Thieves take advantage of forgetful

Purses swiped

A woman called the Conyers Police Department and said she left her Liz Claiborne purse in a buggy at Big Lots and when she returned to the store, it was gone. A cashier at the store said a heavy-set white female with long brown hair in a ponytail and wearing a white T-shirt and dark colored long shorts had told her that she saw the lady who left the purse and was going to give it back to her. The woman never returned to the store. Police are looking at video tape which shows the woman taking the purse.

· A woman notified the CPD that she left her pink, plaid purse on the rear of her vehicle while she took groceries into her house. One of her children told her a black man with dreadlocks, wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts and a black baseball cap came into the yard and took the purse. She had $600 in cash in her purse as well as assorted credit cards and ID.

· A woman told the NCSO that she left her wallet at a local restaurant and when she returned 10 minutes later, it was gone. The wallet contained $1,800 in cash.

· A woman called the CPD to report she left her purse in a friend's car and it had apparently disappeared. She said she asked the friend to take her to McDonald's and after she was back at home she realized the purse was gone. The friend denied any knowledge of the purse, but admitted that he had also taken two other friends to QuikTrip shortly after dropping the woman off from McDonald's. Those two were questioned and even agreed to a search of their apartment, but the purse, which contained $70, was never located.

Just taking a break

An NCSO deputy spotted a vehicle parked in an unfinished subdivision around 5:30 p.m. and drove in to find out what business the person had to be there. He found a woman who told him she was "just hanging out trying to get away from her husband and kids." The deputy smelled marijuana and deduced that in her effort to unwind, she was smoking marijuana. He found seeds and stems on the ground and a brown bag under the seat of her vehicle that contained a "green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana." She was taken to jail - away from her husband and kids.

· CPD officers were called to the scene of a domestic dispute in which the husband had allegedly broken out a window trying to gain entry to the house. The husband was stopped as he fled the scene and in the process of trying to straighten out what was going on with the domestic dispute, officers searched the man's vehicle. They found suspected marijuana in two large plastic bags; in a Folger's coffee can; a can labeled Trail's End Caramel Corn with Peanuts and in a plastic tub labeled Country Crock Plus.

Worth a shot

A man who was stopped by the CPD for driving without headlights presented the officer with a Pennsylvania driver's license that was expired, had a hole punched in it and had apparently been cut with a pair of scissors. He told the officer the reason he was driving with the expired license was because he was waiting for his new license to be sent to him in the mail. The officer ran a computer check and found that the license was suspended because there was a failure to appear charge in connection with shoplifting. The driver said he had no idea how that could have happened and that the only reason he was driving at all was because he had "caved" when his friends asked him to be their designated driver. He was arrested.

Stolen merchandise

Nearly $17,000 worth of jewelry was taken in a burglary of an Oxford residence, according to the NCSO.

· A whoopee cushion valued at $1 and four "water squirters," valued at $4 were taken from a Salem Road store.

· A man living on Beaverdam Lane reported to the NCSO that someone had stolen his swing set. He described it as blue and white and said it had a double seat swing, a horse swing, two single swings and a sliding board.

· A woman called the CPD to report that someone known to her as "Papoo" had taken an old water heater and furnace from inside her carport. She said neither item worked, nor did they have any value.

· A man called the NCSO to say somebody had taken his child's four-wheeler. It was described as a red Jaguar 125cc with yellow flames and the face of the devil on the front bumper.

· A business owner reported to the CPD that someone took 14 pallets of shingles, valued at $800 to $1,000 per pallet, from his business on Access Road.


A man agreed to watch a friend's dog while he was out of town, but during that time, the dog died. When he tried to discuss the dead dog with his friend, he became hostile and threatened him. The man reported his former friend's hostility to the NCSO.

· The NCSO was called to a family fight that had erupted because a man was accusing his nephew of selling his three Belgian shepherds while he was out of town. The nephew told the man he had taken the dogs up to Fairview Road and turned them loose, but the uncle said he thought he sold them for drug money. Upon questioning the nephew, he adjusted the story slightly that he told the deputies. He told them he took the dogs to a big field in downtown Atlanta and let them go.

Lost relative

A man called the NCSO to report he had received several harassing phone calls from a woman claiming to be his sister.