI said.

Sandy Springs murder causes international intrigue

Sandy Springs murder causes international intrigue

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Eric Chepkuto came to America from Kenya in 1998 to get a degree and earn a living to support his family here and back in Kenya.

Just when his life was looking up, he was murdered in his Sandy Springs apartment.

His murder didn't receive any news media attention when it happened. But it has sent shock waves across continents as a high profile case in Kenya.

Chepkuto recently graduated from Kennesaw State University. His wife said he planned to go back to Kenya to visit his mother in April. Instead, she had to ship his body to Kenya to be buried.

"It's been 10 years since his mother has seen him and now I have to send him back to her in a box," his wife said. "And that's what really haunts me so bad."

She didn't want to be identified because she is afraid. Chepkuto's killer has not been caught.